The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient

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 tra...

Details The Silent Patient

TitleThe Silent Patient
Release DateFeb 5th, 2019
PublisherCeladon Books
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Silent Patient

  • Emily May
    As you will see, it’s an incredible story—of that there is no doubt. Whether you believe it or not is up to you. Ohhhh, I see why this book is getting so much buzz: it is virtually unputdownable.I didn't actually have any plans to read The Silent Patient. I just happened to see it hanging around in the new releases, took a quick peek, and thought-- why not? Well, I'll tell you why not. You absolutely definitely should NOT read this book if yo...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    I feel like I should preface my review by stating that I have read A LOT of psychological thrillers, and coupling that with the fact that this was my most anticipated read of 2019 gave The Silent Patient a great deal of pressure. This will still be an overall positive review, but I felt I had to include some honest thoughts here as well for those readers who may need their expectations in line like I clearly did. The premise here is simply incred...
  • Holly B
    Wow, I'm still reeling from that ending! A mindblowing, to-die for twist! A fast read that kept me intrigued from beginning to end, although the shocker came at the end. Wait......wait......what just happened? This was how I felt as a read the last few chapters!Alicia Berenson is such a mysterious, intriguing character and I was trying to figure her out the entire novel.  I kept asking myself, "What is up with Alicia?"She is a famous, talented p...
  • Maureen
    My thanks to Ben Willis at Orion Publishing Group for sending me a paperback copy of ‘The Silent Patient’ I have given an honest unbiased review in exchange*Alicia Berenson was discovered standing over her husband - he’d been tied to a chair and shot in the face five times. Alicia gives no explanation and refuses to speak. She’s admitted to a psychiatric unit, ‘The Grove’ in North London, and six years later she still hasn’t spoken ...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    (2.5) This was a solid.... meh for me.I was excited to pick up this psychological thriller because it has been getting some hype but it was a disappointment. Didn't care much for the characters, the twist was so obvious, the writing just okay. The only redeeming quality was the audiobook which made it possible for me to finish this book.Unless you never read thrillers I don't think it's worth it.
  • Meredith
    Another Over-hyped “it’s all about the twist read” that fell short for me.The Silent Patient is a dark and twist-filled psychological thriller about a woman who stopped speaking the night her husband was murdered and the psychotherapist who treats her 6 years later.The plot: A psychotherapist’s interest with a patient borders on obsession. The patient does not speak. The psychotherapist believes he is the one who can get the silent patien...
  • Felicia
    Dear Alex Michaelides,Brav-the-fuck-o dude 👏👏👏"Her silence was like a mirror - reflecting yourself back at you.And it was often an ugly sight."And that, my friends, sums up this book perfectly.Dark psychological suspense is my favorite genre and books like this one are exactly the reason why. This book is the very definition of a page-turner. From the very first page I was seduced by the magnetic writing style of Alex Michaelides.Nothing...
  • Christina - Traveling Sister
    5, the debut of the century stars!!!Full review along with a Curry Chicken recipe featured on my blog Recipe & a Read!So first off, can I get a “hell yeah” for Alex Michaelides for this stunning debut of a novel! I ordered this on a whim on Amazon because I didn’t want to wait through the 86 holds at my library and when it came in the mail I decided just to take one little peak. However, what actually happened, was me zooming through this t...
  • j e w e l s
    FIVE STARSTHE SILENT PATIENT is a deep, dark tale of murder, love and revenge. This is a contemporary story steeped in a deliciously gothic tone. At the beginning of the book, we have a vicious murder, a frightening asylum setting for the criminally insane, and a suspect who refuses to speak. When Theo steps in to save the day as psychotherapist to the silent Alice, well….you are in for a twisted treat, so I can’t divulge anymore!I went into ...
