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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 r 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....


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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 r 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....

30 review for The Silent Patient

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    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 is simply incredible; we have a woman named Alicia Berenson who is 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 is simply incredible; we have a woman named Alicia Berenson who is accused of murdering her husband and proceeds to clam up and keep quiet for the following six years, living during this time in a mental care facility called The Grove for highly dangerous folks. Enter Theo Faber, psychotherapist extraordinaire and flawed individual. He already has a respectable job elsewhere, but decides to transfer over to The Grove, even though it is a sinking ship, because he is obsessed with Alicia and solving the mystery behind why she murdered her husband. Along the way, we get snippets into Alicia's diary leading up to the murder, alongside of Theo's POV. I can't really give you anything more than this, because this is a novel that depends on you being fooled by the twist. You know, the big twist, the one where every blurb on the cover and every early review gives you a heads up, and perhaps that was part of the issue here for me. It seems these types of books that pull the wool over your eyes and take you by surprise are best enjoyed before anyone else has had a chance to read them. Let's come back around to the fact that I've been reading mysteries, thrillers, and suspense novels for decades, way before Gone Girl was written and these domestic dramas with tricky slight-of-hand became all the rage. If you are new-ish to the psych thriller scene, and you whole heartedly enjoyed recent novels such as The Woman In The Window, you will adore this. It was a well written, compulsive, slow burning build up to an explosive ending. Structurally, it had everything you could ask for, as it was well researched, engaging, and the perfect length of "includes what we need without being overly winded". Unfortunately, I've seen this particular twist done numerous times, so I was clued in fairly early to what the big twist would be, and without spoiling or giving anything away, the lay out of the narrative in the second half of the novel is what fully clued me in, because it was too neat and tidy to end any other way. I will say that I was so satisfied and pleased with the way the author chose to close out the final chapter, and regardless of being surprised by the twist or not, it was a classic wrap up that will stand the test of time over the years. I think I'm going to wrap it up here, and please don't let my 3 star rating dissuade you from giving this one a try. Michaelides is talented, and his writing is gripping and keeps you turning the pages regardless of the big twist. I would be honored to read his next novel and will most certainly look for his name in the future. In the meantime I have found so much in this novel worth discussing, from the portrayal of mental health care to the inner workings of various marriages, and think this will make a great winter book club choice for readers around the globe. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emily May

    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 stuff 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 stuff in the morning. I read this until my eyes were like "nope" and closed on their own. It's very compelling. A psychotherapist called Theo Faber narrates the story and he announces early on that he's pretty "fucked up". He worms his way into a new job at the Grove mental health facility because of his fascination with the artist Alicia Berenson, who murdered her husband in an open-and-shut case and hasn't spoken a word since. But let us not forget that while Alicia Berenson may be a murderer, she was also an artist. Theo finds himself connecting with Alicia and feeling a desperate need to figure out why she did it. And, what's more, he wants to figure out why she is silent. What can't she say? What won't she say? The more he digs into her life, her family, and her past, the deeper in he gets. It's a fast-paced ride with short punchy chapters (oh, how easy it is to think "just one more chapter"). The story has so many threads and little surprises to uncover. More questions arise at every turn. And even those who work out the main aspect of the mystery will probably still enjoy the journey of finding out why, and all the little shocking discoveries made along the way. It is true that those who have read a number of twisty mysteries will likely guess the truth, but I think there's enough goodness here to make it enjoyable anyway. Or it was for me at least. Full of thrills, artistic metaphor, twists and Greek tragedy. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

  3. 4 out of 5

    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, Gabriel 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, Gabriel. They live in London and have a cozy life. Why would Alicia murder him and then never speak again? You want to know, right? Well, I did and couldn't stop reading until I found out. It is the feeling you have when you  just have to know why!! The novel is narrated by Alicia's psychotherapist Theo Faber,  He is determined to " fix Alicia ".  I was so invested in learning what the circumstances of Alicia's silence was and had to find out if Theo could save her.  Would she ever speak again?  READ IT NOW to find out! I wasn't going to read this one, and then requested it on NG and I'm really glad I did.  As you can tell, I really enjoyed it! Sure to be a 2019 FAVORITE ! Thanks to Celadon/ NG for my arc. Book is out in Feb 2019 Review posted to blog.

  4. 5 out of 5

    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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    Another Over-hyped “it’s all about the twist read” that fell short for me. The Silent Patient is a dark and twist-filled psychological thriller about a woman who stopped speaking the night her husband was murdered and the psychotherapist who treats her 6 years later. The plot: A psychotherapist’s interest with a patient borders on obsession. The patient does not speak. The psychotherapist believes he is the one who can get the silent patient to speak. Will he succeed? My frustrations stem from the Another Over-hyped “it’s all about the twist read” that fell short for me. The Silent Patient is a dark and twist-filled psychological thriller about a woman who stopped speaking the night her husband was murdered and the psychotherapist who treats her 6 years later. The plot: A psychotherapist’s interest with a patient borders on obsession. The patient does not speak. The psychotherapist believes he is the one who can get the silent patient to speak. Will he succeed? My frustrations stem from the narrative. The story is told primarily from Theo (the psychotherapist's perspective) woven in with Alicia’s (the silent patient) diaries. I love an unreliable narrator, but Theo lacked the intelligence and masterful skills to make this work. He had me rolling my eyes, laughing inappropriately, and groaning from frustration. I was often commenting in my head about what an idiot he was. Had his character been more developed and less obvious, I might have enjoyed this more. Here I go again ranting about yet another book I expected to love but I couldn't look past the cartoonish characters, poorly executed plot, and a twist that I could see from a mile away. While I liked the premise, ultimately The Silent Patient was a failure for me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    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 w 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 who has always been obsessed with Alicia’s story, and when a position presents itself at The Grove for someone with his qualifications, he applies for the job and is successful. Theo is certain that he can get her to talk, even though others have tried and failed. Although Alicia is silent, the narrative speaks to us in a way that she can’t or won’t, throwing the spotlight on the minutiae of her life as a talented artist, and ultimately what led to the events of that fateful night. Theo’s own personal life is laid bare too, and he’s also a very complex character - indeed not unlike Alicia. If Theo’s attempts to encourage Alicia to speak are successful, will it be something he wants to hear? Because beneath Alicia’s silent exterior, she has plenty to say! Clever, and compelling, with a humdinger of a twist- I hope the ‘Silent’ Patient ‘speaks’ to you too!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Felicia

