The Silent Patient Book Reviews

Alex Michaelides

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....

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Book Name The Silent Patient
Genre Mysteries & Thrillers
Language English
E-Book Size 8.88 MB

The Silent Patient (Alex Michaelides) Book Reviews 2024

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Excellent. Unreal good twist

Loved it. Did not want to put it down, did not see the twist coming at all. The whole time my guesses kept changing. Totally recommend

Engrossing. This is a rather odd but engrossing psychological thriller; very clever and well-written. It’s hard to put down once you begin reading.

Garbage. Really unsatisfying ending. Cheap and gimmicky and extremely overrated.

Yes!!!. Page Turner loved it!!

Great reading. I enjoyed the book and I couldn’t stop reading.

I couldn’t put it down. This book had me hooked from the start. The huge twist towards the end was so unexpected!! I had to reread parts to be sure I’d gotten it correct. This is one of those books that stays with you for many days after you’ve finished it.

Not what I expected. I really was a bit confused at the end and after a second read of the book, I understood it now. Good book. I like how smooth the plots slide in together. (Spoiler)But I would prefer it more if there was like a chapter to separate the past and present instead of mixing the past into the present. It would made it understand more. Although it was quite clear in the end (didn’t need to re-read the whole book again- but I just did 😅) I still rate this book a good read for thriller fans. Manage to read it in one sitting. That was how interesting it was.

December 26 2023. This book was very slow and hard to finish. Near the end the pace started to pick up, but was boring.

Delivered. Was hard to put down. Had me thinking

An interesting read! ⭐️. I would recommend this book even though the twist was a little cliche in a way! I still couldn’t put it down (:

Still trying to decide if I love or hate this book. I had high hopes for this one, & while I am glad I read it, I think the reviews about the surprising plot twist fell flat. This book reminds me of the movie ‘Shutter Island’ in terms of the twist. Maybe if I were less experienced in this genre, it wouldn’t have been so predictable.

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Captivating from beginning to end. Oh what tangled webs we weave !

Best read in a long time!. I can’t believe I’m only now discovering this book. You think you know where the story is going but then you can’t put the book down because you realize how wrong you may have been. Again and again. 10/10.

Sooooo slow but cool ending. The book is very slow. Not action packed to say the least. Very unexpected ending that elevates the entire story.

Couldn’t put it down. So well written. Great plot. And didn’t see the end coming!

Always on the edge of my seat. Phenomenal book

The Stranger Within. I enjoyed the plot, usually I determine “who done it “ within the first chapter.

Love. I couldn’t put this down! Read it over a weekend.

Makes you think. Loved this book! It made me think as I read it, but not enough for it to be unenjoyable! Easy read but left me with questions!

1000/10. Favorite book of all time!!! A must read!!!

Just read it. The internet hype is real for this one. I read it in less than 2 days. A really great thriller that keeps you guessing until the end. Great book!!!

Great ending but slow. This is a great thriller but if you do not commit to finishing this book it does start off very slow. The book itself is very good and treating it keeps you thinking about the ending and keeps you trying to put everything together but as I said before the first three parts are slow in terms of thrill.

Good Read. Well written Good twist

Wow, so surprised.. Page turner, well written, easy flow. Such admiration for the protagonists, but… don’t want to be a spoiler.

It's a don't stop reading until the end kinda book. It's very well written and the characters come to life. The ending was a surprise and not what I expected. I recommend.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. The first book i ever finished in less than one day✊ It was soooo good i lit could not put it down. The plot twist was unexpected and throughout the whole book i was on the edge of my seat. This book will always be memorable to me and be the first and best thriller i’ve ever read. It had you sympathizing for the main character when the whole time you didn’t even know he was the villain. the ending had me extremely confused and even when i had finished the book it still had me thinking about it!! def gon read more of alex’s works❤️❤️❤️

Meh. This book was selected in my book club, I was excited to read it based on the reviews I saw of a big twist. However, I figured out the twist fairly quickly once I began the book. I enjoyed the story/plot, but found it similar to other books I have read. A lot of the dialogue sounded unnatural and odd, settings and characters were not defined in detail. Overall, I found this book to be poorly written and underwhelming.

Catchy.  This story sexual in from the very beginning. And the twist at the end is totally unexpected.

I want more. The twist was really cool, but i wanted more from the ending. I know it was purposefully done, but it felt like the author got tired of writing. Way too abrupt.

Mystery with Minor Suspense. A decent read. Was highly recommended on YouTube for horror/mystery genres. I got very little horror personally. The vibe was more mystery with a lot of drama involved.

Woah, what a twist. I feel like the ending needed more other then that wow just wow!

Amazing!. Such an incredible read. I finished it in less than 24 hours and that never happens!!

Predictable but a good read.. This book wasn’t the deep psychological thriller I was hoping for. It ended abruptly without really implying what happened to the two main characters. It was predictable but easy to follow and a decent read. I would recommend it to non intuitive readers.

