The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient

Alex Michaelides / Jun 18, 2019

The Silent Patient Promising to be the debut novel 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

  • Title: The Silent Patient
  • Author: Alex Michaelides
  • ISBN: The Silent Patient
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  • Page: 262
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  • Promising to be the debut novel 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 p Promising to be the debut novel 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store KoboOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 336 pages Expected publication February 5th 2019 by Celadon Books More Details Original Title The Silent Patient ISBN 1250301696 ISBN13 9781250301697 Edition Language English Other Editions 1 All 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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 flag 252 likesLike see review View all 104 comments Maureen Thanks Lisa Jan 31, 2019 12 03PM Maureen Thanks Jennifer 17 hours, 37 min ago Dec 05, 2018 Holly B rated it it was amazing Shelves couldn t put down, debut author, great plot, had to finish, read in 2018, wow what an ending, 2019 favorites shelf 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 Waitwaitwhat 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 Waitwaitwhat 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 flag 220 likesLike see review View all 78 comments Kaleigh Cox I had the same reaction Great read and great review Jan 26, 2019 05 49AM Holly B Kaleigh wrote I had the same reaction Great read and great review Thats great to hear Kaleigh I thought it was fantastic xoxo Jan 27, 2019 04 46AM Oct 29, 2018 Chelsea Humphrey rated it liked it Shelves from publisher, netgalley 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 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. flag 201 likesLike see review View all 25 comments Jared Paragas I think the problem truly lies how we are at the age where we almost had seen everything It s really a big pressure for thriller authors to surprise I think the problem truly lies how we are at the age where we almost had seen everything It s really a big pressure for thriller authors to surprise their readers these days Jan 26, 2019 02 02AM Blake What would you say are your top 3 to 5 psychological thrillers you would enthusiastically recommend Feb 01, 2019 10 32AM Jan 13, 2019 Debra rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley, traveling sister reads Teetering between a 4 and a 4.5Alicia 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 4.5Alicia 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, 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 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 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 flag 151 likesLike see review View all 32 comments Nov 28, 2018 Felicia rated it it was amazing 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 AliciaandOliver 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 flag 139 likesLike see review View all 72 comments Jan 08, 2019 Michelle rated it it was amazing Shelves arc from publisher, favorites 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 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 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. flag 127 likesLike see review View all 57 comments Maureen Fab review Michelle, glad you enjoyed it too Feb 01, 2019 01 33AM Michelle Maureen wrote Fab review Michelle, glad you enjoyed it too Thanks, Maureen This was so much fun to read Glad you enjoyed this too Feb 01, 2019 05 08AM Nov 18, 2018 Tammy rated it really liked it Silence speaks volumes It may be the silence of reproach It may be the silence of speechless shock, fear or guilt It may be the silence of rage Perhaps it is a watchful, patient silence It may also be the silence of simply having nothing to say After a woman murders her husband and refuses to speak, a therapist whose stock in trade is speech is determined to uncover the motivation behind such a heinous act This is a sneaky psychological thriller that left me at a loss for words flag 102 likesLike see review View all 24 comments Dec 23, 2018 Dorie Traveling Sister rated it liked it Shelves mystery thriller, netgalley books, netgalley feedback 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 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 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 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 flag 97 likesLike see review View all 26 comments Dorie Traveling Sister Erin wrote Thanks for sharing this, Dorie I think reviews that give books mediocre reviews make things so much easier for me Books with consistent Erin wrote Thanks for sharing this, Dorie I think reviews that give books mediocre reviews make things so much easier for me Books with consistently high ratings are just begging to disappoint you Thanks f thanks so much Erin Jan 28, 2019 10 20AM Dorie Traveling Sister Chip wrote Thanks for the honest review, Dorie I have thought about starting to read the thriller genre, but I hate stupid , dumbed down books for Chip wrote Thanks for the honest review, Dorie I have thought about starting to read the thriller genre, but I hate stupid , dumbed down books for the masses It sounds to me that we are interested in the s Happy to help Here is a link to my best of 2018, I ve indicated which are mystery thrillers, etc Hope this helpstps review show Jan 28, 2019 10 26AM Jan 02, 2019 Jayme rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley, thrillers mystery and crime, psychological thriller Promising to be the debut novel of the season, I decided to make this my first read of 2019 I am glad I did not wait any longerAlicia Berenson was a famous painter, married to an in demand fashion photographer, living what appears to be a life that others would envytill she kills her husband by shooting him in the face, five times, and never speaks another word Her only assertion about what happened is her self portrait, Alcestis, named after the tragic heroine of the Greek tragedy by Eu Promising to be the debut novel of the season, I decided to make this my first read of 2019 I am glad I did not wait any longerAlicia Berenson was a famous painter, married to an in demand fashion photographer, living what appears to be a life that others would envytill she kills her husband by shooting him in the face, five times, and never speaks another word Her only assertion about what happened is her self portrait, Alcestis, named after the tragic heroine of the Greek tragedy by Euripides Her painting is of her naked body, fresh scars on her wrist, a blank expression on her face and a paintbrush in her hands, dripping red paintor is it blood Determined