**THE INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**
An unforgettable--and Hollywood-bound--new thriller... A mix of Hitchcockian suspense, Agatha Christie plotting, and Greek tragedy.--Entertainment Weekly Alex Michaelides's 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....
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 (London), Book of the Month The Silent Patient
may be a first novel, but it has the pace and finesse of a master.--BBC
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
One of the most spellbinding psychological thrillers we've read in years. Beautifully written, exquisitely plotted, the story relentlessly pulls you in and doesn't let you go until the last shocking (and yet brutally logical) twist. This is an absolutely fantastic and extraordinary read.--Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, #1 New York Times bestselling authors of the Pendergast series
"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."--Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter
This is a wonderful new voice. Listen to it. It's about to tell you a thrilling and scary story. The Silent Patient
paints a picture, crawling into your soul in the very best way. Take a chance.--Brad Meltzer, author of The Escape Artist
Dark, edgy, and compulsively readable.--Library Journal The Silent Patient
isn't quiet at all. It loudly announces that Alex Michaelides is a new talent in the field of psychological thrillers.--Shelf Awareness
Unputdownable, emotionally chilling, and intense, with a twist that will make even the most seasoned suspense reader break out in a cold sweat.--Booklist
A taut, meticulously plotted and compelling novel.--The Observer
About The Author Alex Michaelides
was born and raised in Cyprus. He has a MA in English Literature from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and a MA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. The Silent Patient
was his first novel. It spent over a year on the New York Times
bestseller list and sold in a record-breaking fifty countries. He lives in London.