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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, 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 traumatized to speak, he raises endless questions and answers none. Only his body tells the story of his decade-long disappearance. The historic broken bones and injuries cast a mere glimpse into the horrors Aiden has experienced. Aiden never drowned. Aiden was taken. As Emma attempts to reconnect with her now teenage son, she must unmask the monster who took him away from her. But who, in their tiny village, could be capable of such a crime? It's Aiden who has the answers, but he cannot tell the unspeakable. This dark and disturbing psychological novel will appeal to fans of The Widow and The Butterfly Garden.


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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, 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 traumatized to speak, he raises endless questions and answers none. Only his body tells the story of his decade-long disappearance. The historic broken bones and injuries cast a mere glimpse into the horrors Aiden has experienced. Aiden never drowned. Aiden was taken. As Emma attempts to reconnect with her now teenage son, she must unmask the monster who took him away from her. But who, in their tiny village, could be capable of such a crime? It's Aiden who has the answers, but he cannot tell the unspeakable. This dark and disturbing psychological novel will appeal to fans of The Widow and The Butterfly Garden.

30 review for Silent Child

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emily May

    I was beginning to believe that people were capable of anything. People are multi-layered. Anyone can have a private side that verges on the dark and dangerous. Your doctor could be a sadist. Your primary school teacher could be a paedophile. Your beauty therapist could be a murderer. 2 1/2 stars. Silent Child should have and could have been a new favourite of mine. It is compelling and eerie, set where I came from in the North of England, in a quiet (and fictional) little Yorkshire town where I was beginning to believe that people were capable of anything. People are multi-layered. Anyone can have a private side that verges on the dark and dangerous. Your doctor could be a sadist. Your primary school teacher could be a paedophile. Your beauty therapist could be a murderer. 2 1/2 stars. Silent Child should have and could have been a new favourite of mine. It is compelling and eerie, set where I came from in the North of England, in a quiet (and fictional) little Yorkshire town where everyone knows everyone. The mystery interested me and the story had a very creepy vibe, which I personally liked. Too bad everything - every twist, reveal and "surprise" - was completely transparent. It is told from the perspective of Emma Price, who lost her six-year-old son, Aiden, in a flood ten years ago. When the police found his coat floating in the water, everyone assumed he had drowned. Now Emma is married to a new man, pregnant, and finally ready to move on with her life... until Aiden is found staggering out of the local woods, malnourished and mute. Where has Aiden been all these years? What kind of monster took him? These questions kept me turning the pages. I think it must be very hard to write a mystery/thriller that is both realistic and surprising. The reader is working against you - trying their hardest to solve the mystery, but disappointed if they actually succeed. You need a cast of characters large enough to offer many possibilities (because it's a total cop-out if it's a random stranger who no one cares about) and you need to weave multiple mysteries and surprises together. This is so some of them are red herrings, and also so that if the reader figures out one mystery, they can still be surprised by another. Or, alternatively, make it so even if they work out the WHO, the WHY is mind-blowing enough to save them from disappointment. This book kind of failed at all of that. One character will seem weird to most people almost immediately, so the reveals around them will probably come as no surprise. I know they didn't for me. The truth is so obvious that it is hardly even a twist, though I think we are supposed to view it as one. And anyone who pays close attention will notice some details that all point towards a certain individual - so much so that I was hoping it was a red herring. Not only is it easy to guess who is responsible here, but it is also easy to work out the whys and details. There can only be so many characters in a book, so if you suspect them all, then you're going to be right with one of them. I get that. Which is why I think the detail of the mysteries is important. There are conversations in this book that reveal all the details fairly early on. And there was that one incident with the (view spoiler)[crib (hide spoiler)] that was laughably easy to see through. It was really difficult to get past the transparency of the plot. I'm no Sherlock Holmes. In fact, I'd say I'm a fairly oblivious mystery reader most of the time; everyone else usually works it out before me. So if I can see right through this, I imagine it must be really obvious. Such a shame. It was almost a good book. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    SILENT CHILD by Sarah A. Denzil is a dark disturbing psychological tragic story of a mother, Emma Price whose little six-year-old boy, Aiden, who wandered away from school during a terrible flood and drowned. They never found the body. This was the day she lost Aiden, and the day she “lost control of her life”. “We saw Aiden in each other and it drove us both mad. I felt like half a person after I thought Aiden had drowned in the flood, and I imagine Rob, his father, felt the same. We should hav SILENT CHILD by Sarah A. Denzil is a dark disturbing psychological tragic story of a mother, Emma Price whose little six-year-old boy, Aiden, who wandered away from school during a terrible flood and drowned. They never found the body. This was the day she lost Aiden, and the day she “lost control of her life”. “We saw Aiden in each other and it drove us both mad. I felt like half a person after I thought Aiden had drowned in the flood, and I imagine Rob, his father, felt the same. We should have made each other whole by joining our broken selves together. But for whatever reason it didn’t work like that. We only reminded each other of what we had lost and eventually we had to part.” Ten years later Emma Price-Hewitt has remarried, and Jake, 10 years her senior, is her new husband and father of her baby girl soon to be born. Now for the time being she has pushed the memory of Aiden out of her mind. A new baby and a new life. But then the unspeakable happens… she receives a phone call telling her that Aiden is alive. Aiden never drowned. He was taken. At the hospital, the doctor advises Emma and Jake that Aiden has been through some emotional trauma and remains mute and in shock. “Her child has the answers, but he can’t tell her the unspeakable” Emma tries desperately to reconnect with her son. She vows to find Aiden’s kidnappers…but who can she trust? What monster would do such a thing to her son and WHY? Aiden has the answers…but will he talk? I enjoyed reading this novel narrated in the first person. I definitely sympathized with Emma and could feel her grief and hardship she went through. No mother or parents should have to experience this pain. I wanted to somehow shake Aiden and get him to speak and tell his story, but I also acknowledged the psychological trauma that Aiden had gone through. Thank you to TBC for a copy of Silent Child by Sarah A Denzil.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ahmed Ejaz

