Alicia lives a ‘perfect’ life, a successful painter married
to a successful photographer; they are the couple others aspire to be. That is until Alicia shoots her husband five
times in the face and just stops talking.
Despite the efforts of those around her, she remains silent throughout
her trial and is eventually committed to a secure psychiatric unit.
Theo, a psychotherapist, is fascinated by Alicia’s
silence. He follows the drama
surrounding Alicia and becomes convinced that he would be able to reach her, to
bring forth the story that only she can tell.
When a position becomes available at the Grove Theo is successful and so
begins the journey towards Alicia’s ‘salvation’.
While Alicia is the subject, the reader learns about her
only through Theo’s conversations with those who knew her, the artwork Theo
urges her to produce, and to a degree from her diaries. Theo is the main narrator, seeking to develop
a meaningful relationship with Alicia, painting a picture of this person who
refuses or is unable to speak for herself.
While this is undoubtedly a psychological thriller, with
twists and turns galore, it is so much more.
The writing is immersive, the prose beautiful and the characterisations
are fully realised.
For crime readers, a plot reveal that they haven’t been able
to figure out before the author presents it is often a measure of a good read,
but this book is well worth your time either way.
Submitted by Lorna
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