The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides Book Summary

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."
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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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- Page Turner5 star

I love a book that grabs you from the very beginning. This one had me staying up all hours of the night because I could not put it down. This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. I didn’t want it to end. I can’t wait for this author to release another!

- Worth to read5 star

I read all of it trough the night.fantastic twist

- Pleasantly Surprised4 star

I must say, throughout parts of the novel I questioned my interest but it was absolutely worth reading through to the end. A book you appreciate more, reflecting on the delicacies of its focus and writing perspective.

- Brilliant5 star

I could not put it down.

- AMAZING!5 star

This book was absolutely amazing, was unable to put the book down from the first page!

- Cliché as can be1 star

This was a painful read. The writing and plot are so overdone that you could find 100 books exactly like this one. A nice twist, but ultimately a major waste of time.

- Wow!5 star

Highly recommend!

- interesting premise, but could have been better3 star

Read this overnight, but the story and characters flat for me overall. Characters were very one-dimensional. I am an emotional and sensitive person. I feel deeply about things/people, but for some reason, I just felt disconnected with the characters. There just wasn’t empathy. Couldn’t understand their motivation. It was there, but wish it could have been explored more.

- WOW.5 star

Best book I’ve ever read. Oh my god. Wow. I never could’ve anticipated the ending. I’m so sad I’m finished with it!!!!

- Great read4 star

Kept me hooked to the end

- The Silent Patient5 star

First few chapters are slow, but the story line gradually develops and is woven is a way that makes it increasingly hard to put down


I am normally someone who doesn’t enjoy reading, as I get sidetracked easily. But this book sucked me in immediately and I could not put it down. Definitely recommend if you like thrillers, twists and turns, and enjoy being kept on the edge of your seat.

- Incredible5 star

I absolutely loved this book. I was hooked from beginning to end. So much suspense!! So many twists and turns. This is an incredible first book. I look forward to reading more books by this author.

- Incredible5 star

Once you start it you won’t be able to put it down! This thriller has caught my attention in a way that other thrillers truly haven’t. It is an amazing must read!

- You must read this book!5 star

Beautifully written and skillfully told. This book keeps you on your toes and just when you think you’ve figured it all out there’s another twist. Stop whatever you’re doing right now and read this book! Can’t wait for more from Alex Michaelides!

- Good Read4 star

Great plot twist. Totally unexpected. Hard to put down.

- Wow5 star

You have to read this book if you like suspense and mystery. So so good!

- Ending sucked4 star

Great book until the end. I feel like it just stopped.

- READ THIS5 star

Still processing all the twists. Great read if you’re looking for a suspense novel.

- Highly recommend!5 star

One of my new favorites!

- Grabs hold and won’t let go!5 star

This book was recommended by a friend and as someone that doesn’t get too enthralled with psychological thrillers, it had me hooked! This is a story that couldn’t be contained - the writing, character development and overall story was absolutely gripping and inspiring to read. It’s a must read if you are the fence of the “what should I read next?” question.

- read this!!!5 star

the ending twist is impossible to see coming until it's right in front of you. stunned me so much I had to stop reading and stare at the wall for a couple of minutes before I could continue.

- Silent patient1 star

Arguably the most disappointing book I’ve purchased in the last decade. Totally predictable, not suspenseful at all with an unsatisfying beginning, middle and end.

- Solid thriller5 star

If you love the thriller genre, add this to the list of great thriller books like gone girl, girl on the train, etc. But I don’t know if it would translate to well to film.

- The Silent patient5 star

A thriller! R

- Well written!4 star

4 stars and not 5! Because storyteller failed to inform the audience about Alicias body language/ strength/ ability to comprehend when she just started speaking again in the therapy room with Theo. I was not able to visualize her and relate to her dialogues with the missing body language. Few other points here and there, which will make the review extra long. Overall a very good story, well written. I was shocked at certain points. Finished the book in 3 days. U will enjoy it!

- Excellent Read!5 star

This was a fascinating book, easy read and hard to put down.. please put this on the Big Screen, would be a great movie! The only thing that tripped me up is I totally had the main character as a female for the first few chapters of the book..I think b/c the only Theo I know is a female, so that messed me up a was hard to picture him as a male after that, outside of the chapters with his wife..anyway that’s my own bias lol. Congratulations to the author on a job well done!

- Interesting twist5 star

Read it I’m 2 days and it wasn’t predictable.

- Couldn’t put this book down!5 star

Amazingly put together, characters well developed & a plot twist I wasn’t expecting. Phenomenal book!

- Twist and turns throughout5 star

Wonderful novel about the damage inflicted from childhood and its subsequent consequences later in life. Just when you think you’ve figured this book out, you are turned on end. Brilliantly defines a love hate relationship.

