The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient

Fiction, Crime & Thrillers
Paperback Published on: 12/12/2019
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The Silent Patient
The hype is real!
I thoroughly enjoyed this fast paced thriller. It was refreshing to read a thriller from a slightly different angle of the psychotherapist, the diary entri... READ MORE
The Silent Patient
Didn't see that coming...
This thriller kept me glued start to finish. Thoroughly enjoyed it, great story, and oh, that plot twist! Dont even think about it... a must-read!
The Silent Patient
I received this book from the publishers in return for an honest review. Loved how intriguing this book was. Kept me interested and found it funny at time... READ MORE
karen savegnago


Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Crime & Thriller Book of the Year 2020


Alicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet - and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can't bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain.

Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word.


Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia's silence goes far deeper than he first thought.

And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth?

The Silent Patient was the gripping must-read debut thriller of 2019 - perfect for fans of The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn, Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh and The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney.

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781409181637
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 240g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 24 mm

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The Silent Patient
Psychological suspense set in southern ENGLAND
Childhood trauma – if you follow the Freudian interpretation of psychological behaviour and response – will invariably find warped and negative expression ... READ MORE
The Silent Patient
Plot twist central!!
Just wow! Alicia is convicted for murder- but the question of whether she's crazy or has been framed is one no one cares about answering until Theo enginee... READ MORE
Leah Chapman
The Silent Patient
Not what I expected
I did not experience the pleasure most other readers had of this book. The subject of this book is a beaten track, it is full of cliches and the plot is ra... READ MORE
Judith Greve
The Silent Patient
Hyped beyond reason
I bought this after hearing the author on Front Row - a delightful man delighted by his success. Unfortunately, having read it, I fail to understand why i... READ MORE
Stephen Ashley King
The Silent Patient
Clever and intriguing
Alicia and her husband Gabriel were happily married for years, until one day Alicia shot her husband 5 time in the head. She hasn’t spoken since that happe... READ MORE
The Silent Patient
Very different
Interesting take on a mental condition. Thoroughly enjoyed it and twists throughout.
Gillian  Bateup
The Silent Patient
Read within 24 hours. I could barely put this down to sleep. Effective twist although I did had worked this out before it happened. The story was however n... READ MORE
Anna Barrick
The Silent Patient
Amazing book - couldn't put this down and still can't get over the ending. Highly recommend.
Sophie Clifford
The Silent Patient
Not as gripping as I'd hoped
This book caught my attention after a lot of positive reactions from people in the online groups I'm part of. I enjoyed reading and found it easy to get in... READ MORE
The Silent Patient
An impressive character-driven novel
Talented artist Alicia Berenson hasn't spoken since shooting her husband in the face five times. Now a patient at The Grove secure forensic unit in North L... READ MORE
Barnsey's Books
The Silent Patient
Great read
I literally read this book in 2 days as it had me hooked! The setting in an institution and rainy London really set the atmosphere and ambiance of the book... READ MORE
The Silent Patient
My favourite 2019 Thriller.
The Silent Patient grips you from the moment you start reading, In my opinion this book is up there with The Girl on the train! Amazing book. The ending h... READ MORE
The Silent Patient
An intricate, well constructed thriller
This is such a good read. For anyone who enjoys an intricate, well constructed thriller and who also has an interest in psychology, this is for you. It’s ... READ MORE
Sharon Adair
The Silent Patient
Could not put it down
