Book Review: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides


Title: The Silent Patient

Author: Alex Michaelides

Publication Date: February 5, 2019

Number of Pages: 368

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Publisher: Celadon Books

Genre: Thriller, Psychological, Mystery


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….

Personal Thoughts:

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

In this psychological thriller, we follow the perspective of Alicia Berenson’s psychotherapist as he tries to unravel the mystery of why Alicia shot her husband and then never spoke a word again.

This was such a thrilling read, and if I wasn’t busy enough during the past couple of days, I would have finished this sooner. I find it hard to explain this book without giving too much away, but it is unputdownable and entertaining. Whenever I pick the book up, I just couldn’t help but be engrossed in the story. I was so invested at finding out what really happened and what ticked Alicia off.

Overall, I recommend The Silent Patient if you’re looking for quick reads that will put you in the edge of your seat. I loved the twists in this book and I didn’t find out who did who until the reveal. I’m giving this 4 stars because I found the ending too abrupt—it was understandable, but I just felt so… bitin.


1 thought on “Book Review: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

  1. Great Read Can i leave my thoughts ?! –
    I absolutely loved The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides! This psychological thriller kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. The characters were complex and intriguing, and the twists and turns of the plot kept me guessing until the very end. The writing was beautifully crafted, and I found myself completely immersed in the story. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a gripping and suspenseful read. Well done, Alex Michaelides!
    Thanks for reading , Love The Blog !!
    Thanks – TheDogGod –


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