Alicia Berenson shoots her husband in the head five times, and then never speaks again.
Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber must find a way to get Alicia Berenson to talk if he wants to treat her.
Only then can he unravel the shocking events of that night five years before...
'Blindsiding and brilliantly clever' - EMILY KOCH, author of IF I DIE BEFORE I WAKE
'Sharp, clever and with a whammy that genuinely took me by surprise' - JOANNE HARRIS
Alex Michaelides was born in Cyprus in 1977. He wrote the film The Devil You Know starring Rosamund Pike and co-wrote The Brits are Coming, starring Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Stephen Fry, Parker Posey and Sofia Vergara. The Silent Patient is first novel. He was inspired to write it while doing a post graduate course in psychotherapy, and working part-time at a secure psychiatric unit for two years.
Alex Michaelides has written one of the best psychological thrillers I have ever read. The Silent Patient is a swarming, paranoid nightmare of a novel with an ending that is destined to go down as one of the most shocking, mind-blowing twists in recent memory * BLAKE CROUCH, author of the New York Times bestseller DARK MATTER * 'Just one more chapter. Just one more. Then I'll stop.' Once you pick up The Silent Patient, this will be what you'll say to yourself, until you give in and keep reading until the blindsiding and brilliantly clever conclusion - no matter how good a sleuth you are, you aren't going to see it coming * EMILY KOCH, author of IF I DIE BEFORE I WAKE * An excellent, slow-burning psychological thriller; sharp, clever and with a whammy that genuinely took me by surprise (it takes a lot to do this). Kudos to the author. More, please. * JOANNE HARRIS * The perfect thriller. This extraordinary novel set my blood fizzing - I quite literally couldn't put it down. I told myself I'd just dip in; eleven hours later - it's now 5.47 AM - I've finished it, absolutely dazzled * A. J. Finn, bestselling author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW * Smart, sophisticated 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. I read it in two nights and savored every luscious word, every grim encounter, every startling twist. The pages will burn with the friction from your hands turning them * DAVID BALDACCI * Absolutely brilliant . . . I read it in a state of intense, breathless excitement and never saw the ending coming. Not for a second! * STEPHEN FRY *