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12 Unnerving Books Like The Silent Patient


Did you enjoy the book so much that made you look for more books like The Silent Patient?

If so, I understand! I couldn’t stop reading the book myself and when it was time for the truth to uncover, I was satisfied. I discussed more of it in my previous post: Answering The Silent Patient book club questions.

But without further ado, let’s discover ten books similar to The Silent Patient in this post.

Books Like The Silent Patient

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The 7,5 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is the best book to read after The Silent Patient. It features a classic whodunit plot style that as entertaining, to say the least.

The author uses an interesting story device, with a twist that you possibly won’t see coming.

In this book, Evelyn will not die just once in her own party. A circle where she keeps getting murdered can only be broken if Aiden, one of her guests can identify the killer.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Not much of a thriller, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is more focused on the case and its suspects.

The similarity to The Silent Patient came from murder as the main theme and how the book ends with a twist.

Once came to that point, I guaranteed it will feel very rewarding because all the clues that the author left in the book suddenly make sense to you.

Sets in a peaceful English village, Hercule Poirot will take you investigating the murder of Roger Ackroyd. Turns out, it’s among the most startling conclusions of his career.

Devolution by Max Brooks

Devolution by Max Brooks

With some moments of suspense, Devolution offers a thrilling atmosphere like when you read The Silent Patient.

The similarity doesn’t end there. Max Brooks tell the story of the Greenloop massacre through journals that Kate Holland wrote.

The journals reveal the investigation that she’s done where she discovered that the legendary beast Bigfoot is behind the town’s wreckage and its residents’ deaths.

I think Devolution is a great book that worth your time.

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

The Woman in the Window, One of the books like The Silent Patient

If your favourite part about The Silent Patient was its depressing and lonely characters, The Woman in the Window is the book you’re looking for.

Both books are in the same genre of thriller, specifically psychological thriller.

Apart from watching old movies and drinking wine, a recluse Anna fox also spends her time spying on her new neighbours.

But when she sees something she is not supposed to, her life starts to feel in danger.

Maidens by Alex Michaelides

Maidens by Alex Michaelides

Written by the same author, The Maidens is set in the same world as The Silent Patient. But it’s even better and messier than its predecessor.

When the best friend of Mariana’s niece Zoe is brutally killed, Mariana is summoned to Cambridge.

The girl who passed away belonged to The Maidens, a group of beautiful female students.

Mariana quickly understands that underlying the lovely veneer of this university campus is something evil.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Alex Michaelides said the book is heavily inspired by Agatha Christie’s works, as shown in some of these The Silent Patient quotes. So, I think it’s worth mentioning another book by her.

Even though the book I’m recommending here is not similar in terms of the story, it involves many shocking twists that will make you can’t help but love the book.

In this book, ten individuals are invited to an island for a summer holiday. But everybody has no clue as to who their mysterious host is.

No matter what expectations they might have, paranoid waiting for their turn to get murdered certainly is not one of them.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Looking at the popularity, you might have heard about Gone Girl. And yes, it’s as insane as people say it is.

Same as The Silent Patient, the book features a protagonist who deceives others to achieve their desires.

This book tells the tale of Amy, a woman who mysteriously vanishes from her house.

All that is left of her is an open door and a massive mess. Nick, her husband left confused about whether the location is the site of a dreadful crime or something else.

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

The Heart Goes Last - Books Like The Silent Patient

Some plot points in The Silent Patient can also be found in The Heart Goes Last. But the book is a satire and not quite as serious.

Stan and Charmaine lost everything in the recession and are currently living in their car.

While working at a bar one evening, Charmaine notices an advertisement promoting a chance to change one’s life: migrate to Consilience, where one can lead a secure middle-class life.

They rush to sign the paperwork and submit their application.

Although their prayers appear to have been heard, they quickly discover that all is not what it seems.

Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

Another amazing book like The Silent Patient to read is Before I Go to Sleep.

The storyline is not quite the same, but it made it to the list because it’s a psychological thriller that offers a similar mood.

Christine has no idea who she is when she wakes up each morning.

The book follows her as she attempts to piece together her past using a journal she has been keeping.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

An eerily psychological thriller such as The Silent Patient, the book version of The Girl on the Train is also set in England, which they changed in the movie for some reasons.

This book involves many messed-up characters as well, from the alcoholic main character to the desperate housewife.

Rachel is a train passenger who daydreams about other people’s lives to distract herself from her own.

When the train stops at the same red light every morning, she is particularly interested in the lives of “Jess and Jason,” who reside in the home outside her train window.

But then one morning, something happens that entirely dispels Rachel’s mental picture of “Jess and Jason,” and things are not as they should be.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter is one of the books like The Silent Patient

Be sure to stay up until late if you decided to read Dark Matter. Like The Silent Patient, it’s so good that you won’t be able to put it down.

Jason Dessen works as a physics instructor at a local college. He has a wife and children whom he adores.

He goes out one night to meet a friend for drinks, but instead, he gets abducted by a mysterious stranger who then abruptly pulls him out of his life and places him in the middle of a nightmare.

The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham

The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham

The Secrets She Keeps is a psychological thriller which easy to breeze through as when you read The Silent Patient.

Despite coming from opposing sides of the track, Agatha and Meghan have one thing in common: they are both in the third trimester of pregnancy.

The two women meet at the grocery store and later at a yoga class, and their friendship soon develops into something deadly.

Wrapping Up

Make sure to check their age ratings and trigger warnings if you decided to read any of the books like The Silent Patient above.

I haven’t discussed them individually, but they most likely fall in the same category as The Silent Patient which I have published here: Age Rating for The Silent Patient.

Enjoy your reads!

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