    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 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 multi-layered with a labyrinth of characters, each playing their part in the development of the plot. The author never once tries to lead you astray with erroneous clues in an attempt to distract you from an obvious conclusion. I never once felt like I had a grasp on how this story was going to play out, which kept me rapt until the last page. The blurb on the back cover says that the book has already been optioned for a movie and I'd like to put forth my recommendations for casting: Haley Bennett as Alicia and Oliver Jackson Cohen as Theo (I expect a casting credit) I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    j e w e l s

    FIVE STARS 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 FIVE STARS 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 Alice Feeney’s Sometimes I Lie or one of my old favorites Before I Go to Sleep. I was wrong, it is so much better! The main characters of Theo and Alice are richly layered with just enough reveals leaked out over time that you will constantly wonder “who is the unreliable narrator here?” (You will doubt yourself over and over and I LOVE THAT!!!). Truly, one of the best books I’ve read this year! I absolutely devoured it. Theo takes you into his head, explaining the psychology involved in certain situations, as if the reader is part conspirator, part solution. There are Freudian quotes sprinkled liberally throughout this mystery--pure delight for armchair psychologists! I listened to the Audible version--Outstanding!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay - Traveling Sister

    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 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 storyline details. Bottom line, if you enjoy psychological thrillers, you MUST get your hands on a copy of this. This has easily earned a spot on my 2019 Favourites list! I am eagerly awaiting his next novel! This was a Traveling Sister read that we all loved. Thank you to my lovely local library for lending me a copy of this fantastic book!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christina - Traveling Sister

