#BookBeginnings The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides


Today I’m catching up with The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!



The Silent Patient* by Alex Michaelides

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Summary:  After Alicia Berenson shoots her husband Gabriel five times, she gives no explanation. In fact she doesn’t speak at all. Criminal psychotherapist Theo Faber is determined to unravel the mystery and begins to visit Alicia at the psychiatric hospital where she is held. Will he be able to reach her?

First Sentence Prologue:

Alicia Berenson’s Diary

July 14

I don’t know why I’m writing this.


First Sentence Chapter One:

Alicia Berenson was thirty-three years old when she killed her husband.


I’ve been hearing about this book all over and now that the author has another book out, perhaps it is time to see what all the fuss is about.

The set up is pretty compelling. I want to know what happened.


The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. The premise is simple. Turn to page 56 in the book and pick a quote.


From the diary:

I bought an electric fan yesterday. I set it up at the foot of the bed on the top of the chest.

Gabriel immediately started complaining, “It makes too much noise. We’ll never sleep.”

If one of your main character’s doesn’t speak, I guess having a diary is about the only way to reveal her side of things? It does give a sense of what her life was like.

Have you ever read a novel where a portion of the story is told in diary entries or letters?

What do you think? Have you read The Silent Patient or Alex’s newest, The Maidens?


  1. Catherine @ Book Club Librarian

    I really, really liked this book and am looking forward to reading The Maidens.

    • Roberta

      Glad you liked it!

  2. Anne@HeadFullofBooks

    Am I correct in assuming the mystery is why she killed her husband? My quotes this week from THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS

    • Roberta

      The mystery is why she killed her husband. To say anything else would be a spoiler.

  3. Freda Mans-Labianca

    I never read the book, but loved the movie years ago! Hpapy weekend!

    • Roberta

      I didn’t see the movie. I’ll have to look for it.

  4. Cindy Davis

    The lines definitely draw you in and make you want to know more. Have a great weekend!

  5. Tee

    I haven’t read this…but I did recently read The Maidens, I really liked it but I don’t think it is anything like this, I would say Maidens was closer to Dark Academia which I love. For the longest time, I thought Silent Patient was a non- fiction LOL

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