The Silent Patient - Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient

By Alex Michaelides

  • Release Date: 2019-02-05
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 8,188 Ratings

Description

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....

Reviews

  • The Silent Patient

    3
    By Artist drake
    I felt this novel was quite implausible and overly filled with attempted twists to confuse the reader. None of these twists succeeded from a literary standpoint. Perhaps the author will become more adept as his career progresses.
  • Couldn’t put it down

    5
    By Haley_jean11
    Every page had a new twist. With an end you don’t see coming!
  • Great read

    5
    By akingxx
    Awesome book. I didn’t know what was coming next. Great twist that I wasn’t expecting!
  • The Silent Patient - An Intriguing work

    5
    By DaveAppleVan
    Well written story with a creative twist. Builds to an unexpected climax. Great character descriptions as well.
  • Crazy twist!

    5
    By Sndiamabwisn
    It had a crazy twist I wasn’t expecting!!! I loved this book thoroughly! I don’t know how it could have been better!
  • Boring and Cringe-Worthy

    1
    By *til death do us part*
    Flat, stereotypical characters immersed in a plot that went nowhere supported by pitifully weak writing. Absolutely cannot understand why this is popular and genuinely wonder if this author even knows what he’s doing. Please don’t ever write another book again.
  • Great until the end

    3
    By Mimij710
    I bought this book after Jimmy Fallon did a segment on his show and this was one of his top five books of the year. It was definitely a page turner that kept me engrossed and I couldn’t put it down. However, the ending was disappointing even if it was surprising. Maybe I’m being picky but for the $30 I spent, I just expected so much more
  • Kay

    1
    By CTCPAmomof3
    Couldn’t make it past the first 60 pages, and I never give up on a book.
  • Couldn’t Put It Down

    5
    By 12345qwertfdsa
    Well-written story told by a super creepy therapist. The timeline of events with his wife are left intentionally vague, which creates a surprise ending. Loved the ending!
  • A twist you really don’t see coming!

    5
    By Shariah1
    As an avid reader, I usually have the plot all figured out by the time I get to the middle of the book. Not this time! The twist near the end was definitely something I never expected. Loved this book.