The Silent Patient - Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient

By Alex Michaelides

  • Release Date: 2019-02-05
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 10,286 Ratings


The instant #1 New York Times bestseller

"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....


  • Brilliant

    I could not put it down.

    This book was absolutely amazing, was unable to put the book down from the first page!
  • Cliché as can be

    This was a painful read. The writing and plot are so overdone that you could find 100 books exactly like this one. A nice twist, but ultimately a major waste of time.
  • Wow!

    Highly recommend!
  • interesting premise, but could have been better

    Read this overnight, but the story and characters flat for me overall. Characters were very one-dimensional. I am an emotional and sensitive person. I feel deeply about things/people, but for some reason, I just felt disconnected with the characters. There just wasn’t empathy. Couldn’t understand their motivation. It was there, but wish it could have been explored more.
  • WOW.

    Best book I’ve ever read. Oh my god. Wow. I never could’ve anticipated the ending. I’m so sad I’m finished with it!!!!
  • Great read

    Kept me hooked to the end
  • The Silent Patient

    First few chapters are slow, but the story line gradually develops and is woven is a way that makes it increasingly hard to put down

    I am normally someone who doesn’t enjoy reading, as I get sidetracked easily. But this book sucked me in immediately and I could not put it down. Definitely recommend if you like thrillers, twists and turns, and enjoy being kept on the edge of your seat.
  • Incredible

    I absolutely loved this book. I was hooked from beginning to end. So much suspense!! So many twists and turns. This is an incredible first book. I look forward to reading more books by this author.