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Summary

A new family moves in over the road. The new family is acting strange. This new family has some secrets.

From the author of Audible's Thriller of the Year, Silent Child, comes another psychological thriller to keep you guessing until the very end. Performed by Sophie McShera, (Daisy Mason, Downton Abbey), enter the world of a family broken by lies, a woman traumatised by a dark past, and a child caught in the crossfire.

©2017 Sarah A. Denzil (P)2017 Audible Ltd

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A superb short story

Really enjoyed, and like her Silent Child novel, the story flow was engaging. This might sound like a criticism but truly isn't meant as such, wish I'd listened before I heard Silent Child, which had more depth. If you enjoyed Silent Child, you'll like this, If you haven't got round to silent Child perhaps hear this first.

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In Silent Child's Shadow

In an attempt to build on the success of the highly-publicised Silent Child Audible have quickly moved to release one of Sarah Denzil's earlier novels with Saving April. It is an enjoyable enough listen and Sophie McShera does a really decent job of injecting life into it.

If you want more of Sarah Denzil then it is worth a shot. You'll get a tidy domestic drama albeit one populated by rather weak characters and with a key twist that I think most people will have guessed well before the end. However, it is overshadowed in every way by Silent Child which is a significantly bigger and better book.

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Saving April

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, gripping story with surprising twists. Looking forward to a other story of Sarah Dezil.

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decent quick listen

interesting enough story with good writing and great performance. it's a shorter story and it benefits from not being stretched further than it is. characters are believable and although you know something is wrong you can't quite put your finger on everything straight away.
the story has enough freshness to it, that even though Hannah's backstory seems overly familiar as a plot device (questionable, traumatised, drunk witness) you don't feel bored by the overall book.
would definitely read other books by the author. slightly reminds me of works by Mary Higgins Clark - a shorter thriller, somewhat familiar but yet unique enough to make for a great book

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disappointing, thin storyline

poor story, only 2 or 3 interesting chapters, should be a short story not novel

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Saving April

Not a good read. The voice of the reader was not clear enough, and the story was not very interesting

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Disappointing

After waiting for this audio book to be realised, having started listening I am disappointed .. back it goes

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Great story

Great story line , kept me on the edge at all times
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Not bad but quite a stange story, I got quite confused, It had very sad bits, just so not what I expected.

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Good little thriller

I liked this - although the main character was a little frustrating at first. Also they wouldn’t question a child about abuse whilst the potential abusers were right there. Still it was a good listen and the last hour and a half was really pacey!

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  • Alicia H.
  • 10-11-17

Gripping!!

This is the 2nd audiobook I listen to with a gripping story written by Sarah Denzil. Sophie McShera (known as Daisy from "Downton Abbey") did an excellent job narrating. I spent a good portion trying to figure things out. I don't mean that negatively. It becomes apparent early on that these women have secrets! I found myself feeling compassion for certain characters and then anger towards other characters. And then, what I love about any good book, just when I thought I had everyone and everything figured out......I discover that I was wrong! Who doesn't love a good book with an unexpected twist?!

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  • Dr Dina
  • 03-11-17

Fantastic! Well worth the listen.

Sophie McShera does an incredible job and the story pulls you right in. Taut and suspenseful all the way through.

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  • Sandra C. Drapac
  • 13-04-18

Not Great

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Very dragging and kind of boring. I began to hear blah blah blah. Maybe more characters would have helped. End kind of predictable.

Would you ever listen to anything by Sarah A. Denzil again?

I have. Better.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Sophie McShera?

Yes

What character would you cut from Saving April?

Nosy neighbor

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  • bettysweet76
  • 26-03-18

Not a Great Story

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

After listening to The Silent Child I was looking forward to Saving April. What a disappointment. It wasn't as exciting, or even as interesting. It was pretty easy to figure out the plot and to guess what the ending was going to be.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I'm not the writer. I was going by the other book she had written and expected the same enjoyable suspense and surprises.

Did Saving April inspire you to do anything?

Not to read any more of the author's books

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  • Catherine
  • 30-01-18

Pass

What would have made Saving April better?

More of an original story line. I listened to another story recently about a woman watching across the street and the teenager was the bad guy - big surprise.

Would you ever listen to anything by Sarah A. Denzil again?

No

Have you listened to any of Sophie McShera’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no - but enjoyed the narrator

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Saving April?

no comment

Any additional comments?

no

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  • McMo702
  • 22-08-19

Like Sophie McShea but...

Sadly, the lovely Sophie McShea's (DOWNTON ABBEY), narration was not my cup of tea. I couldn't even get through the first quarter of the book. I'll have to read the paperback.

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  • Nicole Mortenson
  • 17-06-19

Yes!!!

ANOTHER GREAT ONE FROM SARAH! Yesss!!! I get sooo excited reading this woman's books!.... Love them....

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  • Christalpistol
  • 10-06-19

Page turner!

This book is totally binge worthy! I bought both kindle and audible versions but ended up listening to the whole book in one night. I loved Denzils book The Silent Child and it was so great. JoAnne Frogatt narrated that one so well. If you haven’t read that one and you liked this you would love Child. Denzil has an amazing gift at drawing the reader in from the first words. You get a kind on foreboding even though it starts off rather innocuous. The only drawback was the narrator didn’t differentiate between voices of characters. And if she did it was so minor that I couldn’t tell. It made it difficult to follow the story initially. You are in three women characters head, the main character a near agoraphobic Hannah, new neighbors mom Laura and daughter April. I was really confused at first because she would just go straight into the other characters without any change. I had to go back a few times and relisten. But other than that it was great 👍🏻

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  • TiffanyD
  • 01-05-19

Better pacing than Woman in the Window

A lot of the plot of the blockbuster "The Woman in the Window" seems to have been heavily borrowed from this novel. Having listened to both, I can say that I found this one to be a better paced story. Neither is going to win the Booker prize for literary fiction but this one grabbed me right away and kept me interested.

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  • P. Dombroski
  • 17-04-19

keeps you guessing

Another good book from this author. The narrator is wonderful. I will get more from this author