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Silent Child Audiobook

Silent Child

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Audible Editor Reviews

"Silent Child is a unique book, a shining light of hidden horrors and unbearable tension in a genre where it is always difficult to stand out. Emma's slow descent into hell from the moment her son disappears feels real enough to make you hold onto your loved ones that little bit tighter. Sarah A. Denzil masterfully carries the reader alongside Emma on a tortured mental journey: theories, conspiracies and increasingly justified paranoia as suspicion falls on everyone she has ever held dear. Along with Emma, you find yourself pointing the proverbial finger of accusation at a series of characters who once seemed safe. A visceral, darkly atmospheric listen that will make your heart beat, your mind race and your spine tingle." - Gabriel, Audible Editor

"A good audiobook for me is one that takes me on a ride that I never could have imagined, and Silent Child did exactly that. Sarah A. Denzil weaves a tale that starts with heartbreak, adds mystery and suspense, and ultimately becomes a thriller. The writing is superb and it created a blockbuster movie in my mind as I listened. Silent Child had me at the edge of my seat the entire time, and I even fell off a few times." - Sean, Audible Editor

"The premise is shocking and it compels you to find out where Sarah A. Denzil will take the story. But, where I think the author is truly genius is in the way she supports the central plot with some heartbreakingly real and genuinely flawed characters that were so obviously as fully developed in Denzil's mind as the thrilling hook that makes you choose the book in the first place. There's so much more to this one than first meets the eye." - Alexandra, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life. She's married, pregnant, and in control again...until Aiden returns.

Too traumatised to speak, he raises endless questions and answers none. Where has he been? What happened to him on that rainy afternoon? And now that he's back, whom can he trust?

At Audible we love listening to crime books. But every so often one comes along that we think is truly special. An Amazon Kindle number one best-seller, Sarah A. Denzil's Silent Child is taking Audible HQ by storm. In an Audible Exclusive production, Joanne Froggatt (Mrs Bates, Downton Abbey) delivers a powerhouse performance that will keep you gripped until the very last second.

©2017 Sarah A. Denzil (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

What the Critics Say

"This self-published page-turned became essential poolside listening after Audible named it thriller of the year." (Stylist)

What Members Say

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    frances 10-14-17
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    "Great read"

    As a mother this book was heart breaking and terrifying. A mother’s worst nightmare. It drew me in and I couldn’t stop listening. Emma’s courage and love for her son kept her going. She never stop fight for her son. Amazing narration and a great reader. Once you start you won’t be able to stop. Keeps you on the edge of you seat the entire time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kym 10-14-17
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    "Okay story but typical British blather"

    Stop with the weak, shrill, whining woman. Stop with "putting the kettle on", "properly", adults wearing "jumpers", and "pulling a face". Ugh! Why do I always end up purchasing these commonly written stories. I feel obligated to finish them since I paid for them. Narration was excellent, but yet another weak, unbelievable female character is just frustrating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria 10-14-17
    Victoria 10-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Tedious story with a wildly improbable climax"

    This book is about as interesting as watching paint dry. When it does get going it's so ridiculous it's laughable. No real mystery. Easy to guess. Don't waste your money. Wish I hadn't!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy J Hunter Broken Arrow OK 10-13-17
    Cathy J Hunter Broken Arrow OK 10-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Repetitive self disclosure"

    Too much self disclosure from the first person that it was very redundant. She didn’t need to tell aspire six times every so often in the paragraph that she slept with this monster. As if she had to make justification for attacking him over and over again. Sometimes I begin to think this kind of repetition is just meant to fluff out the pages.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Merrci 10-23-17
    Merrci 10-23-17
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    "Stunning!"

    Sarah Denzil has taken a horrific act and turned it into one of the most suspenseful novels of the year! Silent Child is an intense story from the beginning when a mother loses her young son to a flood.

    The surprises continue when that son returns—alive—ten years later, unable to speak.

    Where has he been? Who would have taken him? The question turns up so many twists, you will suspect everyone.

    The author keeps the pace going rapidly with well written and concise chapters. She also keeps the reader (or listener) guessing.

    Highly recommended. You’ll see why Audible picked it as Thriller of the year in 2017.

    You can read my full review at Mystery Suspense Reviews.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 10-23-17
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    "Whoa- Joanne Froggatt Is an Amazing Narrator"

    The story line was well developed. I had started to piece together "the who" about 2/3 way through the book and still managed to be surprised. The emotions and reactions of the characters felt real, relatable- almost tangible- a reflection of the unique gift the author possesses. But they were brought to life all the more by Joanne Froggatt's amazing performance. Perfect combination.

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    Regine FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 10-23-17
    Regine FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 10-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "spellbound, great story and even better performanc"

    spellbound, great story and even better performance. believable enough some of the main character behavior was a little unrealistic but overall great story.

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    Leisa Sandoz 10-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed everything about this book"

    The story was outstanding. The performance was wonderful. I'll be looking for more from this author and this reader for sure!

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    InGa 10-23-17
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    "Great narration"

    One of the best narrated books I've listened to. She really captured and differentiated each character's personality and emotions. It was also easy to mentally picture everything in the book from the town, the homes, to the place Aiden had spent his 10 years.

    The story was well written and the suspense kept me interested through to the end.

