This was such an interesting little book. I went back to the description a couple times to double check, after thinking this might be non-fiction. The writing style lent to is seeming more realistic. The storyline is familiar, a mentally-ill patient spending countless years institutionalized. However, it took a bit of a horror slant when people started dying. I thought The Patient was engaging and fast-paced. It had me on the edge of my seat until the conclusion, which isn’t always typical for me. I liked that it was a quick read, that could be tackled in one or a few short reading sessions. As a social worker, I could related to the characters who were new to the institution and just knew that they were going to be the ones to change this patient. I also appreciate the twist with the childhood home that I didn’t see coming at all. I definitely recommend!