    Buddy read with:- Abdullah, Elsa, Amna, Zarshal and Nigham. (Spoilers are concealed. Feel free to read) OVERVIEW Emma has lost her six year old child, Aiden, in the flood. He appears after ten years when she has been married to Jake and she is pregnant with his child. Where Aiden had been for ten years? And how he survived? These questions would have been easy to answer only if her traumatised Aiden could speak the unspeakable. I was hooked by this book honestly. I didn't want to put it down. Buddy read with:- Abdullah, Elsa, Amna, Zarshal and Nigham. (Spoilers are concealed. Feel free to read) OVERVIEW Emma has lost her six year old child, Aiden, in the flood. He appears after ten years when she has been married to Jake and she is pregnant with his child. Where Aiden had been for ten years? And how he survived? These questions would have been easy to answer only if her traumatised Aiden could speak the unspeakable. I was hooked by this book honestly. I didn't want to put it down. But when dark things were introduced, I cringed a lot! They were horrible! Anyway, let me try to pour out my feelings about this book. => Emma. One of the characters I liked. She was determined and I liked her relationship with Aiden. (view spoiler)[=> Jake. aka jerk. I think he didn't do anything to contribute in the story. All the time the book was pointing towards him as kidnapper, but he turned out to be more evil. He was a psycho! I really didn't like him a bit. Like he always wanted to own Emma's life. He just wanted her and her alone. Even he killed her parents too. To get her alone. => Rob. He was the ex-boyfriend of Emma, Aiden's father and an army soldier. For the later I don't think he deserved to be called that. He didn't sound a bit like a soldier but rather sounded like an illiterate guy. I didn't like him. And also I didn't get a satisfactory answer of why he left Emma after the disappearance of Aiden? (hide spoiler)] => Aiden. He experienced very bad things. He didn't speak much. I liked how he began to speak and improved his mental condition. I really sympathized with him. (view spoiler)[=> There are some unanswered questions. Like: Why Aiden only obeyed Jake? How did Jake know that Aiden would begin talking soon before he died? (hide spoiler)] Overall, I liked the story. I would highly recommend this book to those who are interested in dark genre. October 9, 2017

