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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

Winner of Audible's 2017 Narrator of the Year Award

Introducing Audible's Thriller of the Year: Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil, performed by Joanne Froggatt.

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-turner became essential poolside listening after Audible named it thriller of the year." ( Stylist)

What members say

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Wish it'd been even longer!

This was my first audiobook and boy, what an experience! I love reading thrillers, they're my favourite, but this brought the story to a whole new level! I plowed through the 9+ hours nearly non-stop - and wished it had been even longer! - because they story was so gripping and was made all the more compelling by Joanne's emotionally charged narration. (Joanne is a gifted dramatic performer and has set an exceptionally high standard for me against which I'll be comparing all future audiobooks!) Sarah Denzil is a master storyteller whom I'm thrilled to have discovered! The Silent Child is absolutely worth your time and money!

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twist, turn, heartbreak, thrills, all the feels...

this is the story of the year for a reason...thriller kept me guessing at each chapter, broke my heart, angered me , tears...fantastic!

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Loved it

From the first listen I was hooked. One of the best yet! Great story, great narration!

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Gripping

This book is unbelievable. This is my first audio book and I couldn’t put it down!! I listened to this constantly! Very intense story . MANY twist and turns . Literally could hear my heartbeat in my ears where I have the earphone buds . Finished this in two days , being in the middle of packing to move into a new house , and taking care of two young children, hahaha . I just couldn’t put it down , I carried my phone up everywhere I went the past two days

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great narration

could not have asked for a better narrator. overall the story was good with some nice twists and turns!!

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Will keep you wondering till the end...

Was hooked from the first chapter... A little long in the middle but no disappointment when you get to the end... The narrator is amazing... She is very good at impersonating every characters... All in all a great book to listen...

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Excellent listen

Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Very well written. Creative, dark and original story

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Weatherington Heights

Imagine an idyllic English village cosy in the shadow of the manor on Weathering Heights. Then imagine it populated by the residents of a panhandle trailer park who spend their days in front of daytime tv. Then imagine a plucky beauty-school dropout telling a first-person story that has more holes in the plot than a soap opera has bubbles... Voilà: Silent Child

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  • PCR
  • 2018-11-22

Wanted to stop but couldn't

I now remember why I had stayed away from psychological thrillers - loss of sllep, loss of concentration....I found it excellent, but oh, so creepy!

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Who done it mystery

I really like this book as the narrative was performed with a lot of emotion. Up to the end, I did not know who done it. The clues are there but today this story played me. I like to be surprised 😯 and that is why the story gets five stars from me.

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  • Denise
  • 2018-05-15

Don’t waste your time or credit.

This is a pretty terrible plot full of implausible details. Very disappointing. It’s puzzling how there could be so many positive reviews. There is no nuance.

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  • Dawn
  • 2018-11-15

Wasted credit

liked the story line till the last third. The ending killed me. First time after years of being here that I wish I wouldn't have used my credit.

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  • Kierstin L Hartwig
  • 2018-10-18

Slowest "Thriller" Ever

I almost gave up on this one. I'd say 80% of this book lead up to a pretty good last 20% but OMGosh it took forever to get there. Way too much detail of nothing happening for me. Not one I'd recommend at all.

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  • 2018-10-18

Boaring

This book just seemed to drag on.It was boaring,and you could already figure out who and what had happened to the boy in the story.I recommend that you don't bother buying this book.👎

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • John Keller
  • 2018-10-12

SJW Trope Masquerading as Thriller

I listened to the audible version of this book with my 13 year old daughter on a car trip. Our eyes nearly rolled out of our heads at the constant man bashing. The author creates multiple straw men (pun intended) and beats on them chapter after chapter. Without spoiling, the ending unveil of the child’s silence is so idiotic that the only thing it reveals is the author’s misandry.

The performance was ok but the forced affectation of the scared woman became grating after a while.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Nancysue Rose
  • 2018-10-08

Stupid

The stupidest book I have ever listened to. The main character spent a lot of time yelling. When the narrator used a slightly different voice for one of the characters, it was a slurred whisper, that even after rewinding over and over I couldn't tell what a few crucial words were. After all the silly twists and turns other reviewers loved, at the short ending, we are left with a glimpse of sweetness and light, which after the events that happened would not be possible. I felt sorry for the baby girl that went thru all this in utro. Would ask for money back if I paid full price.

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  • Kaycee
  • 2018-09-29

Ugh so predictable absolutely no surprise

Predictable and not that interesting save your credit. Joanne Froggatt is just ok and comes off a little shrill.

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  • K. Dale
  • 2018-09-13

Absurd!

What a complete waste of time! I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but the “mystery” is both obvious and implausible. I would ask for a refund if I’d paid for it!

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Corey Mackenson
  • 2018-09-07

Highly over rated.

Despite my attempt, I was unable to finish listening. The characters were not accessible, in particular, the main lead was narcisstic, not likeable and engineered little sympathy. About halfway through, I realized that I had little interest in finding how the book ended. Not recommended.

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  • Nancy
  • 2018-06-29

Disappointing

On every level, this was a disappointment. Weak plot, predictable characters, and well, monotonous narration. Sorry. Was hoping for better.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful