The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides [Book Review]

Book Review

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Title: The Silent Patient

Author: Alex Michaelides

Publisher: Celadon Books

Publish Date: February 5, 2019

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides


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….

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides


Alicia Berenson is a unique case. She killed her husband and never spoke again. Alicia, the silent patient, is incarcerated at the Grove, a psychiatric facility. Theo is the new criminal psychotherapist at the Grove. He is determined to get Alicia to talk, and reveal what happened that day.

Told with alternating points of view – Alicia and Theo. Alicia’s viewpoint is told using her journal entries before killing her husband. Theo’s viewpoint is as a therapist at the Grove, but also includes info about his personal life. Two different voices that make for a compelling read.

The Silent Patient is a psychological thriller that kept me intrigued. I read this book after seeing so many rave reviews, and can say it does not disappoint. Highly recommended for fans of psychological thrillers. Clever, suspenseful, and twisted.

Books by Alex Michaelides:
  1. The Silent Patient
  2. The Maidens

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