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The Silent Patient

Written by: Alex Michaelides
Narrated by: Jack Hawkins,Louise Brealey
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Publisher's Summary

"The perfect binge listen."—Yahoo Lifestyle

Instant #1 New York Times bestseller.

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....

More praise for The Silent Patient:

“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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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)

Editorial Review

What could be more intriguing than a crime without motive? A tale without words? The Silent Patient is an enthralling psychological thriller that delves into the mind of a killer, the motives behind violence, and what it takes to find them.

After committing a violent and seemingly random act of murder, Alicia Berenson never speaks again. Despite a seemingly idyllic life of success and domestic happiness, Alicia’s victim is her own husband. Listeners will be entranced by this dark and thrilling saga that focuses not only on the murderer, but the therapist obsessed with finding the meaning behind her actions. This duality explores not only the mind of a killer, but the tricks, fixations and uncontrollable drive that can become an all-consuming need to find truth and meaning in everything.

Writer Alex Michaelides has crafted a twisting tale of mystery and tension that makes for a captivating must-listen. Narrators Jack Hawkins and Louise Brealey lend their voices to the audiobook in a steady, engaged tone that feels both narrative and informative. This style lends itself well to a story so full of psychological motives and questions, that listeners will feel both engaged and full of suspense, desperate to know what happens next.

This debut title by screenwriter Alex Michaelides quickly became a New York Times and Sunday Times best seller in 2019. Now in audiobook form, it continues to captivate listeners. The thrilling mystery of a classic murder tale, mixed with the psychological aspects of a fixated therapist, have made it a binge-worthy, unpausable listen. Gripping and full of suspense, this is one audiobook you won’t be able to stop listening to.

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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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WOW WOW WOW

This book was incredible. Although the author doesn’t consider this a psychological thriller, I feel like it was one to me. The character development,
mystery, suspense and twists & turns kept me on my toes the entire book. I cannot say enough good things about this book, worth the credit 100%!!

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Fascinating

This book grabbed my attention from the opening and held it throughout the entire story. Full of red herrings and twists and turns it is an exceptionally suspenseful mystery. The narration is skillfully done and allows one to be fully drawn in to the story. I highly enjoyed this book.

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what a good book!

I loved this book. the story was catchy and entertaining with good character developement. to me it was more of a mystery than a psychological thriller.

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Went from meh, to bad quickly

Purchased this because of the good reviews, now I'm wondering if I listened to a different book. I found the narrator annoying, the main character without redeeming qualities and his motivation lacking. It was just all around, not good.

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Suspense is the best part of the story

Writer Alex Michaelides wrote a brilliant story that kept me captivated and engaged. Every plot point created a new journey making us ask the question, "Where is the story going?". The twist in the end was good and made us understand the character's choices. I highly recommend this book that's filled with exciting suspense and drama

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Exciting! very Rich!

Its fascinating. The plot is stunning. You never guess what happens at the end. The first book I couldn't put down!

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One of the worst books I’ve ever encountered. Terrible dialogue, cliched plot turns, half written characters and some laugh out loud moments.

I read another review where someone remarked that it reads like the author read ‘intro to psychology’ before writing this. Every part of it feels like a thesaurus was used on every 4 words, and psychology metaphors were added to everything.

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Convoluted with WAY to much coincidence to be remotely believable. Very slow and overall just bad. I’m not sure where all the 4 and 5 star ratings came from. Such a disappointing book.

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