The Silent Patient
One evening Alicia's husband Gabriel returns home late, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word. 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.

Major Twist Alert!

The premise of this book is intriguing: a woman is convicted of murdering her husband and following her sentence, she never speaks again. Her silence is so compelling because it allows the reader to constantly infer what she must be feeling. Interspersed throughout the novel are her diary entries, providing glimpses into what could be seen as her declining mental health.

Michaelides plays heavily with the idea of the unreliable narrator, making the reader question the intentions of both the silent patient and the psychotherapist. The story begins with an intriguing premise and continues to deliver. The read is engaging in its reveals and sudden developments, but it also delves into human psychological trauma and the ways it shapes our experiences.

  • This book is good for: fans of psychology and thrillers (psychological thrillers, if you will), those who appreciate gasp-worthy twists
  • I read it in: 3 days
  • Good to knows: This book triggered me more than I expected. Some of the trauma the characters face is heavy. The treatment toward some of the patients in the institution is less than ideal as well.

Compelling Quote Alert!

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.

4.5Overall Score

The Silent Patient

Major Twist Alert! The premise of this book is intriguing: a woman is convicted of murdering her husband and following her sentence, she never speaks again. Her silence is so compelling ...

  • Plot
    4.8
  • Characters
    4.0
  • Pacing
    4.8