Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Length: 336 pages
Audiobook Length: 8 hours and 43 minutes
First Published: 2019
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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 …
Quotes from The Silent Patient
Remember, love that doesn’t include honesty doesn’t deserve to be called love.
We’re all crazy, I believe, just in different ways.
There’s so much pain everywhere, and we just close our eyes to it. The truth is we’re all scared. We’re terrified of each other.
Sometimes it takes courage, you know, and a long time, to be honest.
About Alex Michaelides
Alex Michaelides is the screenwriter for the films The Devil You Know (2013) and The Brits Are Coming (2018). His debut novel The Silent Patient was published in 2019.