  • Debra
    Teetering between a 4 and a 4.5Alicia Berenson is a famous painter who has been admitted to the Grove, a forensic unit in North London. She has been charged with murdering her husband, Graham, who is a fashion photographer, after he returns home late one evening. After shooting Graham, Alicia has never spoken again.Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who accepted a job at the Grove in the hopes of working with Alicia. He is obsessed with lea...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    5 “this lived up to the hype” stars!!! Brilliant! Shocking! Addictive! Mesmerizing! I’m stunned that this is a debut novel. The skillfully scripted storyline, the truly unforgettable characters, the pulse-pounding suspense, the consistently enthralling pace, the enticing narration – all exceptionally fantastic! This was dazzling perfection! The author, Alex Michaelides, has set the bar extremely high for any follow up novels. Wow! I’m g...
  • Jennifer Masterson
    I’m giving this novel all the stars! What a freaking ending!!! I absolutely loved it!I listened to the audio. Both narrators were brilliant! The audio might have actually enhanced this novel! The narration was that good! Would make a good first listen. Both narrators made it very easy to follow.Highly recommended!
  • Dorie - Traveling Sister :)
    ***NOW AVAILABLE***Well looks like I’m the outlier on this book as I have been reading many glowing 5 star reviews. Maybe I’ve been reading too many thrillers lately. For me to love a thriller all of the characters have to be well developed and intricate to the story, the plot has to be a good one and have more to offer than just the “thrill”, or wow factor at the end of the book. I found the characters to be shallow and the plot seemed t...
  • JanB
    Once I picked this book up, I couldn’t stop and finished it in two sittings. I was intrigued right from the start and found it to be quite the page-turner. Theo is a psychotherapist who has issues of his own (don’t they all?) but he finagles his way into a job at a psychiatric facility so he can work with Alicia, a patient who was found guilty some years earlier of killing her husband, Gabriel, by shooting him in the face 5 times.  She ha...
  • Michelle
    Whoa! This was brilliant! This book right here is the reason that I love psychological thrillers. This has become an overly saturated genre with every one taking a stab at writing these twisty little mind fucks but more often than not they fall flat. It takes a talented mind and writer to pull off a really shocking twist successfully. Alex Michaelides has done just that because I did not see that coming at all and for that I thank you! *claps han...
  • Kylie D
    This is one stealth bomber of a psychological thriller, it sneaks up on you and then whammo!It starts out with Theo, a psychotherapist, getting a new job in a facility that contains a patient named Alicia, infamous for killing her husband several years ago, then clamming up and not saying a word since. Theo soon thinks he can help her, gain her trust, and soon becomes consumed with Alicia. Slowly he starts to make progress with her, despite the a...
  • Larry H
    4.5 stars.I read a lot of thrillers, so I tend to be pretty hard on them. Because, as I've mentioned, I have this tendency to suspect every single character that appears in a thriller, I'm often not as surprised as many others are when authors throw in twists and turns, or when the perpetrator is finally revealed.While I had some suspicions about the way things in Alex Michaelides' terrific debut, The Silent Patient , might go, I will admit he p...
  • Paromjit
    Alex Michaelides impresses with his terrific debut, a twisted, multilayered, intricate, and complex psychological thriller of murder, obsession and madness. Famous artist, Alicia Berenson, married to well known photographer, Gabriel, shoots her husband five times and has not spoken since. After a plea of diminished responsibility, she has been incarcerated at a North London psychiatric facility of The Grove. Ambitious Theo Faber is a forensic psy...
  • Meredith B. (readingwithmere)
    5 Psychologically Thrilling Stars!! Choosing a lover is a lot like choosing a therapist. We need to ask ourselves, is this someone who will be honest with me, listen to criticism, admit making mistakes, and not promise the impossible? I've read A LOT of psychological thrillers. In fact, it's my favorite genre to read. Since I've read so many, a lot of the times I see the same story lines and this book is a new story line for me. It gives me that ...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Astonishing, unputdownable and spellbinding stuff here!Loved....loved....loved! This book is exactly what I needed…...a fast-paced and fully absorbing thriller that I literally could not put down or stop thinking about. This was some fantastic storytelling!THE SILENT PATIENT by ALEX MICHAELIDES is a dazzling, fascinating, compelling, and an absolutely fabulous psychological thriller novel that was quite the immersive and thrilling book to read....