    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 l 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 than 12 hours (I had to sleep ok). So needless to say, I quite loved this book. Alicia Berenson was thirty-three years old when she killed her husband. Alicia and her husband Gabriel are the *perfect* couple. Alicia is an up and coming painter and Gabriel is a noted fashion photographer. They’re young, they’re beautiful and they’re head over heels in love with one another. However, as with all thrillers that quickly comes crumbling to the ground when Alicia is found standing over her dead husbands body – after being shot in the face six times – and covered in both of their blood. As everyone around Alicia grapples with this terrifying series of events and struggle to come up with a defense not just to save Alicia’s life but to understand how this could’ve happened their met with a brick wall. Only, that brick wall is Alicia and she’s refusing to say a word. Alicia sits idly by in the court room as she is vilified and damned for killing the only man she’s ever truly loved and still, she says nothing. As she’s saved from the death penalty and instead put in a psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane, still she doesn’t say a word. Years and years go by, and still Alicia doesn’t say a word. “We’ve talked about this before. Haven’t we?” “About fireworks?” “About love. About how we often mistake love for fireworks – for drama and dysfunction. But, real love is very quiet, very still. It’s boring, if seen from a perspective of high drama. Love is deep and calm – and constant.” *can I get an AMEN* Theo Farber is a criminal psychotherapist and he’s been following Alicia’s story since the beginning. Coming from a painful upbringing and life himself, Theo see’s parts of him in Alicia and he believes, no he knows that he can help Alicia heal. As he carefully but steadily dismantles his promising career and life in order to get a job at The Grove, where Alicia is being housed he moves his pieces about the chess board of life and gets closer and closer to Alicia hoping to uncover her story and get her to tell what happened between her and Gabriel once and for all. As it turns out, Alicia feels a draw to Theo as well. At a slow, but not tedious and incredibly suspenseful pace, Alicia begins to open up and little bits and pieces of her story are falling out left for the reader and Theo to put together. What follows is easily one of the most suspenseful, exciting, thrilling and surprising stories I’ve read in quite a long time. At the time I didn’t understand. But that’s how therapy works. A patient delegates his unacceptable feelings to his therapist; and she holds everything he is afraid to feel, and she feels it for him. Then, ever so slowly, she feeds his feelings back to him. So first things first, as someone who has an undergraduate degree in Psychology (which means next to nothing in the field) but who has also been a major advocate and participant in therapy I loved the way it was portrayed in this book. Something that irks me to no end, is the way the entertainment industry portrays not just people who attend therapy but therapists themselves. The whole “and how does that make you feel” line really annoys the crap out of me because that’s not what therapy is about. I think Michaelide’s honored the profession and despite being a pretty intense thriller and how easily it could’ve been done, therapy was never vilified but admired. So onto the meat of this story – what initially drew me in was the synopsis of Alicia killing her husband and then never speaking another word. I can’t quite explain why exactly that particular linchpin got me hook, line and sinker but it did. However, what gripped and held me and didn’t let me go from the moment I started it was an incredibly well paced story. Michaelides delivered a stunning and gripping plot, but what made it shine is that every piece of information the reader is given is given to you only exactly when it is needed to move the story forward. Nothing is sensationalized or used to provide cheap jump scare thrills. There’s a sinister undertone throughout the book and to me, The Silent Patient is the prime-o example of what the genre of psychological thriller is supposed to be. Her silence was like a mirror – reflecting yourself back at you. And it was often an ugly sight. I don’t want to give to much away because again, this is one of the most surprised I’ve been in a long time by the final twists in a thriller book. I’ve been interested in reading this for quite some time, and I’m so happy I picked it up sooner rather than later. I guarantee this is going to be one of the top books of 2019 and if it’s on your list – pick it up, if it’s not – add it now. The prose, the pacing, the suspense and development into the story were all a complete slam dunk for me. This is absolutely the type of book that once you pick it up, you’re not going to be able to put it down until you’re done with it and know how it ends – and the ending, is quite the doozie. I’m thrilled by Alex Michaelides and really excited to see future works because this author knows how to get it done my dudes.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    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. 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. Others have tried - others have failed. Will he be successful? Although Alicia does not speak, the reader gets a glimpse into her life through Theo's discussions with those in her life. Well, more to the point, we get their impressions of her, things they know about her and their own assumptions about her. They seem to have no problem sharing what they know about her but why hasn't anyone been to visit her? The reader gets to learn even more about Alicia through her diary entries. Finally, Alicia "speaks" via the written word. But what could have led her to shoot her husband? Will she ever speak? Why isn't she speaking now? Is it by choice? Is it due to trauma? hmmmm Theo is also an interesting character. Most of the novel is told through him. The reader also gets a glimpse into his life, his thoughts and the inner workings of his mind. I was curious as to why he was so obsessed with learning her motive. Why is he so driven to learn the truth? Is he a fan or her artwork? Will learning the truth advance his career? This is a very clever tale which grabbed my attention right away. I was intrigued to learn what was going on. I had several theories and assumptions. Some were close and some were way off base - as in a mile off base. Of course, there is that shocking reveal - I did not see that coming - AT ALL. It really was the perfect "OMG, what did I just read?" moment followed by an "Aha!" moment. This book was a page turner for me. I kept turning the pages to learn how the book was going to unfold. The ending felt a little bit rushed and I wanted to just a tad bit more. Overall, a very enjoyable read even thought one character really annoyed me. Thank you to Celadon Books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    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 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 instantly intriguing- Theo Faber, a criminal psychotherapist is oddly obsessed with the well- respected artist, Alicia Berenson, a patient housed in a forensic unit after shooting her husband five times in the face. She hasn’t uttered a word since. Theo sacrifices better and more lucrative opportunities in hopes of becoming her therapist. As he manipulates his way into Alicia’s life, his determination to unlock the secrets of her heart and mind slowly yields a few surprising results. However, all his probing could have a few unforeseen consequences... Anyone who has read a review for this book has, by now, heard about the stunning twist that apparently caught most readers off guard. But, let’s not get too hung up on the twist. In my humble opinion, a mind -blowing twist is a requirement of any and all psychological thrillers. What makes a twist work in the first place is the mystery. Did Alicia kill her husband, as all the evidence suggests? If so, what was her motive? Why hasn’t she uttered a single word in all these years? This is a compelling mystery. Alicia an enigma, to be sure. This is unsettling enough on its own merits. However, the author also examines some hard truths about institutions that rely on funding, which leads to money and power taking precedent over the welfare and health of the patients. Adding in yet another rich layer is the unique and quite interesting mythological parallel woven into the story. It is easy to step into Theo’s narrative as he slowly walks us through Alicia’s past, dropping hints and clues along the way, introducing us to all the possible suspects, while delving into Alicia’s fragile psyche. But, if I am being totally honest, the plot is not all that plausible, and at times the execution warbles. There are some problems within the story, but in my humble opinion, this is how a pure psychological thriller should be presented. The author relies on paranoia and the emotional instability of the characters to build suspense as opposed to grisly, graphic crime scenes. It’s a mind game from start to finish. Now, about that twist- The most important thing to me was that it was singular. No over the top, unnecessary twists added for mere shock value. A good PT doesn’t need more than one, maybe two, depending on the author’s experience or the situation- in my opinion. In this case, the reader is totally blindsided, tapped on the shoulder from behind, by a revelation so shocking, I’ll bet some of you gasped out loud. I know I did! It messed with your head, right? Now THAT’S what I’m talking about!! Of course, after all that buildup and the success of the big plot twist, the ending had to come together, or all was for naught. I was a little concerned for a few minutes, but honestly, the conclusion was the cherry on the cake. The book was worth waiting for, but I am glad I proceeded with caution and kept my expectations in check. The story is not quite strong enough to merit a five -star rating, but I appreciated the pure, traditional understated approach. The author wisely dialed things back, distancing himself from the oversaturated parodies many current psychological thrillers have become. I hope the popularity of this book with inspire more authors to follow this more authentic prototype and restore the psychological thriller back to its former glory.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dorie - Traveling Sister :)

