The Silent Patient

Alex Michaelides

Alicia 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 word.

Forensic 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?


  • "Impressive first novel... with an ending worthy of a classic Agatha Christie mystery."

    The Wall Street Journal

  • "Superb... This edgy, intricately plotted psychological thriller establishes Michaelides as a major player in the field."

    Publisher's Weekly, starred review

  • "Pulling off a novel where the protagonist stays mum isn't easy, but this impressive, immersive debut―Brad Pitt's company has snapped up film rights―establishes Michaelides as a writer to watch."

    People, Book of the Week

  • "Impressive debut...The Silent Patient is intelligent, imaginative and a terrific read."

    The Times, Book of the Month

  • "The Silent Patient may be a first novel, but it has the pace and finesse of a master."


  • "That rarest of beasts: the perfect thriller. This extraordinary novel set my blood fizzing―I quite literally couldn't put it down. I told myself I'd just dip in; eleven hours later―it's now 5:47 a.m.―I've finished it, absolutely dazzled."

    A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

  • “The Silent Patient sneaks up on you like a slash of intimidating shadow on a badly lit street. Alex Michaelides has crafted a totally original, spellbinding psychological mystery so quirky, so unique that it should have its own genre. I read it in two nights and savored every luscious word, every grim encounter, every startling twist. The pages will burn with the friction from your hands turning them.”

    David Baldacci

  • “Smart, sophisticated storytelling freighted with real suspense―a very fine novel by any standard.”

    Lee Child