to get her to talk is Theo Fabre, a criminal psychotherapist He begins a quest for the truth, not unlike what a detective might do, but is he the right Doctor for this patient Excerpt 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 her expression reminded me sharply of the painting the Alcestis Blank Expressionless Empty She stared straight at me For the first time, I felt afraid.Told from Theo s perspective and through Alicia s diary entries, I still did not know where this book was going with only 10% left to read It was probably just a 4 star read for me at this point.And, then the ENDING.I did NOT see it coming And, I was NOT disappointed I have no hesitation in recommending this to readers who love a good psychological thriller Pre Order NOW This book will be released on Feb 5, 2019 I would like to thank Netgalley, Celadon books, and Alex Michaelides for the ARC I received in exchange for a candid review Posted to now, and on publication date flag 91 likesLike see review View all 51 comments Nov 10, 2018 Amanda rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley Having seen a lot of good reviews about this book I was in 2 minds whether to read it sometimes the books that have the most hype are not always the best books and can be quite a disappointment.I was held captive and read it in 1 sitting Alicia is standing covered in blood next to her dead husband Gabriel, who has been shot in the face several times The obvious scenario is that she shot him Alicia was taken to a psychiatric facility called The Grove, where she has not spoken for 6 years Will Having seen a lot of good reviews about this book I was in 2 minds whether to read it sometimes the books that have the most hype are not always the best books and can be quite a disappointment.I was held captive and read it in 1 sitting Alicia is standing covered in blood next to her dead husband Gabriel, who has been shot in the face several times The obvious scenario is that she shot him Alicia was taken to a psychiatric facility called The Grove, where she has not spoken for 6 years Will the truth ever be revealed and will She ever speak again A new Psychiatrist Theo arrives at The Grove determined that he can help Alicia and win her trust, so that she will speak again He investigates her past and becomes obsessed with finding out the truth This story takes us on a journey with an abundance of twists and turns that left me speechless at the end I really did not expect that outcome and had to re read it as I still can t believe what just happened I needed a lie down in a dark room to recover A must read book that deserves than 5 stars Please believe the hype as this is going to be a massive hit Clear you re diary first as you won t want to put this down Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review flag 91 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Jan 17, 2019 Norma Traveling Sister rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley edelweiss approved, traveling sister reads, favourite reads of 2019 Astonishing, unputdownable and spellbinding stuff here 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 Astonishing, unputdownable and spellbinding stuff here 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, 2019Norma 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 flag 84 likesLike see review View all 33 comments Norma Traveling Sister Tina wrote Wonderful review Norma Felicia wrote Yessssss fantastic review, Norma bring the the movie Lucy wrote Glad you loved this Norma Tina wrote Wonderful review Norma Felicia wrote Yessssss fantastic review, Norma bring the the movie Lucy wrote Glad you loved this Norma Fantastic review I can t wait for this to come out in the UK Rebecca wrote Fab review Norma Nice to see those and that you really enjoyed it Thank you so much,Rebecca, Lucy, Felicia Tina Jan 31, 2019 10 50AM Andrea Fantastic review on my list to read Jan 31, 2019 12 23PM Nov 28, 2018 Sandy rated it really liked it Shelves arc from netgalley, atmospheric, crime, family drama, psychological drama, suspense, debut Do you play chess I don t, of a tic tac toe aficionado TBH But I ve always admired the ability to think 10 moves ahead when faced with a worthy opponent Here we have 2 well matched MC s, each with a plan motive that may end up being their downfall.Alicia Berenson used to be one half of a glamorous couple She was a beautiful, successful artist deeply in love with her husband Gabriel Which of course begs the question why did she shoot him in the face 5X You ll have to come to your Do you play chess I don t, of a tic tac toe aficionado TBH But I ve always admired the ability to think 10 moves ahead when faced with a worthy opponent Here we have 2 well matched MC s, each with a plan motive that may end up being their downfall.Alicia Berenson used to be one half of a glamorous couple She was a beautiful, successful artist deeply in love with her husband Gabriel Which of course begs the question why did she shoot him in the face 5X You ll have to come to your own conclusions because Alicia s not talking At all.Not to the police not to her lawyer during a well publicized trial Her cool, silent demeanor earned her a verdict of diminished capacity plus a spot at The Grove, a secure psychiatric facility in London Several years on nothing much has changed Despite the best efforts of medical staff, Alicia remains mute But one man believes he can get her to tell her story he s about to get his chance.Dr Theo Faber followed the trial with interest As a criminal psychotherapist, he became fascinated with the beautiful woman who wouldn t speak So when a job comes up at the Grove, Theo jumps at the opportunity to treat its most famous resident Pull up a chair, dust off the chess board let the games begin.There are many secondary characters that add depth to the story Some pop up briefly, several have recurring roles others lurk in the background Each brings something to the table, even in their absence But make no mistake this is the Alicia Theo Show.Alicia is an enigma from the start In the present, she is a shadow of her previous self But through her thoughts memories, we begin to put flesh on her bones as we learn about her childhood subsequent relationship with Gabriel Friends colleagues chime in with their observations put a slightly different slant on her perfect life Whatever your impression of her, one thing is clear her voice may be lost but there is absolutely nothing wrong with her mind It s up to Theo to carry the conversation during their regular sessions And initially he s than up for the task It s not just about the satisfaction of helping a damaged soul He s well aware his colleagues have tried failed to reach Alicia If he can get her to speak, it would mean validation of his abilities a huge feather in his cap As time goes by, we