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Alex Michaelides

Author of The Silent Patient

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Alex Michaelides was born in Cyprus in 1977. He studied English literature at Cambridge University and earned his MA in screenwriting at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. He wrote the film The Devil You Know. His first novel,The Slient Patient, was published in 2019. (Bowker Author show more Biography) show less

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American Film Institute, Los Angeles (MA | Screenwriting)
Cambridge University
Short biography
Alex Michaelides was born in Cyprus to a Greek-Cypriot father and English mother. He has a MA in English Literature from Cambridge University and a MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. The Silent Patient is his first novel.



Alex Michaelides has an off-the-wall mind. This is a psychological thriller that has not one, but three or four unreliable narrators. In other words, don't believe anything that you read. The book is dark and chilling, and depicts how the occurrences from childhood forever mould a person's mind. If an individual has a terrible childhood, the lessons that they learn to survive, which could be good or very, very bad, survive into adulthood. The book is intricately plotted, and the characterizations are real and visceral. The plot is full of surprising twists and turns, that will keep readers guessing throughout. Again, don't believe anything you read, and you won't fall down any of the many rabbit holes that are in this book. The book is set on a remote Greek island, and the atmosphere of the island mirrors the plot of this book. I found the book went on a bit long, and I wanted to skip through it off and on throughout, but because I was listening rather than reading, it's harder to skip ahead. If you like twisty thrillers, than you will enjoy this book.… (more)
Romonko | 27 other reviews | Mar 2, 2024 |
Wow! There are so many red herrings in this book that I didn’t figure it out until near the end and, even then, I was surprised.
Mariana is a group psychotherapist who lost her husband, Sebastian, recently and is still reeling from that loss. Her niece, Zoe, is a student at Cambridge University, where Mariana and Sebastian met. Zoe calls her one night to tell her that her best friend had been murdered and that she thinks their Greek Tragedy professor (Edward Fosca) killed her.

Mariana arrives at the University and subsequently becomes involved in the investigation and then starts her own investigation after realizing that the professor very well may be a murderer. He has a secret group of female students called The Maidens and Tara was in the group. When another Maiden is found dead, Mariana continues to focus her suspicions on Professor Fosca.

I loved the references to The Silent Patient (the author’s debut novel) but it is not necessary to have read it before this book. Nor is it necessary to know Greek Mythology as it is explained in the book. The only thing I did not like was the deaths (separate) of a family dog and a sheep.

Overall, though, the book was well-written and the characters were likeable.
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Cathie_Dyer | 112 other reviews | Feb 29, 2024 |
Wow! First off, thank you to Celadon Books for sending me the Advanced Reader Copy of this book. This book is due to be published February 5, 2019. Definitely a must read!

Alicia Berenson is an artist married to a photographer, Gabriel. When Gabriel is found murdered and Alicia is standing next to the body with blood on her clothes, she is immediately the main suspect in Gabriel's murder. However, she becomes mute and does not speak. Alicia becomes a (silent) patient at the Grove, a treatment center where Theo Faber is employed and becomes her therapist to get her to talk and to find out why she murdered her husband.… (more)
Cathie_Dyer | 437 other reviews | Feb 29, 2024 |
A meandering story with a bit of suspense. None of the characters was likable and I wasn't excited to solve the mystery. I didn't appreciate the tricks, frequent "well that's what I WISH happened" asides from the narrator that do nothing but make him lose the reader's trust. I love an unreliable narrator, but this one is unreliable, unlikable, and uninteresting. Some good twists near the end that aren't worth waiting for.

I wish this had been like And Then There Were None. Maybe it wishes it was, but it's not even close.

The author is from Greece I believe, and the winds and weather were nicely drawn, but the atmosphere in general was a bit lacking. This being a character study, though, that's not too important. It just doesn't give the travel/vacation feeling that it could've.

Thank you NetGalley for the ARC. I purchased a copy for my library.
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Kaitlin_KL | 27 other reviews | Feb 27, 2024 |



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