The Silent Patient

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"An unforgettable-and Hollywood-bound-new thriller... A mix of Hitchcockian suspense, Agatha Christie plotting, and Greek tragedy."

-Entertainment Weekly

Alex Michaelides's 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....


They had been married for seven years. They were both artists—Alicia was a painter, and Gabriel was a well-known fashion photographer. He had a distinctive style, shooting semi-starved, semi-naked wom...

About the Author:

Alex Michaelides was born and raised in Cyprus. He has a MA in English Literature from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and a MA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. The Silent Patient was his first novel. It spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list and sold in a record-breaking fifty countries. He lives in London.

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psychological thrillers, emotionally destroy, unsettling

The name itself I found appealing to get a different perspective between counsellor and patient feeling. I like the concept. I did find this book beautifully written, deep, but it did take me a long time to get in to and and stay involved at times. I ending up seeing this book advertised everywhere and I was not disappointed. An audience for all genders.

4/22/2023 4:27:45 PM
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This was an incredibly written and original debut novel. This is a true rollercoaster psychological thriller with some hard turns that make you think it’s about to go off the rails. This is one of those books that will haunt you for years to come.

1/17/2023 1:26:26 AM
Did Not Like
bad plot twist

It was just okay, after hearing so much good about it I was disappointed with the beautifully written book ending with a lame plot twist that came out of nowhere.

12/8/2022 2:19:55 AM

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