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  • Publication date: 7 Feb 2019
  • Publisher: Orion
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07G17DR4X
  • Source: My copy was from the publisher via NetGalley

The perfect thriller’ – A. J. FINN, author of The Woman in the Window
‘A totally original psychological mystery’ 
DAVID BALDACCI
‘Absolutely brilliant’ 
STEPHEN FRY
‘Smart, sophisticated storytelling freighted with real suspense’ 
LEE CHILD

Only she knows what happened.
Only I can make her speak.

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I love him so totally, completely, sometimes it threatens to overwhelm me. 
Sometimes I think-
No. I won’t write about that.

ALICIA
Alicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet – and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can’t bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain.

Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word.

THEO
Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia’s silence goes far deeper than he first thought.

And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth?

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‘Blindsiding and brilliantly clever’ – EMILY KOCH, author of IF I DIE BEFORE I WAKE

‘Sharp, clever and with a whammy that genuinely took me by surprise’ – JOANNE HARRIS

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My Review

Right from the very first page, I was completely and utterly fascinated by this book.

Alicia Berenson, an artist of some renown is found with the body of her husband who has been shot in the head five times. Alicia, who is now completely silent since the murder is committed to The Grove, a care facility for the criminally insane and kept under strong sedation due to violent tendencies when she attacks a few patients and staff members. Theo Faber, a forensic psychotherapist, already fascinated by Alicia’s case starts work at The Grove.

Despite misgivings by his superiors, Faber arranges for Alicia’s medications to be reduced and attempts to communicate with her, hoping that one day it will be a two way communication and Alicia will speak to him.

As the story unfolds, Faber investigates her background and Alicia begins to respond with some surprising results and revelations.

The ending of this book took me totally by surprise, threw me around the room and left me completely and utterly gobsmacked.

A truly outstanding read, not only for the story itself but for the fascinating glimpses into damaged human beings and the cause and effect of childhood abuse and trauma.

About the Author

Alex Michaelides read English at Cambridge University and screenwriting at the American Film Institute. He wrote the film Devil You Know starring Rosamund Pike, and co-wrote The Con is On. His debut novel, The Silent Patient, is also being developed into a major motion picture, and has been sold in thirty-nine territories worldwide. Born in Cyprus to a Greek-Cypriot father and English mother, Michaelides now lives in London, England.

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