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Silent Child: Audible's Thriller of the Year Audiobook

Silent Child: Audible's Thriller of the Year

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"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

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

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    Gareth Norfolk uk 23/09/2017
    Gareth Norfolk uk 23/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Silent child"

    Absolutely amazing audiobook story just so awesome got me really hooked on it and the reader of the book was fantastic would recommend this to anyone looking for a good story to get in to

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    laraine 23/09/2017
    laraine 23/09/2017 Member Since 2015
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    Brilliant book I could not put it down I will recommend my friends to read or listen

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew London, United Kingdom 17/09/2017
    Andrew London, United Kingdom 17/09/2017 Member Since 2017

    Aspiring author and audible addict. Don't judge me by my library...

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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    madison 06/09/2017
    madison 06/09/2017
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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.

    19 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Daniela 08/09/2017
    Daniela 08/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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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!

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Somewhere between a pair of headphones. 01/09/2017
    Simon Somewhere between a pair of headphones. 01/09/2017 Member Since 2017

    A man with a child in his ears - @shutterspin

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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.

    34 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    Sabena 23/09/2017
    Sabena 23/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "amazing!!!"

    Fast paced page turner with a twist. Loved this book. Can't wait for the next one!!!!

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    Dolly 23/09/2017
    Dolly 23/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "A mother's nightmare"

    Excellent listen. Well constructed by the author. Well narrated. Begins gently and hooks you in and gathers speed towards conclusion.

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    David 23/09/2017
    David 23/09/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "riveting story"

    an intriguing story and , of course, Joanne is a brilliant narrator. Couldn't wait to finish, but didn't want to come to the end!

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    Sarah Fallon 23/09/2017
    Sarah Fallon 23/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Brilliant!!"

    Firstly Joanne is an incredible narrator! She had me with goosebumps and tears within the first chapter!
    About halfway through I thought I'd guessed 'who did it' and was so disappointed that I had... BUT I was wrong!! The twist is genius! Kudos Sarah :D x

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  • Lindsey Soliday
    26/09/17
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    "Wow!"

    Just when you think you have it all figured out - POW- Sarah Denzil throws a plot twist at you. This is brilliantly crafted and brilliantly told. Definitely worth reading/listening to!

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  • Stargay2
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    "An excellent book"

    I'm not sure if this was a true story or not but it could have been. The author is amazing, she kept me interested from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book to all who can read, I will watch for Sarah A. Denzil's books as I couldn't put this book down... and Joanne Froggatt is a absolute great narrator, and I will listen to any of her books again.

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  • Bill J.
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    "Kept me on the edge of my seat!"

    I loved how this story kept me interested with all of the twists and turns. The honesty of the characters was surprising, heartwrenching, and a breath of fresh air. Joanne Froggatt pulls everything together in great fashion.

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  • Deborah
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    "Exceptional"

    I had the best experience with this book. I enjoyed every hour. The story kept me interested throughout the book. And for once I didn't figure out the ending.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jayme McGaugh
    22/09/17
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    "great"

    very great, kept me interested. I did figure out early on who it was, but there were still a few tiny twists that were satisfying.

    the performance wasn't bad. the volume of her voice changing was sometimes a little hard on the ears, but that very well could have been my headphones (they tend to overachieve a bit)

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  • CMB4062
    Michigan, USA
    22/09/17
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    "Amazing performance"

    I have never listened to a book read by Joanne Froggatt... this is more than a listen... it's an experience! Superb narration!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Julie Gawehn
    22/09/17
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    "great story but some of the narration was annoying"

    loved the story but the main characters voice was irritating. the narration part was good but the direct character part was horrible loud and whiney

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • R Fitz
    Seattle, WA USA
    22/09/17
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    "good, but jumped the shark"

    I enjoyed the book, and it was engaging even through the end. I felt that the culpret was easy to identify fairly early, but the author did a decent job making me wonder if i was wrong. the overall conclusion was a bit much, even before the very last chapter. the final reveal/twist (not sure what to call it without giving something away) really pushed it over the edge. i went from thinking it was just a little crazy to feeling pretty let down that the last "twist" and resulting actions by the protagonist were totally implausible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ellie
    Texas
    22/09/17
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    "Triple Header"

    This was the best...story and performance I have heard in a very long time.
    I HIGHLY recommend this book. It is good on too many levels to enumerate.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Abi Kerr
    Australia
    22/09/17
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    "Loved the narration!!!!"

    Brilliant narration, good story, really enjoyed it and would recommend for a good listen. Thanks

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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