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The Silent Patient

Written by Alex Michaelides

Narrated by Jack Hawkins and Louise Brealey

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5/5 (2,138 ratings)
Length: 8 hours

Editor's Note

Resounding silence…
The latest craze in psychological thrillers is right here. In Alex Michaelides’ debut, a painter is convicted of murdering her husband, and refuses to talk after his death. One psychotherapist is particularly determined to hear her side of the story.


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....

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