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

The Silent PatientA page turner. I could not put it down..Score: 5/5

Keep you on the edge of your seatSuperb novel with an unpredictable ending..Score: 5/5

Ignore bad reviewsTake a read on this one! Amazing novel. My first book since getting back into reading again and loved it..Score: 5/5

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

Blew my mindPerfect mystery thriller from start to finish!.Score: 4/5

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

Good readTook a turn at the end I wasn’t expecting.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

Shocking twist!What a twist towards the end that I didn’t see coming at all. Not much to complain about with this book. It was a fast, easy read with a compelling storyline. I was a bit confused on the formatting, specifically why there needed to be parts, but I didn’t mind too much. Read this you won’t be disappointed!.Score: 5/5

WOW!I, too, read this book in two days! Could not lay it down. I am not great at figuring out “whodunit”, but this one kept me captivated until the very last page! Can’t wait to read his second book..Score: 5/5

The Silent PatientVery compelling read with amazing twists and turns. The plot is a bit improbable and the characters too uniformly troubled for me, still insights abound..Score: 4/5

Thrilling!What a great read! This book kept me on my toes and had such a fun twist that I didn’t see coming! Must read!.Score: 5/5

Very Agatha ChristyVery clever and well written, didn’t take me long to read which means it was good..Score: 5/5

WowThis is one of the best books I have ever read.Score: 5/5

A plot twist like no otherDefinitely a book you take a long sigh after putting down. You won’t regret this one even after the emotional wreckage it takes you through..Score: 5/5

Amazing book!This was one of the best suspenseful thrillers I have ever read. Just when you think you got it figured it out, it takes you completely by surprise. Great ending. I highly recommend for those who enjoy suspenseful thrillers.Score: 5/5

Good book!Interesting writing! It made me stop and think more than a few times. The only time I set it down was to think about the ending..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

Kept me guessing until the end!I love mysteries & this is one of the best I’ve read in awhile! Definitely recommend!.Score: 5/5

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

AMAZING BOOKThis is AMAZING it has a giant plot twist at the end it is definitely worth the wait.Score: 5/5

Just wowIt 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..Score: 5/5

One wordBrilliant..Score: 5/5

Wow!Captivating all the way through!.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

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

Could not set downFantastic book!!!! Read in 6 hours!.Score: 5/5

Perfectly balanced and poeticThis book switches between past, present, fake, and real so seamlessly you get trapped in the web just like the main characters do. I was on my toes until the very end, and was completely unsuspecting of the twist, but as soon as it was revealed it all made sense. The constant weaving of fiction-based metaphors and psychological comparison is both beautiful and devastatingly real. If you’re looking for a psychological thriller, this is the perfect book..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

So goodI read this book for six hours straight on my day off it was so good..Score: 5/5

Slow-BurnCouldn’t put it down! Loved the slow-burn and the inevitable twist at the end. Definitely worth the read..Score: 5/5

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

Not greatPlot holes you could drive a truck through. Predictable ending..Score: 2/5

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

AMAZINGThis is the first book I stayed up until 5 am reading. It drags on a little in the beginning but picks up and has a INSANE twist. Worth the read!!.Score: 5/5

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

Masterful story tellingI 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..Score: 5/5

Wasn’t really a fanI don’t know…the narrative style felt almost juvenile and the payoff just didn’t hit for me..Score: 1/5

Good read but not as shocking as I expectedPerhaps I only saw it coming because I’d read similar books already such as “The Wife Between Us” but unfortunately I saw the very hyped up plot twist coming. Nonetheless, I wouldn’t say it “ruined” the story for me. I quite enjoyed getting into the minds of Alicia and Theo. I find Theo a particularly interesting character. And it was very enjoyable reading a story where almost all of the dialogue was completely one-sided. The fact that Alicia doesn’t talk and yet we can still get to know so much about her firsthand through her nonverbal language and Theo’s psychoanalysis of her is proof of the author’s talent and makes for a fascinating story. I also really loved how the author took inspiration from Greek mythology and incorporated it perfectly into the plot in a way that felt so natural. A good read that kept me moving through the story and didn’t at all feel like a waste of time even though I knew what was coming..Score: 4/5

Loved this book!It took me a bit to get hooked, but it kept me interested and obsessed throughout! I was sad when it was over!.Score: 5/5

Intense twistThe twist at the end of this book was unexpected and exciting. Overall one of the best books I’ve read held my attention the entire time..Score: 5/5

It was ok….Great ending….just slow reading for a majority of the book..Score: 3/5

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

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

Not a huge reader, but couldn’t put this down!The TWIST. YOU. WILL NEVER. SEE COMING. I am so done. In the best way. What a great read..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

It was alrightHonestly it was hard to follow. The hype made me read it and it was not that good. The only reason I kept reading was because I wanted to see what happened, but the ending was just a mess..Score: 3/5

Such a good bookI couldn’t stop reading it, the plot was perfectly made and the twists and suspense it had, I definitely recommend reading it.Score: 5/5

UnexpectedI truly couldn’t put this book down. The twist really was so unexpected. There were a few plot holes that I would have loved to flush out, but overall it was an incredible read. Haven’t stopped thinking about it!.Score: 5/5

SuspensefulI enjoyed this book. It flows well and ended differently than I thought, which is always a nice surprise. I would read more from this author..Score: 5/5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WowWow.Score: 5/5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The silent patientBrilliant!!.Score: 5/5

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

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