3 weeks ago
Psychotherapist Theo Faber, the emotionally fragile narrator of Michaelides’s superb first novel, finagles his way to a job at the Grove, a “secure forensic unit” in North London, where artist Alicia Berenson has been housed for six years since she was convicted of murdering her prominent fashion photographer husband, Gabriel. The evidence against Alicia was clear—Gabriel was tied to a chair and shot several times in the face with a gun that had only her fingerprints. Since the day of her arrest, Alicia has never said a word. Before the murder, Alicia painted a provocative self-portrait entitled Alcestis, based on a Greek myth that seemed to echo her life. Her current therapists reluctantly agree to let Theo treat the heavily drugged Alicia to get her to speak. The boundary between doctor and patient blurs as Theo, who admits he became a therapist “because I was fucked-up,” seeks to cure his own emotional problems in the course of treating Alicia. This edgy, intricately plotted psychological thriller establishes Michaelides as a major player in the field. 200,000-copy announced first printing.
Loved it! This is soooo good. I can’t even describe it. The characters were just so so so good. The story…damn. And don’t even get me started about the ending, dear god!
5 months ago
Very interesting read and a great psychological thriller. I didn't expect the ending at all although I should've suspected so when the psychoanalyst never doubted her guilt, almost everyone who knew seemed convinced she didn't do it, but he despite the fact that he was so keen on helping her, never mentioned his doubt of her guilt. When all was revealed, I was actually on the verge of forgiving him up until he tried to kill her and then framed his colleague.
It's definitely worth reading.
5 months ago
Great psychological thriller - squarely in the camp of Gone Girl, or Woman in The Window, or Girl on the Train.
Totally page turner- read it in 2 sittings. Great holiday beach read, with a twisty ending, but not a ton of substance.
8 months ago
This book is fabulous. !!
I’m just stuck with this. Its always help toh remember the valure of mental health/peace.
Such a great a work with alex. 💛📖
9 months ago
I thought this was really good, but it lacks some of the twists and turns that you get from a Gone Girl or Girl on the Train
1 year ago
If you're looking for a plot twist... this is your book! The ending was phenomenal. Great psychological thriller!
Alex wrote a masterpiece here, if this was a movie I would watch it without hesitation
Enjoyed this. I saw the twist coming but not until later in the book and it was enjoyable.