First Lines Friday- 21 January 2022

First Lines Friday is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

This week’s First Lines Friday book was released back in February 2019!

First Lines


“I don’t know why I’m writing this. That’s not true. Maybe. I do know and just don’t want to admit it to myself.”


And the book is…….

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides!

Cover of The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Synopsis: 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. Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….

I’ve been told to read this book by multiple people, and I even have a physical copy of the book sitting on my shelf! Alex Michaelides’ new book is also on my TBR list, so I really should get to reading this book right away. I just like to be in the mood for a thriller, otherwise, it’s hard for me to fully enjoy it. The premise sounds very intriguing, and the first page already has me hooked!

Already read The Silent Patient? Let me know what you thought in the comments!

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