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The Silent Patient - Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient

By Alex Michaelides

  • Release Date: 2019-02-05
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 12,730 Ratings



"An unforgettable—and Hollywood-bound—new thriller... A mix of Hitchcockian suspense, Agatha Christie plotting, and Greek tragedy."
Entertainment Weekly

The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband—and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive.

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him....


  • Slow build semi predictable ending

    By Living_deadmommy
    Well written book about a mentally disturbed woman who is selective mute with an interesting twist in the end but also felt a little flat.
  • Great but over rate

    By Val.Levin
    Great book, but I think too much hype around it.
  • Just Amazing!

    By Taylor Hawke
    This book was just absolutely amazing. At first I wasn’t able to get into it but then I kept reading because I’m in school to get my psychology degree. Over all I’m so glad I continued to read it was definitely worth it.
  • Great book!

    By laurajsimmons94
    Great thriller! I guessed the ending with about 100 pages to go but still so captivating and wild!

    By Lala Terminaator
    THIS BOOK WAS SOO GOOD! You must pay attention to every detail. It is long - if you’re a book worm like me you’ll love it because it’s not rushed- but it keeps you interested the whole time trying to figure out THE OBVIOUS MYSTERY OF THE BOOK of why the patient is silent HOWEVER THE ENDING REVEALS MANY MYSTERIES YOU DIDNT SEE COMING & BLOWS YOUR MIND TO EVENTS IN THE BOOK YOU DIDNT FEEL WERE OF THAT MYSTERIOUS CALIBER! HOW THE LIFE OF MANY DIFFERENT CHARACTERS ARE CONNECTED AND THE ENDING REVEALS WHY!!! AMAZING!! FANTASTIC PSYCHOLOGICAL MYSTERY THRILLER!!
  • The silent Patient

    By Frangeipanti
    It started fine then it turned into the worst drivel I’ve ever read I’ll never read anything by this author again or watch a movie or anything it’s horrible one of the few books I just couldn’t finish. It doesn’t deserve one star it deserves no stars
  • How is this Author not a Therapist?!

    By Lieutenant Cat M.
    I couldn’t put this book down. Read it in a weekend. As a former Therapist, I found myself angry at the main character throughout the whole story—then that stellar ending. Wow. The nuance of the characters to include their inner worlds, their flaws, and how it all tied to therapy and inpatient psychiatric facilities?! It was clearly so well researched so the story nestled in to the scenery seamlessly.
  • Great twist

    By Madnel11
    For me, this book started out a tad slow which is why I’m giving it 4/5 stars. The ending had a great twist and I wish had went on a little while longer to know the final resolution.
  • The Silent Patient

    By AyeKnight
    The plot twist at the end!!! Great book 5/5 stars!!
  • Interesting, but predictable by the enc

    By eat1465
    Interesting story, although about half way through it became pretty predictable.