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Jane

    A MUST READ for fans of dark psychological thrillers and suspense novels. I have never read anything by Sarah A. Denzil before but after reading Silent Child, I know this won't be my last. I am fussy when it comes to my favourite genre but this hit the spot and then some. I could tell you what this book is about but I am sure you can read the description, I prefer to tell you how absolutely awesome this book is! Yes, it truly left me in awe and it's not a book I will forget for a long time if ever A MUST READ for fans of dark psychological thrillers and suspense novels. I have never read anything by Sarah A. Denzil before but after reading Silent Child, I know this won't be my last. I am fussy when it comes to my favourite genre but this hit the spot and then some. I could tell you what this book is about but I am sure you can read the description, I prefer to tell you how absolutely awesome this book is! Yes, it truly left me in awe and it's not a book I will forget for a long time if ever. This book grabbed me from the very start and it didn't let go until the final page. I do not begrudge not getting any sleep because of of how incredible it was, it was worth every missed second of sleep. I desperately needed to know what happened next. There was plenty of original twists and turns where nothing is what it seems. The suspense was palpable and the full range of emotions I felt whilst reading this proved to me what a brilliantly talented writer Denzil is. The story was terrifyingly believable which had the hairs standing up on the back of my neck and more than once a tear to the eye. It was obvious that this was not the author's first book by her prose and her expertise in keeping the reader hooked! My favourite psychological thriller so far for 2017! Well done Sarah Denzil! You have a new fan! An easy 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A warning … this is a psychological thriller and suspense novel of a very dark nature. I would recommend it for 18+. Not for the faint-hearted.

  5. 5 out of 5

    L A i N E Y

    Audiobook rating: ★★★★ Story rating: ★ Ok, the fact that there was a mention of Downton Abbey in Silent Child was really amusing! Since the only reason I listened to this audiobook at all was because it has Joanne Froggatt (who played Anna Bates in the show) as narrator. So that nugget is something extra and earned a good chuckle during a miserable stretch of chapters. Every facade of the revelation was some implausible scenario after another. When you think about it, it’s just too much to beg to Audiobook rating: ★★★★½ Story rating: ★ Ok, the fact that there was a mention of Downton Abbey in Silent Child was really amusing! Since the only reason I listened to this audiobook at all was because it has Joanne Froggatt (who played Anna Bates in the show) as narrator. So that nugget is something extra and earned a good chuckle during a miserable stretch of chapters. Every facade of the revelation was some implausible scenario after another. When you think about it, it’s just too much to beg to be believed. I mean if the book doesn’t hold up pass 5 minuets after it ends, obviously it fails, no? Because that was how long it took for me to reach the ‘no way’ and ‘why?’ point. This is like if the whole universe, and I literally mean that, conspired against our heroine on the sole purpose of making her life a living hell. Which after spending almost 10 hours with her, I’d say it’s something she would wholeheartedly believe too! She was just that whinny and full of oh-poor-me attitude to glob that right up. Like the whole village she’s been living in her entire life, the people she see on daily basis and oh what do you know, the damn weather too! She was too naive for her age and her life experiences to feel like a real person at all to me. The fact that at the very end she actually (view spoiler)[threatened Becky with a knife to her throat but not reported her to police (hide spoiler)] just a good cherry on top of a collapsed cake for me. I will glady listen to other books Joanne Froggatt narrate though because she is such a great reader/voice performer. So at least there’s something good came out of this!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kylie D

    One of the best books of 2017 for me.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tulay

    Dark, haunting story. If you're in bad place, this isn't the book for you to read. Tense fantastic psychological suspense from the beginning. Emma lost her son ten years ago in the flood, only people she can lean on was her parents. Car accident killed them, she had nobody, completely fall apart. She fall in love with the man, who pulled her out of this dark place. They're married and she is about to have a little girl. Everything going somewhat okay but she can't stop thinking about her little b Dark, haunting story. If you're in bad place, this isn't the book for you to read. Tense fantastic psychological suspense from the beginning. Emma lost her son ten years ago in the flood, only people she can lean on was her parents. Car accident killed them, she had nobody, completely fall apart. She fall in love with the man, who pulled her out of this dark place. They're married and she is about to have a little girl. Everything going somewhat okay but she can't stop thinking about her little boy. Phone call changed everything, her son is found, but her real nightmare just just started. Make sure you have one of those cozy mysteries to read after reading this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    This book is a prime example of why a good editor is so important. While reading (struggling) through the first two thirds of the story I was forced to endure the worst "poor me" attitude by the main character, even though her son has just returned after 10 years. The author managed to create so much negativity, more so than was necessary. This was mostly portrayed by the main character's CONSTANT whining, her complete lack of concern for her unborn child and her lack of concern for everyone but This book is a prime example of why a good editor is so important. While reading (struggling) through the first two thirds of the story I was forced to endure the worst "poor me" attitude by the main character, even though her son has just returned after 10 years. The author managed to create so much negativity, more so than was necessary. This was mostly portrayed by the main character's CONSTANT whining, her complete lack of concern for her unborn child and her lack of concern for everyone but herself (and occasionally her son). I figured out the "whodunnit" secret as soon as the character was introduced. In my mind it was the only thing which made sense and made the rest of the book a solid chore to get through. I was more than ready to give this just one star but the final third of the story picked up somewhat, but I still feel very generous giving it two stars. One of my biggest issues were the spelling and grammatical errors. I found them on almost EVERY single page and some words were obviously supposed to be replaced but were not and so you had to figure out what word it was supposed to be. This was so incredibly lazy. I felt like I was reading a crappy second draft written by someone using predictive text: "cartoon of chinese food" will still remain my favourite blunder. The prose was nonexistent. Even my diary entries have more creative thought put in them. This was just overall filled with little emotion, too much whinging and not enough guessing. I strongly suggest the author finds a good editor as well. One capable of reading.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I am still pondering on my review for Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil just let me say that it was a powerful heartbreaking read, the first half was strong & was a page turner but after that I found it a bit draining, I thought the author had overdone Emma's grief it was just a bit much over the topto believe & the way Aiden was put in cotton wool (not to be touched by anyone) annoyed me, although I understand the feelings of Emma wanting to protect her child. there was a lot going on wit I am still pondering on my review for Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil just let me say that it was a powerful heartbreaking read, the first half was strong & was a page turner but after that I found it a bit draining, I thought the author had overdone Emma's grief it was just a bit much over the topto believe & the way Aiden was put in cotton wool (not to be touched by anyone) annoyed me, although I understand the feelings of Emma wanting to protect her child. there was a lot going on with the characters which I thought were plausible but again were irritating any way that is my spin on this book take it or leave it. DO NOT BELIEVE THE HYPE!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dawn G

