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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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disappointing, thin storyline

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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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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

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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pure soap opera material

Just cheap twists and thrills. gratuitous physiological torture. A look into other people's misery. A page turner but an empty experience.

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Fantastic

This was only a relatively short book but was thoroughly enjoyable. Quite a few twists. Overall a fantastic listen.

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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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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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great read

At times this was hard to put down. good narrator. worth the money. highly recommend

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fantastic reader, poor read

Reads like a cheap short story, nothing compared to Silent Child. Would not recommend as a follow up

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  • Heather Byrne
  • 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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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?!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Leticia
  • 14-06-18

Slow.. but ok

It was a ok book. I listened to 3 others I between. Story line was sort of slow and typical. Didn’t turn out the way I though so I’ll give it 3 stars

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  • Philo-sophia
  • 30-11-17

A Good Read

If you could sum up Saving April in three words, what would they be?

Lack of suspense

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Nothing. Difficult to react when there wasn't much of a story to begin with.

What about Sophie McShera’s performance did you like?

Very good. Sophie embodied each character and gave them a voice.

Any additional comments?

The story follows two women, Hannah and Laura. Laura is an over-worked stressed mom, worried her family is falling apart. Hannah is a recluse struggling with anxiety caused by a tragedy she unfortunately (partly caused). The story is also about a young girl named April, who is implied to be suffering some abuse at the hands of her father (Matt) and mother (Laura). Hannah witnesses things in the Mason household across the street and she fears April is in danger.

There is nothing suspenseful about this book. No surprises or Ah huh! moment. Be that as it may, it was still a pretty decent book. Mainly, because of Laura and Hannah. We follow these two women as they struggle through their issues and they emerge stronger because of it.

One thing that confuses me, is there are snippets of stories of abuse. The unnamed girl (one assumes is April) is worried her drunk father is going to come through the door and then she'll get it. She'll get it like she has in the past. What was the point of this? When you read you'll understand as well.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful