Audiobook Review

The Silent Patient

By
Alex Michaelides
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average rating is 4 out of 5
Performance
average rating is 3 out of 5
Overall
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Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects

STAR RATINGS GUIDE

Unsure...

THE BIRDICT

💛 Colour me conflicted. In some ways this was a fun and clever story. Woman found at scene of husband’s murder, never speaks again, convicted. And then the inevitable question of WHY? And was it her? So far so interesting and there’s lots of great dialogue and conflict. I should have loved this. So why didn’t I??

💚 I think it was the lack of character development and character inconsistencies, I never got to grips with “wife” Alice. Nor with many of the other characters, Maybe there were too many of them? Maybe this should have been longer? The point is, I had to be told that someone’s actions were out of character. I didn’t sense it from what I knew of them already.

💜 My absolute favourite book with a “silent” patient is Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney. Also very good is Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon.

SQUAWKING THE TALK

🎧 An easy, enjoyable and engrossing listen. The kind that you can have on while going about your day and still keep track.

🎧 Good performances by Louise Brealey and Jack Hawkins as Alice and Theo. I particularly enjoyed Theo’s parts. Alice was a touch breathy for my liking, but still good.

BIRDS OF A FEATHER: SIMILAR AUDIOBOOKS

💜 Okay. So I did guess the ending quite early on. But that is probably just because I am a jaded soul who has listened to far too many suspense thriller audiobooks. I did enjoy the twist, but there was a bit too many gymnastic maneuvers required to get there.

❤️️ Returning to the subject of character writing, it felt like Alice was silent because she was stubborn rather than traumatised or afraid. I felt like she and other female patients were infantilised. Possibly unfair, but she could have written something down, no?
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The Silent Patient

THE BLURB

Alicia Berenson lived a seemingly perfect life until one day six years ago.

When she shot her husband in the head five times.

Since then she hasn't spoken a single word.

It's time to find out why.