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The Silent Patient

Written by: Alex Michaelides
Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Instant number-one New York Times best seller.   

This program includes a bonus interview with the author. 

Promising to be the debut of the season, 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....    

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What the critics say

“Absolutely brilliant.... I read it in a state of intense, breathless excitement.” (Stephen Fry)

“Smart, sophisticated storytelling freighted with real suspense - a very fine novel by any standard.” (Lee Child)

The Silent Patient sneaks up on you like a slash of intimidating shadow on a badly lit street. Michaelides has crafted a totally original, spellbinding psychological mystery so quirky, so unique that it should have its own genre.” (David Baldacci)

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Couldn't stop listening

It's been a long time since I've enjoyed a book (audio or paper) as much as this one! I LOVE a book that keeps me guessing, and just when I thought I'd figured this one out, there was a little twist . . . then another. Great character development! Really enjoyable!

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Keeps you thinking.

I enjoyed this book. It makes you want to keep listening and unraveling the story.

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good book

liked the narrators. the story itself is good and entertaining, makes you wonder who is the killer, but it was a simple plot overall.

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Could Not Stop Listening!

Wow! I flew through this book in two days! I enjoyed the narrator, the story, the plot twists... everything!

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  • A. Koren
  • Leesburg, FL USA
  • 2019-02-07

No superlatives can describe how exceptional this book is

As someone who has been reading the mystery genre for over 60 years and was a former book buyer who read ARCs voraciously this is one of the finest mystery thrillers I have ever read. Simply stunning-the kind that leaves you speechless.

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  • Jillian Hendrickson
  • 2019-02-12

Amazing debut!

This is an AWESOME book. It doesn’t rely on cheap thrills or shock for shock’s sake. It’s a mystery, full of tension and suspense. I love the Greek mythology component. One of the best I’ve listened to or read in a long time (and I read and/or listen to a LOT)! Highly recommend!

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  • Valerie Meekins
  • 2019-02-14

Don't drink the Kool-Aid

I go through a lot of audio books and am a patient person. Maybe if I had read author’s interview I would have understood the path this book took. I liked it was based on a Greek play. BUT the pace and the male narrator’s voice was excruciatingly slooow and monotone. NOTHING HAPPENS for an won.
I know people gave it 4 &5 stars. Rest assured of my review that I am not too ignorant to appreciate excellent writing. Try James Lee Burke who can be eloquent and thrilling. The female narrator was excellent. One big jaw drop moment.
I would wait for it to be on sale. Best suspense to the very LAST word. ” The Kind Worth Killing” after listening to that which takes a little patience in the beginning but only a little. It will blow your mind. The author of this book should listen to it and see how it works!!

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  • Alicia Herrington
  • 2019-02-06

Librarian vs. Reader: Silent Patient


Librarian: This will be a good one for all your fans of psychological thrillers. Picture the readers at your library who absolutely devoured Gone Girl and Girl on a Train. You know who I'm talking about, the readers who wanted to spend forever chatting to you about every twist and turn. This is their next obsession. It's dark, and twisty, and you never know what's going to happen until it does. Get this into the hands of the right readers and I can easily see this one blowing up.
Reader: I'm not normally a fan of psychological thrillers. The whole unreliable narrator thing drives me crazy. This one might have changed my mind. Maybe. Probably not, but it did come closer than any other I've read. I'm still processing it, but I'm still not sure if I love it or hate it, which is more than can be said for anything else in this genre.
Listener: The audiobook narration on this one is excellent. The narrator makes the characters all come alive in uniquely chilling ways. The suspense builds with every scene, thanks at least in part to the narration.

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  • NBurkey
  • 2019-02-10

Suspense at its best!

This recently released debut novel by Alex Michaelides has been called a psychological thriller, but I think the more appropriate term would be a psychological suspense, and a fantastic one at that. The reader is not anxiously awaiting another attack from an unknown villain, but rather sits in page-turning anticipation of understanding the ‘why’ of a known killer. Since the murder takes place in the very beginning of the book and we are pretty sure (with occasional moments of doubt) that we know who the murderer is, the brilliance is how the author takes us through numerous twists and turns as we follow the mystery of why and how this event occurred.

The writing is tight, the characters engrossing in a macabre sense, and the darkness so well orchestrated that the reader is left with the sense that one can really never know oneself, let alone someone else…or what we/they are capable of. Bravo. Great debut novel.

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  • Ellie
  • 2019-02-18

Always Play Fair With The Reader

When the author makes the choice not to play fair, it is a complete deal breaker for me. I cannot imagine
why others rated this so highly.

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  • Hera
  • 2019-02-07

This One Should Not Be Missed<br />

I hate to call this the perfect thriller because its so much more. With a basis in Greek Mythology, a story about a psychotherapist and a painter, a great setting with a fresh story and plot twists you'll never see coming, in my opinion this is the best psychological thriller to come down the pike in quite some time. Fascinating, brilliant and intelligent!

Robin the Reviewer 😁

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  • Shay Bresnan
  • Kansas
  • 2019-02-06

Engrossing

I enjoyed this book! I was eagerly awaiting its arrival after seeing it hyped in several places. It grabbed me from the beginning, although there wasn’t a lot of action in the beginning. It picked up pace about halfway through and became impossible to step away from!

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  • Loren Lawson
  • 2019-02-10

WOW

I was really anticipating this books arrival and let me tell you it does not disappoint. By far the best I have heard in a while. The plot twist left my head spinning. The narration is engaging and just a wonderful performance. Anyone who loves domestic type, psychological thrillers will love this book and I might add that the unique perspective from both therapist and patient adds an even deeper level of excitement to this book.

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  • StampLady
  • 2019-02-11

Intriguing. Mysterious. Twisty-Turny.

I didn't see that coming! I read this genre often, so I think I'm good at looking for what's to come, but I didn't put the clues together in the right order this time. You will FEEL this story! It is so well written with clear imagery of the characters, the setting, the emotions. It is definitely a "credit-worthy" work! Don't miss this one.
Narration from both Jack Hawkins and Louise Brealey were exceptional!

7 of 9 people found this review helpful