watch as he becomes obsessed with cracking his famous patient desperation leads to questionable judgement on his part You begin to wonder if its a quest for professional glory or a classic case of hubris From the opening pages I knew that even if this was a poorly written hot mess it s not , I would read to the final page because I had to understand why Gabriel was snuffed in such convincing fashion It s one of those books where it s best to go in blind Although this is a first novel, the author has written screen plays it definitely shows in the expert pacing story telling I can easily imagine this as a film I had my suspicions about Gabriel s death but the motive is only revealed near the end And what an end it is There s something really satisfying about a character getting what they so karmically deserve If you re a fan of psychological suspense, don t hesitate to add this to your groaning TBR pile flag 81 likesLike see review View all 23 comments Nov 28, 2018 leslie hamod rated it it was amazing Greatest thanks to Celadon Books and author Alix Michaelides for the incredible chance to read and review this book.If you are skeptical about my review, because I love so many books as well as authors, let me clarify This is without doubt the best book I have read this far I cannot say than it is without doubt the most fascinating reads It will be released in February 2019 and is a MUST READ.Let me begin The author has not only presented a work so intricate and absorbing, it fits a gen Greatest thanks to Celadon Books and author Alix Michaelides for the incredible chance to read and review this book.If you are skeptical about my review, because I love so many books as well as authors, let me clarify This is without doubt the best book I have read this far I cannot say than it is without doubt the most fascinating reads It will be released in February 2019 and is a MUST READ.Let me begin The author has not only presented a work so intricate and absorbing, it fits a genre all its own It is part psychological thriller, part crime and so real as to captivate the reader Theo Faber is a psychoanalyst who has had a troubled past His father was a cruel and butter man Perhaps after years of therapy with his own therapist, he has become a well adjusted, caring health professional His interest lies in a particular patient whom he is convinced he can treat He is happily married, gentle and knows he can perform treatment on a woman, who refuses to speak after murdering her husband.He changes jobs from Broadmoor Hospital to Grove An aside, psychology is a mine of transference, countertransference, borderline personality and many other illnesses which you may investigate in the DSM, or Diagnostic Statistical Manuel for psychiatric disorders I recommend this, in light of the story The Greek tragedy Alcestis is also predominantly used It involves a man condemned to death with a reprieve only in the event he can find a willing person to die for him Of course his wife will die for him He agreed and she is executed in his stead She descends into Hades, but is brought back to the living, yet never speaks again.Theo intends to aide his patient and allow her to speak thus helping her to confront her demons Although he is discouraged by other staff and the fact that his position is tenuous at best, he perseveres.The twists that follow are unimaginable The story is consistent throughout It leaves the reader entranced This book will not go the way of some books but will remain a major accomplishment I felt cold and hot in turn as I attempted to determine what would happen next Sick and sorry In turns, the characters are wonderful in their fashion Some likeable, some detestable Don t judge too soon We will see much of this author, as he hasn t finished with us A thorough and unforgettable masterpiece flag 71 likesLike see review View all 76 comments Nov 24, 2018 sue rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves crime, dark suspense, net galley, mystery, psychological thrillers, 1netgalley challenge You can check out all of my reviewstps readalongwithsue Although I ve read and experienced these type of twists before in other books I have to say that this authors premise was excellent.I loved that it was based in an Asylum Around disturbed mental health patients.Alicia is an artist, a painter Gabriel her husband When Alicia is found by her husbands body all clues point towards her as the killer But Alicia is silent.She neither speaks, or defends herself.Did the shock or You can check out all of my reviewstps readalongwithsue Although I ve read and experienced these type of twists before in other books I have to say that this authors premise was excellent.I loved that it was based in an Asylum Around disturbed mental health patients.Alicia is an artist, a painter Gabriel her husband When Alicia is found by her husbands body all clues point towards her as the killer But Alicia is silent.She neither speaks, or defends herself.Did the shock or terror make her loose her speech, has she frozen Or doesn t she want to speak What lays behind the mystery of Alicia The Grove where she remains in care has not been able to break through Can Theo the new Carer break through and get her to talk There are twists within twists in this subject matter that I did tie in and guess, but I couldn t think why until it was revealed then a light bulb went on in my head OF COURSE Reading this carefully, slowly and devouring it without haste to pass onto my next book I found that I chewed over the workings of the authors mind in this I wondered why the person who was caring for Alicia was acting like a detective Of course it all makes sense in the end As with books like this so carefully woven must be carefully read and never rushed You need to sit, chew and enjoy the tasty bits.For those that read psychological thrillers it will appeal to you It may not be new in its stinging tail of twists but it s cleverly done and for that I appreciate my enjoyment of it flag 75 likesLike see review View all 34 comments Maureen Love your review, sue Jan 30, 2019 07 15AM sue Maureen wrote Love your review, sue sue wrote Mike wrote Terrific review, Sue Want to get my hands on this one I hope you do find it and fast Maureen wrote Love your review, sue sue wrote Mike wrote Terrific review, Sue Want to get my hands on this one I hope you do find it and fast on your travels Mike It s one I really would recommend Thank you Maureen that means a lot x Jan 31, 2019 11 28AM Jan 20, 2019 Carol Bookaria rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019, favorites, fiction, mistery thriller, top 2019 This book is absolutely captivating, suspenseful, and intriguing I devoured it quickly The novel follows Theo Faber, a psychotherapist who started working at a medical facility where an artist named Alice Berenson is