    Very disappointing! Unfortunately everything about this book was immature to me, the characters, the dialogue and the writing style. Add to that all the spelling errors and I just couldn't give it more than two stars.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. (view spoiler)[I really liked the premise and the first half or so. But beyond that I felt like it was very predictable, and fairly unrealistic in terms of how many people were involved. What were the chances that one good friend was the kidnapper, another friend was his girlfriend and aided him, and her husband had nothing to do with the kidnapping but just happened to be a psychotic stalker? It was too much and for me it ruined it a bit. (hide spoiler)]

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marnie Krüger

    This year I'm doing a Reading Challenge; so I have 26 books with specific subjects that I need to read. Book 26:A self-published book I have started quite a few self-published books before settling on actually finishing Silent Child. My problem with self-published books is the lack of proper editing. Stupid things drives me nuts and I just quit them. One thing Sarah A. Denzil is extremely good at is suspense. She knows just what buttons so push to keep you going. Even with the lack of proper editin This year I'm doing a Reading Challenge; so I have 26 books with specific subjects that I need to read. Book 26:A self-published book I have started quite a few self-published books before settling on actually finishing Silent Child. My problem with self-published books is the lack of proper editing. Stupid things drives me nuts and I just quit them. One thing Sarah A. Denzil is extremely good at is suspense. She knows just what buttons so push to keep you going. Even with the lack of proper editing, this was the thing that got me through the book. There were still things that drove me nuts, like the repetitiveness of repetitive things. The silliness of calling someone by the wrong last name. And spoiling the plot by adding in unnecessary details, with which the book could have worked without. That being said, I think Sarah have great potential with a proper team backing her up. Her story was spellbinding and on edge. For that alone I'm adding a star. (upped my original 2star rating to 3stars) Self-Published Thriller 'Silent Child' Created Noise

  13. 4 out of 5

    Malia

    Though this was not as exciting as I expected, it was a pretty solid mystery. It's quite atmospheric and the main character is well sketched out. However, I did guess the resolution about half-way through, hence the three stars. To me, the villain always seemed so obvious I kept thinking there had to be another answer, but no, I was right, though I didn't want to be. Overall, not a bad book, but nowhere near as gripping as I had expected. Find more reviews and bookish fun at http://www.princessan Though this was not as exciting as I expected, it was a pretty solid mystery. It's quite atmospheric and the main character is well sketched out. However, I did guess the resolution about half-way through, hence the three stars. To me, the villain always seemed so obvious I kept thinking there had to be another answer, but no, I was right, though I didn't want to be. Overall, not a bad book, but nowhere near as gripping as I had expected. Find more reviews and bookish fun at http://www.princessandpen.com

