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The Silent Patient

This is going to be a difficult one to review without giving away too much information. So fair warning. I’ll go ahead and say this was a great book and I definitely recommend it. Keep reading if you don’t care about reading a few details.

I would say The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides is a mystery/psychological thriller. Theo is a psychotherapist and has the opportunity to work with a notorious criminal, Alicia Berenson. Alicia, a renowned artist, was found having brutally killed her husband. But she never speaks again. Not to defend herself, not to give an explanation, not to give an apology.

She lives at a residential home for criminals with mental illnesses and a position opens up. Theo has dreamed of working with Alicia and takes the job because he thinks he can get her to talk. You don’t find out why he is so obsessed with her until the end of the book but he has very personal and egotistical motivations to try to get her to talk. However, it almost backfires.

The format of the story is interesting and jumps in time between present and the days leading up to the murder of Alicia’s husband. But I never would have guessed the twist that the story takes towards the end of the book. Though there is a feeling of something being slightly off throughout the book, it’s pretty much impossible to put your finger on until the end.

This was a quick read (I finished in less than a week), which I appreciate and it definitely keeps your attention. You won’t want to put it down. Enjoy!


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Once Taken

So far I am blowing through my reading challenge for the year. I finished 4 books in January but that is not at all typical. A couple of the books were pretty short and I had a long weekend with 12 hour (round trip) road trip to give me lots of extra reading time.

Once Taken by Blake Pierce is the second book in a series with main character Riley Paige. If you like Criminal Minds, you will like this series. Riley Paige works at the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) of the FBI and goes around the country working to catch serial killers. She is also trying to keep her already broken family afloat while dealing with some very heavy and personal cases. I honestly didn’t always like her character – she makes some pretty stupid decisions – but I realized that it actually makes her more believable as a character. Real people make mistakes.

If you’re looking for a good psychological thriller this is a good series. I’m not sure if I’ll read all 14 books in the series (yes…14…) but I’ll at least try a couple more.

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