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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 (353 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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Stellar Narration

Joanne Froggatt’s narration was by far the best I have heard on any audiobook. Five stars are not enough.

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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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Believable ride from start to finish

This was written so well either the author was pulling from an experience in real life or really researched the heck out of it. There were so many human facets to the overall narrative that really sold me on the story.

Well done, would make an interesting mini series on TV.

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Thrilling!

The narrator really made this book come to life. loved the story (even though I guessed a big part) but there was some unexpected twists that were really enjoyable! this book was great company on my long drives,would recommend to anyone who loves thrillers!

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Gripping story....brilliant!

Gripping from beginning to end. A shocking finish...it really came together. Joanne Froggatt is amazing to listen to!

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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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  • 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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  • 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!

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Roseann
  • 2018-12-01

Twist? I don’t think so...

Although I though the book was pretty ok and the narration was pretty good. The so-called twist at the end... I call BS! It was unbelievable and not in the good way.

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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
  • ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States
  • 2018-06-29

Disappointing

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

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  • Wailuku, Maui, Hawai'i
  • 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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  • Leslie
  • 2018-06-21

Baffled

I am at a loss as to why this is Audible’s Thriller of the year. Yes, the narration was fantastic but the story line was ludicrous. The plot was so far fetched I found myself laughing out loud at the point that was meant to be full of tension.

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