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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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    Lesley 16/09/2017
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    "Disappointing"

    Following the publicity I had great hopes for this book but abandoned it after chapter 3. The story might indeed have become compelling but I could no longer listen to the narration. I loved Joanne Froggatt in Downton Abbey but, as an audio book narrator I found her voice flat and uninteresting and a little too fast. Sorry!

    6 of 6 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!

    12 of 14 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.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. C. Partridge 09/09/2017
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    "Fantastic"

    I could not take my ear phones off! I was hooked from the moment it started. Brilliantly read, the suspense & the depth of feelings conveyed. One of the best I've listened to.

    12 of 15 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.

    31 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom 14/09/2017
    Janet Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom 14/09/2017 Member Since 2010
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    "REALLY STRUGGLING"

    I really am not sure about this hyped up book .. its slow so far, so am hoping for some sort of miracle to make me want to continue listening. Joanne Froggatt is completely the wrong person to narrate this - I think she should have stuck to being 'Anna' . .
    So far, all can say is..this is SO dreary . .

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Molly 02/09/2017
    Molly 02/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "narrator too whispery"

    I cannot easily listen to this narrator. she drops her voice too often and I was constantly turning the volume up and down. very disappointing :( did not get past chapter two. book refunded

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    NormaDeee 14/09/2017
    NormaDeee 14/09/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow!"

    Excellent thriller with a difference! Well written and well read! My first Sarah Denzil book! Won't be my last!

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    Angela 11/09/2017
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    "Disappointed"

    Book started of exciting and mysterious but felt there was too much going on in the last few chapters! Storyline wasn't believable!

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    G3org3 09/09/2017
    G3org3 09/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Predictable"

    Story okay though I had guessed whodunit relatively early, although not entirely correct. I found that the main character started irritating me about halfway through and I started hoping she'd accidentally fall down a flight of steep stairs whilst holding a pair of scissors and chewing on a chunk of beef.
    Joanne Froggatt does a great job and I take my hat off to her for injecting some life into an otherwise two-dimensional character.

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  • CMB4062
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    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!

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  • Julie Gawehn
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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

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  • R Fitz
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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.

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  • Ellie
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    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.

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  • Abi Kerr
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    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 1 people found this review helpful
  • love to read
    21/09/17
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    "Wow"

    I don't normally write reviews but this was absolutely the best book of the year for me! The caricatures to the readers is fantastic. I truly wish more would grip me as much as this one did. Awesome!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kerianne E.
    21/09/17
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    "Good in-between-books book"

    I had no idea what to listen to next and chose this one based on star ratings and amount of reviewers. It was a good book to fill the space with after a string of comedies I had listened to.

    Very early on in this book, in the first few chapters, I suspected something about a character and I was half right. There is also a twist of sorts that I didn't guess at all. It wasn't gripping exactly, but I did want to know whodunit. If you're into these types of stories - "psychological thrillers" - then it will at least have you wanting to know what happens next.

    The narrator did a really great job emoting for each character and making you really feel the frustrations of the characters. Though I believe the volume/mix could have been better uniformed so that when she yelled it wasn't so loud that I had to turn it down and when she whispered it wasn't so quiet I had to turn it up.

    My only real critiques of this book are that there is a character in the end that (I think) deserved WAY worse and it was frustrating to not see better justice done, and the story itself could have been a tad stronger. Wish I understood what is making me feel that way but I'm not sure, so maybe take that with a grain of salt. But like I said, the author did have me wanting to know how it ended and I did look forward to driving so I could finish it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tiana
    19/09/17
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    "great twist"

    you never truly know someone...thats the scary part. who do you trust with your child? worth the money

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A.
    Merritt Island, FL, United States
    19/09/17
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    "incredible mystery"

    incredible mystery . so many sick minds in this world. it's a scary thought that such minds can think of such evil.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    19/09/17
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    "The denouement was so obvious "
    Would you try another book from Sarah A. Denzil and/or Joanne Froggatt?

    I don't think so


    What could Sarah A. Denzil have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The characters and plotting were stereotypical. The perpetrator was signaled very early on and the narrator's voice became self-absorbed and irritating


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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