“Alicia remained silent—but she made one statement. A painting.”
At the beginning of The Silent Patient, we know two things. First that Alicia Berenson shot her husband in cold blood, and second that she hasn’t spoken since.
Fast forward to months later when Theo Faber, a psychotherapist with marital problems of his own, signs on to Alicia’s care team hoping to crack the code that has been keeping her silent and finally learn why things turned violent. Theo wades through Alicia’s art, her journal, and her relationships to unravel the mystery.
This is the kind of book that reads fast, each page revealing something new that seems very important to the plot, and when it is over you realize clues must have been missed and flip back rereading and rediscovering the events leading up to that dramatic twist.
Psychological Thrillers don’t get much better than this. Pair with champagne and small sweet tomatoes with smoked salmon and slivers of bread.