The Silent Patient

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....

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Overrated1 star

I really wanted to like it but it was predictable and the writing was simplistic, full of cliches. Okay it would be fine for a mindless beach read but it was a waste of time for me. 15


Captivating throughout but3 star

Kind of falls towards the ending. I 35


Three women1 star

Lost interest, poorly written characters with backgrounds that read as more fiction then fact 15


Amazing book5 star

I notoriously begin many books and finish few. I could not put this book down. It is beautifully written and a must read. 55


Can’t put it down!!5 star

I haven’t read a book in years, I was just scrolling threw messing around and stumbled across this. Read 2 pages and I was sold. Say up countless hours reading this amazing book! 55

An Uncommon Reader

The Silent Patient1 star

Trite. One of the imitations of Gone Girl whose ending is predictable and, ultimately, boring. 15


SO SO SO GOOD.5 star

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading. I didn’t read a summary. I read the sample and then decided I MUST know where it’s going. I loved this book. I hope they make a movie so my husband can know what I’m going on about. (Since he won’t read..) 55


Enthralling4 star

The end doesn’t even matter in this book (as surprising as it is), it’s the journey that will make you read all night long: the mystery, the silence, the sadness, the psychological quest to understand “why” or even more ...”what is redemption” . There is the curious mind of a psychologist, there is the emotional hurt we feel present in the book from the beginning to the end (but can’t understand why we feel it). We sense there is something tragic that lays beneath the story but we can’t quite put our finger on it, one dead end after another. When is it that we “lose” someone, is it when they die, before, after? and what happens when we “lose” the one person who we thought loved us unconditionally. It’s not a book about grief per se, it’s a book about the horrifying realization and actions we take when we realize we are alone. 45


Ii3 star

O 35


Thrilling!5 star

LOVED this book. Amazing twists and turns along the way. Couldn’t put this book down! 55

Tipping pt

Interesting5 star

Update: I did read it again. Slower this time. I do acknowledge that he only sees Alicia once a day but his detective work between Alicia and Kathy took up a lot of time too, so how did he spend the rest of his day? Guess that doesn’t matter. Still a great read. My only other criticism is the diary. A diary isn’t typically written so verbatim, or is it? Very realistic story-telling for a diary. Perhaps this diary could have been told from a different POV. Like Alicia’s version instead of a diary. I don’t know. I still give it four stars. Not many books I read twice, that’s for sure!!! I need to read it again. And look for the signals or foreshadowing. Great book club read. There were some pieces of information I’d have like answered, without the use of filler - like how Theo didn’t have any other patients and was able to secure Alicia as his only patient, how he was able to continue detective work after being found out, etc. All in all, it was a good story and kept me turning pages... perhaps wanting answers ...only to be surprised at the ending!! 55


Best book I’ve read in years5 star

My sister bought this book and I told her I’d read it with her. Well, I finished it before her. Every page made me need more. I still need more. Such an incredible story. Definitely a first when it comes to originality. ***** five stars all around! 55


Page turner - I loved it!5 star

Well written, intense storyline with well developed characters. I absolutely loved this book. 55


The Silent Patient5 star

This is was an excellent read. I found myself wanting more, never wanting this story to come to a conclusion. Magnificent work!!! 55


Not sure this is worth the hype2 star

I read the reviews and debated buying this. In the end I would have to say I wouldn’t purchase it again. I didn’t find it to be a page turner. I was bored most of the time I was reading it. The twist wasn’t really an ah-ha moment. And the characters served no purpose but to throw you off the scent. 25


The Silent Patient3 star

I don’t like books with last sentences that leave me hanging: The Silent Patient is one of those. But I do like stories with a twist: The Silent Patient is also one of those. The twist makes this one a pretty good mystery thriller. It’s a quick read. 35


Suspenseful5 star

I couldn’t put it down!! Shocked by the ending!! 55


Not as good as people are saying3 star

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 35


Splendid!5 star

I know he is the one! Splendid! Very impressed movie script. 55


Silent patient5 star

Excellent! Could not put the book down. 55

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