Ontario Reads

Ontario Reads 2020

What is Ontario Reads?

At the completion of the Summer Reading program, library patrons who are seeking a new literary challenge are encouraged to participate in Ontario Reads. This 6-8 week program is patterned after the American Library Association’s “One Book, One Community” initiative. It is an opportunity for the library to connect patrons through literacy by selecting one book for participants to read, then having them share and discuss it. Past programs have explored Mexican-American cultures in Luis Alberto Urrea’s Into the Beautiful North; Gabrielle Zevin’s book about second chances in The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry; Mary Shelley’s gothic thriller Frankenstein; a sci-fi adventure in Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton; and the uplifting Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.

The Ontario City Library is committed to building community, and one of the ways we can do this is to offer the book in English, Spanish, large print and audiobook formats. The books are complemented with informative and creative programming that may include arts and crafts, films, or an author meet-and-greet.

How to Participate

  • Read the book
  • Enjoy the book (or not)
  • Share the book with a friend
  • Discuss the book after your friend has read it
  • Return to the library for book activities


The Silent Patient

The Ontario Reads 2020 title is The Silent Patientt by Alex Michaelides. This debut novel is a tale of murder and betrayal, wrapped in Greek mythology. Described as a psychological thriller and character study with a masterful plot, this page-turner will leave you guessing until the end.

Alex Michaelides is a screenwriter with an interest in Greek mythology and work experience in group psychotherapy. Born in Cyprus to a Greek-Cypriot father and an English mother, he studied English literature at Cambridge University and received an MA in screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. In

The Silent Patient, we meet psychotherapist Theo Faber who joins the staff at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London. His primary goal is having the opportunity to work with Alicia Berenson, a renowned artist infamous for the grizzly murder of her husband. Since the shooting Alicia has refused to utter a single word. Theo knows he can break through to her, but what will she say if he does? Obsession and paranoia color this thriller with a twist ending that will get everyone talking.

Similar Mystery Books

If you liked The Silent Patient or are a fan of the Mystery genre, here is a list of books you might also like:

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel
When I Was You by Minka Kent
The Invitation by Rachel Abbott
I Found You by Lisa Jewell
Too Close by Natalie Daniels
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Tell Me Lies by J.P. Pomare
The House Keeper by Natalie Barelli
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing


Mystery Movie Nights

This year, the Ontario City Library invites Ontario Reads participants to stay home for a Mystery Movie Night! Check out a copy of The Silent Patient and receive a coupon for 7 free DVD or Blu-Ray rentals.

Try one of these Staff Picks:

Memento (2000)
Get Out (2017)
The Game (1997)
Clue (1985)
Knives Out (2019)
Vertigo (1958)


Downloadable Files