The Silent Patient - Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient

By Alex Michaelides

  • Release Date: 2019-02-05
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 18,645 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....


  • Slightly Disappointing

    By LEMae08
    Lots of build up with predictable plot twist. This was good until the final chapters.
  • Great read!

    By Llzoet
    Great, suspenseful novel. Hard to put down.
  • Leave psychology to psychologists

    By readeriz
    Please do not write a book from the perspective of a therapist if you have absolutely no education in psychology. This is an insult to actual therapists everywhere. The writing is lazy and predictable. It seems like he read many of the classic psychological thrillers and rewrote them to be worse.
  • aMazing

    By caseyloren
    i read this book in two days. it was hard to put down. the twist at the end was super unexpected. his 2nd book, The Maidens is equally as good and ties into this one slightly. they’re both amazing!!!
  • Loved this book!

    By ususjsnsnsnsndjdk
    This book was so easy to binge. It kept you on your toes at the end of every chapter. Even if you can’t get in to the first few pages or even chapters, I encourage you to finish it all the way through. I finished this through a 3 day trip to Hawaii and it was a great choice.
  • Amazing read!!!! You won’t regret!

    By Ladiidree44
    I’m writing this review through partially closed eyes because I decided to fight sleep and finish the book. Now it’s the middle of the night and I have work in the morning, but because the book was so good, I’ll push a little bit more to write this review. I’m surprised by the amount of people who said it was a slow start. I was hooked from the beginning! I didn’t have the greatest childhood and I had to go through therapy for a while. As a result, I am hyper-aware of human reactions to trauma and I am sensitive to just about all forms of coping mechanisms. Michaelides captures the inner workings of each character so beautifully that I am able to see bits of myself in each of them. I thought to myself, “he’s done his research!”- Only to find out he was on a psychotherapy track before becoming an author. This experience definitely makes him superior to most writers. His illustration of the human mind, meshed with an unforeseeable plot twist, makes for a perfect read!!!
  • Buy now!

    By kbmoore2022
    This book consumed me for two days. I truly couldn’t put it down. A plot twist I never expected.
  • A must read

    By Koadog10176543
    Wasn’t a thriller fan before reading this. Do yourself a favor and get a nice big cup of tea and dig into such a great and crazy story.
  • Amazing book

    By pumpkinspice.xo
    Definitely worth the read! Such a good book.
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    By azann__
    The plot twist god