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“Absolutely brilliant.... I read it in a state of intense, breathless excitement.” (Stephen Fry)

“Smart, sophisticated storytelling freighted with real suspense - a very fine novel by any standard.” (Lee Child)

The Silent Patient sneaks up on you like a slash of intimidating shadow on a badly lit street. Michaelides has crafted a totally original, spellbinding psychological mystery so quirky, so unique that it should have its own genre.” (David Baldacci)

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"The perfect binge listen." (Yahoo Lifestyle)

Instant number-one New York Times best seller 

This program includes a bonus interview with the author. 

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....

©2018 Astramare Limited (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Susana
  • 2020/01/02

So disappointed.

This book never engaged me. I frankly did not care about any of the characters and had no interest in what happened. This surprised me because it was such a popular book and I am pretty careful to choose a book that I will like. I am seldom disappointed. The other popular book that I disliked was Gone Girl, so call me peculiar.

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Dorothy
  • 2019/09/13

Just O.K.

First of all, I did listen to the whole book, which is saying a lot, Usually, when a book is YA level and bland, I say blah, blah, blah to myself and turn it off and return it. But, I felt like it was time to write a review of this sort of "best seller" so I listened to the end and I kept it. This book, like so many I have started in the last three years, is akin to cotton candy at the fair - full of air and lightly colored sugar but not much there there. Having said that - do go ahead and listen! It's not dreadful. It's an okay book. If you loved "The Girl on the Train," or any other newly published book in this thriller genre, you will like this as well.

(Gone Girl is the best of this genre.)

Back to my review. I knew what was going on: I guessed the who, what etc very early on. It had so many improbable plot elements. Mostly, I felt it was missing something. It seemed - bland. An example of a truly great psychological mystery is Rebecca. It has the mystery, the build up, the TWIST you never saw coming but more than all of those important elements, it has beautiful language, writing, exposition and atmosphere. The most important element being beautiful writing; language used exquisitely. 

Books today are written like screen plays. You can see it in your mind's eye as if it were playing on a TV or as a PBS Mystery or a Netflix original. This book would actually be perfect as a Netflix Original.

I think I understand why books like this and others like The Girl on a Train are so well regarded and popular. Our collective reading and writing skills are morphing into something an 8th grade education will support. Or, I should say, eighth grade in 1979 which is more like the average high school education today. If you want to get published this is an important thing to know. Gear your book to this level. I do get it. The more people who can read it and enjoy, the better. I do believe that the publishing companies have determined this and are no dummies when it comes to book sales. This is understandable. The flip side is, at least SOMEONE is reading. Hurrah! But, this book won't stand the test of time like Rebecca has. Cotton candy. And it's okay to buy cotton candy. It's FUN. But it feels like the quality of so many books anymore is cotton candy and you can't live healthily on a diet of cotton candy.

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Appliance Queen
  • 2019/11/24

Am I the only one?

I didn't want to wait months for the library copy, so I burned a credit on this book. Great premise, but I was rolling my eyes as soon as the killer patient burst into a group meeting brandishing a pool cue.
The male narrator must have made a decision to be angry, biting, and pompous in all speeches. His accents are laughable, his attempts at female voices are cringe inducing.
I can ignore a bad read if the plot is excellent, but nothing made sense. I couldn't find one sympathetic person in this book and listening to it was such a waste of my time.

All these great reviews, I really don't understand them.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • NBurkey
  • 2019/02/10

Suspense at its best!

This recently released debut novel by Alex Michaelides has been called a psychological thriller, but I think the more appropriate term would be a psychological suspense, and a fantastic one at that. The reader is not anxiously awaiting another attack from an unknown villain, but rather sits in page-turning anticipation of understanding the ‘why’ of a known killer. Since the murder takes place in the very beginning of the book and we are pretty sure (with occasional moments of doubt) that we know who the murderer is, the brilliance is how the author takes us through numerous twists and turns as we follow the mystery of why and how this event occurred.

