The Silent Patient is a prime example of an unreliable narrator. The concept of Alicia not speaking after such an unthinkable crime sets up for the reader to know how unreliable she is, yet the author writes in a way that makes the reader want to believe that Alicia would not do such a crime. The writing style is fast paced and makes the reader want to like Alicia, and makes one wary of her therapist, Theo.
The author uses the past and present to uncover what really happened the night of Alicia's crime. Unlike some books, the switch between past and present is easy to read and understand. With twists and turns, and a great plot twist, this is a thriller like no other. This is one unforgettable, un-put-downable book!