Review: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Genre: Psychological thriller

Released: February 5th, 2019

Page count: 297 pages

Summary: After allegedly shooting her husband, Alicia goes mute. She refuses to defend herself, or to speak about anything at all. Her only method of communication with the outside world is through a painting she does shortly after the murder. Enter Theo. A psychotherapist, he’s determined to get Alicia to speak, so he can unravel the mystery of what really happened the night her husband died.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Review: Did anyone else grow up playing the George Stobbart Broken Sword games? A good portion of the beginning of the book is Theo going around speaking to people who knew Alicia, and I was delightfully reminded a bit of the way the Broken Sword games go, when you’re speaking to people trying to gather information. Anyway, I won’t dwell on that for too long! It just gave me a pang of nostalgia when I was reading it.

I was really nervous about starting The Silent Patient because of how hyped it is. Everyone was telling me that it’s the best thriller of 2019 – it was even voted that by the Goodreads community – and, I’ll be honest, when I started the book I really didn’t agree with that. I wanted to find out what was going to happen next, but it didn’t seem like some literary masterpiece. It definitely was fast-paced and suspenseful at the same time, and left you guessing with the mystery, but I was expecting something… more.

Then, at the end of the book, I got it. And whoa, what a ‘more’ it was! I really didn’t expect the ending at all – which I feel dumb for, since looking back you did get clues – and it completely blew me away. I think The Silent Patient does deserve its hype and the spot of best thriller of 2019.

I recommend this novel for people who grew up playing The Broken Sword games, or who like thrillers, or who like painting. Bonus points if you like all three – you’ll definitely enjoy it!


Review: The Perfect Mother by Caroline Mitchell

Genre: Thriller

Released: January 14th, 2020

Page count: 367 pages

Summary: Roz is afraid when she finds out she’s pregnant, since she’s young and broke. She goes onto a site where you can find adoptive parents for your babies, and is matched with a celebrity couple. They seem perfect – but nothing is as it seems. They want to pass the baby off as their own.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Review: What a delightfully creepy thriller! The creepy things started off with just a general feeling of unease, but quickly escalated and become much worse. I told my fiance all of the weird things that happened as I read, going, “Oh my gosh, you won’t believe what happened next!” It’s the kind of book you feel like you need to talk to someone about – even though I know he doesn’t share my love for thrillers.

I really appreciated how the point of view switches between the main character, Roz, and the ‘evil character’, Sheridan, who wants Roz’s baby. It was really interesting to see Sheridan’s motivations for the things she did, and see what things were going on in her head. It really helped set the book apart, which can be hard to do with a thriller.

I recommend this to anyone who loves thrillers, or who just wants a creepy story that they’ll keep turning pages of, eyes wide, trying to figure out what’s going to happen next.


Review: The Body In Question by Jill Climent

Genre: Fiction

Released: June 11, 2019

Page count: 192

Summary: When Hannah, married to an older man, is called onto jury duty for a murder trial, she begins an affair with one of her fellow jurors. She has to balance the affair with trying to decide whether the defendant is guilty, as well as her elderly husband’s rapidly declining health.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Review: I went into this book expecting it to be a mystery, courtroom drama type book. I was sort of taken aback when the novel began to focus much more on the romance between Hannah and a fellow juror, and her balancing relationship with him and her relationship with her husband. The courtroom drama part of the novel definitely takes a backseat – you don’t even end up with conclusions about the crime, which made me feel a little cheated but reminded me that in real life it’s hard to ever really know definitively. Sometimes, unlike in the mysteries I typically read, things aren’t tied up with a pretty bow and you know exactly who did what and why. There are so many different themes that are intricately and beautifully woven together. It has beautiful writing, and plenty of sentences that make you sit back and think about them.

I recommend this for people interested more in relationship between humans than people looking for a good mystery or courtroom drama type book. Definitely beautifully written, and grabs your attention. You don’t want to stop reading!