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** 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 ***NOW AVAILABLE*** 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 the novel. I should add that a 3* from me means that the book was just an o.k. read for me, not bad but not great enough that I will be thinking of it long after I’ve finished or be recommending it to my friends. Still worth a read :) One thing proved true, this book did have me turning the pages quickly to find out what would happen at the end. However while I was turning these pages quickly, I wasn’t really getting very much out of the story. I felt as though the fact that she wouldn’t speak was the main focus of the book rather than looking into whether she was really guilty or not. I know that she had been tried and found guilty but I had hoped that perhaps the doctors would find other issues worth pursuing regarding her guilt or innocence. There are multiple characters introduced but none of them are really very well described. Dr. Diomedes is the head of the facility and he appoints a new doctor, Theo Faber, who has recently joined the staff to oversee Alicia’s care. She had previously been under the care of another physician but he hadn’t made any progress with her and so it is hoped that this new doctor will help to make her finally speak. The book is narrated by Theo and then later by Alicia as we begin to read her previously hidden diary. The book takes place in “The Grove” a private facility for psychiatric patients. Theo Faber transferred from another facility because he is obsessed with Alicia’s case. We do get to know him through his thoughts about his own marriage to Karen who seems increasingly “busy” and coming home late from rehearsals, she is an actress. This is a storyline that is introduced and somewhat developed and then just left hanging. What really is going on with Theo’s marriage? He seems to be spending all of his time at the facility with Alicia. Alicia had been a successful artist and Gabriel a photographer of some repute. There really is never any answer to the question of “why”, why would Alicia kill Gabriel. There doesn’t seem to be any evidence that they were unhappy or that Gabriel was unfaithful, there doesn’t seem to have been much research as to why she would kill her husband. She was convicted because she was found at the scene with the gun in her hand, covered in blood because she had slit her wrists in an attempt to kill herself. The twist is a good one but doesn’t come until the last 20 pages or so. I had pretty much figured it out by then but I’m sure it will come as a surprise to many. I would say read it without reading lots of reviews, decide for yourself if it is indeed “the debut novel of the year for 2019” as the publisher has written in the blurb for the book! After the last session that Theo had with Alicia he is writing everything down while it was still fresh in his mind and he states "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." I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  14. 5 out of 5

    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!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Norma * Traveling Sister

    Astonishing, unputdownable and spellbinding stuff here! Holy shooty balls!!! Loved....loved....loved! This book is exactly what I needed…...a fast-paced and fully absorbing thriller that I literally could not put down or stop thinking about. This was some fantastic storytelling! THE SILENT PATIENT by ALEX MICHAELIDES is a dazzling, fascinating, compelling, and an absolutely fabulous psychological thriller novel that was quite the immersive and thrilling book to read. Right from the very beginning Astonishing, unputdownable and spellbinding stuff here! Holy shooty balls!!! Loved....loved....loved! This book is exactly what I needed…...a fast-paced and fully absorbing thriller that I literally could not put down or stop thinking about. This was some fantastic storytelling! THE SILENT PATIENT by ALEX MICHAELIDES is a dazzling, fascinating, compelling, and an absolutely fabulous psychological thriller novel that was quite the immersive and thrilling book to read. Right from the very beginning I knew that this book was going to be a gripping page-turner for me and I’m happy to say that it totally held my attention right to the very end, making this quite the compulsive and all-consuming read. ALEX MICHAELIDES delivers an impressive, clever, suspenseful, entertaining and well-written read here with an intriguing and refreshing premise, an intoxicating mystery and irresistible compelling characters. I thought this was an extremely well-crafted thriller where the author seductively guides you to the shocking and twisty conclusion. This book definitely appealed to this psychological thriller lover even though I wouldn’t necessarily say there is anything new here and you might have your suspicions early on like I did but it was all in the execution here that made this quite the fantastic and exhilarating read. I thought it was so cleverly and originally done. If an author can still make that ending shocking and thrilling to read even if you think you’ve figured out the outcome well then I’d say that is one heck of an accomplishment and perfect read! This was an absolutely fabulous psychological thriller that quickly made it into my favourite reads shelf making this my very first favourite of 2019! Expected Publication Date: February 5, 2019 Norma’s Stats: Cover: Intriguing, unsettling, creepy, eye-catching and an extremely fitting representation to storyline that kind of gives me the heebie-jeebies to look at. Title: The title of this book is an extremely fitting representation to storyline that definitely piqued my interest, totally intrigued and fascinated me. Writing/Prose: Well-written, entertaining, compelling, engaging and convincing. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style and it definitely spoke to me. Plot: Engrossing, refreshing, suspenseful, interesting, complex, fast-paced, and highly entertaining. Ending: A surprising and twist ending that definitely should shock and wow the reader regardless if you’ve figured it out or not. The ending was totally satisfying and did not disappoint!! Overall: A fantastic and riveting read that had me totally absorbed within this story right from the very start, thoroughly enjoying every minute of this debut thriller! Would recommend! Thank you so much to NetGalley, Celadon Books and Alex Michaelides for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review! Review can also be found on our blog: https://twosisterslostinacoulee.com/2...

  16. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    recently, ive realised that i feel quite jaded when it comes to mysteries/thrillers. they have started to lose their ability to truly shock and surprise me; and im not sure if thats because the more you read them, the more aware and better you are at picking up subtle hints as a reader. but its starting to require a really unexpected twist to make a thriller/mystery memorable for me. and thankfully i found that in ‘the silent patient.’ i really enjoy how this story weaves together theo fabers wor recently, ive realised that i feel quite jaded when it comes to mysteries/thrillers. they have started to lose their ability to truly shock and surprise me; and im not sure if thats because the more you read them, the more aware and better you are at picking up subtle hints as a reader. but its starting to require a really unexpected twist to make a thriller/mystery memorable for me. and thankfully i found that in ‘the silent patient.’ i really enjoy how this story weaves together theo fabers work with the famous murderss, alicia berenson, with his home life and his wife. it makes for a really dynamic and intriguing story. and like i said, there is a twist and it surprised me in the best way possible. i thought the reveal was handled in a very intelligent way and it made for a great reading experience. there are a couple of things i found to be over the top and too dramatic but, overall, this is a dang good story and a very impressive debut! michaelides has definitely made it onto my radar for authors to watch! ↠ 4.5 stars

  17. 5 out of 5

    JanB

    Once I picked this book up, I couldn’t stop and finished it in two sittings. I was intrigued right from the start and found it to be quite the page-turner.   Theo is a psychotherapist who has issues of his own (don’t they all?) but he finagles his way into a job at a psychiatric facility so he can work with Alicia, a patient who was found guilty some years earlier of killing her husband, Gabriel, by shooting him in the face 5 times.  She has not spoken a word in the years since the murder and Theo Once I picked this book up, I couldn’t stop and finished it in two sittings. I was intrigued right from the start and found it to be quite the page-turner.   Theo is a psychotherapist who has issues of his own (don’t they all?) but he finagles his way into a job at a psychiatric facility so he can work with Alicia, a patient who was found guilty some years earlier of killing her husband, Gabriel, by shooting him in the face 5 times.  She has not spoken a word in the years since the murder and Theo is convinced he can help her.   I’m not going to go into details of the plot as it’s best discovered by the reader. But, what follows is a twisty tale that took me by surprise. Sometimes an ending or twist comes out of nowhere, without warning. But, the author gave us all the clues, I had just failed to put them all together. And that is my favorite kind of mystery book. There were no rabbits pulled from a hat and no twists just for the sake of shocking the reader. In the end, I found myself smiling and thinking "well-done".  
Is it perfect? No. Are there a few plot holes? Yes. Did I have to suspend some disbelief? Yes. Did the author tend to over explain things at times when we can figure it out on our own? Yes. Did I care? No. For a fun quick and addictive read, this fit the bill quite nicely.   This is a fantastic debut and I can’t wait to see how he develops as an author. I’ll be sure to read his next book.   This book will make a terrific movie if Hollywood does it right.    This was another great buddy read with my friend Marialyce!

  18. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    She tied her husband to a chair. She shot him multiple times. She slit her own wrists. She stood there and waited for the police to arrive. 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 famous patient, Alicia Berenson. In fact, Theo's goal is to work with her, to see if he can get her to reveal what really happened on the night her husband was killed. Through Theo's perspective She tied her husband to a chair. She shot him multiple times. She slit her own wrists. She stood there and waited for the police to arrive. 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 famous patient, Alicia Berenson. In fact, Theo's goal is to work with her, to see if he can get her to reveal what really happened on the night her husband was killed. Through Theo's perspective, his investigation, and Alicia's own diary entries, the reader is brought along on a hair-raising mystery that is not for the faint of heart. Guys, I absolutely loved this book. This is the type of thriller that I really enjoy sinking my teeth into. The use of the diary entries, paired with Theo's investigations, made for a perfectly paced reveal! Michaelides is definitely an author to watch. I, for one, cannot wait to see what he comes up with next. Highly recommend!

  19. 5 out of 5

    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 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andreia ♡The Butterfly Lover♡

    What???!!! Is this serious??!! I am shocked by how good this book is!! Gripping from start to finish! It blew my mind! I would never have guessed the ending!! WOW!! Loved the idea of alternating the patients life with the therapists life to converge on a major twist! I will be looking forward to reading more books by the author in the future! Highly recommended! so, Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand hou What???!!! Is this serious??!! I am shocked by how good this book is!! Gripping from start to finish! It blew my mind! I would never have guessed the ending!! WOW!! Loved the idea of alternating the patient´s life with the therapist´s life to converge on a major twist! I will be looking forward to reading more books by the author in the future! Highly recommended! so, 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....

  21. 4 out of 5

    Larry H

    4.5 stars. I read a lot of thrillers, so I tend to be pretty hard on them. Because, as I've mentioned, I have this tendency to suspect every single character that appears in a thriller, I'm often not as surprised as many others are when authors throw in twists and turns, or when the perpetrator is finally revealed. While I had some suspicions about the way things in Alex Michaelides' terrific debut, The Silent Patient , might go, I will admit he pulled one over on me at one point. I really enjoye 4.5 stars. I read a lot of thrillers, so I tend to be pretty hard on them. Because, as I've mentioned, I have this tendency to suspect every single character that appears in a thriller, I'm often not as surprised as many others are when authors throw in twists and turns, or when the perpetrator is finally revealed. While I had some suspicions about the way things in Alex Michaelides' terrific debut, The Silent Patient , might go, I will admit he pulled one over on me at one point. I really enjoyed the way he kept me guessing and was completely hooked on this story of murder, infidelity, psychological instability, and the desire to be a savior. Alicia Berenson was an artist of some renown, but these days she's more infamous than anything else. Married to a handsome photographer for whom she is consumed by love, they seem to be the picture-perfect couple, at least to anyone on the outside looking in. One night, her husband came home late from a shoot. Moments later, he was shot five times in the face and killed, and the police found Alicia covered in his blood, as well as her own, as she attempted to slit her own wrists. From that moment on, Alicia hasn't spoken a word. Her trial for her husband's murder was a hotbed of rumors, innuendo, and media sensationalism, but no one ever finds the answers they seek, no one understands what would have made Alicia kill her husband so brutally and then try to take her own life. With no other real choice, the judge sentences her to treatment at the Grove, a forensic unit for dangerous patients, in North London. "And so, with no further revelation forthcoming, the disappointed media eventually lost interest in Alicia Berenson. She joined the ranks of other briefly famous murderers; faces we remember, but whose names we forget." But psychotherapist Theo Faber continues to be fascinated by Alicia's case, and he believes that only he can reach her, can delve down into her psyche to uncover the secrets that have kept her silent for six years now. When a position opens at the Grove, he is quick to jump on it, and it isn't long before he has convinced the clinical director, Dr. Lazarus Diomedes, to let him begin treating Alicia, even if she hasn't spoken a word to any other doctor, and has displayed sometimes self-harming and sometimes violent behavior toward others. Theo does want to help Alicia and perhaps find out the truth behind her husband's murder and the events of that fateful night. But he's also drawn to her because he believes they share a troubled childhood and even a history of emotional challenges. Theo has struggled with depression throughout his life, yet he believes he's uniquely qualified to help Alicia, and perhaps, himself. "The real motivation was purely selfish. I was on a quest to help myself. I believe the same is true for most people who go into mental health. We are drawn to this profession because we are damaged—we study psychology to heal ourselves. Whether we are prepared to admit this or not is another question." As Theo attempts to connect with Alicia, he faces challenges from his colleagues and the management of the Grove, who are considering closing down the aging facility, and from Alicia herself. Is she really mad, or is the silence an act? Is she a violent murderer or a misunderstood, grieving widow? Theo seeks answers as his own life seems to be imploding at the same time. The book's narration shifts between past and present, from Theo's endeavors to treat Alicia to Alicia's reflections of the past expressed through her personal journal. I really wasn't sure what to believe about her, and I kept waiting for some surprise to come bursting out of the woodwork. Michaelides does an excellent job teasing out the suspense in small doses, making you suspect different characters along the way, while you race to figure out the truth as Theo tries to do the same. In a sea full of thrillers, I found The Silent Patient to be a really strong one that stands apart. There were a lot of layers to this book, and Michaelides was like an orchestra conductor, making sure all of the pieces worked together. If this was his debut, there's no telling what he will come up with next. I know I'll be watching. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2018.html. You can follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/yrralh/.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Whoa! This was brilliant! This book right here is the reason that I love psychological thrillers. This has become an overly saturated genre with every one taking a stab at writing these twisty little mind fucks but more often than not they fall flat. It takes a talented mind and writer to pull off a really shocking twist successfully. Alex Michaelides has done just that because I did not see that coming at all and for that I thank you! *claps hands* Alicia Berenson appears to have it all. She's Whoa! This was brilliant! This book right here is the reason that I love psychological thrillers. This has become an overly saturated genre with every one taking a stab at writing these twisty little mind fucks but more often than not they fall flat. It takes a talented mind and writer to pull off a really shocking twist successfully. Alex Michaelides has done just that because I did not see that coming at all and for that I thank you! *claps hands* Alicia Berenson appears to have it all. She's a successful painter and her husband, Gabriel, is a famous fashion photographer. What would drive this seemingly happy woman to shoot her husband five times in the face only to never speak again? Psychotherapist, Theo Faber, is desperate to work with Alicia to see if he can breakthrough her silence to finally find out the truth. That's it. That's all you get. I don't want anyone to be spoiled. I suggest not reading too many reviews as it is inevitable that some jerk will spill the beans. Don't be that jerk! If this is any inclination as to the type of reading year 2019 is going to be then HURRAH! Dare I say that this has made it to my "favorites" shelf. Highest recommendation! All the twisted stars! Thank you to Celadon Books and Alex Michaelides for kindly sending me an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    leslie hamod

    The best thriller I have ever read! Congratulations Alex Michealides! A woman, successful in every way, returns home one night and shoots her husband five times in the face. Or did she? We begin her road to recovery. She will not or cannot speak. I do want several hours guessing whom was responsible. I never put this book down. Yes. Best thriller of 2019. A constant game of guessing. When, why and what. The take told by her therapist. An amazing doctor who has only her good in mind and sets out to The best thriller I have ever read! Congratulations Alex Michealides! A woman, successful in every way, returns home one night and shoots her husband five times in the face. Or did she? We begin her road to recovery. She will not or cannot speak. I do want several hours guessing whom was responsible. I never put this book down. Yes. Best thriller of 2019. A constant game of guessing. When, why and what. The take told by her therapist. An amazing doctor who has only her good in mind and sets out to find why she won't speak. Why can't or won't she speak? I can never tell. This is a book which must be read. Highly recommended. A MUST READ! Don't miss this outrageous thriller. It is the best for a reason. You will suspect everyone. But never will you imagine!

  24. 4 out of 5

    KAS

    A Compelling Whodunnit!! Alicia is found in a state of frozen terror surrounded by a gun on the floor along with a knife and blood everywhere. Her husband, Gabriel, is sitting bound to a chair and his handsome face pelted with numerous gunshot wounds. BUT ... did she commit the murder?!? Trouble is Alicia hasn’t spoken a word since the police arrived at the gruesome scene. Recently hired by the psychiatric hospital, Theo finds himself assigned as Alicia’s psychotherapist. He is faced with the dau A Compelling Whodunnit!! Alicia is found in a state of frozen terror surrounded by a gun on the floor along with a knife and blood everywhere. Her husband, Gabriel, is sitting bound to a chair and his handsome face pelted with numerous gunshot wounds. BUT ... did she commit the murder?!? Trouble is Alicia hasn’t spoken a word since the police arrived at the gruesome scene. Recently hired by the psychiatric hospital, Theo finds himself assigned as Alicia’s psychotherapist. He is faced with the daunting challenge of trying to get Alicia to talk, someway, somehow! All her other therapists have tried and failed.   Alicia was standing by the wall, being restrained by Yuri and another nurse. But no physical restraint was necessary. She was totally calm, perfectly still, like a statue ... She started straight at me.  For the first time I felt afraid. This is an genius, most clever read. The writing is flawless. The narrator of the audiobook did a truly exceptional job. I so enjoyed how the tension in this mystery was built upon, chapter by chapter, creating guess after guess swirling in my head. I knew I would guess wrong, but it was exciting nonetheless ;) And that ending ... whoa!! The bonus interview with Alex Michaelides at the end of the audiobook was unexpected and very enlightening. Recalling his summers as a child living in Cypress, he said, “I would go to the beach and devour Agatha Christie’s.” He would read one every three days, and it was the happiest time of his life. His goal was to write the type of book he would want to read. Goal achieved, Mr. Michaelides!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elyse Walters

