The Silent Patient, By Alex Michaelides


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The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller about a woman’s act of violence against her husband. At the same time, her therapist is 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 . 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 motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him…

Why you should read this book?

You should read The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides for several compelling reasons:

  • Intricate Plot and Suspense: The novel masterfully weaves a psychological thriller with a complex and engaging plot. The story of Alicia Berenson, a famous painter who stops speaking after being accused of murdering her husband, keeps readers on the edge of their seats. The narrative is cleverly structured, with unexpected twists and turns that make it difficult to put the book down.
  • Psychological Depth: The novel delves deep into the human psyche, exploring themes of trauma, silence, and the search for truth. Theo Faber, the forensic psychotherapist determined to get Alicia to speak, provides insights into his and Alicia’s minds, making the reader question motives and reliability.
  • Unique Narrative Style: Michaelides employs a dual narrative approach, combining Theo’s first-person account with Alicia’s diary entries. This method adds depth to the characters and builds suspense as the story unfolds from multiple perspectives.
Who is Alex Michaelides?

Alex Michaelides is a British Cypriot author and screenwriter. He is best known for his debut novel, The Silent Patient, published in 2019. Michaelides, born in Cyprus to a Greek-Cypriot father and an English mother, studied English literature at Trinity College, Cambridge. He later attended the American Film Institute in Los Angeles to study screenwriting. Before achieving success as a novelist, he wrote screenplays, including for the 2017 film The Devil You Know.

The Silent Patient became a global bestseller, praised for its intricate plot and psychological depth. His work is characterized by its psychological complexity and suspenseful narratives, making him a notable figure in contemporary thriller literature.

His second novel, The Maidens, was an instant New York Times bestseller and has been optioned for television by Miramax Television and Stone Village.

Other details

Published on 1 January 2018 by Celadon Books
Language: English, and then translated to 46 languages it has currently sold over six million copies worldwide.
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Fiction


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