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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

March 2, 2019 - 1:00 pm No Comments

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Published by Orion on 5th February 2019

352 pages

Alicia Berenson is found covered in blood, whilst her husband is bound to a chair. Throughout the investigation, subsequent court trial and hospitalisation, she never said a word. Theo Faber is a Forensic Psychotherapist and having a fascination with the case, thinks he can cure her.

Whilst titles like “most anticipated” “you won’t want to miss it” don’t hold much sway with me after reading the blurb it really piqued my interest.

The majority of the story is written from Theo’s POV following him step by step. Scattered throughout were extracts from Alicia journal, which put a different spin on the story and helped explain her state of mind.

The beginning of the story grabbed me and I started to read at pace as I wanted to find out more about Alicia, but as the story was revolved around Theo, I found my mind begin to wander as I found him an egotistical character, which I despised straight away. All he wanted to do was make a name for himself and I was not interested in his life. However, I am glad I persevered as the last quarter of the book made up for all the slow pace. The twist at the end was a good one and whilst I had an inkling, it was good to read how it was pulled off.

Whilst I have no knowledge of working in a mental health organisation, I found it a bit unbelievable what went on in The Grove and felt that some of the violent scenes were added for filler.

Saying that I did read it pretty quickly and I love reading psychological thrillers, but it just did not grab me as other books have.        

Someone like me by MR Carey

November 12, 2018 - 6:05 am No Comments

It’s my turn on the blog tour for  Someone like me by MR Carey.


Someone like me by MR Carey
Published by Orbit on 6th November 2018
512 pages

Liz Kendall suffered mental and physical abuse from her ex-husband. A meek and mild individual, some people would say she was a walk over. But when she fought back at her ex, she let her dark side come to the surface.
10 years after being kidnapped by Bruno Picota, Fran was still suffering mental trauma. Things changed in front of her eyes and some people appeared as two. However, a chance meeting with Zac, Liz’s son, gets her embroiled in a phenomenon that will put her life in danger.
Liz had a great relationship with her children and her son Zac would fight for her to the end. However, being a family that close they soon notice subtle differences and I understand how hard it was for Zac to realise that there was something wrong with his mom. Fran whilst having a great relationship with her dad, had no one else she can trust, classed as the weird kid at school she kept her own counsel. Trusting Zac with her secrets was a big step for her.
When I started reading this story, I was thinking about how Fran and Liz would get involved with each other. Liz a victim of domestic violence and Fran a rescued child, there was no connection to their lives. As the story developed you could see how well plotted this story was. The story moved from Fran to Liz seamlessly and you slowly get drawn into their lives. The topics discussed in this story were difficult subjects to tackle but even though some of the scenes could be hard to read, it was necessary to tell the story. Whilst this book is a long read, it doesn’t feel like it. Fran develops before your eyes, as you watch her grow into a caring mature young lady. This story will take you on a rollercoaster journey, it will bring out all sorts of emotions as the tension increases to a dramatic ending.
With its unique storyline, this is a story that cannot get pigeonholed into any genre. It has a paranormal, horror, suspense thriller feel to it. This is the 1st time I have read any of this author’s work and I really enjoyed this story.