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…
This book has been quite a discovery. It really blew my mind. It’s very difficult to write this review without giving away hints or spoilers, so excuse me if I keep it brief. I’ll do my best.
It’s a page-turner that will suck you in since the very first moment that you open the book, and it will make you believe whatever the narrator wants you to believe. And then comes the realization. And boom! Suddenly you are thinking “What?” And yes, it is that good.
The plot, the characters, and the pace of the narrative are perfectly crafted. I couldn’t find any flaw or problem with any aspect of the book.
Hats off to Michaelides!
For all of that, I give this book… 5 TEA CUPS!