The Silent Patient

Sold in huge auctions and pre-empts in 20 territories so far, and subject to large pre-empts in the US and UK, this will be the thriller of 2019. Film rights have already been snapped up at a high-level auction by a top-secret multi-Oscar winning producer.

Alicia Berenson, a successful painter, shoots her husband in the head five times, and then never speaks again. Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a commonplace domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and turns Alicia into a notorious figure. Theo Faber, a forensic psychotherapist, who has a long-standing desire to work with her, is convinced he could get her to talk and help her integrate and come to terms with what she did; as well as unravel the mystery of what happened the night she killed her husband. Theo gets his opportunity when he gets a job at The Grove, the secure unit in North London where Alicia was sent after the trial. From there unravels the most remarkable thriller that looks to set the world on fire.

Praise for The Silent Patient:

‘One of the most spellbinding psychological thrillers we’ve read in years. Beautifully written, exquisitely plotted, the story relentlessly pulls you in and doesn’t let you go until the last shocking (and yet brutally logical) twist. This is an absolutely fantastic and extraordinary read.’ Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, authors of the #1 bestselling Pendergast series

‘Smart, sophisticated storytelling freighted with real suspense – a very fine novel by any standard.’ Lee Child, author of the bestselling Jack Reacher series

‘That rarest of beasts: 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.’ AJ Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

‘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, author of Chocolat

‘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

‘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, author of End Game

One of the best thrillers I’ve read this year. Masterfully plotted and brilliantly paced by a writer at the top of his game.’ Cara Hunter, author of Close to Home

‘I was kicking myself black and blue that I did not see *that* moment coming. I have never been so happily wrong-footed. A very clever book – highly recommended. ’ C.J. TUDOR, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalk Man

‘Genuinely chilling and with a real sucker punch of a twist’ Sharon Bolton, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Craftsman

‘Absolutely brilliant’ Stephen Fry

‘A neatly woven, intelligently written story that lifts the curtain on the complexities of trauma and the human psyche’ Ali Land, Sunday Times bestselling author of Good Me, Bad Me

‘A very impressive debut…an original take on the psychoanalyst tale.  I’m excited to see what Alex does next. This guy has a voice. That’s very rare. He’s a real talent.’ Steve Cavanagh, author of Thirteen

‘This edgy, intricately plotted psychological thriller establishes Michaelides as a major player in the field.’ Publishers Weekly

‘The definition of a page-turner. The twist comes as hard and fast as a slap in the face.’ John Mars, author of The Good Samaritan

‘So many books, particularly in the thriller genre, suffer from over-hype. But the book that stands out from the crowd coming in 2019 is the real deal.’ Heat Magazine

‘Alex Michaelides’ debut is a suspenseful thriller about a woman’s brutal and random act of violence against her husband and the psychotherapist obsessed with uncovering her motive. Fast-paced and complex, with a twist you won’t see coming, this is one book you won’t forget in a hurry.’ Dead Good Books

‘A dark thriller with a startling twist’ Good Housekeeping

‘Comes with a killer twist’  The Sunday Times

‘The Silent Patient may be a first novel, but it has the pace and finesse of a master.’ BBC Culture 

‘With more foreign deals than I’ve had hot dinners and film rights already snapped up, The Silent Patient is the thriller everyone’s going to be talking about this year…I know all thrillers are meant to have explosive twists, but The Silent Patient really will have your jaw on the floor when it reaches its shocking climax.’ Red Magazine 

‘The Silent Patient is intelligent, imaginative and a terrific read.’ The Times

‘A brilliant, all-consuming page-turner with one of the best twists I’ve ever read.’ The Sun

‘This impressive, immersive debut establishes Michaelides as a writer to watch’ People

‘An ending worthy of a classic Agatha Christie mystery’ WSJ

‘Masterly plotting, Hitchcockian suspense and an absolute jaw dropper of an ending. Read this book!’ Lucy Foley, author of The Book of Lost and Found

‘The plot is satisfyingly twisty with a gobsmacking conclusion’ Irish Daily Mail



Author: Michaelides, Alex
Publisher: Orion