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  • The Silent Patient

  • By: Alex Michaelides
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins, Louise Brealey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,066

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Suspense at its best!

  • By NBurkey on 02-10-19

Suspense at its best!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-19

This recently released debut novel by Alex Michaelides has been called a psychological thriller, but I think the more appropriate term would be a psychological suspense, and a fantastic one at that. The reader is not anxiously awaiting another attack from an unknown villain, but rather sits in page-turning anticipation of understanding the ‘why’ of a known killer. Since the murder takes place in the very beginning of the book and we are pretty sure (with occasional moments of doubt) that we know who the murderer is, the brilliance is how the author takes us through numerous twists and turns as we follow the mystery of why and how this event occurred.

The writing is tight, the characters engrossing in a macabre sense, and the darkness so well orchestrated that the reader is left with the sense that one can really never know oneself, let alone someone else…or what we/they are capable of. Bravo. Great debut novel.

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  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,542

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and Drawn Out!!!

  • By M. Ryder on 10-05-17

Fabulous!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-18

All her life, she had learned that passion, like fire, was a dangerous thing. It so easily went out of control.

How many times can I say, This is one of my favorite books ever, and have credibility? Whatever. This book is fantastic. I entered with trepidation, thinking that Ng could never match the brilliance of Everything I Never Told You. But Celeste Ng has done it again with this deep and compelling family drama that touches on so many relevant themes and is sure to touch the hearts of all of her readers.

I have seen some reviews that talk about the slow initial pace. I hate slow pace. I loved this book. Why? Her character development is so engrossing that I, as a lover of fast-paced plot, wanted to just surround myself with her words, her descriptions, as if taking a warm bath that remains always at the perfect temperature. Ng also has the rare ability to move point-of-view from third-person intimate to the occasional omniscient POV in order for the reader to see the characters more fully without that shift being jarring to the reader. She just has masterful technique. The only knock I would have on this one, is the envy for the author's skill that I experienced throughout-- there you have it, my petty side is revealed. All kidding aside, life is short. Put down anything you're reading that you think is just okay, and pick this one up.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful