Sold in 35 territories, film rights snapped up by an Oscar winning production company, and rave blurbs from David Baldacci, Lee Child, A.J. Finn, Joanne Harris and Black Crouch, THE SILENT PATIENT promises to be the debut thriller of 2019.
I love him so totally, completely, sometimes it threatens to overwhelm me. Sometimes I think- No. I won't write about that.
Alicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet - and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can't bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain.
Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word.
Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia's silence goes far deeper than he first thought.
And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth?
The Silent Patient is a heart-stopping debut thriller about a woman's brutal and random act of violence against her husband - and the man obsessed with discovering why.
Michaelides has crafted a totally original, spellbinding psychological mystery so quirky, so unique that it should have its own genre. The pages will burn with the friction from your hands turning them - DAVID BALDACCI
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, Sunday Times bestselling author of CLOSE TO HOME
That rarest of beasts: the perfect thriller. This extraordinary novel set my blood fizzing - I quite literally couldn't put it down - A. J. Finn, bestselling author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW
Smart, sophisticated storytelling freighted with real suspense - a very fine novel by any standard - LEE CHILD, bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series
Sharp, clever and with a whammy that genuinely took me by surprise - JOANNE HARRIS, bestselling author of CHOCOLAT
'Just one more chapter. Just one more. Then I'll stop.' This will be what you'll say to yourself, until you give in and keep reading until the blindsiding and brilliantly clever conclusion - EMILY KOCH, author of IF I DIE BEFORE I WAKE
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. The Silent Patient is first novel, and was inspired by a post graduate course in psychotherapy, and working part-time at a secure psychiatric unit.