confined Alice became a notorious figure after murdering her husband Her fame is surrounded by increased public interest due to her silence Alice, is not any murderer, she simply stopped talking after the crime.Theo is eager to work with her and get her talking He wants to unde This book is absolutely captivating, suspenseful, and intriguing I devoured it quickly The novel follows Theo Faber, a psychotherapist who started working at a medical facility where an artist named Alice Berenson is confined Alice became a notorious figure after murdering her husband Her fame is surrounded by increased public interest due to her silence Alice, is not any murderer, she simply stopped talking after the crime.Theo is eager to work with her and get her talking He wants to understand what happened that night, what made Alicia murder her husband We also follow his personal life with his wife, which is the part I found even interesting.I loved the voice of the narrator, the novel takes place in London and the story is compelling and absolutely engaging I loved it and highly recommend it Received ARC from the publisher via Netgalley flag 70 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Nov 28, 2018 Ivana Diary of Difference rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves crime mystery thriller, owned, ebook, read in 2018, netgalley, arcs 2019 Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest A book that speaks about feelings, and lack of them Love and emotions Art and passion Psychology and memories And how our childhood might define who we will become. I have never felt such urgency to read another chapter as I have felt it with The Silent Patient Such impatience, such excitement It s a feeling I wish I can get with all the books in my life ALICIAAlicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet and to prove to her bel Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest A book that speaks about feelings, and lack of them Love and emotions Art and passion Psychology and memories And how our childhood might define who we will become. I have never felt such urgency to read another chapter as I have felt it with The Silent Patient Such impatience, such excitement It s a feeling I wish I can get with all the books in my life ALICIAAlicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine She can t bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain.Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another wordEOForensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia s silence goes far deeper than he first thought.And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth I love these types of books Besides the mystery and thriller, the psychological part was an incredibly well put together piece of art.The beginning of the story is nice and slow, but with a temptation in it, that makes you flip the pages so fast A great world and character building, and great character hopping from Theo to Alicia, from chapter to chapter.Even though we don t get to have Alicia talking in the book, she says so much All her movements, all her reactions, or lack of reaction is so well written Her lack of speaking doesn t stop her from moving the story forward, and being the main protagonist here.On the other hand, we have Theo, who we see and get to know and with each chapter A complicated character, with a cute oddness to himself, a characteristic I find with many psychotherapists He is the person we see at the front of the screen, presenting himself in the spotlight, together with Alicia A well written plot, with an amazing cliff hanger and a wonderful plot twist in the end I didn t expect it, and I am awfully satisfied of how the authors decides to conclude the book. I enjoyed this book so much, and I recommend it to all the psychological thriller book readers here Don t miss this one, and get your copy today It s so worth it Thank you to NetGalley and Orion Publishing Group, for providing me with an e copy, in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own and completely unbiased.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest flag 64 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 18, 2018 Tracy Fenton rated it it was amazing Holy MotherF cker.This book has literally just blown my mind.Those of you who follow my blog or are a member of THE Book Club on Facebook will know that I suffer from chronic FOMO and despite having over 400 books on my kindle, when a new book is being discussed over on Twitter and all the bloggers are literally salivating over it and the publishers have allowed some of them to read the sampler and it appears the entire blogging community are involved EXCEPT ME, I immediately contacted the delic Holy MotherF cker.This book has literally just blown my mind.Those of you who follow my blog or are a member of THE Book Club on Facebook will know that I suffer from chronic FOMO and despite having over 400 books on my kindle, when a new book is being discussed over on Twitter and all the bloggers are literally salivating over it and the publishers have allowed some of them to read the sampler and it appears the entire blogging community are involved EXCEPT ME, I immediately contacted the delicious Ben Willis of Orion and said those 6 little words DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM Obviously he does and immediately sent me a copy of this book which I started reading and devoured in a day.It s taken me almost a week to write this review because I genuinely don t know how to put my thoughts down and give this book the justice it deserves so I shall start with the basics It s a psychological thriller, so you know to expect a twist or two along the way and therefore I m not even going to mention twists.The story is about a famous painter, Alicia Berenson who kills her husband Gabriel, a famous photographer by shooting him point blank 5 times in the face when he comes home late from work yes I know, we ve all been there and then she basically stops talking Staying absolutely shtum, not uttering a word Alicia is sent to a secure unit in my childhood home town Edgware where she remains THE SILENT PATIENT for years.Then we meet Theo Faber, a young criminal psychotherapist who is obsessed with this case and feels he can help Alicia talk about her crime and why she did it So, when an opening at the secure unit comes up he grabs it with both hands and starts his journey to uncover the truth and be the hero who can get through to Alicia and get her talking.The story unfolds through Theo s point of view and then through Alicia s journal which she was keeping up until her husband s murder A fascinating and totally addictive story which kept me turning those pages actually I was swiping my kindle but it sounds better the other way faster than a contestant on Who Wants to be A Millionaire