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- Predictable and poorly written3 star

A quick read, with a predictable ending.

- The silent patient3 star

Interesting read, predictable ending.

- Fantastic book with an unexpected twist!5 star

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!!

- The silent patient5 star

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

- Interesting for a first novel4 star

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 patient5 star


- GirlinthecityTO4 star

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

- The silent patient1 star

Ludicrous plot, tedious and pretentious

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- Great until the end3 star

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

- Kay1 star

Couldn’t make it past the first 60 pages, and I never give up on a book.

- Couldn’t Put It Down5 star

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 star

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.

- Emotional roller coaster5 star

Honestly it was very well written and sneaky. You think you know what’s going to happen but when you reach to the end .... your whole body freezes! It may be a little slow at the beginning but I really advise you to keep reading !

- Great twist!5 star

Great psychological thriller

- Had it’s moments3 star

For me the book wasn’t entirely capturing. A few moments were climatic but overall it fell short for me.

- Easy thrilling reas4 star

If you’re in need of some excitement, in a book slump, wanna pick up more books or recommend a book to someone looking into reading...check this out!! Very easy read - the pages will fly by your fingertips. Very thrilling, with an ending that will stick around in your brain for a few days. You’ll chuckle to yourself the next day remembering how you never saw it coming.

- Twisted End5 star

If you are a YOU fan, this book will surprise you. I did not see the twist and could not put the book down!

- Great read5 star

Easy to read and couldn’t stop reading it

- Byy it!5 star

This was a phenomenal book. I I found myself highly engrossed in the story and ended up finishing it in two days. Highly recommend

- Taunting captivation5 star

Unquestionably the best read I’ve had in a long time. The angles of suspense superbly woven within the story, keeping the audience hanging on every letter until the very end. A crafty masterful use if imaginative twists. I await this authors next novel with eager anticipation!

- Slow start . . completely unexpected ending!5 star

At first, the book seems to drag . . I’m sure it was just acquainting us with the characters. But after Theo reads Kathy’s emails, then gets a job at The Grove . . that’s when the action begins! There was no way in the world I was prepared for the ending . . never in a million. Well worth the read!!

- Finished in 3 days5 star

It just got better & bettering as I read... & I never saw what happens coming. totally worth going to bed late to finish this gem!

- Good beach read3 star

Clever plot although you have to be willing to suspend your belief of reality to get into it, and there are some glaringly large plot holes- **spoiler alert ** no one writes in their journals in real time while someone is invading your house. How did he know where the gun was/how did he get in before she did? How did his actions by end of book even align with his character? Why alert people to her attempted murder when everyone was assuming it was a botched suicide attempt? Some things definitely didn’t make sense, but if you take it at face value and don’t think too much about it, it was a fun read with an original plot line I hadn’t seen before.

- Absolutely Captivating!5 star

It took me approximately 9 hours to read this book cover to cover. Once I started, I could not stop. The whole book was absolutely captivating. If you start this book, ensure that you have an entire spare day because you won’t put it down until you are done! And the ending is one of the greatest endings to a book, maybe ever. A MUST READ!

- Shook to the core !5 star

This book was amazing ! Haven’t read anything this good in a while ! I couldn’t put it down and lost a lot of sleep ! Worth the read !

- Silent patient5 star

Great read!! Finished in two days. Couldn’t put the book down!

- Page turner!5 star

Read this in a day!

- Silent Patient4 star

Page turner for sure! Now I have to make up for all the sleep lost because I couldn’t put this one down.

- The Silent Patient5 star

Loved this book! It was written beautifully with an unpredictable ending.

- Predictable3 star

This book is a nice easy read and I really enjoyed the story. I kept wanting to learn more but very early on it was beginning to feel predictable. I would recommend it for a fun easy murder mystery read.

- Plot Twists!5 star

It was kindof confusing from the start The whole journey of trying to find things out. Couldn't stop reading!

- Great Read5 star

Total plot twist. 100% worth the read.

- Loved it5 star

Love a book with a good twist, definitely finished this book in three days. It kept me on my toes all the way until the end. Can’t wait to see more from this author!

- Amazing5 star

Keeps you sucked in. Loved it!

- Silent Patient2 star

An unconvincing narrator takes one through a contrived and ultimately unconvincing plot.

- What...4 star

The twist was unexpected but the book ended with insufficient resolution. I’m curious what’s to come...

- Good read5 star

I wasn’t so sure about this book at first but I quickly got caught up in it. It was an easy read and it sucked me in. Good twist ending I didn’t see coming

- Average read3 star

Starts very very slow but builds rather quickly when it finally gets interesting. Left me wanting to know more background of the characters, felt incomplete in a few parts when we did start to learn more. Not my favorite read but glad I finished it.

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