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nazanin

    3.5 Predictable Stars In a rainy day, Emma had a call from Aiden’s school (her six-year-old boy) to get him from school but when she went to school they said he slipped away. Apparently, he was curios about the rain so he has left the school! On that day, when I lost Aiden, I lost all control of my life, and with him gone, I would never get it back. After some searches and proof, it turned out that he was dead. Ten years after his death, Emma is married and pregnant. They say that time is a healer, 3.5 Predictable Stars In a rainy day, Emma had a call from Aiden’s school (her six-year-old boy) to get him from school but when she went to school they said he slipped away. Apparently, he was curios about the rain so he has left the school! On that day, when I lost Aiden, I lost all control of my life, and with him gone, I would never get it back. After some searches and proof, it turned out that he was dead. Ten years after his death, Emma is married and pregnant. They say that time is a healer, but I never believed them. I considered myself irrevocably broken after the flood. But it seemed that at last, those pieces were binding together. Or so I thought. And now after ten years a miracle happens. They found Aiden, alive! But he has been through some trauma, he is in shock and he is mute. He was an energetic boy but now he is in complete silence! I buried you, I thought, with my gaze holding my son’s. In my heart I put you to rest. Can you ever forgive me? They want to know where he’s been for the last ten years and who he’s been with! What did they want from him? What’s happened to him? So what do you think? Aiden had been born. He had existed. He was still here. And he had a story deep down inside that deserved to be heard and processed by his mother. Well, it was a little predictable for me and a little unrealistic. Most of the characters involved. I mean when you met with them you knew something was off about them and they were into something! The first 60% of the story was really slow and after that it got better. It wasn’t horrible but it wasn’t really amazing either. But at some point I enjoyed it but not as much as I expected! The story is told from Emma’s POV, 1st person. But we have one chapter from Aiden’s POV and that was really painful. I hope you enjoy this story so much!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shawna P.

    Has the plot of a missing child been done? Yes. Has the plot of said child coming back into the parents lives been done? Yes. Has it ever been written so beautifully. Probably not. I was intrigued by the synopsis of this book after reading, This dark and disturbing psychological novel will appeal to fans of The Widow and The Butterfly Garden. Now assuming the blurb was mentioning THIS Butterfly Garden ( The Butterfly Garden ) I had to read it. Emma was a young mom when she faced seeing her son's Has the plot of a missing child been done? Yes. Has the plot of said child coming back into the parents lives been done? Yes. Has it ever been written so beautifully. Probably not. I was intrigued by the synopsis of this book after reading, This dark and disturbing psychological novel will appeal to fans of The Widow and The Butterfly Garden. Now assuming the blurb was mentioning THIS Butterfly Garden ( The Butterfly Garden ) I had to read it. Emma was a young mom when she faced seeing her son's coat dragged out of the river after a flood. She lost her son, her ex, and everything else. Ten years later Emma is ready to pop with a new baby. All is going swimmingly well until the police make the call. Aiden is alive. Now 16 years old, Aiden has suffered a traumatic decade that has rendered him mute. Emma, along with Aiden's father Rob, and her husband Jake, work to unlock the boys secrets. Who took Aiden all those years ago? This book had me questioning EVERYONE...even that unborn baby girl. About 60% of the way I figured out where it was going. Then came a twist. And then another twist. I forgot to eat dinner...and pee....and basically breathe during the last chapters waiting to see if Aiden would talk and divulge what happened to him. I read a lot of psychological thrillers and honestly, most go on to be just a book I read. The ones I remember and haunt me are ones that automatically go on my favorites. Just like The Butterfly Garden, this took a harrowing and sometimes overdone plot, and made it into a beautifully written novel. I can't wait to read more from this author!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    It's been ten years since Emma's young son Aiden disappeared during a flood. She's since married and is pregnant with her husband, Jake's, child. She was forced to declare Aiden dead because she needed closure. Then, out of nowhere, Aiden wanders out of the woods. Someone must have taken him, only Aiden is to traumatized to say what happened. Emma struggles to try and find out who took her son, but suspicion and paranoia soon take over. The plot was a tad predictable, but I was still on the edge It's been ten years since Emma's young son Aiden disappeared during a flood. She's since married and is pregnant with her husband, Jake's, child. She was forced to declare Aiden dead because she needed closure. Then, out of nowhere, Aiden wanders out of the woods. Someone must have taken him, only Aiden is to traumatized to say what happened. Emma struggles to try and find out who took her son, but suspicion and paranoia soon take over. The plot was a tad predictable, but I was still on the edge of my seat the whole time and it wrapped up with a happy ending.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sushi (寿司)

    Se ve lo consiglio? Assolutamente no. È della Newton Compton e sta spesso a 99 cent me comprateci altro. Risparmiateli. Due stelle di voto e credetemi sono molto generosa in questi caso. Mi vorrebbe da dare uno che equivale a carta igienica dal mio punto di vista. Ma quel voto non lo do mai.

