Usually, the summer months are really hard for all of us to get together for our book club. Between vacations, ballgames, and wrangling kids it’s hard for everyone to meet up. But this month we had a great turn-out and everyone really enjoyed the book. The book that we chose for this month’s book club book was The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. We met at a favorite Mexican restaurant and enjoyed a few cocktails and cheesy-delicious food while discussing this fantastic book.
Don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for you…
THE SILENT PATIENT is a psychological thriller full of suspense, twists, and turns. The main character is Alicia Berenson who we think lives an almost perfect life. She is a famous painter married to a talented fashion photographer, with whom she is completely in love with. But one evening Alicia shoots her husband Gabriel five times in the face when he returns home late from a fashion shoot. Alicia never speaks another word.
Alicia refuses to speak or give any explanation as to why she shot and killed her husband. The story is completely sensationalized and Alicia is found insane and sentenced to a secure mental facility called The Grove. Alicia then encounters a psychotherapist named Theo Faber. Theo is somewhat obsessed with Alicia’s case and is determined to help her and allow her to find her voice.
Alicia only chooses to communicate through her journal which is how we learn of other troubling connections. Meanwhile, we learn that Theo is not as picture perfect with a bad childhood and a troubled marriage. The story begins to unravel as both of their secrets start to come to life.
The Silent Patient is definitely a read that completely sucks you in and is really hard to put down. It’s complex, well-written, and is full of masterful plot twists. I definitely recommend this book. (I’ve also read that the book has already been optioned for a movie and I am beyond excited. )
So I’m super excited about next month’s book club because it is the first book off of my Summer Reading List.
A few other books that I’ve read this month…
So what are you reading this month? I would love to hear. I’m always on the lookout for a new great book.
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