The Silent Patient

By Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient - Alex Michaelides
  • Release Date: 2019-02-05
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 17,351 Ratings



"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....


  • mind meet blown

    By JDUH09
    Wow this book had me thinking in a completely different direction!! And then slapped me across the face with such shock. Amazingly written, I was hooked from the beginning. I absolutely loved it!! A must read!
  • Unexpected ending

    By p.reeezy
    For me it took almost half the book for things to pick up, so a little slow in the beginning but about halfway it gets pretty good!
  • Loved it!

    By emmersonlb
    A little slow in the beginning but if you can make it through you don't regret it! Great plot twists till the very last page.
  • Dull and drawn out.

    By skoobevoli
    It was extremely slow moving and the climax was quite disappointing.
  • Just WOW!

    By MissTeacher28
    What a plot twist.. such a great read. Definitely recommend to friends who love a mystery, with some drama and a great twist at the end. Very well written.
  • Page Turner!

    By Jazzncat
    This is the second time I read this book! At each step I thought how the ending would happen and twice was was surprised! A must read!
  • It was ok….

    By kyky_rn
    Great ending….just slow reading for a majority of the book.
  • Masterful story telling

    By Rss 19
    I really enjoyed this book it keeps you guessing until the end. The story is laid out in such a way that it gives you bits and pieces at a time. Then gives you an ending you don’t see coming, love it.
  • Not great

    By mttcrsn
    Plot holes you could drive a truck through. Predictable ending.
  • Just wow

    By superman11788
    It takes me a while to finish a book. Well this is the first one that took me four days to finish, which for me that is REALLY good. Couldn’t stop reading it.