The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides



Kept me on my toes till the mid, not the very end. It's the kind of book you start and can't stop reading till you know what actually happens.


"We are made up of different parts, some good, some bad, and a healthy mind can tolerate this ambivalence and juggle both good and bad at the same time. Mental illness is precisely about a lack of this kind of integration - we end up losing contact with the unacceptable parts of ourselves."


"We often mistake love for fireworks - for drama and dysfunction. But real love is very quiet, very still. It's boring, if seen from the perspective of high drama. Love is deep and calm - and constant."


"No one is born evil. As Winnicott put it, “A baby cannot hate the mother, without the mother first hating the baby."



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