The Silent Patient - Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient

By Alex Michaelides

  • Release Date: 2019-02-05
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 2,988 Ratings

Description

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....

Reviews

  • Not as good as people are saying

    3
    By Sdfrdeghfrjed
    I can’t believe folks didn’t figure out the twist that was coming. I knew as soon as the narrator talked about his life growing up and wanting the job so badly
  • Splendid!

    5
    By Yuan_Yinwen
    I know he is the one! Splendid! Very impressed movie script.
  • Silent patient

    5
    By cezaroglu
    Excellent! Could not put the book down.
  • Loved every moment

    5
    By Lillyandcurls
    A gripping tale that only took me 3sittings to get through. Really well composed
  • This book is brilliant!

    5
    By randomXreceiwer
    I think the prologue is what kept me interested. Knowing that she loved him made it hard to put down. I liked that it was like a diary, so you got it from her and knew that it was all true. The part about Alicia Bersons story was kind of boring. Though it was still intriguing. Her story was good, I think it added puzzazz to the story. I just think he should of said they had a big fight before. Then the narators story, it added my favorite thing that could be in a book. Reality. It also taught me what it is like to have a bad past. I just dont really like how then he became a therapist. He should of had a big dream like to be an actor. Amazing!
  • A little stuffy

    3
    By mmuller
    It was clever. But find it hard to get past the Botox Bimbo he chose to represent an American in this book. Unfortunately her character spoke the wrong kind of volumes to me about this author’s view of us. If you want me, as an intelligent and VERY American reader, to continue to read your books- do not tread on my countrymen with such insulting depictions of us. The book was ok but that character was enough to ensure I will read no more of this author’s books.
  • Buy it

    5
    By kgal03
    Amazing twist! Highly recommended. I didn’t stop reading it.
  • Really good

    5
    By Andrealynnstuartfarris
    Loved it.
  • The Silent Patient

    5
    By Rhoady05
    A real page turner! Many twists & turns! Shocking ending. If this is author’s first novel, I’ll look forward to his next!
  • A weak 3/5

    3
    By The28thfish
    I had high hopes for this book, despite being a first novel for a new author. I was disappointed and taken aback by the odd pacing and cliche, forced dialogue. I often found myself eye rolling. The characters were shallow and didn't have strong backgrounds. Details and personalities that were provided throughout the story just led to false hopes and dead ends. The author should study Nolan in order to learn how to write a thriller.