Book Review: The Silent Patient


The Silent Patient. A psychological thriller guaranteed to leave you with an inescapable eerie feeling. Although written in 2019, the book began gaining traction in 2020 as the pandemic was raging full steam ahead. 

The story is about Alicia Berenson, a woman who murdered her husband. The Silent Patient gets more complicated as the plot continues, getting more unpredictable as it goes, leaving readers to bring out their inner Sherlock and try to guess what will happen next.

The book touches ground on child abuse, sexual assault, and mental health, subjects that may be hard for some. Readers are left asking why Alicia murdered her husband. While it touches on sensitive subjects, it also brings light to Greek mythology, something I enjoyed. 

There are many pieces of The Silent Patient that left readers shocked and emotional. Many people, including myself, have fallen in love with this book. Once I picked it up I felt as though there was some force stopping me from putting it down. 

The book starts off slow, but once you really read it goes by in a flash! The Silent Patient is by far one of the best thrillers I have read in a long time. The writing is simple and easy to understand, so there is no need in being worried that you won’t understand what is being said in the story.

I would recommend picking this book up and giving it a shot! 

In The Silent Patient, I really enjoyed when it talked about Greek mythology. The way it goes into slight detail teaching the reader about some Greek mythology is something I haven’t seen in a psychological thriller before, in my personal experience reading them of course, some people may have enjoyed this as much as I did, some may have not.

I also really enjoyed The Silent Patient touched on sensitive subjects, most people need to have some sort of insight that the stuff the book mentions can and is happening in society today, so I personally enjoyed that while some may have not.

There are many things I love about this book, but of course, there is some criticism that comes with the love. I personally didn’t like the slow start to the book, and it was pretty slow throughout, that is really the only problem I have with this book.

Again this book may not be for everybody and that’s okay, but I and many other people recommend giving this book a try, it has been by far the best book I have read this year. Keep in mind and realize this book does in fact touch on sensitive subjects so please be careful.