The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient

Promising to be the debut novel of the season 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 husb...

Details The Silent Patient

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

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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    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 ...
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • leslie hamod
    Greatest thanks to Celadon Books and author Alix Michaelides for the incredible chance to read and review this book.If you are skeptical about my review, because I love so many books as well as authors, let me clarify. This is without doubt the best book I have read this far. I cannot say more than it is without doubt the most fascinating reads. It will be released in February 2019 and is a MUST READ.Let me begin. The author has not only presente...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    This book is absolutely captivating, suspenseful, and intriguing. I devoured it quickly!The novel follows Theo Faber, a psychotherapist who started working at a medical facility where an artist named Alice Berenson is confined. Alice became a notorious figure after murdering her husband. Her fame is surrounded by increased public interest due to her silence. Alice, is not any murderer, she simply stopped talking after the crime.Theo is eager to w...
  • Esil
    The Silent Patient was a clever page turner. What more can you ask for in a psychological thriller? Theo is a psychotherapist. He goes to work in a psychiatric care facility for the purpose of working with Alicia. Alicia was found guilty of killing her husband, and she has not spoken a single word since he died or in her own defence. Theo sees Alicia as a challenge. Meanwhile, Theo discovers that his wife is having an affair. And saying more woul...
  • Ivana - Diary of Difference
    Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest A book that speaks about feelings, and lack of them. Love and emotions. Art and passion. Psychology and memories. And how our childhood might define who we will become. I have never felt such urgency to read another chapter as I have felt it with The Silent Patient. Such impatience, such excitement. It’s a feeling I wish I can get with all the books in my life.ALICIAAlicia Berenson writes a dia...
  • Nazanin
    5 Starsreal love is very quiet, very still. It’s boring, if seen from the perspective of high drama. Love is deep and calm—and constant.Alicia is a painter. She lived with her husband Gabriel. She loved him so much and he loved her. Despite her traumatic childhood, now she has a good life. But one day her life shattered! they found her in their house, near her husband, her dead husband. He was shot in the head…Theo is a psychotherapist and ...