The Silent Patient

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Celadon Books, Feb 5, 2019 - Fiction - 304 pages

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."
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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....

 

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User Review  - PaulaGalvan - LibraryThing

Alicia Berenson is a famous painter with a wonderful husband and a perfect life. Or, so it seems until she's found barely alive after murdering her husband, Gabriel, and slashing her wrists ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tess_W - LibraryThing

A psychological thriller that had me on the edge of my seat. I won't post the plot so as not to give away any spoilers. The plot in the book resembles the Greek play, Alcestis, wherein the heroine gets her life back but remains silent for the remainder of it. Read full review

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About the author (2019)

Alex Michaelides was born in Cyprus to a Greek-Cypriot father and an English mother. He studied English literature at Cambridge University and got his MA in screenwriting at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. The Silent Patient is his first novel.

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