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Silent Child

Audible's Thriller of 2017
Written by: Sarah A. Denzil
Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (425 ratings)

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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)

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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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not bad, not great

big fan of mystery and alot of this book was pretty predictable, wasn't bad, wasn't great!

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story is oookay

The only thing I didn't like was the voice of Emma. always super whiney. But overall okay

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Nail Biter

There are not enough words to describe how incredible Joanne Froggatt is at reading this book. She has immense talent when it comes to bringing words alive and making you feel you are actually in the story. I sincerely hope she will read more in the future because anything she undertakes will be amazing.
And the story was good too!

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Excellent storyline

Loved how this book grabbed your interest right from the start without giving away the ending you had me guessing and awaiting outcome

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Loved!

Loved this book! Couldn’t take my headphones off! There were so many twists and turns, it kept me gasping the whole time.

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Sorry but it was 80% boring.

The only thing good about this book was the narrator. The two chapters before the last one were good and maybe six others were memorable the rest was quite forgettable.

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decent story

overall a decent story, kept me interested but found it wrapped up a bit too neatly and quickly

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Decent Thriller

The Narrator was AMAZING. The story was decent but not too exciting or enticing. Did not have me at the edge of my seat but I do not regret purchase.

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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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  • RRK
  • 2018-09-16

More Silence Needed

The story started out ok but quickly became predictable and I got so sick of hearing “my son, Aiden” every six seconds. The narrator was no help with her whiney, angry crying voice, although I’ve listened to other books read by the narrator and liked her. I gave her 3 stars because I’m not sure she could have done anything better with the poorly written dialogue. I finished the book but started talking back to the ridiculous voice in “Emma’s” head. The surprise ending was just desperate and not believable or satisfying.

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  • SallyK
  • 2018-11-26

Overwrought

I try not to write negative reviews but here goes:

I do not understand the rave reviews Silent Child received as I was able to predict who did it almost right away, although I didn't know the exact details or the why until they were later revealed. The main character of Emma possessed an over-active imagination and wildly over-reacted to everything she imagined; yet, she continually dismissed all of her suspicions. She seemed to trust all of the people in her life, even as she suspected them! I kept hoping she would grow a backbone instead of constantly devolving into hysterics.

While the narrator was very talented at conveying the overwrought mother, I quickly tired of the constant hysterical delivery.

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  • Carol Gorman
  • 2018-09-20

Not really a thriller.

In the US, a thriller is generally paced very quickly, frequently with a race-against-the-clock element. SILENT CHILD is more of a traditional whodunit. The pace is quite slow, particularly in the first half, and much of it feels like filler material. I confess I got tired of being reminded who the characters were in order to clarify the main character's feelings. ("He was my husband.""She was my friend." "He was my son." I know, I know!) The final 10% was fast-paced but, to my mind, pretty implausible.

Read beautifully by Joanne Froggatt.

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  • Jenn
  • 2018-08-09

Would NEVER happen.

I like books that are at least a little realistic. After 7 hours of wondering who it was, the last hour is filled with "yeah, right"s. Characters are completely 1-dimensional. If they're bad, they're horrible, evil, monsters, capable of anything. If they're good, they're a saint.
The redeeming quality was Joanne Froggatt's INCREDIBLE narration. If it had been narrated by anyone else, it would never be getting this much attention.

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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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  • Jeeves
  • 2018-05-10

Accurate Title

Silent Child is a very accurate title as 90% of the book consists of the ramblings of the main character trying to figure out who kidnapped her child 10 years ago. The ending was predictable and the characters were not well developed. Bottom line- read "Room" instead.

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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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  • Starr
  • 2018-05-14

Repetitive Phrases Unbelievable Actions

Feelings, emotions, actions over and over again, the same old hackneyed phrases. Unbelievable story. Started well, got unmercifully bogged down and turned sunny-side up at the end, ignoring all the problems. Aaaarrrrgggghhh.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-12-01

Not good

I felt the narrator overacted.She shouted so loud that I had to turn down the volume sometime s. Storyline very far fetched

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