    As a psychotherapist, Theo Faber thought it was obvious that Alicia Berenson had suffered a severe trauma surrounding her husband, Gabriel’s death. “Alicia joined the ranks of other briefly famous murders; faces we remember, but whose names we forget”. NOT Theo Faber!! He ‘never’ forgot - even though nearly six years have gone by. Alicia was admitted to a mental institution- rather than prison - even though all evidence pointed to her killing her husband. Characters were under-developed and flat. As a psychotherapist, Theo Faber thought it was obvious that Alicia Berenson had suffered a severe trauma surrounding her husband, Gabriel’s death. “Alicia joined the ranks of other briefly famous murders; faces we remember, but whose names we forget”. NOT Theo Faber!! He ‘never’ forgot - even though nearly six years have gone by. Alicia was admitted to a mental institution- rather than prison - even though all evidence pointed to her killing her husband. Characters were under-developed and flat. At the beginning of the story, we learn Theo was drawn to psychology to heal himself. We shall see! Theo is also ‘very’ interested in working with Alicia....( of course)... which he does. Alicia has been silent since the night of her husband’s murder. Want to know why Alicia never talked? Why she stayed completely speechless for six years? It’s not all that interesting - honest! Needed much more pulp to make her story juicy! I thought this entire novel was silly - Rather than nitpick the flaws - and let my critical mind blabber on- Mostly...this novel was lacking in *joy*. It wasn’t satire...simply doltish!!! I didn’t know how the book was ‘exactly’ going to end - but it was clear for me early on who the real troubled silent patient was. Very quick read! 2.5 stars - rating up - being a debut that has somehow managed to draw major buzz royalty! Kudos to Alex Michaelides... good karma debut-hit!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kylie D

    This is one stealth bomber of a psychological thriller, it sneaks up on you and then whammo! It starts out with Theo, a psychotherapist, getting a new job in a facility that contains a patient named Alicia, infamous for killing her husband several years ago, then clamming up and not saying a word since. Theo soon thinks he can help her, gain her trust, and soon becomes consumed with Alicia. Slowly he starts to make progress with her, despite the antagonism of his colleagues, and when we finally g This is one stealth bomber of a psychological thriller, it sneaks up on you and then whammo! It starts out with Theo, a psychotherapist, getting a new job in a facility that contains a patient named Alicia, infamous for killing her husband several years ago, then clamming up and not saying a word since. Theo soon thinks he can help her, gain her trust, and soon becomes consumed with Alicia. Slowly he starts to make progress with her, despite the antagonism of his colleagues, and when we finally get to the truth of that night, well, let's just say it's mind-blowing. This is a book that intrigued me, and I found myself racing to a surprising, yet satisfying conclusion. I never once got any inkling of the twist, and it was stunning. Recommended for all lovers of psychological thrillers.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Paromjit

    Alex Michaelides impresses with his terrific debut, a twisted, multilayered, intricate, and complex psychological thriller of murder, obsession and madness. Famous artist, Alicia Berenson, married to well known photographer, Gabriel, shoots her husband five times and has not spoken since. After a plea of diminished responsibility, she has been incarcerated at a North London psychiatric facility of The Grove. Ambitious Theo Faber is a forensic psychotherapist, obsessed with Alicia having followed Alex Michaelides impresses with his terrific debut, a twisted, multilayered, intricate, and complex psychological thriller of murder, obsession and madness. Famous artist, Alicia Berenson, married to well known photographer, Gabriel, shoots her husband five times and has not spoken since. After a plea of diminished responsibility, she has been incarcerated at a North London psychiatric facility of The Grove. Ambitious Theo Faber is a forensic psychotherapist, obsessed with Alicia having followed her story, and when a vacancy opens up at The Grove, he finds his way in. No-one has managed to get Alicia to open up, Theo sees himself succeeding where everyone else has failed. Alice may be silent, but silence can speak by other means, such as Alicia's self portrait that draws on Greek mythology where she depicts herself as Alcestis. In a narrative that includes Alicia's diary entries, we learn of Alicia's past through Theo's investigations, as he goes over and above the call of duty to uncover what motivated Alicia by turning to those who knew her, from family to those from the art world. It turns out Alicia had a troubled upbringing, which included the suicides of her parents. Theo himself has a difficult past too, but as he digs deeper into the silence, what will he find? And will everyone welcome the truth? This is a fast paced thriller of secrets, marriage, and mental health issues. There are twists and surprises as the tension and suspense ratchets up. This is an intelligent, gripping and an utterly thrilling read with wonderful characterisation in both Alicia and Theo. Definitely a must read for those who love psychological thrillers. Many thanks to Orion for an ARC.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Meredith B. (readingwithmere)

