“The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides

5 stars

A Poe-like narrator keeps the reader going with this psychological mystery about not “who-dunnit,” by why and how. The reader is lead through a maze until the conclusion, when the confluence of psychiatric patient and psychotherapist is discovered. Along the way, hints are deliberately planted, like  the myth of Alcestis and relevant quotes from Freud. This well-constructed novel shows how the past is not only prologue, but also destiny. At the conclusion, the irony of the title of this cleverly constructed novel is revealed. Enjoy the adventure — you’ll be sorry when it’s over.

–Arlene L.

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