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The Silent Patient, by Alex Michaelides

yellowsunflower's review

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adventurous dark emotional mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

abowman98's review

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mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

rooslynde's review against another edition

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dark mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

kaelajade's review

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dark mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

satch's review

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4.0

I read a large part of this book thinking it was just a nice, light, enjoyable read, perfect for a lazy day. A predictable cast of characters, average writing, and an okay story. But then: tada, the twist, and I now understand why it has been so praised. This is 3 1/2 stars for me, but I've rounded up rather than down because it did what it set out to do well.

sara_77's review

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adventurous challenging dark informative mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

mckmern's review

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dark mysterious tense fast-paced

4.5

rachel_lanee's review

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5.0

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides 5/5

amber_w2019's review

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dark emotional hopeful mysterious sad tense medium-paced

5.0

angelkat556's review

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3.0

I originally got this book as an ARC from Celeron Books. When I first started it I thought, "Okay, this book is pretty good!" But the more I read it the more I had a problem with it.

You see, I have mental health issues. I've been in therapy for a very long time. And I had a big problem with the way the questions are phrased in this book. Half of the questions the doctors ask are what a lawyer would call "leading the witness." The doctors basically asked questions that essentially have big neon flashing lights screaming "This is the answer I want! This is the only acceptable answer to this question!" Having been in therapy for many years I know firsthand that the questions would NEVER be phrased like that.

However, the book kind of redeemed itself with the twist at the end. I didn't see that coming. So that's why the book got 3 stars instead of 2.