Fastest Finger First.I m not going to divulge anything , except there comes a point in this story when I had to STOP reading, take a huge breath and tip my hat to the author and think Holy Motherf cker, I did NOT see that coming , and from that point onwards I read the book with a wry smile on my face, shaking my head in admiration and respect to Alex Michaelides for creating a story which I believe will be HUGE when it is published next February 2019.Just in case you weren t sure YES I LOVED IT 5 HUGE STARS from me and totally recommend it to everyone who loves dark, psychological thrillers flag 54 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jean Brown I just began The Silent Patient, excited to read it Jan 21, 2019 12 03PM Cathy Raycraft When your reviews start with holy mf er they automatically go to my must read now shelf Also any reference to batshit crazy yep right to the top When your reviews start with holy mf er they automatically go to my must read now shelf Also any reference to batshit crazy yep right to the top of my list Feb 01, 2019 04 25PM Sep 02, 2018 Kim Traveling Sister rated it it was amazing I know you have all heard the hype about this book Well believe the hype, it is really that good The very first chapter opens with Alicia Berenson standing in her living room covered in blood There is blood on the walls and the floors and all over her She is standing in front of a chair that her husband is sitting in, with his face blown off He has been shot 5 times in the face at close range His wrists and ankles bound with wire Alicia is bleeding from both wrists that have been slashed I know you have all heard the hype about this book Well believe the hype, it is really that good The very first chapter opens with Alicia Berenson standing in her living room covered in blood There is blood on the walls and the floors and all over her She is standing in front of a chair that her husband is sitting in, with his face blown off He has been shot 5 times in the face at close range His wrists and ankles bound with wire Alicia is bleeding from both wrists that have been slashed How is that for an opening I bet that would get your attention Well it sure got mine Alicia was 33 yrs old at the time and a rising star as a painter Her husband Gabriel was a 44 year old photographer who was well sought out He had just returned home late from a photo shoot Why did Alicia do it Nobody knows, but there is no other suspect, her prints were all over everything The thing isshe never spoke a word For 6 long years after her husband was murdered, she kept silent Is Alicia capable of this violence Why is she silent Everyone has long given up on her Until the new psychotherapist rolls onto the scene Theo Faber is the new psychotherapist hired by The Grove, the facility Alicia is in Can he break her silence Can he win her over Everyone tells him to forget it, that she is a lost cause Is she silent out of guilt or is she covering for someone else Or has she simply lost her mind This book blew my mind Watch out 2019 The Silent Patient is coming It literally left me speechless, no pun intended I really can t say much because I don t want to spoil it for anyone Just know I gasped and said WHAT I never saw it coming I am going to bet you won t either Will we ever hear Alicia speak again If so, what could she possibly have to say This is a MUST read in my opinion It was absolutely a phenomenal unique read If I could give it than 5 stars I would Thank you so much Alex Michaelides, Orion Books and Poppy Stimpson for giving me the opportunity to read this ARC flag 48 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Nov 02, 2018 Elizabeth rated it liked it Jaw On Floor.There s that moment in The Silent Patient The Wait, what What moment that you re so often promised on the jacket copy, or in blurbs stamped on the front, or well, you know.You get promised it, but you don t really expect it And as I was reading The Silent Patient, which takes a while to really start firing on all cylinders which is not a plus for a shorter novel like this , I thought, Ok It s a little sluggish, and if X happens, then Y will and then will get Z and And Jaw On Floor.There s that moment in The Silent Patient The Wait, what What moment that you re so often promised on the jacket copy, or in blurbs stamped on the front, or well, you know.You get promised it, but you don t really expect it And as I was reading The Silent Patient, which takes a while to really start firing on all cylinders which is not a plus for a shorter novel like this , I thought, Ok It s a little sluggish, and if X happens, then Y will and then will get Z and And then R happened and I was stunned No Z And out of the blue, although, thinking back.damnnnnnnn R works, and that s the beauty of it.So yes, jaw on floor The twist is that good, seriously.The Silent Patient does take a while to get going, and every female character is either maternal and older or crazy, kinda crazy, narcissistic, shrewish, etc I would have liked to see at least one female character be a little nuanced This is especially true in the case of the female mc, Allison But overall and especially because of that twist The Silent Patient is definitely interesting, especially for fans of psychological thrillers flag 45 likesLike see review View all 26 comments Dec 02, 2018 Nadia rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves best of 2018 I just finished The Silent Patient and now I understand all the hype Yes, the hype is deserved When psychotherapist Theo Faber is offered a job at a psychiatric clinic where Alicia Berenson is treated, he doesn t hesitate one second to accept it Theo has been following Alicia s case for years, since she had been charged with a murder of her husband Alicia has not spoken since the murder, she keeps silent, surviving day by day in the clinic under high sedation The Silent Patient was such a sm I just finished The Silent Patient and now I understand all the hype Yes, the hype is deserved When psychotherapist Theo Faber is offered a job at a psychiatric clinic where Alicia Berenson is treated, he doesn t hesitate one second to accept it Theo has been following Alicia s case for years, since she had been charged with a murder of her husband Alicia has not spoken since the murder, she keeps silent, surviving day by day in the clinic under high sedation The Silent Patient was such a smooth, enjoyable read The story flows nicely while the suspense is building up The story is told in two timelines, the first narrator is Theo as he is trying to get through to Alicia and make her talk His POV is intertwined with notes from Alicia s diary just before the murder.There is something fascinating about books told from the perspective of psychiatrists They give me chills everytime, as the psyche of a patient is being analysed