Publish Date: 02/05/19
Author: Alex Michaelides
Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.
Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.
I had heard so many good things about this book but was a little reluctant to pick it up. Sometimes the hype of a book ruins it for me because I expect so much and am delivered something that didn’t live up to my excitement. Anything that deals with psychology though I really do end up loving. Psychology was a minor for me in college concentrating on abnormal psycholgy and my favorite book is One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. The setting of this book was a plus for me. It was an interesting premise to add a psycholanalysis aspect on the book.
Alicia was such a puzzle for me as intended but so was Theo. I had a hard time understanding him as a person even with the data given to us about what he had endured. Both characters were intriguing and a mystery that kept me interested throughout the book. I did not want to put the book down. I dread every moment that I had to be responsible and put the book down.
My only fault to the story was that I figured out the ending which I hate doing. I love twists and surprises and I did put everything together. I won’t go more into that because I don’t want to give anything away for anyone else. I still absolutely enjoyed it and really loved the twist even though it was something I put together. I think that it was well written and I’m glad that I got around to this one sooner rather than later.