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."
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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- Amazing Psychological Thriller Book5 star

This book is literally a page turner it’s so intriguing from the get go! I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in psychological thrillers it’ll be worth your time!

- Good writing , bad ending3 star

It was a page turner till the last 2 chapters. Having the main character hold out an extremely important fact/perspective the entire book doesn’t feel like a clever twist. Regardless, the rest of the book was written well.

- Decent and easy read but bad ending3 star

I liked this book with the exception of the ending. I think it could have used one more chapter dated in the future.

- A literal edge of your seat book5 star

I normally don’t ever write reviews, but I just finished this book and wanted to comment so others could also enjoy. I started reading this book in the evening and couldn’t put it down so I stayed up late to finish. I was not disappointed. The story is gripping and the end is a masterpiece. Definitely recommend for anyone who loves thrillers or just a captivating read.

- Fantastic5 star

Hands down one of the best books i ever read. The ending truly wraps it all together and its all in all a pretty peaceful ending all things considered. Wonderful book!!👏🏼👏🏼

- Wow5 star

It started as a sample, then I HAD to get the entire book. 2 days, 2 days and I finished it. Completely shocking! Highly recommend.

- This book is a much read!5 star

You don’t see the end coming. I was extremely surprised.

- Plot twist of the century5 star

I LOVED THIS BOOK. I just did not see that crazy plot twist coming. Great from beginning to end!

- Silent patient5 star

Page turner and fast pace! Highly recommend!

- Great5 star

Loved it. Great story.

- What a twist!5 star

This book was a relatively quick read. Each chapter brings you further and further in until you are stuck in it.

- The Silent Patient5 star

This book held my interest the whole time. I totally enjoyed the read. Did not expect the surprise ending.

- Astonishing5 star

This book will keep your mind going. Loved it!

- Stellar5 star

couldn’t put this one down, loved it

- Hated the ending2 star

Amazing book.....until the end. Was so disappointed felt like I had wasted days of my life reading it.

- don’t like the ending at all2 star

The plot twist was quite contrived.

- Speechless...5 star

Let me begin by stating that thrillers are not my typical go-to genre. However, I am elated that I stumbled upon this book and gave it a try. First of all, the author is brilliant with his words. I finished this book in record time and was captivated from the first page. Second, it is going to take me a few days to really process the entire plot twist and ending. After finishing the book I just sat on my couch, wide-mouthed, and pretty much in denial. This was a wonderful, intriguing, and thrilling read. I would 100% recommend this to anyone!

- 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.

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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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- Amazing5 star

Thank you Alex Michaelides

- Whoa!5 star

It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a book, however this is the first book I’ve read in mystery-suspense and now I’m hooked. I couldn’t put this book down. I always caught myself thinking -what happens next-. This is by far my favorite book I’ve read in a very long time. It’s a pretty nice size. The chapters are kinda short but it makes you feel as if you are making progress. The font is a nice size as well. The story plot is amazing. I had to read the ending 3 times just because my mind was blown away. I highly recommend this book! I have the hard copy and it was well worth the money!

- Couldn’t Stop Reading5 star

I loved this book from cover to cover!! I was mesmerized by the words and was immediately drawn in and taken by this author. I was so surprised by the ending and never thought or saw that coming!! In fact, I had to read that over again to be sure I read that right!! It was a wonderfully written book and I can’t wait to read more by this same author!!

- Insipid writing1 star

OMG I cannot believe any of the good ratings this has received. Awful, no talent writing and boring.

- Amazing5 star

I’m not a reader... but this book is something else. The ending... Oh my lord... it just the best thing ever. I can’t wait to see this thing hit the big screen!!!

- So good5 star

This book was hard to put down and had a twist I didn’t see coming. Thoroughly enjoyed this until the last page

- The Silent Patient5 star

I read every Agatha Christie novel by 8th grade. There are only 9-10 that were magnificent. All the naysayers of The Silent Patient confuse me. The ending though medically implausible or disappointing to some are true of so many amazing books there’s no room to list them! The last two hours of the audible hits you like a truck. The ending allows, yes allows, the readers to rethink EVERYTHING we’ve been told or have “ inferred” up to that point. The narrators, withe the exception of Faber’s American wife are exceptional. I have recommended and sent this book to as many “gone girl” etc. fanatics as possible. Don’t allow the most frequent reviews to sway you. READ IT, then READ AGAIN AND AGAIN.

- Heart pounding5 star

This book pulled me in from the first chapter, it is so well written that I felt immersed into the pages. I was terrified like Alicia and rage full with Theo throughout. A great book that leaves you wanting more.

- Loved this book5 star

I get distracted easily and this book was too interesting and really kept me interested to the end.

- 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!!

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@h00dbratz_: Gen z as doctors: Patient: Am I going to live? Gen z doctors: 🧚🏽‍♀️✨Baddie, but the bad is silent✨🧚🏽‍♀️

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@h00dbratz_: Gen z as doctors: Patient: Am I going to live? Gen z doctors: 🧚🏽‍♀️✨Baddie, but the bad is silent✨🧚🏽‍♀️

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