A Quick, Suspenseful Read

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What I Loved: This quick little book has been heavily marketed as The Silent Patient by way of Stephen King, and in a way I would say that’s accurate if Stephen King = supernatural twist.

I will admit I was not expecting some of the twists. Honestly I have the horrible habit of trying to guess the twists by prediction the most outrageous twist imaginable. I would say I am correct about 50% of the time so I was quite tickled The Patient managed to surprise me.

The book is short so the pacing is realtively quick and consistent. I for one was sucked into the mystery of this patient who supposedly drives any caregivers insane.

What I Didn’t Love: I was not expecting this book to be epistolary but it was laid out kind of like blog entries. I found the format a little jarring initially but once I got the hang of it, it was no longer distracting. I think it is a natural hazard of writing such a short book- the characters were very one dimensional and I would have liked a little more back story on all of them.

But overall the novel was enjoyable. I would recommend it to people looking for short horror.