  18. 5 out of 5

    BookOfCinz

    Do Not Believe The Hype. I held off on reviewing this book because I didn't want to be angry and write a review I didn't feel good about. Two days later I am still peeved at the time I spent reading this. I know it takes a lot to write novel, I know it is hard work but I just did not like this and with all the hype around it, everything fell flat for me. The characters were one dimensional, predictable and borderline clichés. The plot was entirely predictable and idiot proof to say the least. T Do Not Believe The Hype. I held off on reviewing this book because I didn't want to be angry and write a review I didn't feel good about. Two days later I am still peeved at the time I spent reading this. I know it takes a lot to write novel, I know it is hard work but I just did not like this and with all the hype around it, everything fell flat for me. The characters were one dimensional, predictable and borderline clichés. The plot was entirely predictable and idiot proof to say the least. There are certain revelations that I honestly felt was common sense. How do you not know exactly where your husband is at every Tuesdays and Thursdays for the last three years? How blindly trusting do you have to be? This is the thing, when a book gets high ratings and keeps showing up on my timeline I expect a lot and I was very disappointed. Last, as on Reviewer puts it, a lot of the scenes in the book were ridiculous, here you have a fully pregnant woman fighting off her attacker and going through the most stressful pregnancy. Why was she even pregnant to begin with? That added nothing to the overall story/plot progression. A lot of things didn't make sense for me and I cant say I care enough to make sense of it all.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Peter Monn

    Bravo! Such a great mystery and thriller! Check out my full review on my booktube channel at http://youtube.com/peterlikesbooks

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bill Kupersmith

    It’s hardly untempting to agree with the reader who objected she didn’t want stories about children being abused. I’d not want them either. Abuse of children & domestic violence are two of my triggers. But that is not what this story is about, tho’ what happened to Aiden & who might have been responsible is never out of our minds. While child abuse is something no decent person could enjoy watching, as Aristotle explained long ago, we are pleased by artistic representations of actions we It’s hardly untempting to agree with the reader who objected she didn’t want stories about children being abused. I’d not want them either. Abuse of children & domestic violence are two of my triggers. But that is not what this story is about, tho’ what happened to Aiden & who might have been responsible is never out of our minds. While child abuse is something no decent person could enjoy watching, as Aristotle explained long ago, we are pleased by artistic representations of actions we’d abhor in real life. Here the artistic representation is not of child abuse. The focus rather is on the boy’s mum Emma, who gave birth to Aiden when she was a teenager, was estranged from the boy’s father, & is now pregnant with a dtr by her current husband Jake. Ten years ago the 6 y/o Aiden vanished from his primary school & was believed drowned in the Ouse; now he’s found wandering in the woods, undersized, malnourished, & clearly a victim of sexual & other physical mistreatment, but incapable or unwilling to speak a word of his ordeal or anything else. The press descend on Emma, & when she doesn’t co-operate with them, portray her using old social media posts as a slapper & a drunk & a thoroughly unfit mum. Emma also faces a very tense relationship with the boy’s natural father - now an officer RN - as well as his mother who is eager to play the intrusive gran - & her current husband Jake, who seems both to overdo & to resent the role of step-father to Aiden as well as doting on his unborn dtr whom Emma is on the verge of delivering. Why should we enjoy artistic portrayals of extreme situations? By vicariously sharing every parent’s nightmare, we are relieved of some of our worst fears. Aristotle called that feeling of relief ‘catharsis’. I found the denouement a little too complex with too many villains to be quite believable in real life. But whilst a bit overtopped, the author’s skill in making so many plot elements & characters combine was admirable. The pleasure in a good ‘reveal’ lies in seeing all the parts join together harmoniously & here they do. I was also attracted to Silent Child from extraneous impulses. The book is apparently self-published, one of those Amazon two-quid specials that Kindle Unlimited members read for free. And as I’m frankly considering going the self-publishing route myself, I wanted to find out if the lack of support a trade publisher should provide detracts from Sarah Denzil’s artistry. I’m sure it doesn’t, except that Silent Child is nearly 100 pages longer than I expect most trade publishers regard as appropriate for “genre fiction.” Tho’ Silent Child sagged a bit in the middle, I’d not have wanted any cuts were I the editor. We need to experience Emma’s stress & grief fully, especially with the vampire tabloid press. Best portrayal of media feeding frenzy since Alex Marwood’s The Wicked Girls.The pictures from old social media posts they printed were perfectly genuine - their stories were ‘sourced’ (including from a frenemy of Emma’s). But the tale they told of an alcoholic, uncaring & slaggish mum was totally false. Made me reflect.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tania

