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If you like "The Silent Patient" you will love "The Woman in the Window"

Part 2: If You Like That... You Will Love This! Exploring Psychological Thrillers

Fans of a psychological thriller called “The Silent Patient” that delves into the depth of the human psyche will find themselves spellbound by the chilling narrative presented in "The Woman in the Window" by A.J. Finn.

These two captivating novels combine the element of surprise, suspense, and gripping plot twists that mess with your brain. These books deliver heart-stopping twists that keep the reader on the edge of their seat; if you were captivated by the psychological intricacies of "The Silent Patient," prepare to embark on another enthralling journey with "The Woman in the Window."

“The Silent Patient” and “The Woman in the Window” both use the elements of paranoia and perception and intertwine the two to create a mind-bending thriller. For example, in “The Silent Patient,” the readers see the journey of a troubled woman’s world. We explore the mind of a woman accused of murdering her husband. After the allegations, she completely shuts down. The dialogue between Alicia’s non-verbal speaking and Theo (a physiotherapist who wants to investigate the reason behind Alicia’s silence) engages the reader in a way that keeps the reader hooked, wanting to uncover more and more about the mystery. In “The Woman in the Window,” the readers explore the intricacies of a story that doesn’t have a definite answer. Because the main character, Anna Fox, is agoraphobic and never exits her apartment, she’s also obsessed over spying on her neighbors (probably because she has nothing better to do). Then one day, Anna sees a crime happen right in front of her eyes, and her perception and credibility start to get questioned. People don’t know if they should trust the crazy girl. You will find yourself doubting the truth and challenging the lies. While reading this, you will go crazy. Reading the physiological turmoil of these two books twists and turns your brain until you don’t know what is real or imaginary.

“Remember, love that doesn’t include honesty doesn’t deserve to be called love.” Alex Michaelides, The Silent Patient

Both "The Silent Patient" and "The Woman in the Window" specialize in obscure and troubled characters - they add intensity to the book adding intrigue and conspiracy to the storyline. In “The Silent Patient,” we have Alicia Berenson’s silence and hidden truth, which Theo Faber works to unravel the reason. Then “The Woman in the Woman” features Anna Fox with a past that haunts her till this day - both these characters play a significant part in the production of this nail-biter story. As readers try to untangle the web of deception and flake away the hidden motivations, we can see the hidden truth and dark secrets behind the situation.

The settings included in both these books assist in the atmospheric tension. The environment also adds a sense of stability - the readers know where and what the story discloses - and this grips readers throughout the novels. In "The Silent Patient," the intimidating psychiatric facility where Alicia Berenson is creates an uncomfortable/uneasy situation for the reader, giving them a feeling of claustrophobia. Anna Fox’s apartment in “The Woman in the Window” presents a similar sense of isolation and confinement. Adding a suspenseful backdrop provokes the readers to find out what the surrounding means in the grand scheme of things.

“The Silent Patient’s” carefully calculated conspiracy has the reader astonished with the plot twists. Everything in this book doesn’t have predictable points - it’s unexpected and captivating. They challenge the reader’s brain and ability to pay attention to the smallest of things, circumstances that wouldn’t faze them day-to-day, their prowess in looking at the detail, and being cautious of every single fact. Analogous to the uncanny ability of “The Woman in the Window” that teaches readers to take in every fact and lock it up in their brain remembering it for future events. Both novels push readers to question their assumptions and examine the reliability of the characters that surround the book.

“My head was once a filing cabinet. Now it's a flurry of papers, floating on a draft.” - A.J. Finn, The Woman in the Window

If you were enthralled by the gripping psychological depths of "The Silent Patient" by Alex Michaelides, I can write it down on paper that the haunting journey in “The Woman in the Window” by A.J. Fin will not disappoint you. These novels leave chills down your spine by having elements of psychological suspense, unreliable narrators, and unexpected twists that will keep you hooked until the final page. Prepare to lose yourself in "The Woman in the Window" and discover a psychological thriller that will leave you breathless.

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