and understood I also enjoyed the analogy with the Greek tragedy Alcestis by Euripides who kept silent after she returned from the dead to her husband.It was incredible how the ending totally sneaked up on me I had to blink twice, swipe back to the previous page to make sure I didn t miss anything, re read the sentence and just gasp for air Very clever ending, indeed Many thanks to Orion Publishing Group for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. flag 47 likesLike see review View all 17 comments Jan 21, 2019 ELLIAS elliasreads rated it liked it Shelves 2019 books, i own, thriller mystery hmmph 3 SOLID STARS.My boy, AJ FINN, author of The Woman in the Window, blurbed this book And I was hyped Ultimately, not even a well furnished quote from one of my favorite go to thriller authors wasn t able to save this mess Even when sis snapped with a shocking and explosive twist I NEVER coming, I still was exasperated about the whole book overall The writingwasn t really my cup of tea I ll give you the tea I couldn t connect with any of the characters and another tantalizing tho hmmph 3 SOLID STARS.My boy, AJ FINN, author of The Woman in the Window, blurbed this book And I was hyped Ultimately, not even a well furnished quote from one of my favorite go to thriller authors wasn t able to save this mess Even when sis snapped with a shocking and explosive twist I NEVER coming, I still was exasperated about the whole book overall The writingwasn t really my cup of tea I ll give you the tea I couldn t connect with any of the characters and another tantalizing thought occurred to me while reading this, mostly concerning the male characters almost every single one them not all but close enough all the male characters were all sooo handsome or good looking by the author It was kinda funny actually But describing the women s features and descriptions, they were either unattractive or ditzy, or a hardass, or a crazy, and in another aspect, heavily overweight It was just a distinctive line between male and female characters that felt unrealistic, untrue, and unimaginative Opposite But pretty much every single male character in this book was really just an asshole Not a single redeemable quality about any of them so maybe that was the whole point all along The story itself is very, very slow burn Like watching a candle burn and all the wax melting.but with a dying fire It was almost infuriating to read and watch everything unfold until That Fucking Twist.Holy fuck was it a game changer Honestly, if my expectations weren t so barren and low by the time I got to that point in the book, I think I probably wouldn t be as shocked But my guard was down probably intentional on the author s part and it was.holy shit I was so, so shocked The whole book overall isn t bad But it wasn t that great either But to say in the least, I m giving it a solid three It wasn t for me per say even though I understand that high rating and its reviews of five stars I think if you like slow burns and explosive endings, then this might be for you I was going to bump it up to a four after that, but I m staying steadfast and sticking it a solid 3 No No less Twitter Bookstagram Youtube flag 38 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jan 26, 2019 Mandy White rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves holiday reads, net galley, read in 2019 Oh my goodness what an amazing book It absolutely lived up to the hype that is going around about it I always worry when a book is so talked about that it will be a let down but in this occasion it is well deserved Definitely one of the best books that I have read this year and it is going to be massive once it is released On my birthday here in Australia on February 12th The fact that the film rights have already been sold for it tells you everything really It is a very clever book and Oh my goodness what an amazing book It absolutely lived up to the hype that is going around about it I always worry when a book is so talked about that it will be a let down but in this occasion it is well deserved Definitely one of the best books that I have read this year and it is going to be massive once it is released On my birthday here in Australia on February 12th The fact that the film rights have already been sold for it tells you everything really It is a very clever book and written in a way that keeps you guessing right til the very end The story grows up many likely candidates for the guilty party but you never really know until the last few pages I was completely sucked into i early on and the opening few chapters are just brilliant You need to get your hands on this book.The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides tells the story of a woman and her therapist Alicia Berenson is an artist and married to Gabriel She has had a tough life but she is finally happy So why does she shoot her husband 5 times on his return home from work one night And why has she not uttered a word since Theo is a psychotherapist who believes that he can help Alicia He changes jobs and moves to the same institution wher Alicia is being treated and soon stars to treat her He becomes obsessed with the crime and does everything that he can to find out about his patient and discover why she would kill her husband.Thank you to Hachette Australia and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book to All opinions are my own and are in no way biased flag 38 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Mandy White Thanks so much Michelle and Felicia so much for this book Jan 29, 2019 02 32PM Maureen Nice review, Mandy Jan 30, 2019 07 16AM Nov 13, 2018 Shalini rated it really liked it review of another edition Have you ever seen a game of cards which is nothing but a battle of wills where the two players seem nonchalant, but there is this edge in their attitude, just a sliver, which tells you that something is just about to happen And something does happen, one of the players folds, just surrenders What does one do then Believe it to be true and end the game or look underneath this sleight of hand and get to the real truth Alex Michaelides, in his debut, has played this chilling hand of surrend Have you ever seen a game of cards which is nothing but a battle of wills where the two players seem nonchalant, but there is this edge in their attitude, just a sliver, which tells you that something is just about to happen And something does happen, one of the players folds, just surrenders What does one do then Believe it to be true and end the game or look underneath this sleight of hand and get to the real truth Alex Michaelides, in his debut, has played this chilling hand of surrender making me read and scrutinize every line of the story to try to detect and unveil the hidden truth And boy Was I wrong The concept is pretty brilliant