I so enjoyed reading this from Theo’s POV, I knew there’d be something coming but I only realised what it was a chapter before the twist kicks in... it’s c... READ MORE
Natalie Emmerson
The Silent Patient
3.5 stars. “It’s odd how quickly one adapts to the strange new world of a psychiatric unit. You become increasingly comfortable with madness - and not jus... READ MORE
The Silent Patient
Makes you think!
Creative thriller with surprising twists. I couldn't put it down.
Louise Rice
The Silent Patient
Hits you with a terrific twist!
This debut novel had me wondering if it would fizzle out.... starts with a literal bang after Alicia Berenson is found having seemingly shot and killed her... READ MORE
Nadia Afzal
The Silent Patient
A compulsive read all the way to the end, I love the elements of psychology. I fear I was a little anti social for a few days and after finishing the book... READ MORE
Bridget Blake-James
The Silent Patient
Couldn't put this down.
I ended up until 3am reading it in one sitti g, I just couldn't put it down. And I really didn't see the ending coming, such a brilliant book.
Kaye Hughes
The Silent Patient
Easy read
Easy to read, easy to turn the page, but not surpassing or thrilling as I expected. I must admit it let me a bit down.
Ester  Reed
The Silent Patient
Plodding and Quite Predictable
I bought this book with high hopes after the rave reviews but found it utterly disappointing. I was struggling with the style from the off but decided to p... READ MORE
Shajeev Wanigasekara
The Silent Patient
A brilliant break from Covid!
This was an interesting read with a twist at the end that wasn't altogether a shock but was certainly a surprise! Strange book but nonetheless enjoyable!!
Lesley Beach
The Silent Patient
Fantastic book with a great twist!
This was a very intriguing book, which kept me hooked and wanting to know more throughout. The story is told from two different viewpoints, from our main c... READ MORE
Aline Taylor
The Silent Patient
Quick read
I enjoyed this book and found myself trying to guess the ending but I didn't ! I loved the pace and complexity of the characters, definitely a page turner... READ MORE
Mel Kershaw
The Silent Patient
Good book.
This is a pretty interesting book about a patient that won't speak after the death of her husband which she is accused of murdering. The book is hard to pu... READ MORE
Harry Grainger
The Silent Patient
An okay read.
This book started off really well but quickly lost it’s appeal I’m afraid to say. The “shocking twist” you could not see coming was a bit underwhelming and... READ MORE
Elaine Guest
The Silent Patient
Far from Silent
A brilliant wordsmith who sucks you into a vortex of a psychological disturbing storyline where all the characters slither to an absolute brain numbing f... READ MORE
Paul Stoddard
The Silent Patient
Brilliant read!
Best book I’ve read in a long time by far.
Amy Bosworth
The Silent Patient
Easy read -disappointing plot twist
Yes this book is a page turner and I couldn’t put it down. However, I worked out the ‘twist you can’t see coming’ (you can) and felt cheated and disappoint... READ MORE
Gaby de Serville
The Silent Patient
Not even finished it yet
All I’m going to say is the last page of part 4 such a plot twist I’d never of imagined. If you know, you know
Victoria Morris
The Silent Patient
keeps you guessing
this book has a good twist
Michele Prescott
The Silent Patient
Such an amazing book with an incredibly shocking ending. Highly recommend it!!
wiktoria dziura
The Silent Patient
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
So this book is huge. And with all hugely hyped, extremely popular novels, I feel like I’m one of the last people to read it. I’m sure that’s not actually ... READ MORE
The Silent Patient
My favourite read this year!
I normally work the plot out way before I've finished a book. This however blew my mind near the end. Everything I thought I knew was blown out of the wate... READ MORE
Kerry Short
The Silent Patient
Great read!
Great fast paced book, well written and kept you gripped to the end. Couldn’t put it down.
Emma Clements
The Silent Patient
Fantastic story
I couldn't believe the book I had chosen. I was very doubtful before I started reading it and then I immediately got interested and gripped like never befo... READ MORE
Caleigh Saunders
The Silent Patient
This book was what got me back into reading. The ending really got me, didn’t expect that at all. I loved it so much and would most definitely recommend
Tillie Bond
The Silent Patient
Dutches Kay
This book is an absolute 10/10 you must read it. The patience Alicia isn’t as silent as you think she is, I’d describe her more as an observer.
