The Silent Patient - Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient

By Alex Michaelides

  • Release Date: 2019-02-05
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 3,127 Ratings


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....



  • Best book I’ve read in years

    By nickcashhh
    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!
  • Page turner - I loved it!

    By CBreezy717
    Well written, intense storyline with well developed characters. I absolutely loved this book.
  • The Silent Patient

    By bigd00387
    This is was an excellent read. I found myself wanting more, never wanting this story to come to a conclusion. Magnificent work!!!
  • Not sure this is worth the hype

    By ErinEli28
    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.
  • The Silent Patient

    By Ristikay
    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.
  • Suspenseful

    By Maengle
    I couldn’t put it down!! Shocked by the ending!!
  • Not as good as people are saying

    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!

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

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

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