Alicia a famous painter, ties her husband to the chair and shoots him 5 times, then paints an enigmatic picture and becomes a silent patient forever Enter this earnest psychologist, Theo, who is kind of obsessed with unlocking her past and getting to the motive, wanting to make Alicia to talk again.Then comes the game play between these two players and suddenly Alicia talks What is the truth or is she pretending Why did she kill her husband or did someone else Who is the mysterious stranger or is it her paranoia Hint Read the book to get to the answers.The whole book is a series of layers, some intermingling and others hidden There are clues and red herrings present to sway the suspicions and to speak the truth There are so many unfathomable characters, each worse than the other There are a few niggles, the prose can be slightly tightened and some scenes seem implausible in mid story But the author then plays his last game, a full flush, which just slid the rug from underneath my feet, sideswiping me till I could do nothing but give in to the exhilaration of the freefall, the sheer pleasure and shock of reaching the truth, the careful way the ends are tied made me go back in my mind, right to the very beginning where it all began Twisted is all I can say flag 37 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Dec 27, 2018 Mary Carrasco rated it really liked it review of another edition This was an excellent debut by Alex Michaelides Though it got off to a slow start, the consistent build of intrigue kept me raptly listening I generally don t do audiobooks but I was fortunate to win this in a giveaway I have to say that this is the best audio book I have ever tried Kudos to the narrators for not putting me to sleep Overall, The Silent Patient was a clever psychological thriller with plot twists I never saw coming and really, that is the thrill of the thriller, isn t it This was an excellent debut by Alex Michaelides Though it got off to a slow start, the consistent build of intrigue kept me raptly listening I generally don t do audiobooks but I was fortunate to win this in a giveaway I have to say that this is the best audio book I have ever tried Kudos to the narrators for not putting me to sleep Overall, The Silent Patient was a clever psychological thriller with plot twists I never saw coming and really, that is the thrill of the thriller, isn t it I look forward to from this author in the future flag 35 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Dec 31, 2018 Judy rated it it was amazing This is an outstanding debut psychological thriller I really enjoyed it and it kept me fascinated Alicia Berenson is a happily married artist who loves her husband Until she kills him Or did she Alicia never speaks a word after the murder so she was sent to a mental institution called The Grove Alicia is The Silent Patient she doesn t speak to anyone at all Theo is a criminal psychotherapist who thinks he can save Alicia so he maneuvers to obtain a position at The Grove in order to work This is an outstanding debut psychological thriller I really enjoyed it and it kept me fascinated Alicia Berenson is a happily married artist who loves her husband Until she kills him Or did she Alicia never speaks a word after the murder so she was sent to a mental institution called The Grove Alicia is The Silent Patient she doesn t speak to anyone at all Theo is a criminal psychotherapist who thinks he can save Alicia so he maneuvers to obtain a position at The Grove in order to work with her There s an awesome twist at the end that will stun you The plot was engrossing and the characters were totally believable I really liked both Alicia and Theo.Thanks to Alex Michaelides and Celadon Books through Netgalley for an advance copy flag 34 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Dec 30, 2018 Book of the Month added it Why I love itby AJ FinnSince Gone Girl conquered the globe in 2012, bookstore shelves have creaked beneath the weight of countless psychological thrillers Another 44 were published in the past eight seconds alone and precious few of these novels actually qualify as psychological suspense More often than not, they focus on an imperiled protagonist usually a young woman whose psychology is neither nuanced nor particularly well, particular We might rattle around in the heroine s head, but abse Why I love itby AJ FinnSince Gone Girl conquered the globe in 2012, bookstore shelves have creaked beneath the weight of countless psychological thrillers Another 44 were published in the past eight seconds alone and precious few of these novels actually qualify as psychological suspense More often than not, they focus on an imperiled protagonist usually a young woman whose psychology is neither nuanced nor particularly well, particular We might rattle around in the heroine s head, but absent idiosyncrasies, dimension, or even personality, it s like touring an empty museum.Readers, we face a literary epidemic But Alex Michaelides is here to deliver the cure The Silent Patient is an eerie, bona fide psychological thriller starring Theo Faber, a psychotherapist who by trade dwells within the inner lives of his charges one of whom refuses to speak As Theo attempts to break through to his silent patient a woman convicted of murdering her husband a dark story unfolds that is as shocking as it is expertly crafted.The characters in this novel crackle with complexity with genuine psychology and a walk through their minds feels as risky and exhilarating as crossing a minefield I would here like to coin the term mind field This phenomenal interior novel defibrillates the ailing body of the psychological thriller genre I m delighted to invite readers into the world of The Silent Patient Just don t get too comfortable.Read at flag 35 likesLike see review View 1 comment Sep 25, 2018 Brandy rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley I must confess I have sinned The Silent Patient is the reason I have sinned the reason I was gluttonous My sinning began at page one, yes it was there that I found myself gorging, gulping, slurping down every sentence, devouring page after page until I reached the end I know I should feel remorseful but the only feeling I m left with upon completion of The Silent Patient is that of pure satisfaction The Silent Patient is a staggering, twisted, satisfying and savory read It s yet another I must confess I have sinned The Silent Patient is the reason I have sinned the reason I was gluttonous My sinning began at page one, yes it was there that I found myself gorging, gulping, slurping down every sentence, devouring page after page until I reached the end I know I should feel remorseful but the only feeling I m left with upon completion of The Silent Patient is that of pure satisfaction The Silent Patient is a staggering, twisted, satisfying