The Silent Patient - Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient

By Alex Michaelides

  • Release Date: 2019-02-05
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 11,700 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....


  • Spellbinding

    By JanhaviDeor
    Its a quick read around a classic unreliable narrator. As many said, it starts a bit slow but the end is fast. Last 30 so pages go by quickly. Intriguing storyline nonetheless. The touch of greek mythology makes it unique.
  • A definite page turner that gets you thinking.

    By bunnyfour20
    I really liked this book... it had me reading for 2 days straight! A very well written book, however the ending happened abruptly and left me somewhat dissatisfied.
  • Great Read

    By R.LR
    Enjoyed the way this story was written. Creatively descriptive and a handful of moments that were genuinely thought provoking.
  • Amazing

    By Selenator1313
    Wow just wow! I loved this book from start to finish,so much happened that kept me interested until the very last sentence
  • Good writing , bad ending

    By 45$,!-&2
    It was a page turner till the last 2 chapters. Having the main character hold out an extremely important fact/perspective the entire book doesn’t feel like a clever twist. Regardless, the rest of the book was written well.
  • Decent and easy read but bad ending

    By Meg515314
    I liked this book with the exception of the ending. I think it could have used one more chapter dated in the future.
  • A literal edge of your seat book

    By Meg!09
    I normally don’t ever write reviews, but I just finished this book and wanted to comment so others could also enjoy. I started reading this book in the evening and couldn’t put it down so I stayed up late to finish. I was not disappointed. The story is gripping and the end is a masterpiece. Definitely recommend for anyone who loves thrillers or just a captivating read.
  • Fantastic

    By ~𝐴.𝐻.
    Hands down one of the best books i ever read. The ending truly wraps it all together and its all in all a pretty peaceful ending all things considered. Wonderful book!!👏🏼👏🏼
  • Wow

    By Smufsmurfsmurf
    It started as a sample, then I HAD to get the entire book. 2 days, 2 days and I finished it. Completely shocking! Highly recommend.
  • This book is a much read!

    By Casterwill_
    You don’t see the end coming. I was extremely surprised.