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* The quotes from Sigmund Freud and the multiple references to now discredited psycho analysis caused me to lose faith in the author's psychological research for the novel. Respectable psychologists no longer appeal to Freud's largely anti-scientific ideas like the blank slate. Some of the claims, like that only people who were sexually assaulted as a child become adults who sexually assault children, aren't just completely untrue, they're dangerous. Imagine if a reader believes this and their own child accuses someone of sexually molesting them, but, because the parent knows the accused wasn't sexually assaulted as a child, they ignore their own child's accusation!
 
* The quotes from Sigmund Freud and the multiple references to now discredited psycho analysis caused me to lose faith in the author's psychological research for the novel. Respectable psychologists no longer appeal to Freud's largely anti-scientific ideas like the blank slate. Some of the claims, like that only people who were sexually assaulted as a child become adults who sexually assault children, aren't just completely untrue, they're dangerous. Imagine if a reader believes this and their own child accuses someone of sexually molesting them, but, because the parent knows the accused wasn't sexually assaulted as a child, they ignore their own child's accusation!
* Alicia giving her diary to Theo is totally unbelievable. The author could have wrote that Alicia give Theo instructions on where to find it in a hidden location, instead, she hands it directly to him. This means she's kept it on her person and written in it the whole time she was in the mental institution. How did she keep a book and pen hidden from the doctors, staff, and other patients all that time? How did she sneak it in? How did she keep it hidden from the security staff when she was in jail? How did the police not find it on her when she was arrested? She would have been strip-searched and potentially cavity-searched at all three locations, yet she kept a book with her the whole time?
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* Alicia giving her diary to Theo is totally unbelievable. The author could have wrote that Alicia give Theo instructions on where to find it in a hidden location, instead, she hands it directly to him. This means she's kept it on her person and written in it the whole time she was in the mental institution for six years. How did she keep a book and pen hidden from the doctors, staff, and other patients all that time? How did she sneak it in? How did she keep it hidden from the security staff when she was in jail? How did the police not find it on her when she was arrested? She would have been strip-searched and potentially cavity-searched at all three locations, yet she kept a book with her the whole time?
  
 
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Revision as of 12:50, 20 February 2020

The Silent Patient is a mystery book written by Alex Michaelides and published on 2019-02-05. In the book, Alicia Berenson is a successful painter with a loving husband, but she is convicted of his murder when she is found standing next to his brutally slain corpse. The murder it seems has left Alicia catatonic as she refuses to speak or communicate in any form other than a single painting. After years of remaining silent while institutionalized, a psycho-analyst named Theo Faber tries to get her to speak again to find out what really happened between her and her husband, but most of the people he talks to are either unwilling to talk about it, or clearly covering something up.

Personal

I was lent this book by a friend who thought I would enjoy it.

Status

I do not own this book, but I am reading it.

Review

Good

  • The initial description of the murder and Alicia's situation is intriguing.
  • New information is slowly revealed which implicates new suspects and keeps you guessing for the whole book. Most of the people in the book remain suspects the whole time, including Alicia.
  • I like how Theo learns who he can trust by not revealing what he knows, and giving people enough room to concoct lies.

Bad

  • The author spends too much time on Theo's relationship with Cathy, which isn't really that important. And Theo's passive aggressive attitude with his cheating wife is very unappealing to me. Luckily, his tenacity as a detective prevents him from becoming too unlikable.

Ugly

  • The quotes from Sigmund Freud and the multiple references to now discredited psycho analysis caused me to lose faith in the author's psychological research for the novel. Respectable psychologists no longer appeal to Freud's largely anti-scientific ideas like the blank slate. Some of the claims, like that only people who were sexually assaulted as a child become adults who sexually assault children, aren't just completely untrue, they're dangerous. Imagine if a reader believes this and their own child accuses someone of sexually molesting them, but, because the parent knows the accused wasn't sexually assaulted as a child, they ignore their own child's accusation!
  • Alicia giving her diary to Theo is totally unbelievable. The author could have wrote that Alicia give Theo instructions on where to find it in a hidden location, instead, she hands it directly to him. This means she's kept it on her person and written in it the whole time she was in the mental institution for six years. How did she keep a book and pen hidden from the doctors, staff, and other patients all that time? How did she sneak it in? How did she keep it hidden from the security staff when she was in jail? How did the police not find it on her when she was arrested? She would have been strip-searched and potentially cavity-searched at all three locations, yet she kept a book with her the whole time?

Media

The North American release has a woman's face behind a translucent sheet with a tear over the mouth. I really like this cover, it isn't immediately noticeable, and it fits the book very well.

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