and savory read It s yet another read that I m dubbing a must read It will hit shelves on 2 5 19 The ending is one that you ll never see coming 5 stars for The Silent Patient flag 33 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Maureen Great review Jan 30, 2019 07 16AM Brandy Thanks Denise Maureen Thanks Denise Maureen Jan 30, 2019 02 42PM Dec 04, 2018 Tammie rated it really liked it Shelves mystery thriller As soon as I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it The Silent Patient was a very enjoyable book and a solid 4.5 stars Alicia is a famous painter and seems to have it all a beautiful house, wealth and a loving husband named Gabriel That s why everyone was utterly shocked when Alicia is accused of shooting and killing Gabriel Why would she kill her loving husband To make matters worse, Alicia refuses to speak in her defense and is ultimately sent to The Grove a secure forensic unit As soon as I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it The Silent Patient was a very enjoyable book and a solid 4.5 stars Alicia is a famous painter and seems to have it all a beautiful house, wealth and a loving husband named Gabriel That s why everyone was utterly shocked when Alicia is accused of shooting and killing Gabriel Why would she kill her loving husband To make matters worse, Alicia refuses to speak in her defense and is ultimately sent to The Grove a secure forensic unit At The Grove, psychotherapist Theo Faber takes Alicia on as a patient, where his interest in her seems to border on obsession Theo has a lot going on with his new position at The Grove but in his personal life as well There are many twists and turns in this book and I certainly didn t see that ending and what an ending is was I would highly recommend it to fans of mystery thriller books you won t be disappointed Thank you to the publisher Celadon Books for providing me a copy for review flag 32 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Dec 14, 2018 Blake Crouch rated it it was amazing Adored this book Here s my blurb for it Alex Michaelides has written one of the best psychological thrillers I have ever read The Silent Patient is a swarming, paranoid nightmare of a novel with an ending that is destined to go down as one of the most shocking, mind blowing twists in recent memory flag 31 likesLike see review Denise Carver I agree wholeheartedly I have read countless psychological thrillers and this one is right near the top of the very best Jan 15, 2019 08 45AM Lori Since you are one of my favorite writers and recommended this book to me, I have pre ordered the Audio version and look forward to reading it Thanks, Since you are one of my favorite writers and recommended this book to me, I have pre ordered the Audio version and look forward to reading it Thanks, Blake Jan 28, 2019 02 08PM Deborah I pre ordered it from Jan 29, 2019 03 04PM Jun 07, 2018 KC rated it it was amazing Shelves arc, crime, domestic thriller, mystery, psychological thriller, suspense This unpredictable psychological thriller examines the relationship between psychotherapist Theo Faber and his patient Alicia Berenson, who becomes mute after she is hospitalized for murdering her husband This riveting book explores the broadening and narrowing of lines between doctor and patient and how, at times, they even intertwine This shocking debut will be the breakout hit of the new year and will keep 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    The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides 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. The Silent Patient Alex 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 The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, Hardcover Barnes 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 The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides Book of the Month The Silent Patient Exclusive This is an early release that s only available to our members the rest of the world has to wait til next month to read it Debut We love supporting debut authors Congrats, Alex Michaelides, on your first novel by Alex Michaelides Join now Quick take. The Silent Patient Alex Michaelides Macmillan 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 The Silent Patient Read an excerpt of hot thriller novel Jan , To give you a taste of what all the hype is about, EW can exclusively debut the first chapter of The Silent Patient, which you can read below. The Silent Patient eBook Alex Michaelides 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 The Silent Patient Alex Michaelides Advance Praise The Silent Patient is a swarming, paranoid nightmare of a novel with an ending that is destined to go down as one of the most shocking, mind blowing twists in recent memory Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter. The Silent Patient Celadon Books 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. The Silent Patient Is Already Making Noise WSJ The thriller, about a woman who stops speaking after she kills her husband and the therapist obsessed with unlocking her secrets, is generating buzz ahead of its U.S release.

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      • Alex Michaelides

        Born in Cyprus to a Greek Cypriot father and English mother, I studied English literature at Cambridge University and got my MA in screenwriting at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles I wrote the film The Devil You Know 2013 starring Rosamund Pike and co wrote The Con is On 2018 , starring Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Parker Posey and Sofia Vergara THE SILENT PATIENT is my first novel.


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    1. 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 [...]


    2. 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 Waitwaitwhat 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 reeli [...]


    3. 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 wh [...]


    4. Teetering between a 4 and a 4.5Alicia 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 Teet [...]


    5. 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 [...]


    6. 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 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 [...]


    7. Silence speaks volumes It may be the silence of reproach It may be the silence of speechless shock, fear or guilt It may be the silence of rage Perhaps it is a watchful, patient silence It may also be the silence of simply having nothing to say After a woman murders her husband and refuses to speak, a therapist whose stock in trade is speech is determined to uncover the motivation behind such a heinous act This is a sneaky psychological thriller that left me at a loss for words.


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