    5 Psychologically Thrilling Stars!! Choosing a lover is a lot like choosing a therapist. We need to ask ourselves, is this someone who will be honest with me, listen to criticism, admit making mistakes, and not promise the impossible? I've read A LOT of psychological thrillers. In fact, it's my favorite genre to read. Since I've read so many, a lot of the times I see the same story lines and this book is a new story line for me. It gives me that thrill. Alicia Berenson is no longer speaking. She 5 Psychologically Thrilling Stars!! Choosing a lover is a lot like choosing a therapist. We need to ask ourselves, is this someone who will be honest with me, listen to criticism, admit making mistakes, and not promise the impossible? I've read A LOT of psychological thrillers. In fact, it's my favorite genre to read. Since I've read so many, a lot of the times I see the same story lines and this book is a new story line for me. It gives me that thrill. Alicia Berenson is no longer speaking. She has just been found guilty for shooting her Husband, Gabriel. Theo Faber has a troubled past. He decides early on that he wants to becoming a psychotherapist so that he can help people the way he was never helped. He learns that Alicia is a patient at the center he just laded at a job at. He also hears she is mute and wants to take on the challenge of getting her to talk and find out what really happened. Throughout Alicia's life, she was an Artist and her art was a her best way of communicating her feelings and thoughts. One day, Theo thinks to present Alicia with her own art canvas, outside of art therapy, to express how she feels. She starts to paint and they're convinced they are getting to her. One day, Alicia reacts to Theo and ends up handing him a Diary that she has kept with the entire story, well at least Theo thinks it's the entire story. From here, a couple twists unravel only to unveil the grand finale. I'll tell you, this twist got me. I'm still thinking about it. This is both Alicia and Theo's parallel stories about problems that have happened in their lives. Theo has family and marital issues and Alicia has psychological and trust issues. I loved that the author included psychological issues even within the psychological team in the book. I think this is what really made it a home run for me. This book is a debut and by no means would I have assumed that when I read it. It's written at a perfect pace and worded just right so that you most likely aren't going to guess the twist. I had my theories but I was so so so wrong. I also had that WHAT moment and that's a sign of a good book, for me. I am personally interested in psychology (psych minor in college!) and I have dealt with Depression/Anxiety for years now. I think being interested in these and invested in characters who deal with these issues made this book shine, in my opinion. This book will easily go down as one of my top 5 in 2019. I will definitely be reading more of Alex Michaelides books in the future. If you're a thriller fan, you need to pick this one up 100000%! It publishes February 5, 2019! Thank you to the publisher, Celadon books, for my ARC of this book

  29. 4 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    4 Stars. Bravo to Alex Michaelides for writing a Fabulous Mystery/Suspense! There’s something to be said for being silent. Just ask Alicia Berenson. After shooting her husband in the face five (5) times, she remains silent. Thereafter, she is remanded to a mental hospital called the Grove where no one can get her to utter another word. Theo Farber is a Psychotherapist, who, after being hired, begins treating Alicia Berenson. He is desperate to help her. Unfortunately, sometimes the genie is better 4 Stars. Bravo to Alex Michaelides for writing a Fabulous Mystery/Suspense! There’s something to be said for being silent. Just ask Alicia Berenson. After shooting her husband in the face five (5) times, she remains silent. Thereafter, she is remanded to a mental hospital called the Grove where no one can get her to utter another word. Theo Farber is a Psychotherapist, who, after being hired, begins treating Alicia Berenson. He is desperate to help her. Unfortunately, sometimes the genie is better left in the bottle! “The Silent Patient” is a psychological suspense at its best. While I had an inkling in the beginning as to what was going on - it completely escaped me at the midway point, such that by the end, I was so torn up about one character that I was like “Oh duh!” (Insert emoji hand to the face!!). What else can I tell you? This is storytelling at it best. Admittedly, the psychology behind this one is a bit dark and disturbing and it got to me! Believe it or not, I do have experience with staying silent. It’s not easy guys! When I was 10, I had an all girls birthday party and my mom suggested this game (which should speak volumes (lol)), it was called: “Who could be quietest the longest?” Needless to say, I didn’t win (I lasted 5 minutes). My friend Beth won and was silent for 30 minutes. Now at 10 years old, being silent for 30 minutes was an eternity.. I’m still impressed to this day! Thinking about the amount of time Alicia Berenstein was silent in this novel, well, given the story I told you above, it’s not something I can imagine. “The Silent Patient” is a fast-paced novel with thrilling characters that keeps you on your toes. The motivation behind them kept me intrigued and I am sure it will do the same for you! This was a buddy read with Kaceey which we both really enjoyed. Thank you for waiting for me to read this one Kaceey! I really appreciate it. Published on Goodreads, Twitter and Amazon on 4.7.19.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    Thanks to this book, Thriller has officially become one of my top three favourite genres, behind Fantasy and Romance. There’s something deeply satisfying about reading a story that gives you opportunities to make up your own mind about what happened but at the same time takes you on an unforgettable and twisted roller-coaster that unsettles the hell out of you. You also wonder how far the author will go and feel respect for them when they push limits and steer clear of predictable paths. I won’t Thanks to this book, Thriller has officially become one of my top three favourite genres, behind Fantasy and Romance. There’s something deeply satisfying about reading a story that gives you opportunities to make up your own mind about what happened but at the same time takes you on an unforgettable and twisted roller-coaster that unsettles the hell out of you. You also wonder how far the author will go and feel respect for them when they push limits and steer clear of predictable paths. I won’t lie, I am a tiny bit terrified of Alex Michaelides right now. I’m sure he’s (probably) a decent human being but it doesn’t change the fact that he has a mind that can conjure nightmares in me or any other reader. He reminds you that the world is a safe place—it was built to sustain communities—but anyone can be triggered and disrupt your safe haven in a second. I cannot and will not tell you anything that happens in this story, other than the fact that the narrator, a psychotherapist, is trying to make a disturbed patient at a psychiatric unit open up about her past and what led her to kill her husband. It is profoundly messed up. If you are the kind of person to believe the world is made of unicorn-people and rainbows and sunshine, stay far far FAR away. It will not only play with you but also betray you. I feel quite betrayed right now, truthfully, both by the characters and the author. I have no idea whom I relate to or like more or just think deserves a second chance, the patient or the psychotherapist? No idea whatsoever. This is good because it means the protagonists are three-dimensional and memorable, but it’s also bad because there is very little amount of decency here and part of me tries to see the good in everyone. I could write a thirty-page essay on this and still I may not arrive at a conclusion. Addictive, shocking and thought-provoking story. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

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