The writing is tight, the characters engrossing in a macabre sense, and the darkness so well orchestrated that the reader is left with the sense that one can really never know oneself, let alone someone else…or what we/they are capable of. Bravo. Great debut novel.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jillian Hendrickson
  • 2019/02/12

Amazing debut!

This is an AWESOME book. It doesn’t rely on cheap thrills or shock for shock’s sake. It’s a mystery, full of tension and suspense. I love the Greek mythology component. One of the best I’ve listened to or read in a long time (and I read and/or listen to a LOT)! Highly recommend!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • StampLady
  • 2019/02/11

Intriguing. Mysterious. Twisty-Turny.

I didn't see that coming! I read this genre often, so I think I'm good at looking for what's to come, but I didn't put the clues together in the right order this time. You will FEEL this story! It is so well written with clear imagery of the characters, the setting, the emotions. It is definitely a "credit-worthy" work! Don't miss this one.
Narration from both Jack Hawkins and Louise Brealey were exceptional!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • A. Koren
  • 2019/02/07

No superlatives can describe how exceptional this book is

As someone who has been reading the mystery genre for over 60 years and was a former book buyer who read ARCs voraciously this is one of the finest mystery thrillers I have ever read. Simply stunning-the kind that leaves you speechless.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Alicia Herrington
  • 2019/02/06

Librarian vs. Reader: Silent Patient


Librarian: This will be a good one for all your fans of psychological thrillers. Picture the readers at your library who absolutely devoured Gone Girl and Girl on a Train. You know who I'm talking about, the readers who wanted to spend forever chatting to you about every twist and turn. This is their next obsession. It's dark, and twisty, and you never know what's going to happen until it does. Get this into the hands of the right readers and I can easily see this one blowing up.
Reader: I'm not normally a fan of psychological thrillers. The whole unreliable narrator thing drives me crazy. This one might have changed my mind. Maybe. Probably not, but it did come closer than any other I've read. I'm still processing it, but I'm still not sure if I love it or hate it, which is more than can be said for anything else in this genre.
Listener: The audiobook narration on this one is excellent. The narrator makes the characters all come alive in uniquely chilling ways. The suspense builds with every scene, thanks at least in part to the narration.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Sara
  • 2019/02/07

No crazy thoughts allowed ;)

Fascinating.... I really enjoyed the psychological aspect of this story, which is pretty much the entire book. It was a bit slower in the first half but like most thrillers, it develops slowly and over time. It's interesting, during that slower section I did wonder... am I going to like this. I was very surprised with my feelings on that... I did really like it. It doesn't feel like a thriller per-say during that first half but more a mystery. However, that last half was definitely a thriller.

Alex Michaelides is a fantastic writer. His story is thorough and well-paced. I really had no idea where he was taking us and I loved being totally side-swipped at the end. I really love a book that I can't pick apart! I'm going to be watching this author for another book! I see lots of good things in the future for him (and us for-that-matter).

The narrators, Jack Hawkins and Louise Brealey were both fantastic! I was captivated with Brealey's voice. She really portrayed emotions. They both were a pleasure to listen too. I would happily listen to either of them again and again.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Keenan
  • 2019/02/09

Enjoyable but could have been a short story.

Oh Sigmon Freud, while you may not have been correct in all of your practices, you did allow an enjoyable book to be written using them.

I think that it was a fascinating story, however, it felt “stretched out”. This novel could have easily been a short story. Ironically, I still do not feel that there was much character development. But all-in-all, a fun and intriguing listen.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Rachel Meeks
  • 2021/01/25

Gorgeous narration and excellent writing

The performances, in my opinion, were astounding, and really enhanced an already fantastic story. 5/5, all around.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • shrouq
  • 2020/07/02

Brilliant

didn't see that ending coming! I thought about different endings but this one was a surprise. LOVED IT ❤ I would buy the book and read it again

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • niamh bonner
  • 2020/02/28

It reads like a Greek tragedy

Great book with lots of confounding sub carachters. Never sure who is the real patient and kept guessing until the end.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • 匿名
  • 2020/01/23

captivating twists

captivating twists, good characterisation, but not that promising climax. should make into a film i guess.