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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 (383 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)

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!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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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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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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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Kat1983
  • 2018-10-28

couldn't wait for it to end

I started kind of good, but then the middle was lengthy. I did not like the main character been so helpless for most of it. Then out of nowhere at the end just dominate.

I listened all the way to the end because it felt more of a task, not because I was excited to listen.

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  • Laura
  • 2018-03-24

"get to the point!"

the main character screams at one point and I laughed out loud. Yeah, get to the point. You spent 40+ chapters walking through every other possible thought that could have ever happened ever and allotted 1 chapter to what actually happened to Aidan. One. seriously?
The story is very interesting but you will quickly learn where you can fast forward and not miss a thing

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  • Tina
  • STL, MO, United States
  • 2018-10-07

Not that good (spoiler alert)

I don't mind implausible fiction when it's really well done, but this book asks the reader/listener to assume that approx. 60% of humans would fall under the category of either intentionally hurting an innocent child or helping someone that intentionally hurts children or blaming the mother when a well-cared for child is kidnapped straight from their school. Basically, when the plot wasn't being predictable, it was just too far-fetched.

However, it wasn't completely horrible; the author is good with description. Also, after I got about half way through, instead of simply quitting, I skipped to hear the last 30 minutes because I wanted to know the end. If it was all that bad, then I wouldn't have cared about the characters enough to be bothered to find out the conclusion. Also, the narrator was spot on.

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  • Claire
  • 2018-09-21

Clumsy and repetitive

The most shocking thing about this book is how many 4 and 5 star reviews it has. It became a chore to listen to. There was too much of the inner monologue of the main character and not enough of the author creating mystery and uncertainty and suspense. And it's capped off by a convenient confession by one of the villains. The narrator did a good job with the material she was given.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful