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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- wow5 star

this was hands down the best novel i’ve read in a while

- Couldn’t keep reading2 star

Thought it would be interesting but couldn’t make it past 100 pages. Central character is odious but not someone I’d want to spend more time with. Wish I could return it.

- The Silent Patient3 star

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 down5 star

Every page had a new twist. With an end you don’t see coming!

- Great read5 star

Awesome book. I didn’t know what was coming next. Great twist that I wasn’t expecting!

- The Silent Patient - An Intriguing work5 star

Well written story with a creative twist. Builds to an unexpected climax. Great character descriptions as well.

- Crazy twist!5 star

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-Worthy1 star

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 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.

- Amazing5 star

Best plot twist

- Oustanding5 star

This was everything I wanted in a book and more. On the edge of my seat the entire read!!

- The Silent Patient5 star

I loved it! Very complicated plot... a great read!

- The Silent Patient4 star

Spell binding, captive and great unexpected ending

- The Silent Patient1 star

Absolute crap. Flimsy, transparent, repetitive, boring

- A whole new level of surprise5 star

This book had me glued and the way it intertwined such elaborate psychological elements into the plot really blew me away. And the twist was one I did not see coming!

- Title fitting5 star

Freaked me out. Good read.

- Good Read4 star

It keeps you coming back. Very worth reading

- Good read5 star

Well put together. Page turner written with simple fast paced language meant to keep the reader moving at a quick pace. Enjoy!

- A plot-twist I did NOT see coming5 star

This entire book from start to finish kept me interested. As was reading and trying to piece information together I hoped, deep down, that it would not have a boring ending. It did not disappoint! With every page came different twists and turns and new theories popping up in my mind; all to be dismissed with an ending that caught me off guard. This book could very well be adapted for the screen, I look forwarded to reading more from this author.

- Twisted and twisty!4 star

This story was definitely worth the read! Was shocking, to say the least, and certainly was enjoyable-keeping a vice-like hold of my attention. I really enjoyed reading this but I do feel as if some kind of detail was missed on the time line of events... making me feel a bit unsettled. -Could just be me though and maybe I’ll catch it when I probably read it again!

- The Silent Patient4 star

Thrilling !!! I finished it in two days. Great read 👏👏👏

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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 page...so 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

Brilliant!!

- GirlinthecityTO4 star

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

- The silent patient1 star

Ludicrous plot, tedious and pretentious

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- Good book4 star

Excellent book

- Overrated1 star

I really wanted to like it but it was predictable and the writing was simplistic, full of cliches. Okay it would be fine for a mindless beach read but it was a waste of time for me.

- Three women1 star

Lost interest, poorly written characters with backgrounds that read as more fiction then fact

- Amazing book5 star

I notoriously begin many books and finish few. I could not put this book down. It is beautifully written and a must read.

- Can’t put it down!!5 star

I haven’t read a book in years, I was just scrolling threw messing around and stumbled across this. Read 2 pages and I was sold. Say up countless hours reading this amazing book!

- The Silent Patient1 star

Trite. One of the imitations of Gone Girl whose ending is predictable and, ultimately, boring.

- SO SO SO GOOD.5 star

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading. I didn’t read a summary. I read the sample and then decided I MUST know where it’s going. I loved this book. I hope they make a movie so my husband can know what I’m going on about. (Since he won’t read..)

- Enthralling4 star

The end doesn’t even matter in this book (as surprising as it is), it’s the journey that will make you read all night long: the mystery, the silence, the sadness, the psychological quest to understand “why” or even more ...”what is redemption” . There is the curious mind of a psychologist, there is the emotional hurt we feel present in the book from the beginning to the end (but can’t understand why we feel it). We sense there is something tragic that lays beneath the story but we can’t quite put our finger on it, one dead end after another. When is it that we “lose” someone, is it when they die, before, after? and what happens when we “lose” the one person who we thought loved us unconditionally. It’s not a book about grief per se, it’s a book about the horrifying realization and actions we take when we realize we are alone.

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- Thrilling!5 star

LOVED this book. Amazing twists and turns along the way. Couldn’t put this book down!

- Couldn’t put it down5 star

I loved everything about it. How the story unfolded - just amazing. Didn’t see it coming.

- Loved it5 star

Very interesting, the end was so unexpected, I certainly didn’t see that coming, very good book, totally recommend.

- Easy read, mildly entertaining3 star

The writing is a bit crude at times. Like instead of seamlessly working descriptions of characters into the context of the story, he just lists the description. The story overall is interesting enough but slightly predictable and one of the characters, probably the most interesting one, is never fully developed. It’s a great premise, but just an ok execution.

- The silent patient5 star

This book was a serious page turner. I originally bought it just to kill time while I was on a plane, but man was I in for it. This book had such a twisted, unexpected ending. I would highly recommended this book 🙂

- The Silent Patient3 star

Interesting topic and mystery. Ending surprising.

- The Silent Patient3 star

The story was just ok. I liked it, but it wasn’t a page turner. I feel like it was worth about half of what I paid to read it on iPad. A little disappointing for the price.

