The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

September 16th, 2019 Kimberly Review 15 Comments

16th Sep
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
The Silent Patient
by Alex Michaelides
Narrator: Louise Brealey, Jack Hawkins
Length: 8 hours and 43 minutes
Genres: Thriller, Mystery
Source: Publisher
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Narration: 4 cups Speed: 1.3x

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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I love a good mystery-thriller and find they are perfect listens on audio. Such was the case with, The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. Addictive, twisted and suspenseful I found myself completely ensnared.

Theo Faber, a psychotherapist is delighted when he is permitted to begin treating, Alice Berenson, a famed artist who murdered her husband. Alice hasn’t spoken since the incident. As Theo begins treating Alice at the facility where she is confined we learn about the characters and events that transpired for Alice. 

Alex Michaelides provided alternating POVs between Theo and Alice. Alice’s are in the form of journal entries. It was addictive, suspenseful, full of twists and held me captive. Theo’s explore his marriage, and work at the hospital where Alice resides. The characters were complex, flawed and intriguing, as were secondary characters from her husband to the other Doctors and patients on staff.

Atmospheric and well paced I found the story compelling. Alice hasn’t spoken a word since the night of the murder. Can Theo reach her? Will she reveal what happened? Why did she brutally murdered her husband? You must listen to find out!

Louise Brealey and Jack Hawkins did a fantastic job narrating bringing this suspenseful mystery thriller to life and enhancing an already brilliant story through tone and inflections. I totally recommend listening.

The Silent Patient is the perfect mystery thriller to add to your fall collection!

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About Alex Michaelides

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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15 Responses to “The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides”

  1. Mara

    I am a fan of the psychological thriller, and it’s been a while since I have listened to it. I did not like or care for the SILENT PATIENT. I found Theo very narcissistic, overbearing, and egotistical. I think his ego would not let him not treat Alice. He wanted to know what she knew and maybe what she didn’t know. It was a bit of a cat and mouse game between Theo and Alice.

  2. Anne

    I haven’t heard of this book, author or narrators but see, this is why I read blogs and reviews. I was able to request it at my library I’m #131 on 28 copies. But that’s great since I don’t have time right now anyway. Excellent review! This is right in my zone.

  3. kindlemom1

    I read this a few weeks ago because Christy was raving about it and I loved it! So freaking good and I didn’t see a few things coming which is always a good thing. I love books like these that can mess with my head.