Alex Michaelides

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Alex Michaelides is the New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Patient. He holds an MA in English Literature from Cambridge University and an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute. Alex wrote the film Devil You Know, starring Rosamund Pike, and co-wrote the film The Con is On, starring Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Sofia Vergara, and Parker Posey. He has been hired to write the screenplay of The Silent Patient by Plan B productions.

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Patient comes a spellbinding tale of psychological suspense, weaving together Greek mythology, murder, and obsession, that further cements “Michaelides as a major player in the field” (Publishers Weekly).

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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.

The Silent Patient Alex Michaelides talks about his personal experience – his journey as a writer and a person. Alex went back and forth between writing and psychotherapy – he had a lot of personal therapy, as well as studied it at a postgraduate level (although he never graduated) and worked in a secure psychiatric facility for teenagers. Alex had a disillusioning and demoralizing career as a screenwriter, while battling a lot of self-doubt. Ultimately it was the decision to try to have complete creative control over a project and write a novel, that changed everything. The Silent Patient has sold in 44 countries, a record for a debut author, and went in the New York Times at number one, a first for a British debut novelist. For Alex, it’s very much about transcending self-doubt and negative critical thoughts, and persevering, while staying true to who you are, really. It’s about authenticity and perseverance. And that transforms your life. So it’s an inspirational, motivational speech.

Start reading chapter one of Alex Michaelides’ debut novel The Silent Patient. Check out Alex’s interview with The Bookseller. Read Wall Street Journal‘s interview with Alex on The Silent Patient. The screenplay of The Silent Patient in development with Plan B. The Silent Patient named as a “Top 10 Thriller of2019” by BookTrib. The Silent Patient named as “Best Mystery & Thriller of 2019” by the Goodreads Choice Awards. Shelf Awareness reviewed The Silent Patient and interviewed Alex Michaelides. Alex Michaelides shares his five favorite movies adapted from thrillers. Check out the behind-the-scenes of The Silent Patient with Publishers Weekly. Read Publishers Weekly’s review of Alex Michaelides’s The Silent Patient. The Sunday Chronicles  reviewed Alex Michaelides’s The Silent Patient with four stars. Follow Alex on Twitter and Instagram.

Praise for The Silent Patient "Impressive first novel... with an ending worthy of a classic Agatha Christie mystery."
The Wall Street Journal

"Superb... This edgy, intricately plotted psychological thriller establishes Michaelides as a major player in the field."
Publisher's Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

"Pulling off a novel where the protagonist stays mum isn't easy, but this impressive, immersive debut—Brad Pitt's company has snapped up film rights—establishes Michaelides as a writer to watch."
People, Book of the Week

"Impressive debut...The Silent Patient is intelligent, imaginative and a terrific read."
The Times (London), Book of the Month

"The Silent Patient may be a first novel, but it has the pace and finesse of a master."

"That rarest of beasts: the perfect thriller. This extraordinary novel set my blood fizzing—I quite literally couldn't put it down. I told myself I'd just dip in; eleven hours later—it's now 5:47 a.m.—I've finished it, absolutely dazzled."
—A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

The Silent Patient sneaks up on you like a slash of intimidating shadow on a badly lit street. Alex Michaelides has crafted a totally original, spellbinding psychological mystery so quirky, so unique that it should have its own genre. I read it in two nights and savored every luscious word, every grim encounter, every startling twist. The pages will burn with the friction from your hands turning them.”
—David Baldacci

“Smart, sophisticated storytelling freighted with real suspense—a very fine novel by any standard.”
—Lee Child

"One of the most spellbinding psychological thrillers we’ve read in years. Beautifully written, exquisitely plotted, the story relentlessly pulls you in and doesn’t let you go until the last shocking (and yet brutally logical) twist. This is an absolutely fantastic and extraordinary read."
—Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, #1 New York Times bestselling authors of the Pendergast series

“Alex Michaelides has written one of the best psychological thrillers I have ever read. The Silent Patient is a swarming, paranoid nightmare of a novel with an ending that is destined to go down as one of the most shocking, mind-blowing twists in recent memory.”
—Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter

The Silent Patient paints a picture, crawling into your soul in the very best way. Take a chance."
—Brad Meltzer, author of The Escape Artist

"Dark, edgy, and compulsively readable."
Library Journal

"The Silent Patient isn't quiet at all. It loudly announces that Alex Michaelides is a new talent in the field of psychological thrillers."
—Shelf Awareness


"A taut, meticulously plotted and compelling novel."
—The Observer