- A marvelous Piece5 star

This book was by far the best novel I have read all summer (so far). In the beginning, however, the narrator seemed - to me anyway - to be feminine. I thought Theo was a woman at first. Other than that, the story was fantastic, with a shocking ending that I didn’t expect.

- Favorite book of the year5 star

I read The Silent Patient in January and I am still thinking about it. I was instantly hooked and could not put the book down. I really loved the short chapters and the way the book read. What a story. I would recommend it to everyone! Alex did a fantastic job, and I can not wait to read more from him.

- The Silent Patient5 star

Total Page turner. Usually books go one of two ways and this one could have gone 276 million different ways.

- Really disliked1 star

I read this book because it had so many positive reviews on Goodreads. It was shallow and trashy.

- A Must read!4 star

Twists up until the very end....never saw any of that coming. Quite a thriller!

- Good Read4 star

Easy read enjoyed plot development. Main issue is the rushed ending. Didn’t really tie up the book.

- The Silent Patient1 star

Surprised by my dislike after such a hopeful beginning! I did not like the author’s character of Elif at all! I found his description of the only Turkish person in the book deeply offensive. Maybe because of the author’s background? Sounds racist. Also, a ridiculous, convoluted story—just absurd! So sorry I paid for this.

- Absolutely loved it !4 star

Absolutely loved the book . Dedication and curiosity led me to finishing this book within a day! and I was not disappointed with how everything tied together, from the very beginning I was trying to uncover the mystery behind her motivation but to no avail it didn’t click until the very last second , although the book tied together quite nicely I wish her reasonings would’ve been more complex however I could understand why she did what she did.

- The Silent Patient5 star

Kept my attention as I’m not a reader but thoroughly enjoyed it!

- Interest grabber5 star

Love it! Wish there was more to the ending, but overall it was a wonderful read.

- Beach Readers Rejoice4 star

This book is fun, super fast-paced, and easy to read. It’s exactly what most of us want in a page turning summer read. Fans of “Gone Girl” and “Girl on the Train” will thoroughly enjoy this suspenseful and twisty tale with its tormented protagonist and plenty of other psychologically crippled characters.

- 10 out of 105 star

I was not expecting the ending!!

- WOW!!5 star

Could not put this down! Very well written! The events just flowed until it all swirled together for the big plot twist shocker at the end.

- Wow5 star

Never saw that ending coming!

- Horrible1 star

I do not understand the glowing reviews this book has received. I forced myself to finish, thinking there must be some justification, but never could get truly interested. Weird characters and too much tedious, unnecessary detail throughout.

- Thrilling page turner5 star

I could not get enough of this book! It was one of those fighting-sleep-to-keep-turning-the-next-page kind of books. And somehow you were bound to find yet another twist in the plot the further you went on. Looking forward to more titles by this author.

- A must read5 star

I read a lot of crime thriller novels, and this is the most interesting one I’ve read in years. I kept predicting outcomes only to be shocked by a plot twist or revelation. I love that the story expands into a satisfying ending, most books leave a vague cliffhanger, but The silent patient summed up important storylines while leaving some things to the imagination. Such a clever and enthralling story.

- Extraordinary5 star

Great book! Looking forward to the author’s next release!

- Amazing5 star

If your looking for a real page turner with a huge twist at the end then this book is for you!

- Disappointed1 star

the novel Has potential but there were so many loose ends and too many holes in the storyline

- Great Twist4 star

This book was a slow beginning for me. I didn’t really get into it until chapter 12. Then I couldn’t put it down. I did not see the ending and had to re read a couple times to realize what was happening. Really enjoyed it. Overall I recommend.

- Too predictable2 star

Knew immediately ... very predictable ‘twists’

- Great story!5 star

Page turner, well written. Twisty turny

- Pretty Good book4 star

Good book. I think it would make a better movie than a book though. Ending was FABULOUS! Talk about a plot twister you did not see coming!

- The Silent Patient5 star

I love psychological thrillers and this one was really good. The narrator is so believable I was there with him the whole time. I rarely find books “page turners” but this one was, from the very beginning. I hope the author goes on to write more.

- The silent patient5 star

LOVED this book. The way the whole story is tied together was a complete twist for me. 100% recommend reading this!

- The Silent Patient5 star

Wow! This was an amazing read. Didn’t put the book down and finished in three days!

- Couldn’t put it down5 star

Loved this book! Kept me wanting to read more and trying to guess what was going to happen next. I read it in just a couple days because it keep me on the edge of my seat. A definite must read.

- Silent Patient5 star

Loved this book! It has a great twist, couldn’t put it down!

- Ok...slow in the midle3 star

Good ending, but semi painful getting there.

- Really good read !5 star

I was a little worried being the first book for this author but it was good and easy to get into !

- Worst book ever!!!1 star

I read the first chapter and I threw it away!!! This thriller I don’t recommend

- SO GOOD5 star

My mind is blown by this book. So many twists and turns. Do yourself a favor and read it! You won’t regret it and won’t put it down.

- The Silent Patient5 star

Had trouble putting this book down to go prepare meals or go to sleep! I kept saying “ one more chapter”: then that next chapter grabbed me too. Well done.

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