The silent patient


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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?



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Absolutely brilliant . . . I read it in a state of intense, breathless excitement STEPHEN FRY Masterly plotting, Hitchcockian suspense and an absolute jaw-dropper of an ending. Read this book! LUCY FOLEY, bestselling author of THE HUNTING PARTY Intelligent, imaginative and a terrific read THE TIMES - Crime Book of the Month I read it in two nights and savoured every luscious word, every grim encounter, every startling twist DAVID BALDACCI Smart, sophisticated suspense - a very fine novel by any standard LEE CHILD The perfect thriller. I quite literally couldn't put it down A. J. Finn, bestselling author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW A taut, meticulously plotted and compelling novel THE OBSERVER The Silent Patient may be a first novel, but it has the pace and finesse of a master BBC CULTURE 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 A superior psycho-thriller THE TIMES 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 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 The definition of a page turner. The twist comes as hard and fast as a slap across the face. JOHN MARRS, bestselling author of THE GOOD SAMARITAN Genuinely chilling and with a real sucker punch of a twist SHARON BOLTON, Sunday Times bestselling author of THE CRAFTSMAN A hugely impressive debut STEVE CAVANAGH, bestselling author of THIRTEEN Comes with a killer twist SUNDAY TIMES Crime Club An unforgettable - and Hollywood-bound - new thriller ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY An excellent, slow-burning psychological thriller; sharp, clever and with a whammy that genuinely took me by surprise JOANNE HARRIS Impossible to put down, with a twist that will blow your mind MARK EDWARDS, bestselling author of THE MAGPIES One of the most hotly anticipated novels of this year DAILY EXPRESS One of the best psychological thrillers I have ever read . . . 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 DARK MATTER