If you read a lot of books; the ending is predictable!. “But I had already diagnosed Barbie as almost entirely narcissistic; I doubted she was able to relate to others except as a function of her own needs.” With quotes such as those, and the protagonist bringing up interference of emotions between two people, specifically therapist & patient, and the protagonist often bringing up how a character in a certain scene is reflecting their inner state back to everyone- I just knew that this was low key what the protagonist had been doing the entire time. The protagonist was mirroring his own unstable mind back at us the entire time. And how did I know that? Because when you’ve been used all up by a psychopath in real life, you can spot them from a mile away… even when it’s a fictional thriller story such as this. The main character reminded me of Joe, from the TV show You… how he would stalk that one girl and assumed she had a crush on him because of par-asocial relationships and that weird phenomenon. I had that similar vibe from Theo, and I just knew that when he was just drawn to Alicia and just HAD to get into the Grove to help her, that something wasn’t right with him. When Christian said that Alicia had seduced Theo, and Theo got angry by that comment for the rest of the day… he even said to himself, “Has Alicia seduced me?” And I wanted to smack him upside his head through the book and be like WHAT IS WRONG WITH SOME GUYS IN THIS WORLD? She legit didn’t even talk to him at this point and had attacked him like a wild animal upon seeing him and confirming it was him that had been stalking her. I knew then that he probably had deserved it for something in the past. Now, even though what I wrote above may seem like I’m complaining about this book, I don’t want people to get it twisted because I did enjoy it. It had been a very fast & invested read. However, I do only give it 3/3.5 stars simply because I was able to start formulating ideas/hunches almost immediately about the ending of the book by page 24, which was solidified by page 50, with my hunches just being proven right with each turn of a page. and Due to it being so easily predictable, that’s why I must rate it a bit lower. I do still think it’s worth checking out though!

Loved it!. Loved this book. This book had me til the very end.

AMAZING BOOK. the plot twist was so unexpected , but the book was amazing .

Absolutely perfect. I was stunned by the actions unfolding by each chapter later to realize the plot I was shocked. It got me good

Vivid. As I read it was like watching a movie. It was captivating. An unexpected twist I wasn’t expecting. I just wish it didn’t end the way it did.

Keeps you guessing. Thriller puzzle that keeps you guessing. Down fall is slow climb to the climax and fast down fall.

Must Read!. This was a fantastic book and it is perfection. Please disregard the comments about the ending being abrupt and leaving you with questions….if you comprehend the book, it leaves nothing missing and no questions at the end. It takes you by surprise ….

Silent Patient. Stunning!

Good story. The book itself was well written. I just don’t like ambiguous endings.

Silent Patient. Excellent book!

The silent patient. Wow, my first book I actually did not stop reading! Someone was right when they said it’s hypnotizing! Once you pick it up it’s hard to put down and once you put it down it’s hard not to pick it up - I will definitely read all of his books!

What a ride. Great read

Perfectly Invigorating. This is one of the best written books ever. It is everything I want, and yet it still surprised me at every turn.

blast reading with no expectations but….  The overall story I enjoyed I just wished the ending was more fulfilling, and the way we find out about Theo walking & confronting the women which (spoiler) it was Alicia could’ve been written better.

Just wow. It took me so long to finally pick this book up to read and I don’t regret it. It is definitely a slow burn so be prepared, but there is information relevant to the ending and a few things thrown in there to throw you off . I think the twist is controversial. Some people say they predicted it while others didn’t. I didn’t or at least not fully I think it was a satisfying finish and I would go back to reread a first time if I could !

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Amazing. Such 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!

Wow. Wow

Amazing!. Wonderfully written, captivating and a binge worthy book! The silent patient has you guessing and thinking until the very end! A must read!

The silent patient. Ludicrous plot, tedious and pretentious

The Silent Patient. What a page turner and such a great twist !

Wow. What a novel. Tight writing. Not a word wasted. Great story that carries you along a roller coaster to the final paragraph. Highly recommended.

Great thriller novel. Well written, full of suspense and an unexpected turn of events. A highly recommended read.

Worth it. The ending though! Try it and see for yourself but it’s definitely worth the time💙

Predictable and poorly written. A quick read, with a predictable ending.

Wow. I 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.

Interesting for a first novel. I 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.

The silent patient. Excellent!!!!! Finished book 3 days ago and I’m still pondering the outcome, never see it coming

The Silent Patient. Fast paced read

GirlinthecityTO. Really enjoyed this book - fast paced, a quick read.

Good read. Loved the twist, easy to read but a bit of a slow start. I’d recommend it.

The silent patient. I couldn’t stop reading this book. A real nail bitter.

Masterpiece. I didn’t see this coming. I truly enjoyed this book and couldn’t put it down. What a twist the end was!

Why did I only get 35 pages. Where’s the whole book 🫥

Lives up to the hype. This was definitely a page turner! Loved every second of reading this book!

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.

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!

The silent patient. Brilliant!!

Worst book ever. I just don’t like slow burn thrillers

Dumb. I read this and hid by accident

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!!

really didn’t see the end coming!. was truly surprised at the end, good quick read

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.

The silent patient. Interesting read, predictable ending.

Twist ending. Amazing book from start to finish. I really did not see the ending coming.

Really good. I 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!

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.

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