The Silent Patient - Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient

By Alex Michaelides

  • Release Date: 2019-02-05
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 13,482 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....


  • Page turner!

    By arcccccccccc
    Couldn’t put this novel down! So good.
  • Unbelievable Ending!

    By ChattEreader
    This book has a five star ending but I gave it four stars simply because it was a little slow to start for me for a “thriller”. However, the twist is so good it ties everything together and there is a real reason for the slowness at first. I think I just had a different impression of what I was getting into. If you go into it more from a psychological standpoint rather than a suspenseful view then you’ll love it from the start.
  • Just when it starts getting good…

    By ZoLMiTRiPTaN9
    it ends with the worst conclusion I’ve ever read. It completely ruins the big reveal and is so anticlimactic that I feel the author ran out of material while his editor was breathing down his neck and forced the rest of the story out like a deeply lodged poo.
  • Amazing

    By Awesomeful<3;)
    Couldn’t put this one down.
  • Excellent

    By Bbb&K
    Excellent mystery
  • Wow!

    By nursegale
    Amazing book. I couldn’t put it down!
  • Silent Patient

    By Cld57
    Loved it! I used to love reading at night before going to sleep but unfortunately mindlessly scrolling through social media ate up that time. This was the first book in a very long time that I chose to read over the addicting habit of scrolling.
  • Just so good.

    By Balletandbooks
    Read this so fast and loved it!
  • Loved it

    By abaverage
    Best book I’ve read in a while.
  • I couldn’t put it down!

    By KATastrophikkk
    I haven’t read a book in years, and this one was so good that I finished it in less than a day! This was recommended to me via google after searching up psychological thrillers, and I am so happy that I took a chance on it. Kept me interested from the start, and there was a lovely twist at the end.