Book Review: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Title: The Silent Patient
Author: Alex Michaelides
Published by: Celadon Books
Publication date: February 5th, 2019
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Psychological Thriller


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….


Psychological Thrillers. That is now my favorite genre. I couldn’t put The Silent Patient down and read late into the night. The only disappointment I had was when I absolutely had to stop reading and go to sleep. 

I know, sleep is for the weak and the dead. But believe me, I turn into my own psychological thriller if I do not get any sleep. LOL.

Halfway through, I had this thought, “Wouldn’t it be ironic if [blank] was the killer?” Turns out I was wrong, but not entirely. Alex Michaelides keeps you guessing about what did or didn’t happen, keeping us on the edge of our seat until the very end.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

What do you think about The Silent Patient? Are you going to give it a read? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

All my love, always



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