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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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

Yuan_Yinwen

Splendid!5 star

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

cezaroglu

Silent patient5 star

Excellent! Could not put the book down. 55

Lillyandcurls

Loved every moment5 star

A gripping tale that only took me 3sittings to get through. Really well composed 55

randomXreceiwer

This book is brilliant!5 star

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! 55

mmuller

A little stuffy3 star

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. 35

kgal03

Buy it5 star

Amazing twist! Highly recommended. I didn’t stop reading it. 55

Andrealynnstuartfarris

Really good5 star

Loved it. 55

Rhoady05

The Silent Patient5 star

A real page turner! Many twists & turns! Shocking ending. If this is author’s first novel, I’ll look forward to his next! 55

The28thfish

A weak 3/53 star

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. 35

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A Work of Art5 star

This book captivated me from the beginning. I read the sample first and I knew I had to keep reading. I strongly recommend this book. There are so many unexpected developments, and ultimately the ending left me speechless. 55

612jazzy

a real gripper5 star

This thriller just spirals up and up with a fantastic plot twist at the end. loved it! 55

Lunababe7

The Silent Patient5 star

I lost a nights sleep because of this book. I could not put it down. Mesmerizing, disturbing, twisted and credibly relatable to anyone who has experienced betrayal by those whose trust was essential to their ownership of self. A disturbing study of fractured psyche. The characters are perfectly complex and intricately woven together from start to finish. A story not soon forgotten. The movie will not do it justice! 55

Louis_2098

Creative5 star

Thank you to the author....great to read such an unexpected plot and so well written. 55

Kellybeeee89

Decent but didn’t wow me3 star

From the other reviews I was expecting to be completely blown away but this fell a little short for me. The writing was fantastic but the plot twist was a bit... ehh. By the time you near the end you start to put the pieces together so maybe that’s why I wasn’t surprised. Writing wise this was a strong debut novel, just wish the book didn’t end so abruptly. Like all this information was dropped on us and then nothing. 35

Skootch's mom

One of the best thrillers I’ve read. Gobsmacked!5 star

Left me totally speechless. I read this in two sittings and kept guessing who might be involved but boy was I wrong about it all. Super fun read! Highly recommend. 55

The Name Is Name; Nick Name

Spoiler Alert4 star

It would have been more fun to read if so many reviews had not mentioned that it had a twist. The whole idea of a twist is that you don’t know one is coming. 45

Yellabidy.

Wow!!5 star

I actually gasped out loud at the twist!! This is one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read!! 55

tinbucktwo

Not the best3 star

While well written the novel lumbers along. Admit-fully the end is a twist but it labored to get there. 35


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