The Silent PatientAlex Michaelides

The Silent Patient

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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides Book Summary


"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....

The Silent Patient (Alex Michaelides) Book Reviews

Would recommend butThis is a book you need to read relatively quick and not take breaks because it will take away from the shock factor..Score: 4/5

Just WOWThis book is incredible. I already thought it was a great book, but oh man that ending!!! My jaw was on the floor and it made me want to immediately reread it so I could pick up all the clues throughout. Just a very well written rollercoaster of a book!.Score: 5/5

Great read!Great, suspenseful novel. Hard to put down..Score: 5/5

Great readThis is an amazing book…one of those thrillers that truly make you think who done it? Takes you down every detail. Must read.Score: 5/5

Wow!Must read.Score: 5/5

Buy now!This book consumed me for two days. I truly couldn’t put it down. A plot twist I never expected..Score: 5/5

Mind meet blownWow 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!.Score: 5/5

WowThrew me for an absolute loop. The writing is brilliant. So many moments I found myself mouth wide open. Highly recommend..Score: 5/5

My favoriteGreat book !.Score: 5/5

A must readWasn’t a thriller fan before reading this. Do yourself a favor and get a nice big cup of tea and dig into such a great and crazy story..Score: 5/5

Twisted and captivatingIt starts off good and it just keeps getting better. Wait for the end, major plot twist!.Score: 5/5

Awesome twist!A fun read with a hit over the head I didn’t see coming..Score: 5/5

Just WOW!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..Score: 5/5

Unexpected ending!A bit slow at times but towards the end I couldn’t put it down.Score: 5/5

4.34.3.Score: 4/5

WowThis was a amazing book. For most of the book I didn’t really like it but then slowly it became interesting and then it hit all at once and made so much since. Everything about this book was amazing and very well executed read the whole book trust me. It’s wroth it and don’t skip any pages..Score: 5/5

.The plot twist god.Score: 5/5

Love itOne of my favorite books, has the best plot twist..Score: 5/5

Guessing the entire timeLove love this book. I found myself guessing who the killer was the entire time. Only to be stunned at the end. Fabulous writing! Great read..Score: 5/5

Great plot twistThis book is really all about the psychological thrills. At first the book started off very slow but the last third of the book was so wild, I just couldn’t put it down. One of the best plot twists I’ve seen in a very long time. My one complaint though would be the ending is very loose. It wasn’t as satisfying as I’d like and left many loose ends. Overall though this book was great and a quick read!.Score: 4/5

Don’t waste your time.Boring..Score: 1/5

Leave psychology to psychologistsPlease do not write a book from the perspective of a therapist if you have absolutely no education in psychology. This is an insult to actual therapists everywhere. The writing is lazy and predictable. It seems like he read many of the classic psychological thrillers and rewrote them to be worse..Score: 1/5

Hold on to our seat!Ugh what a great read, as soon as you think you have things figured out, this book will take you through a complete loop! What a great plot twist!.Score: 5/5

Thoroughly enjoyed!WOW! I thought I had a feeling where this book was going and I was completely wrong. It has been a while since I got into a book that I couldn’t put down. My bookworm friend recommended this one to me and it’s not a typical genre I would go for but I loved it..Score: 5/5

Great!Great book! Trust me, you want to read it!.Score: 5/5

Amazing read!!!! You won’t regret!I’m writing this review through partially closed eyes because I decided to fight sleep and finish the book. Now it’s the middle of the night and I have work in the morning, but because the book was so good, I’ll push a little bit more to write this review. I’m surprised by the amount of people who said it was a slow start. I was hooked from the beginning! I didn’t have the greatest childhood and I had to go through therapy for a while. As a result, I am hyper-aware of human reactions to trauma and I am sensitive to just about all forms of coping mechanisms. Michaelides captures the inner workings of each character so beautifully that I am able to see bits of myself in each of them. I thought to myself, “he’s done his research!”- Only to find out he was on a psychotherapy track before becoming an author. This experience definitely makes him superior to most writers. His illustration of the human mind, meshed with an unforeseeable plot twist, makes for a perfect read!!!.Score: 5/5

Amazing bookDefinitely worth the read! Such a good book..Score: 5/5

Dull and drawn out.It was extremely slow moving and the climax was quite disappointing..Score: 2/5

Think Shutter IslandIf you were a fan of the film Shutter Island, this book is for you. I didn’t see the end coming!.Score: 4/5

Loved this book!This book was so easy to binge. It kept you on your toes at the end of every chapter. Even if you can’t get in to the first few pages or even chapters, I encourage you to finish it all the way through. I finished this through a 3 day trip to Hawaii and it was a great choice..Score: 5/5

Must ReadCrazy story. Had me at the edge of my seat. Definitely a good read if you like suspense..Score: 5/5

Keeps you on the edge of your seatSlow moving at times and not plausible but what a compulsively entertaining read. An engrossing beach or vacation read.Score: 5/5

Great read!It kept you on your toes..Score: 5/5

Great read!Surprises surprises in this book! I Enjoyed it!.Score: 5/5

Absolutely amazing thriller!I can’t believe some of the lower rating people gave this book. It could be considered slow in the beginning but that’s the point. It’s a test of your patience to build up that shock factor in the end. I became engulfed in the story from the moment I started reading. An absolute page turner and I’m even on the brink of reading it twice. Bc I’m sure no matter how studious I thought I was the first read through I’m sure I could start aligning things better going through a second time. 5 stars and 6 stars if that was an option!.Score: 5/5