Dutchess kay
The Silent Patient
Usually I see plot twists coming, but this book took me by surprise. I obviously still have questions about Alicia and Theo and what will happen. This book... READ MORE
Erin Humphreys
The Silent Patient
Unravelling the Silence
The Silent Patient is an intense psychological thriller that keeps readers at the edge of their seats from beginning to end. Alex Michaelides has crafted a... READ MORE
The Silent Patient
I’ve recently got back into reading, this being the first one. It is absolutely amazing! A rollercoaster of emotions and had on my toes the entire way thro... READ MORE
Abi Wingate
The Silent Patient
Thrilling read
After reading Alex Michaelides’ The Maidens last year, I had to add his other novel The Silent Patient to my TBR and I am mad at myself for waiting so long... READ MORE
Shelley Connor
The Silent Patient
Compelling reading
Original story, I enjoyed the twists and turns of this novel. Highly recommended
Allen Crump
The Silent Patient
This is my all time favourite book and the plot twists are incredible! I was apprehensive about reading it because i thought it might’ve been over hyped bu... READ MORE
Beth Langley
The Silent Patient
Over-hyped by BookTok
An unusual case presents on a secure psychiatric unit, reports state she murdered her Husband, and has now taken a vow of silence. With no explanation li... READ MORE
Natalie M-E
The Silent Patient
Brilliant page turner with a good twist!
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides really took me by surprise as it's rare to feel satisfied with murder mystery conclusions. Both Alicia and Theo - th... READ MORE
Sabina Khan
The Silent Patient
Read in a day
Read this book in a day as I just couldn’t put it down. Absolutely did not see the twists and turns coming - has made me want to reread it already! Cannot ... READ MORE
Megan  Moloney
The Silent Patient
Silent patient - but strong undercurrents in an unusual thriller!
An original plot, an unreliable narrator, or is he? There are red herrings but the plot kept me reading to the end when it was all tied up neatly, a littl... READ MORE
The Silent Patient
100% recommend
This book was definitely worth the read with a completely shocking and unexpected twist at the end.
The Silent Patient
Wow, Just wow
Saw a description for this book online, it stuck with me for a while, so finally i brought the book, and wow did I wish I brought it sooner. So good, so we... READ MORE
Nicolle Jackson
The Silent Patient
Would be 4.5 as it's an almost perfect thriller
I’m only knocking off half a star because there isn’t much diversity and certain characters felt like they were plot mechanisms rather than fleshed out peo... READ MORE
Analogue Holly
The Silent Patient
i’ve been thinking of this book ever since i read it the first time.
amazing, amazing, amazing! that’s all i can say. i absolutely amazing. i just kept reading and i couldn’t put this book down. i loved it. i recommend this ... READ MORE
evie simpson
The Silent Patient
A must read!
I could not put this book down! And easy enjoyable read that incorporates twists and turns in every page. I wish I could read this book again for the first... READ MORE
Little secrets
The Silent Patient
Page turner !! Literally couldn’t put it down the ending had my jaw on the floor
I love the style of the book and how it’s written, I read it quite quickly cause it’s kinda from your view point but as him, I had no idea how the ending w... READ MORE
Jazmin Shillingford
The Silent Patient
Oooo..... this book was so good!
Firstly, this book was very easy to read. Nice, short chapters meant I could dip in and out easily, or binge read half of the book! The story is exciting... READ MORE
Bam Russell
The Silent Patient
Brilliant book, read it in one day. An easy read, with a great storyline and characters
The Silent Patient
Absolutely love this book and plan to read it again. Really makes you think twice and analyse who you may have around you.
The Silent Patient
one of THE best, if not THE best book i’ve ever read! The ending… that’s all i’m saying❗️
The Silent Patient
Easy to read page turner
A compulsive read with a clever final twist which I did not see coming. For a psychological thriller I thought it needed more in depth characterisation. ... READ MORE
The Silent Patient
I understand the hype!
This was the first book by Alex Michaelides that I’ve read at it did not disappoint. It is fast paced, engaging, clever and extremly well written. The ref... READ MORE
Harry Austin