    3.5 stars. As I’ve mentioned before, 2017 has been my year of reading more mystery titles, and this book has been one of my favorites – very much unexpectedly so! I must start by saying that I listened to this on audible, and the narrator – Joanne Froggatt – was amazing. It really felt like she was living, and not reading, the story. I liked that the story is not about dealing with the abduction of a child, but rather on what happens when a son presumed dead returns ten years later. Apparently I 3.5 stars. As I’ve mentioned before, 2017 has been my year of reading more mystery titles, and this book has been one of my favorites – very much unexpectedly so! I must start by saying that I listened to this on audible, and the narrator – Joanne Froggatt – was amazing. It really felt like she was living, and not reading, the story. I liked that the story is not about dealing with the abduction of a child, but rather on what happens when a son presumed dead returns ten years later. Apparently I was one of the few people who could not guess the kidnapper straight off, but I thought the author was brilliant with her red herrings. My first guess probably a quarter way into the book was correct, but then she would show something new and I would very much doubt my initial suspicions. The only reason this does not get more stars is that I thought the ending was a bit far-fetched, and that it could have been toned down to a much more believable wrap-up. (view spoiler)[How many psychopaths can one little English town have? (hide spoiler)]

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Disappointing, dull, repetitive, not believable

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nicolette Molina

    Loved this read This book started with a bang. There was consistent mystery, thrill and the 'who done it ' factor. I couldn't put it down! I finished this book in about a day. Now at some point the constant description of adrenaline would have me pumped as well and I needed a break but that would be my only complaint.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White

    A fantastic book! And I highly recommend the audible version read by Joanne Froggett from Downton Abbey... amazing!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sam (Clues and Reviews)

    For all my reviews, check out Clues and Reviews www.cluesandreviews.wordpress.com As soon as I saw the synopsis for this one on the TBC, I knew I HAD to read it. Emma, a young mother, is devastated when her son drowns during a terrible flood. His body is never recovered and Emma is consumed with grief. Ten years later, Emma has adjusted to a new life; she is married, pregnant and feels at peace. Until, suddenly, Aidan returns. He cannot speak, he cannot tell anyone where he has been for the past t For all my reviews, check out Clues and Reviews www.cluesandreviews.wordpress.com As soon as I saw the synopsis for this one on the TBC, I knew I HAD to read it. Emma, a young mother, is devastated when her son drowns during a terrible flood. His body is never recovered and Emma is consumed with grief. Ten years later, Emma has adjusted to a new life; she is married, pregnant and feels at peace. Until, suddenly, Aidan returns. He cannot speak, he cannot tell anyone where he has been for the past ten years; his body tells a story of abuse. Emma, her life turned upside down, begins to try and reconnect with her teenage son and uncover the truth surrounding his disappearance. I started this novel in the midst of a book slump. Turns out the cure for such a slump is this book! Silent Child, by Sarah A. Denzil, was a wild ride. Dark, unsettling and fast-paced, this novel gets under your skin and settles there. I was completely consumed by the story. I was unable to put this one down. The novel opens, reliving the disappearance of Aidan. Even though I knew this was going to happen, my heart ached and I spent the first section cringing as I watched the devastation unfold on the pages. I didn’t read this story. I felt this story. The rest of the novel unfolds and is narrated, for the most part, by grief-stricken Emma as she grieves for the son that she lost and then the lost years she could have had when Aidan turns up. Emma leads the reader on a journey filled with twists and red herrings; her narration jumps around as she frantically searches for answers. Denzil does a brilliant job at portraying the ferocity of a mother’s love and the desperation of loss. I also loved the characterization of the secondary characters; from the new husband to Emma’s lost love and Aidan’s father, Denzil leaves no stone unturned. I felt like each character added such depth to the plot and I was hesitant to trust anyone. Well-written and suspenseful, I felt like this one read like a dark version of Emma Donoghue’s Room. Fans of the psychological thriller genre will be completely sucked into this story.

