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Author: Alex Michaelides Narrator: Louise Brealey, Jack Hawkins Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2019 ISBN: 9781250317537
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"The perfect binge listen." — Yahoo Lifestyle Instant #1 New York Times bestseller. 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.... More praise for The Silent Patient: “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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Quotes & Awards

  • “That rarest of beasts: the perfect thriller. This extraordinary novel set my blood fizzing.”

    A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “One of the most spellbinding psychological thrillers we’ve read in years. Beautifully written, exquisitely plotted…[an] extraordinary read.”

    Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, New York Times bestselling authors

  • One of the best psychological thrillers I have ever read.”

    Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An unforgettable—and Hollywood-bound—new thriller…A mix of Hitchcockian suspense, Agatha Christie plotting, and Greek tragedy.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “This edgy, intricately plotted psychological thriller establishes Michaelides as a major player in the field.”

    Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

  • “The Silent Patient is unputdownable, emotionally chilling, and intense, with a twist that will make even the most seasoned suspense reader break out in a cold sweat.”


  • A February 2019 LibraryReads Pick
  • An bestseller
  • #1 New York Times bestseller
  • An iBooks bestseller in Audiobooks
  • A People Pick of the Week
  • A London Times Pick of the Month
  • Among longlisted titles for Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2019
  • Nominated for Thriller Awards - Nominee, 2020
  • Among longlisted titles for Barnes and Noble Best New Books of the Year, 2019
  • Among longlisted titles for Best Books of the Year, 2019
  • Winner of Goodreads Choice Awards, 2019
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month selection
  • New York Times audio bestseller
  • The 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards Winner for Mysteries & Thrillers
  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick of Mysteries Impossible to Put Down
  • Longlisted for the Glass Bell Award
  • Finalist for the Strand Critics Award for Best Debut Novel

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About the Author

Alex Michaelides was born in Cyprus in 1977 to a Greek father and English mother. He studied English literature at Cambridge University and got his MA in screenwriting at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. He wrote the film The Devil You Know (2013) starring Rosamund Pike and co-wrote The Brits are Coming (2018), starring Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Parker Posey, and Sofia Vergara.

About the Narrators

Louise Brealey, AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator, studied history at Cambridge University before studying acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in Manhattan. On television, she appeared in the long-running medical drama Casualty on BBC One in 2002, appearing in ninety-six episodes. Afterwards, she appeared in the BBC serialization of Charles Dickens’ Bleak House, as well as Hotel Babylon, Law & Order: UK, Ripper Street, and in all series of Sherlock as Molly Hooper.

Jack Hawkins is an actor working in film, theater, voice-over, and narration projects. He has recorded bestselling books including 1356 by Bernard Cornwell, Martyn Pig by Kevin Books, The New Recruit by Andy McNab, and Bloody Family by Anne Fine, among others.