  • Jayme
    Promising to be the debut novel of the season, I decided to make this my first read of 2019! I am glad I did not wait any longer...Alicia Berenson was a famous painter, married to an in-demand fashion photographer, living what appears to be a life that others would envy...till she kills her husband by shooting him in the face, five times, and never speaks another word. Her only assertion about what happened is her self portrait, Alcestis, named a...
  • Elyse Walters
    As a psychotherapist, Theo Faber thought it was obvious that Alicia Berenson had suffered a severe trauma surrounding her husband, Gabriel’s death. “Alicia joined the ranks of other briefly famous murders; faces we remember, but whose names we forget”. NOT Theo Faber!! He ‘never’ forgot - even though nearly six years have gone by.Alicia was admitted to a mental institution- rather than prison - even though all evidence pointed to her ki...
  • Tammy
    Silence speaks volumes. It may be the silence of reproach. It may be the silence of speechless shock, fear or guilt. It may be the silence of rage. Perhaps it is a watchful, patient silence. It may also be the silence of simply having nothing to say. After a woman murders her husband and refuses to speak, a therapist whose stock –in-trade is speech is determined to uncover the motivation behind such a heinous act. This is a sneaky psychological...
  • marilyn
    Alicia Berenson, a famous painter, shoots her fashion photographer husband in the face 5 times, killing him and then never utters another word again. Theo Faber, a criminal psychotherapist, has been obsessed with Alicia and her silence for years and he finally works his way onto the staff of at the Grove, a secure forensic unit and then manages to secure the position of Alicia's psychotherapist. Very little is really the way it seems in this addi...
  • Amanda
    Having seen a lot of good reviews about this book I was in 2 minds whether to read it. sometimes the books that have the most hype are not always the best books and can be quite a disappointment.I was held captive and read it in 1 sitting. Alicia is standing covered in blood next to her dead husband Gabriel, who has been shot in the face several times. The obvious scenario is that she shot him?Alicia was taken to a psychiatric facility called The...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    A seemly perfect life, a murder, a wife who refuses to speak and a therapist obsessed made for a very intriguing read for us.The Silent Patient is a clever, original and complex fast-paced character-based psychological thriller with one of the best gasp-worthy twists I have read. Paying attention to this character study might pay off with picking up some of those well-layered clues that lead to a very pleasing gasp-worthy twist. One even if you d...
  • Berit☀️✨
    This book was... simply bRILLIANT! Fraught with tension and an urgency that made me fly through the story!This book has been billed as the “debut thriller of 2019“ and can I just say, it just might be! Bravo Alex Michealides! This was one heck of a debut! A well-crafted, perfectly paced story, that I believe will please even the pickiest thriller lover! This was a unique take on a psychological thriller, seriously the entire book was a twist,...
  • Liz
    I went into this not knowing much about it, other than it was getting high marks on GR and other book sites I frequent. Well, it wasn’t what I anticipated as far as plot. I thought it would be all about Alicia, an artist who kills her husband and then stops speaking. But it’s as much, if not more, about Theo, her therapist. It definitely gripped me from the get go. Everyone seems to have secrets and be lying. Families and marriages are truly ...
  • Sandy
    Do you play chess? I don’t, more of a tic-tac-toe aficionado TBH. But I’ve always admired the ability to think 10 moves ahead when faced with a worthy opponent. Here we have 2 well matched MC’s, each with a plan & motive that may end up being their downfall.Alicia Berenson used to be one half of a glamorous couple. She was a beautiful, successful artist deeply in love with her husband Gabriel. Which of course begs the question…why did she...
  • sue
    You can check out all of my reviews. I’ve read and experienced these type of twists before in other books I have to say that this authors premise was excellent.I loved that it was based in an Asylum. Around disturbed mental health patients.Alicia is an artist, a painter. Gabriel her husband. When Alicia is found by her husbands body all clues point towards her as the killer. But Alicia is silent.She...