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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Silent PatientThe Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary

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...


My Review


Cunningly written. The writer weaves a spectacular web of suspicion throughout the story. the story is fast paced and keeps you plunging into theory after theory, to who the murderer is. the ending unfolds as you would unfold a crumpled piece of paper, once you have laid it out, smoothed proper and that's when you realize that the mystery was actually no mystery because it was solved way before.

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The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1) by Robert Galbraith


The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Synopsis

A brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide. After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man. You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

My Review


J.K Rowling is already a super writer and needs no intro, however, I will review this book not on the basis that the author wrote Harry Potter because I loved those.
This book has a great mystery story no doubt, but I felt so left out of the entire book, I mean the starting is pretty good , scenes with the secretary Robin are funny and interesting, however, I would have really liked if there was some kind of information given on how the Detective's mind was working, if the story of the murderer was revealed through a story and not just in a narrative from the detective, it would have been more interesting.
I like reading books more than watching their respective movies because, in a book you can actually feel and see each character, read their thoughts and see how they work as a human, but in movies you just cannot have that kind of insight into a character, so I guess that's where this book lets me down.
I read The Silkworm, before this one and I was thinking maybe there is something I didn't get but I guess J K writes a mystery book this way and although the story was pretty good but the way it's presented is not very interesting.

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Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne


SYNOPSIS

All Evie wants is to be normal. She’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the girl-who-went-crazy. She’s even going to parties and making friends. There’s only one thing left to tick off her list…

But relationships are messy – especially relationships with teenage guys. They can make any girl feel like they’re going mad. And if Evie can’t even tell her new friends Amber and Lottie the truth about herself, how will she cope when she falls in love?

My Review

I got this book from my local bookstore. 

The cover looked attractive and the way it the title is framed as a question, compells you to grab the book and see whats it about.
This was a different book than what I usually read. It was insightful and funny and id deals with the stigma of mental illness beautifully. 
The misconceptions or insensitivity that we now a days show towards OCD and other mental illness is described spot on.
The end of the book offers some nice advice for life in general. Reading about Evie and her friends' journey from new friends to best friends was heartwarming.

About the Author

Holly started her writing career as a news journalist, where she was nominated for Best Print Journalist of the Year. She then spent six years working as an editor, a relationship advisor, and general ‘agony aunt’ for a youth charity – helping young people with their relationships and mental health.

Inspired by what she saw, she started writing teen fiction, including the best-selling, award-winning ‘Spinster Club’ series which helps educate teenagers about feminism. When she turned thirty, Holly wrote her first adult novel, 'How Do You Like Me Now?', examining the intensified pressures on women once they hit that landmark.

Alongside her writing, Holly has a keen interest in women’s rights and is an advocate for reducing the stigma of mental health problems. She’s helped create online apps that teach young people about sexual consent, works with Women’s Aid to spread awareness of abusive relationships, and runs Rethink’s mental health book club.