The Silent Patient by Alex MichaelidesThe Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient

byAlex Michaelides

Paperback | February 5, 2019

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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....

Alex Michaelides was born in Cyprus in 1977 to a Greek-Cypriot father and an English mother. He studied English literature at Cambridge University and got his MA in screenwriting at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. The Silent Patient is his first novel.
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Title:The Silent PatientFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:336 pages, 9.31 × 6.03 × 0.93 inShipping dimensions:9.31 × 6.03 × 0.93 inPublished:February 5, 2019Publisher:Celadon BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250230780

ISBN - 13:9781250230782

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing I purchased this book a few days ago and I flew through it. It is an absolutely amazing book written with creativity, knowledge, and anticipation. The chapters were short enough to read when you had a spare moment but long enough to keep you satisfied and hooked. I highly recommend this book for psychological book lovers!
Date published: 2019-08-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bland and dry I don’t quite understand what the whole hype is with this book. It did go off to a good start and kept me interested in the story, but then it started taking a rather bland and dry turn. It started focusing on Theo’s obsession with Alicia and although it builds up to what happens to be a really good twist at the end, I didn’t think it was a great read. Theo is just so unlikable and boring. There was nothing about him that really made the story stand out, he started getting annoying afterwards and as mentioned before, it wasn’t until literally the last few pages where the story blows up. Yet as the plot progressed, you’re left wondering with what was going to happen next and it’s slowly drawn out and wasn’t grabbing my interest at all. The pace was slow, the plot was rather flat and coupled with an uninteresting main character definitely left the story lacking. There seems to be a lot of positive reviews on this, but it’s just not for me. There’s much better suspense novels out there that held my interest more than this one.
Date published: 2019-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Psychological Thriller This book was so amazing! I did not see the twist coming at the end. Michaelides writing is addictive and easy to read. I cannot recommend this book enough!
Date published: 2019-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Written Loved this book. It was very well written and easy to get into. it help my attention and you could feel the excitement build
Date published: 2019-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shockingly Awesome!!!!! This book is so good that I've run out of words to describe it. I really loved the play twist. All I can say is it's worth reading and feels you with excitement!
Date published: 2019-07-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not great I enjoyed this book, but felt it was missing something. I don’t think dark psycho-thriller is an accurate description— it doesn’t get dark and twisty until the final 20 pages or so. The entire time reading it, I felt I were reading a screen play which makes sense as that’s the authors writing background. While a decent novel, there was a lack of mystery and suspense. I feel let down from all of the hype surrounding it.
Date published: 2019-07-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just OK Just didn't really grab my interest anywhere along the way. The ending was predictable and anti-climactic. Struggled to finish the last pages once the "twist" was confirmed.
Date published: 2019-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book Club Success We read this novel in our book club and to everyone's delight it has become our favourite read to date. The bar has just been raised for our next reads. An unexpected twist took each of us on a surprise journey! We anxiously await Alex Michaelides' next novel!
Date published: 2019-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book Club Success We read this novel in our book club and to everyone's delight it has become our favourite read to date. The bar has just been raised for our next reads. An unexpected twist took each of us on a surprise journey! We anxiously await Alex Michaelides' next novel!
Date published: 2019-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unpredictable I’ve read so many thrillers lately, but this one stood out, primarily for the unpredictable ending. Looking forward to more from this author.
Date published: 2019-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beyond my expectations I had purchased this book as a fun summer read and thus far has been the best book I have read!
Date published: 2019-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Novel! I'm very happy I decided to read 'The Silent Patient'! I was hooked right from the beginning by the mystery that is Alicia Berenson. I found it to be fast paced and not at all predictable - the ending truly surprised me.
Date published: 2019-06-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright Read this book in a week; Just finished today. It was alright. It was not one of those books that hook you straight from the first chapter, but it eventually got there. But then it also lost me about 3/4s in. The author just started trying to fill in space. The narrative got long and pointless and confusing.
Date published: 2019-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning debut! Brilliant debut thriller! Had me intrigued and addicted from first to last page. Gripping and twisty!
Date published: 2019-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! This was a very suspenseful read with twists and an interesting plot. I would read more books by this author for sure.
Date published: 2019-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous read... Beautifully written book, gently guides you in this fascinating story with insights into the psychological world of a beautiful but troubled woman/artist. It’s all written into this interesting interaction of a psychotherapist and his patient who doesn’t speak after shooting her husband. But did she really shoot her husband...? Short chapters too which are always easy to read . The author keeps building the tension in the book and the ending doesn’t disappoint...really is good...he doesn’t leave you hanging at the end as some books do for shock value, but continues to explain all the nuances associated with the characters. All is very clear by the end. I would highly recommend this book and have.
Date published: 2019-02-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dull I followed the raving reviews on Goodreads and borrowed the book in the local library. At the beginning of the Second Part, I honestly told myself that keep reading it is torture. The book is so unbelievably slow and boring that I can't imagine who would possibly enjoy that writing style. The twists and turnes in the book have been overused even before Shakespeare has become a celebrity. What is a real mystery is how such a dull fiction was approved for publishing.
Date published: 2019-02-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Slow, boring, predictable. I followed the raving reviews on Goodreads and borrowed the book in the local library. At the beginning of the Second Part, I honestly told myself that keep reading it is torture. The book is so unbelievably slow and boring that I can't imagine who would possibly enjoy that writing style. The twists and turnes in the book have been overused even before Shakespeare has become a celebrity. What is a real mystery is how such a dull fiction was approved for publishing.
Date published: 2019-02-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh... The Silent Patient is the story of Theo Faber, a psychotherapist with a saviour complex who knows better than his co-workers - regarding patient treatment - at the psych hospital where convicted murderer Alicia Berenson now resides. He has transferred jobs to work with Alicia, because her story and art interest him so, but also wants to be under the radar with his singular goal for applying to this specific hospital. The characters in this story are paper thin, names attached to a smattering of characteristics. The flipping between Theo's work and home life allowed me to make a number of correct assumptions well ahead of time. In general, I think the story is centered around the wrong character. Alicia should be the main character - she had an interesting background, while Theo came straight out of central casting for standard, amiable men. This could have been fine, but the book's endorsement quotes are so effusive and wax rhapsodic about what the twist did for them/the originality of the plot that the marketing department for The Silent Patient shot itself in the foot. Nothing could've been as shocking as the quotes claimed this story would be, and it's a stupid way to market a thriller - because I (and likely others) will spend the whole time reading ginning up endings and twists to anticipate what will happen, some of which will, statistically, be better than what is on the page. TL; DR - stop marketing thrillers in a way that leads to reader disappointment.
Date published: 2019-02-06

