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....

The Silent Patient - Alex Michaelides Summary

The Silent Patient is a 2019 psychological thriller novel written by British-Cypriot author Alex Michaelides. The debut novel was published by Celadon Books, a division of Macmillan Publishers, on 5th February 2019. The audiobook version, released on the same date, is read by Louise Brealey and Jack Hawkins. The story is narrated by an English psychotherapist, Theo Faber, dealing with a patient who turns mute after murdering her husband. Upon its release, the book debuted on The New York Times Best Seller list at No.1. ..

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The Silent Patient - Alex Michaelides Book Reviews (11,642)


Great Read5 star

Enjoyed the way this story was written. Creatively descriptive and a handful of moments that were genuinely thought provoking. 55


Amazing5 star

Wow just wow! I loved this book from start to finish,so much happened that kept me interested until the very last sentence 55


Good writing , bad ending3 star

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. 35


Decent and easy read but bad ending3 star

I liked this book with the exception of the ending. I think it could have used one more chapter dated in the future. 35


A literal edge of your seat book5 star

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. 55


Fantastic5 star

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!!👏🏼👏🏼 55


Wow5 star

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. 55


This book is a much read!5 star

You don’t see the end coming. I was extremely surprised. 55

Mrs. Zazueta

Plot twist of the century5 star

I LOVED THIS BOOK. I just did not see that crazy plot twist coming. Great from beginning to end! 55


Silent patient5 star

Page turner and fast pace! Highly recommend! 55


Amazing5 star

Thank you Alex Michaelides 55


Whoa!5 star

It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a book, however this is the first book I’ve read in mystery-suspense and now I’m hooked. I couldn’t put this book down. I always caught myself thinking -what happens next-. This is by far my favorite book I’ve read in a very long time. It’s a pretty nice size. The chapters are kinda short but it makes you feel as if you are making progress. The font is a nice size as well. The story plot is amazing. I had to read the ending 3 times just because my mind was blown away. I highly recommend this book! I have the hard copy and it was well worth the money! 55


Couldn’t Stop Reading5 star

I loved this book from cover to cover!! I was mesmerized by the words and was immediately drawn in and taken by this author. I was so surprised by the ending and never thought or saw that coming!! In fact, I had to read that over again to be sure I read that right!! It was a wonderfully written book and I can’t wait to read more by this same author!! 55


Insipid writing1 star

OMG I cannot believe any of the good ratings this has received. Awful, no talent writing and boring. 15

Angelina J.A

Amazing5 star

I’m not a reader... but this book is something else. The ending... Oh my lord... it just the best thing ever. I can’t wait to see this thing hit the big screen!!! 55


So good5 star

This book was hard to put down and had a twist I didn’t see coming. Thoroughly enjoyed this until the last page 55


The Silent Patient5 star

I read every Agatha Christie novel by 8th grade. There are only 9-10 that were magnificent. All the naysayers of The Silent Patient confuse me. The ending though medically implausible or disappointing to some are true of so many amazing books there’s no room to list them! The last two hours of the audible hits you like a truck. The ending allows, yes allows, the readers to rethink EVERYTHING we’ve been told or have “ inferred” up to that point. The narrators, withe the exception of Faber’s American wife are exceptional. I have recommended and sent this book to as many “gone girl” etc. fanatics as possible. Don’t allow the most frequent reviews to sway you. READ IT, then READ AGAIN AND AGAIN. 55


Heart pounding5 star

This book pulled me in from the first chapter, it is so well written that I felt immersed into the pages. I was terrified like Alicia and rage full with Theo throughout. A great book that leaves you wanting more. 55

Happy holiday elf!

Loved this book5 star

I get distracted easily and this book was too interesting and really kept me interested to the end. 55


wow5 star

this was hands down the best novel i’ve read in a while 55

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