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The Silent Patient

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  789,328 ratings  ·  74,891 reviews
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. O
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published February 7th 2019 by Orion (first published February 5th 2019)
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Louise A
Feb 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Chelsea Humphrey
CONGRATULATIONS-Goodreads Choice Awards Mystery & Thriller Winner!

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
Emily May
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 you want to go to sleep and get up for real life stuf
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She tied her husband to a chair and shot him multiple times.
Then she slit her wrists and waited for the police to arrive.

At least, that's what THEY say she did. Alicia Berenson
isn't SAYING anything.

When Theo Faber, Criminal Psychotherapist, takes a new job at The Grove, he is well aware of their most infamous patient, Alicia Berenson.

She's the woman caught red-handed after killing her husband, who has remained silent ever since.

In fact, Theo's primary goal is to work with Alicia. He yearns
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 painter and happily married to her husband, Gabri
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The beginning hooked me in because I was intrigued to learn more about Alicia's story, how her husband was murdered, and why she chose to remain silent. However, the book ended up bordering as a cheesy murder mystery, with the main character acting like a white-knight detective who would question a bunch of cartoonish side characters that just outright admit their motivations or feelings about Alicia. The twist was interesting, but a bit shaky - I think it could have been built up in a more beli ...more
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.
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gotta stop rating books immediately after I read them and then lower the rating after I process them in detail in my mind and find tons of plot holes
Lala BooksandLala
I'm annoyed. ...more
Nilufer Ozmekik
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Read anything else on your TBR first. Anything. Better yet, delete The Silent Patient from your TBR. If you do, you'll never know what it feels like to become aware that you could have spent that 4 - 5 hours reading a great book ... or at least a better book.... definitely a book that doesn't do a major disservice to anyone who practices in the mental health field or who lives with a mental health impairment, and maybe even a book that doesn't present misogyny on every page.

The Silent Patient fa
David Putnam
Sorry, couldn't finish it. Gave it a hundred pages. The story and characters just didn't hold my attention. Not enough conflict soon enough. Also, the motivation for why the main character wanted to switch hospitals to handle the woman. It might be explained later in the book as a reveal but for me it weakened the structure. Too much of a slow burn for me. I guess I like a book that has a thriller structure or at least closer to one. For me I need conflict on every page that pulls the reader thr ...more
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 is as it seems in this novel. This story is complex and mu
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 - not one single word!

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.4/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

“...we often mistake love for fireworks - for drama and dysfunction. But real love is very quiet, very still. It's boring, if seen from the perspective of high drama. Love is deep and calm - and constant.”

HOLY SHIT! Wasn't this a mothefucking page turner? Like I literally read and listened to this in 2 home sittings, and 2 subway sittings. Holy motherfuck! I knew this Greek author could do it! #proudtobegreek. Honestly, all the Greek mentions in this book were porn to me. He
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides is a 2019 Celadon Books publication.

When this book first started to garner a little buzz, I initially shied away from it. I am still avoiding psychological thrillers for the most part. However, the reviews were so overwhelmingly positive I relented, adding it to my TBR list. After a lengthy wait at the library, I finally obtained a copy, and dived in with no small amount of cautious optimism. Was it worth the wait? Did it live up to the hype?

The set- up is
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

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 to run off in several directions throughout the course of t
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: digital, library
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 addictive psychological thriller and it had me on the ...more
j e w e l s

THE 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 this book with expectations it would be similar to Ali
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
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 going to keep this short and sweet and avoid getting into any
Teetering between a 4 and a 4.5

Alicia 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 learning her motive. He knows he can get her to talk.
3 to 3.5 stars

I have a few friends that are probably going to wonder why I am not rating this one higher. I did think it was a decent thriller and I can tell why many rate it high. But, it is also easy for me to tell why someone would rate it low. I am just going to hang out pretty close to the middle

The best part of this book was definitely the resolution. The build up to it was okay, but not all that suspenseful to me. There were a few big moments throughout the book, but it was mainly just ex
Boris Feldman
Feb 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unable-to-finish
Not silent enough.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The Silent Patient knocked my socks off and reaffirmed my love of modern murder mysteries.

Alicia shoots her beloved husband in the face five times, then never speaks another word. Theo, a psychotherapist, is captivated by Alicia's story and wants to help her. He thinks he can get her to speak again and divulge why she killed her husband. What follows is a search for truth in what really happened between Alicia and her husband.

What I love most about this book is that, at its heart, it's a confou
Dr. Appu Sasidharan
(Throwback review) Isn't it strange that we immensely love and hate a book at the same time? Many of you might have had such an experience at least once in your lifetime. Well, this book was the one which gave me that feeling.

First of all, let me start with what I liked in this book. The writing style of the author is suited for writing a thriller like this. He succeeded in making me glued to the book even after the glaring innuendos that were disparaging to the core kept me exasperated. He wo
Christina - Recipe & a Read
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 thrill ride at break-neck speed and finishing it in less
Charlotte May
“There’s so much pain everywhere, and we just close our eyes to it. The truth is we’re all scared. We’re terrified of each other. I’m terrified of myself.”

This was a wild ride!
I’d been looking forward to this thriller for absolutely ages – and it was definitely worth the wait in my opinion.

Theo is a psychotherapist, recently moved to a new institution as he is fascinated by the woman referred to as The Silent Patient.

Alicia shot her husband in the face five times, then proceeded to try and ta
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!
WOW... This is a great book.

This is a psychological thriller, and it is one of my favorites. I really did not see the book ending like it did. I cannot say much about this book without giving away to much of the book, but I felt it was a great book with some of the best twist I have read. I think if you did not see the ending coming you will like it, but if you guess the ending will may not like it as much. (*)
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
For shits sake! This is me by the end of the book!!

I will give the book kudos for making me not be able to put it damn down!! But I wanted to smack everyone six ways until Sunday!! I don’t even know how I truly feel so I’m staying in the middle at 3

So I loved the little twist at the end; but I didn’t! I don’t freaking know!! I can say, I’m glad I read it, but I will never buy it!

The End!! Goodbye! Tootleloo!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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Alex Michaelides was born and raised in Cyprus. He has an M.A. in English literature from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and an M.A. in screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. The Silent Patient was his first novel and was the biggest-selling debut in the world in 2019. It spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list and sold in a record-breaking fort ...more

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