My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Ok guys. I read/listened to this one in 2 days. I couldn’t stop!
Bravo to Alex Michaelides for writing a fast paced and enthralling thriller with such an interesting plot line. And for totally shocking me, which I feel is getting harder and harder to do with the mystery/thriller genre becoming so super saturated with fantastic talent.
So what’s this book about? Theo is a psychotherapist. Alicia is a painter-turned-murderous-wife who has been accused of killing her husband and landed herself a spot at the Grove, a treatment center for the criminally insane. But, the kicker? Since the murder, Alicia has been completely silent, not speaking a word to anybody for years. Theo thinks he can break Alicia’s silence, and unearth the mystery surrounding her husband’s death.
Okay, so first of all… I am a sucker for anything that is heavy handed in psychiatry. The human brain is so interesting and I’m always fascinated to read about mental illness (fiction or nonfiction). Second, I love when books have formatting changes throughout, and this book told the story both in prose and via Alicia’s journal. Loved the back and forth of the story as the writing style alternated.
The only very minor note I have for this book is that there were times when I felt there were a lot of characters involved in the mystery (which seemed like the authors attempt to throw the reader off the scent) and every once in a while I found that the story got a tad complicated.
But let me tell you, the ending was freaking fantastic. I almost had to rewind the audiobook because my jaw practically hit the floor and I thought I might have misheard what was going on. But, turns out I hadn’t. Alex Michaelides just throws an enormous curve ball that I was not anticipating and it was so refreshing to read a thriller whose ending I was not expecting.
Very, very good book with a lot of interesting and entertaining content. I would highly recommend it.