Demon Press Review: The Silent Patient

I’ve never really been too into the Mystery and Thriller genre. Sure—I’ve seen the typical plot twist and murder mystery, but I was not ready for the mystery of The Silent Patient. And it blew me away.

Alicia Berenson is a famous painter who lived a seemingly perfect life—until one night when she shot her husband five times. Afterwards, she never spoke another word—not even to the court! Drawn to her story, psychotherapist Theo Faber tries to help Alicia speak again; and it proves to be more difficult and dangerous than Theo could have imagined.

Many readers—myself included—praised the “final twist” of the novel, and for good reason. I knew where the twist was and noticed some of the foreshadowing of where the twist is going to go, but I wasn’t prepared for how amazing the twist was. Spoiler Alert! I felt like the twist got me hard because of how the novel plays with tense. Since it’s all in the past tense, it made me picture that all the events happening are happening chronologically; I was wrong.

I give this book a 9/10. If you’re looking for a story to make you think like a detective, this is your read!

— Billy Wikol