The Patient

The Patient

The Silent Patient by way of Stephen King: Parker, a young, overconfident psychiatrist new to his job at a mental asylum, miscalculates catastrophically when he undertakes curing a mysterious and profoundly dangerous patient.

In a series of online posts, Parker H., a young psychiatrist, chronicles the harrowing account of his time working at a dreary mental hospital in New England. Through this internet message board, Parker hopes to communicate with the world his effort to cure one bewildering patient.

We learn, as Parker did on his first day at the hospital, of the facility’s most difficult, profoundly dangerous case—a forty-year-old man who was originally admitted to the hospital at age six. This patient has no known diagnosis. His symptoms seem to evolve over time. Every person who has attempted to treat him has been driven to madness or suicide.

Desperate and fearful, the hospital’s directors keep him strictly confined and allow minimal contact with staff for their own safety, convinced that releasing him would unleash catastrophe on the outside world. Parker, brilliant and overconfident, takes it upon himself to discover what ails this mystery patient and finally cure him. But from his first encounter with the mystery patient, things spiral out of control, and, facing a possibility beyond his wildest imaginings, Parker is forced to question everything he thought he knew.

Fans of Sarah Pinborough’s Behind Her Eyes and Paul Tremblay’s The Cabin at the End of the World will be riveted by Jasper DeWitt’s astonishing debut.

Title:The Patient
Edition Language:English
ISBN:null
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    The Patient Reviews

  • marilyn

    The events of The Patient are related to us through posts to a now defunct online psychiatric forum. Dr Parker H. relates what happened at his first job, at a mental asylum, where he attempted to trea...

  • Michelle

    This is my experience with The Patient from the moment I heard of it to the moment I turned the last page. March 9th - Hears of book through interwebs (Goodreads I'd imagine though can't be sure)....

  • preoccupiedbybooks

    A chilling and dark supernatural horror, which terrified me, and haunted my dreams/nightmares!A creepy mental asylum,A fresh faced, over confident psychiatrist,A supposedly incurable, and dangerous pa...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    A horrifying, dark, bleak asylum: a young idealist psychiatrist who suffers from guilt trips because of his inability to cure his own mother, becomes a volunteer to treat a real dangerous patient who ...

  • Gabby

    4.5 starsIt's been a few days since I finished this but I needed some time to process how I felt about it. I think I'm settling at a 4.5 stars, I loved it so much. And one thing I can say for sure is ...

  • Bridgett

    If you're looking for a supernatural horror story, with a side of psychology, look no further!I started this novella (it's quite short at only 200+ pages), at 2:30 AM and finished up around 4:30...I w...

  • Beata

    A young, ambitious psychiatrist finds himself employed in an asylum.Gradually Parker becomes obsessed with one mysterious patient called Joe, kept in isolation and with a limited number of staff allow...

  • ?Misericordia? ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ?????? ????

    A horror and a psychothriller rolled into one. Nice twistie, chillingish horror and every bell and whistle of the genre in just the right dose.Q:But every hospital, even one with patients like these, ...

  • Lisa

    Review to come or not... Soon,.maybe.😯...

  • Chelsey (a_novel_idea11)

    Parker is a young medical school graduate from a prestigious school. Though he has many doors open to him, he is committed to staying local and helping the less fortunate because of personal past expe...