The Silent Patient

Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (365 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman's act of violence against her husband - and of the man obsessed with uncovering her motive....

Famous artist Alicia Berenson shoots her husband in the head five times and then never speaks again.

Five years later, forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber must find a way to get Alicia to talk if he wants to treat her. Only then can he unravel the shocking events of that tragic night five years before....

©2019 Alex Michaelides (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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Held my attention at all times amazing ending

Wow. What an amazing book with an attention gripping story line. I liked that they used a woman and a mans voice to portray the 2 main characters. I would definitely recommend this book.

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Captivant

This book is amazing. It catches me so badly. I recommend it for who like cliffhangers.

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Will recommend...left guessing until the end

Brilliant narration! Makes a good story even better. The book is easy to listen to and story line unpredictable. Would not be surprised if they make a movie...

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Astonishingly good

The story starts at a gentle pace and gradually reveals itself to be an astonishingly good book in every respect. I was thoroughly immersed in the plot which is woven so subtly I hardly realised how good it is until it had drawn me in. The characters are developed so well that they feel real to me. Every single one of them relatable , and every viewpoint engenders empathy. He writes simply with a gentle clarity and no wasted words, in a way that is respectful towards the reader, the subject matter and the characters. The plot is at the same time both familiar and surprising. Wonderful narration. Thoroughly enjoyable book. I loved it. And... it feels cathartic in a way that is also surprising. He writes with humility and honesty. I hope his other books are as good, because I am going straight back to buy more. Wonderful book and really good narration. Perhaps not everyone will enjoy it because it is an introspective experience, but it is such a breath of fresh air in comparison to other popular literature that is churned out using the winning formula of sex, money, greed and revenge that leaves me feeling dirty afterwards even if it is entertaining. This book is not like that. It is a gem; a holiday from the smut of popular culture. Read it. Thank Alex!

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Excellent and riveting

Amazing story that made unexpected turns! Exactly what you want out of a murder/mystery. The medical aspect to it made it even better!

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Excellent!

Most enjoyable read! Gripping!! With an unexpected twist in the tale!! Absolutely worth it. Kept me guessing!!

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Great narrators

After getting off to a great start, the climax of the story ses underwhelming. The two narrators however did wonders with the text.

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THE SILENT PATIENT (Superb Book)

What can I say about this book. This book is like wow, gripping, fast paced story telling, amazing book in all the ways.

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Excellent

Wow too good. Wow too good. Amazing just read it. It is excellent. Beautifully crafted

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Great lockdown listen

Completely gripped me from start to finish. A great escape and a great twist. Highly recommended.

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  • julia arthur
  • 02-18-19

What a journey..

This book is a must read. If you like an intelligent crime mystery with a compulsive story, literally jaw dropping twists and turns, and thoroughly believable plot. Don't delay it's a corker!

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  • Janet biglari
  • 02-22-19

Fabulous page turner really different storyline

I loved this book and could not stop listening and felt bereaved when it was finished. This is a very clever book with a great story. It is written by a psychotherapist and some of the psychoanalytic concepts introduced as part of the story are really well done and sit within the overall narrative without being pretentious. I was captivated by the two main characters, Theo and Alicia and felt they were really well developed by the author who clearly understands people and how childhood experiences can reverberate through adult life impacting on our actions. I absolutely did not see the end twist, which is unusual as there is so often a clue early on, this was a real bolt out of the blue. I also enjoyed both narrators and felt they aptly depicted the characters. I really hope this author produces more work as this book was exceptional.

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  • ruth
  • 02-14-19

Brilliant!

I loved this, really gripping build up to a spectacular twist! Can’t wait for his next book.

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  • Pawsthevizsla
  • 02-18-19

Clever twist

Gripping and full of suspense, When you start thinking ? who do you trust ??
Could not stop listening

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-14-19

OK but not groundbreaking

I think this is a good listen for anyone who likes reading undemanding thrillers - easy to follow and pick up but unfortunately (for me) quite predictable. I guessed the twist about half way through (a few obvious clues in the narrative).

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  • Maureen.Richardson
  • 02-24-19

Fabulous riveting story

I really enjoyed this book- had me captured from start to finish- highly recommended for those who enjoy a good story and have an understanding of psychotherapy/ psychiatry dynamics

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-18-19

Brilliant!<br />

The end had crossed my mind but .......!! a tangled web that slowly unravels keeping you totally engrossed to all the way through!

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  • loumb
  • 02-12-19

Wow what a story!

Loved this intriguing story written from 2 sides, finished in 3 days, can't wait for the film!

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  • Pam
  • 03-22-19

Exceptional

I purchased this audio book based on the review ratings and I was not disappointed.
From the excellent narration to the twists turns and the ultimate reveal- I was gripped.

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  • Parksparker
  • 03-22-20

Not as good as the hype

It's oksy, an average who dunnit, I had read rave reviews about the twist at the end, I thought it was quite obvious though. It's not a bad book, I just expected more.

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  • Jo howard
  • 03-31-19

Highly recommend

I listen to loads of books. This is by far the best I’ve listened to this year. It just kept me wanting more and I was so sad to have it end. Beautifully written and the narrator was next level!!! Thank you! I love coming across these :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-25-19

Oh just SO good!

First of all, the one thing that can make or break an audio book is the narrator(s). And these two narrators just nailed it. Perfectly matched to their characters and so lovely to listen to.

The story kept my attention from beginning to end and I was right in the story with the characters the entire time.

I usually go for more light hearted audiobooks but I’m so glad I decided to try a different genre, this one is one of my all time favourite audio books.

Recommend to all my friends!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-30-19

Edge of seat plot, superbly read!

This story held my attention throughout. The twist was quite a revelation... I'm definitely making a second pass at this one to connect some of the dots missed the first time round!
The narration by Louise Brealey was, as always, impeccable!

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  • Sachila
  • 04-23-19

loved it

Next level novel of psychological suspense. loved the narrator, overall one of the best audiobooks I've ever came across.

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  • Annabelle
  • 04-22-19

Once I started listening I couldn’t stop

If you are going to read one book this year - make it this one - The Silent Patient.
Really worth it - can’t fault it and narrators do a perfect job.I can’t wait for Alex’s next book (no pressure) 🤩

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-20

very good

loved the twist, never expected this to happen, loved the narrator, a great listen , reckomend it

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  • Deb
  • 08-23-19

Great story

This story is well written and the performance by the reader is excellent. A real twist in the tale. Best book so far for me this year.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-19

Wow! What a Great Book

So well written. The 2 narrators were excellent. easy to listen to. I often chose audios based on the narrators.

Highly recommend it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-20

loved this book!

A great psychological thriller that is well-written and keeps you wanting more. Also did not anticipate the ending which is exactly what every reader wants !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-20

Very Slow

An ok book. I found myself constantly thinking get to the pooooint!! Nice twist in the end though and great performance.