    I really enjoyed listening to this book!

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    lolla 10-22-17
    lolla 10-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Perfect narration "

    The narrator was perfect!! Looking forward to more of her work!!! She drew me in.

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  • madison
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    9/6/17
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    "Disappointing"

    I had high hopes for this as Amazon has "bigged it up" so much, but I found the pathetic heroine very annoying and her overly dragged out performance was irritating- how long can a voice tremble before it ceases to be of any impact!
    The climax was ridiculous and very unbelievable for a woman in labour- can't say anymore without a spoiler alert.
    A real shame and a waste of a credit.

    36 of 42 people found this review helpful
  • peter
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    "Good but sad "

    I really liked this book but at times I found it really difficult to listen to due to the subject matter. Still good though.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Somewhere between a pair of headphones.
    9/1/17
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    "Silent Child Screams for Attention!"

    Calling anything a thriller of the year is always a bold claim, especially when there are releases fairly close in the genre from authors like Rachel Abbott and Paula Hawkins as well as a plethora of others.  But that's what Audible have done with this book by an author relatively unknown to their listeners.  Does it match up to that claim?

    First off I have to say that I definitely enjoyed reading it. The tight, clean writing style suggests to me a confident author working in sync with a good editor.  Denzil takes a very human approach to her characters and builds them from a combination of strengths and frailties which mostly rang very true to me.  She gradually builds the mystery in a plot where, in truth, I think some people will feel that not a lot happens during the middle of the book.  For me, the start was excellent, the middle a quite subtle development of the story and characters before the book quite literally explodes towards the end with a conclusion of some considerable drama.

    Most importantly to me the central character, Emma, came across very strongly.  She is put through hell in all kinds of ways, both subtle and monstrous but remains thoroughly believable except at one point towards the end which does involve giving the author the benefit of a touch of artistic license near the end.  

    Jaonne Froggatt is also new to me, her narration is excellent.  It's a real performance and while it might sound a strange thing to complement her and the production team on they know the value of a little moment of silence.  All too often even the best narrators give a great OMG moment only for the narrative to carry on with the next chapter immediately meaning the listener either doesn't get to savour that great moment or misses what comes next.  Here, there were a couple of great uses of a little silence which was a great extra to add to a fine performance. 

    So, in summary this is a fine thriller, well written and performed.  Is it genuinely the Thriller of the Year?  I'm not quite sure I'd go that far but I think it will be on a lot of readers' shortlists.

    38 of 48 people found this review helpful
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    10/9/17
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    "How this is Audibles thriller of the year I will never know!"

    I found this book so tedious I actually had to give up on it which is something I hate to do. I got 2/3s in before throwing in the towel because the whole book is the main character moaning and repeating herself endlessly. If you want a book that is exciting with twists and turns, a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat, a book you can't put down...look elsewhere.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lesley
    Hammersmith, United Kingdom
    9/16/17
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    "Disappointing"

    Following the publicity I had great hopes for this book but abandoned it after chapter 3. The story might indeed have become compelling but I could no longer listen to the narration. I loved Joanne Froggatt in Downton Abbey but, as an audio book narrator I found her voice flat and uninteresting and a little too fast. Sorry!

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Molly
    United Kingdom
    9/2/17
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    "narrator too whispery"

    I cannot easily listen to this narrator. she drops her voice too often and I was constantly turning the volume up and down. very disappointing :( did not get past chapter two. book refunded

    19 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Daniela
    Ashtead, United Kingdom
    9/8/17
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    "Caught me off guard"

    I thought this was going to be another over hyped best seller that didn't stack up...... but boy was I surprised. I was gripped from the outside, by the storyline and the exceptional narration. I didn't see the twists until they hit me in the face. Clever, clever, clever and did I mention the unbelievably fantastic narration. Just wow!

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    London, United Kingdom
    9/17/17
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    "Appalling. Don't waste 9.5 hrs of your life..."

    This was at its best points mediocre and the majority of the time, poorly written, full of cliches similes and metaphors, implausible in every way and not remotely interesting. Characters are 2D and that's being generous. Pace is slow and NOTHING happens. The big reveal is obvious and uninteresting. The 'twist' is non-existent. Narrator does her best but you can't polish a t*rd. seriously, don't waste your time. Read Mark Billingham, Ben Aaronovitch, Clare Mackintosh or even Robert Galbraith instead. At the very least, the quality of writing in those books is strong. This is shoddy and it genuinely disturbs me to think so many people have bought in to Amazon's / Audible's hype around a dreadful, poorly written story that lacks any originality and skill whatsoever. Save your money and 9.5 hours of your life. Trust me.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Blondie
    9/22/17
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed it"

    Diverting and entertaining, the author sows clues along the way but I didn't grasp the truth till close to the end. The characters were a tad 2 dimensional and the narration rather breathily melodramatic in places, hence 4 stars.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • G3org3
    9/9/17
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    "Predictable"

    Story okay though I had guessed whodunit relatively early, although not entirely correct. I found that the main character started irritating me about halfway through and I started hoping she'd accidentally fall down a flight of steep stairs whilst holding a pair of scissors and chewing on a chunk of beef.
    Joanne Froggatt does a great job and I take my hat off to her for injecting some life into an otherwise two-dimensional character.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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