Page turner!!I hardly ever rate books. If you’re on the fence, BUY IT! Not the ending I expected!.Score: 5/5

MUST READThis book was very intriguing and has an amazing PLOT TWIST that you would not expect! Such a great psychological journey it takes you on!.Score: 5/5

Loved it!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..Score: 5/5

OMGWOW. Thats all i gotta Say. What an Amazing story.Score: 5/5

AMazingI read this book in two days. it was hard to put down. the twist at the end was super unexpected. his 2nd book, The Maidens is equally as good and ties into this one slightly. they’re both amazing!!!.Score: 5/5

Unexpected endingFor 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!.Score: 4/5

Slightly DisappointingLots of build up with predictable plot twist. This was good until the final chapters..Score: 3/5

My new favorite thrillerWould’ve never predicted that ending. My jaw was on the floor!!! DO NOT LISTEN TO ANY LOW RATINGS! THIS BOOK IS TOO GOOD TO IGNORE!!!!.Score: 5/5

I’m not exactly sure.It’s great don’t get me wrong… but as a fan of psychological thrillers, I’m not sure if I like how the ending played out. The twist was cool but there were just a few too many questions left in the end. I give it a 3.5.Score: 3/5

Expect the unexpectedVery well put together. The blend of intrigue and shock make for a great read..Score: 4/5

UnexpectedThis book was like a snake, twisting & turning and changing my mind with every part. Loved it..Score: 5/5

GREAT read!I couldn’t put this book down. Great book, even greater twist!.Score: 5/5

Page Turner!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!.Score: 5/5

You won’t see it comingThe ending… I was shocked. The book seems slow at times but it’s worth the read..Score: 4/5

Campy, male gazing suspenseThe twist at the end was predictable, but still a decent payoff. The novel reads like a screen play turned into a novel - the characters lacked depth, the female characters in particular were laughably written, I’m not sure how this book became so popular. It’s fine. Wait until the inevitable movie streams for free, or you have nothing to do at the beach..Score: 2/5

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Not bad!It was an okay book. I actually found it rather predictable and familiar. Not the shocking ending that everyone said it was. Good though, over all..Score: 3/5

The silent patientExcellent!!!!! Finished book 3 days ago and I’m still pondering the outcome, never see it coming.Score: 5/5

AmazingSuch a good book. Psychological thrillers are my favourite and this one did not let me done. My eyes were glued to the pages, always eager to find out what happens next. One of my favourites!.Score: 5/5

Fantastic book with an unexpected twist!I absolutely LOVED this book! I was hooked from the first much so that I read it in one day! If you like psychological thrillers (or just a good mystery and/or thriller) I highly highly recommend this book!!.Score: 5/5

The silent patientI couldn’t stop reading this book. A real nail bitter..Score: 5/5

Twist endingAmazing book from start to finish. I really did not see the ending coming..Score: 4/5

The silent patientInteresting read, predictable ending..Score: 3/5

GirlinthecityTOReally enjoyed this book - fast paced, a quick read..Score: 4/5

The silent patientLudicrous plot, tedious and pretentious.Score: 1/5

MasterpieceI didn’t see this coming. I truly enjoyed this book and couldn’t put it down. What a twist the end was!.Score: 5/5

Good readLoved the twist, easy to read but a bit of a slow start. I’d recommend it..Score: 5/5

Really didn’t see the end coming!Was truly surprised at the end, good quick read.Score: 5/5

Predictable and poorly writtenA quick read, with a predictable ending..Score: 3/5

Best plot I ever read!This is such a good book, I literally could not put it down. Can’t wait to read his next book!.Score: 5/5

WowWow.Score: 5/5

Worth itThe ending though! Try it and see for yourself but it’s definitely worth the time💙.Score: 4/5

Why did I only get 35 pagesWhere’s the whole book 🫥.Score: 1/5

Amazing!!I only read a sample of the book so i could make sure it was worth the money before buying it. i saw a book review on it on youtube and i listened to it and just fell in love with the tone she said the book set. so i went on here and read it. it’s an amazing book! 5/5 stars!! definitely worth the money if you are into thrillers and mystery. it’s extremely detailed snd i couldn’t put what i read of it down..Score: 5/5

The Silent PatientFast paced read.Score: 4/5

WowWhat a novel. Tight writing. Not a word wasted. Great story that carries you along a roller coaster to the final paragraph. Highly recommended..Score: 5/5

Interesting for a first novelI enjoyed this book and read it in one sitting. The twist was unexpected in the extreme and made it all the more interesting. I look forward to more from this author..Score: 4/5

The silent patientBrilliant!!.Score: 5/5

READ THIS BOOK!!By far one of the best books I have ever read. If you know what is good for you, you’ll read this book. It is almost addicting being so entangled in a book but I just couldn’t stop reading..Score: 5/5

WowI couldn’t tell how it was going to end, nor could I predict who was more on the edge of madness. This book was hard to put down and I really enjoyed it..Score: 5/5

DumbI read this and hid by accident.Score: 3/5

Really goodI thought this was great! It was suspenseful and moved along at a good pace. I didn’t think it was predictable at all and I read a lot of books in this genre. Well done!.Score: 4/5

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