Feb. 6: The Silent Patient By Alex Michaelides

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Psychotherapist Theo Faber is obsessed with the case of Alicia Berenson, an artist convicted of murdering her husband six years ago. Ever since she was found standing over his dead body, splattered with blood, she's remained silent, not even speaking up in her own defense at trial. When the judge sentences her to Grove Psychiatric Hospital instead of prison.

Theo sees his opportunity to work with her firsthand, leaving a more prestigious and stable job to work at the financially strapped hospital. Through Theo's first-person narration and excerpts from Alicia's diary that document events taking place before the murder, readers slowly learn about the circumstances leading to the deadly event. As Theo struggles to connect with mute Alicia and secretly conducts his own investigation into her past, he hopes to uncover clues about her marriage and what set off such a violent episode, wrestling with his own psychological demons along the way.

Clever plotting, red herrings, and multiple twists ensure most readers will be surprised by the ending of this debut thriller from screenwriter (The Devil You Know) Michaelides.    

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About the author:

Alex Michaelides was born in Cyprus in 1977 to a Greek father and English mother. He studied English literature at Cambridge University and got his MA in screenwriting at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. He wrote the film The Devil You Know(2013), starring Rosamund Pike, and co-wrote The Brits are Coming (2018), starring Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Parker Posey and Sofia Vergara. THE SILENT PATIENT is his first novel.


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Upcoming books: The PC Reads volunteers have chosen the following books for the first seven months of 2020. Why not plan ahead and pick up books that we will be discussing in the next few months? Many are available at local libraries.

Mar. 5 - Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Apr 2 - This Tender Land by William Kent Kruger

May 7 - The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Jun 4 - Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Jul 7 - The Storyteller's Secret by Sejal Badani