Editorial Reviews

"Impressive first novel... with an ending worthy of a classic Agatha Christie mystery."-The Wall Street Journal "Superb... This edgy, intricately plotted psychological thriller establishes Michaelides as a major player in the field."-Publisher's Weekly, starred review"Pulling off a novel where the protagonist stays mum isn't easy, but this impressive, immersive debut-Brad Pitt's company has snapped up film rights-establishes Michaelides as a writer to watch."-People, Book of the Week"Impressive debut...The Silent Patient is intelligent, imaginative and a terrific read."-The Times (London), Book of the Month"The Silent Patient may be a first novel, but it has the pace and finesse of a master."-BBC"That rarest of beasts: the perfect thriller. This extraordinary novel set my blood fizzing-I quite literally couldn't put it down. I told myself I'd just dip in; eleven hours later-it's now 5:47 a.m.-I've finished it, absolutely dazzled."-A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window"The Silent Patient sneaks up on you like a slash of intimidating shadow on a badly lit street. Alex Michaelides has crafted a totally original, spellbinding psychological mystery so quirky, so unique that it should have its own genre. I read it in two nights and savored every luscious word, every grim encounter, every startling twist. The pages will burn with the friction from your hands turning them." -David Baldacci"Smart, sophisticated storytelling freighted with real suspense-a very fine novel by any standard."-Lee Child"One of the most spellbinding psychological thrillers we've read in years. Beautifully written, exquisitely plotted, the story relentlessly pulls you in and doesn't let you go until the last shocking (and yet brutally logical) twist. This is an absolutely fantastic and extraordinary read."-Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, #1 New York Times bestselling authors of the Pendergast series"Alex Michaelides has written one of the best psychological thrillers I have ever read. The Silent Patient is a swarming, paranoid nightmare of a novel with an ending that is destined to go down as one of the most shocking, mind-blowing twists in recent memory."-Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter"This is a wonderful new voice. Listen to it. It's about to tell you a thrilling and scary story. The Silent Patient paints a picture, crawling into your soul in the very best way. Take a chance."-Brad Meltzer, author of The Escape Artist"Dark, edgy, and compulsively readable."-Library Journal"The Silent Patient isn't quiet at all. It loudly announces that Alex Michaelides is a new talent in the field of psychological thrillers."-Shelf Awareness"Unputdownable, emotionally chilling, and intense, with a twist that will make even the most seasoned suspense reader break out in a cold sweat."-Booklist"A taut, meticulously plotted and compelling novel."-The Observer