  26. 4 out of 5

    J o d i B i b l i o p h i l e ♥

    LOVED, LOVED, LOVED IT!!! Kept me on the edge of my seat throughout and left me dying to know what will happen next. Some great twists and turns that had me shouting 'OH MY GOD!!!'. It would make one hell of a movie that's for sure.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    Dark, gripping and original, Silent Child isn't perfect but I still really enjoyed it, especially the realistic characters.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mouzhan

    انگيزه ي اصلي متهم رو نفهميدم ولي بعد اون ديگه نميتونم اعتماد كنم به كسي!فقط همينو ميدونم!وحشتناك بود!عالي بود!فكر ميكردم زني در كابين ده واين كتاب شايد اغراق داشته باشن ولي باورم داره ميشه كه ادما واقعا ميتونن در لحظه براي نجات جونشون غير قابل باورترين كارا رو بكنن

  29. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Robertson

    I had seen some reviews for this over on TBConFB and was intrigued enough to download a sample to my Kindle. As soon as I finished the sample, I bought the whole book straight away so I could continue reading it. I have a TBR pile to rival Ben Nevis but this book just grabbed me by the throat and wouldn’t let go! Honestly, I  could not put it down! I made tea whilst reading this book. I fed the dog whilst reading this book. I put my make up on whilst reading this book. I went for a wee whilst re I had seen some reviews for this over on TBConFB and was intrigued enough to download a sample to my Kindle. As soon as I finished the sample, I bought the whole book straight away so I could continue reading it. I have a TBR pile to rival Ben Nevis but this book just grabbed me by the throat and wouldn’t let go! Honestly, I  could not put it down! I made tea whilst reading this book. I fed the dog whilst reading this book. I put my make up on whilst reading this book. I went for a wee whilst reading this book. I ignored my family whilst reading this book! And I’m not even sure if I can explain why? But there is just  something about this book that makes it become the most important part of your life while you are reading it! And it can be a tough read at times due to nature of the crime involved but you still won’t be able to put it down. This book plays on every parents nightmare about their child going missing. Recently there have been a spate of real life cases where missing children have turned up many years later and here the author has Aiden reappear 10 years after he is thought drowned in local floods. It becomes clear very quickly that he has suffered a terrible ordeal for all those years away from his family. My heart broke for Emma, his mother, who was unable to help her child overcome the dreadful physical and emotional abuse that he had suffered. I felt her helplessness like it was an actual pain, so distressing did I find the pressure on her to remain constantly strong and in control for her son, especially as she was also expecting a new baby with her husband Jake. But her determination was never far from the surface as her powerful maternal instincts kicked in. And it was great to see a character who wasn’t a “perfect mum” but one who felt free to make her parenting decisions on what she felt comfortable with and not what others expected from her. There are twists and turns galore here, some I saw coming and others provoking a few jaw dropping moments but that didn’t seem to matter as much as the pure rollercoaster of emotions I rode whilst I hastily sped through the pages towards the end. I find myself very quickly involved in the life’s of all the characters here and every single one I was introduced to became a suspect. This isn’t a graphic book but what happened to Aidan is very distressing and as a parent it was difficult reading at times but still utterly compelling. Sarah Denzil is not an author I had heard of before but now I have made a point of searching out her other books written under this name. She shows a huge understanding of mental health issues and has transferrd her knowledge into a highly engrossing suspense that I have absolutely loved reading. You will never trust anyone again once you realise how many masks the people around us are hiding behind. And yes this could have done with a final proofread (always happy to oblige!) as there were a few typo’s but, you know what, I DON’T CARE! Sarah A Denzil has created a  corker of a bestseller here-heartbreaking and chillingly gripping from page one and I just loved it. A contender for my favourite book of the year so far. Highly recommended by me!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This is one of those novels which should in theory live up to the hype. With a decent plot synopsis and many favourable reviews, this had all the makings of a good mystery thriller. Unfortunately I found the characters one dimensional, the dialogue too obvious and the writing felt forced. The first half of the novel surpasses the second in terms of page turning. I enjoyed the discovery of Aiden following his ten years of captivity at the hands of a psychotic unknown predator. But the parts that f This is one of those novels which should in theory live up to the hype. With a decent plot synopsis and many favourable reviews, this had all the makings of a good mystery thriller. Unfortunately I found the characters one dimensional, the dialogue too obvious and the writing felt forced. The first half of the novel surpasses the second in terms of page turning. I enjoyed the discovery of Aiden following his ten years of captivity at the hands of a psychotic unknown predator. But the parts that followed felt too unpredictable and I had guessed much of what happened long before it actually did. Additionally, the idea of a woman in labour hunting down her sons kidnapper is beyond preposterous. If only the writing continued as it did in the first half of the book this could have been a much better story.

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