The Silent Patient - Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient

By Alex Michaelides

  • Release Date: 2019-02-05
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 16,838 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....


  • Good read but not as shocking as I expected

    By Tay K Way
    Perhaps I only saw it coming because I’d read similar books already such as “The Wife Between Us” but unfortunately I saw the very hyped up plot twist coming. Nonetheless, I wouldn’t say it “ruined” the story for me. I quite enjoyed getting into the minds of Alicia and Theo. I find Theo a particularly interesting character. And it was very enjoyable reading a story where almost all of the dialogue was completely one-sided. The fact that Alicia doesn’t talk and yet we can still get to know so much about her firsthand through her nonverbal language and Theo’s psychoanalysis of her is proof of the author’s talent and makes for a fascinating story. I also really loved how the author took inspiration from Greek mythology and incorporated it perfectly into the plot in a way that felt so natural. A good read that kept me moving through the story and didn’t at all feel like a waste of time even though I knew what was coming.
  • It was alright

    By taylornn142
    Honestly it was hard to follow. The hype made me read it and it was not that good. The only reason I kept reading was because I wanted to see what happened, but the ending was just a mess.
  • so good

    By cassjeannn
    i read this book for six hours straight on my day off it was so good.
  • Blew my mind

    By KaciShon
    Perfect mystery thriller from start to finish!
  • Amazing book!

    By lizebeth042119
    This was one of the best suspenseful thrillers I have ever read. Just when you think you got it figured it out, it takes you completely by surprise. Great ending. I highly recommend for those who enjoy suspenseful thrillers
  • The Silent Patient

    By jejejwkejrbvyvehw
    A page turner. I could not put it down.
  • Such a good book

    By Gery679
    I couldn’t stop reading it, the plot was perfectly made and the twists and suspense it had, I definitely recommend reading it
  • Keep you on the edge of your seat

    By Dollybolly1
    Superb novel with an unpredictable ending.
  • Wow!

    By xo_karina
    Captivating all the way through!
  • Suspenseful

    By HairnetsAndAprons
    I enjoyed this book. It flows well and ended differently than I thought, which is always a nice surprise. I would read more from this author.