Okay, blog time confession. I’ve messed up when it comes to the titles of these blogs because if I’m getting all technical with you, the post about January’s Book of the Month was actually my December pick (that I just happened to start and finish both on January first), and then my January BOTM pick I read and finished in January but I’m writing about in February, because my February BOTM pick is arriving any day. So I need to get my sh*t together and figure out this series so you’re not all like.. what the heck, Natasha? What the heck?
Or maybe you don’t even care and I’m the only one freaking out about the details of this. Either way.. it’s what’s currently going on in my life and my mind right now so there you have it.
I’m here to tell you about the book I read in January, for my January pick, and I’m telling you about it in February because I like to keep things fresh. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides; his debut novel to be exact.
The Silent Patient is centered around Theo Faber, a criminal psychotherapist who takes on a famous client; Alicia Berenson, an artist who was sentenced to a psychological institution for brutally murdering her husband. The biggest mystery, aside from the murder itself, is Alicia’s silence.
Alicia has been living in silence for six years; not speaking or giving any indication of communication since the tragic death of her husband. Theo becomes obsessed with the case, truly believing that he can be the one to break the code and make the ultimate breakthrough with Alicia. But what he uncovers may just leave everyone else speechless instead (see what I did there??).
The Silent Patient is a quick read that will get you emotionally invested in the characters and leave you guessing until the very end, and even when you think you have it figured out, just know that you have no idea.
I pride myself on being able to solve a mystery before the last page, and this one I only “figured out” literally as the secret unfolded in front of me. I truly had one of those “what, wait a second!” moments that I really couldn’t believe I didn’t see coming. I love when that happens!
I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars, and definitely recommend it to anyone who loves a good suspense. (For the record, I don’t give out 5 stars very easily. I think I’ve only ever done it twice).
You can check it out on Amazon, or order yourself through the Book of the Month Club. Subscriptions can be made in 3, 6, or 12 month memberships, and members get the perks of adding on additional books for only $9.99 (and if you’re a reader like me, you know that’s a steal for new releases!) If you use my link to sign up, I believe we both may get a free book out of the deal 😉
Leave a comment and let me know what book I need to check out next! I’m always looking for new books to add to my reading list and collection!
Disclaimer: I may have used some affiliate links in this post, which means if you click on any of my affiliate links and make a purchase, I will get a commission straight from the retailer at no additional cost or price to you. If you purchase a Book of the Month Club subscription through my link, I’ll get a free book. And working for books sounds like a good deal to me. All of the opinions in this blog are always mine, and I would never recommend something I didn’t like!
Natasha Funderburk is a wife, #boymom, NASM-Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Consultant, and ACE-Behavior Change Specialist. When not watching her son play baseball, she can be found on various writing platforms, coaching her clients to live their best lives, drinking all the coffee, and conducting living-room dance parties.