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 her the unspeakable.
Wow, what a ride this audiobook turned out to be! I was absolutely blown away by this book because, unlike most of the titles I read these days which I have picked up on recommendation from someone, I plucked this one out of the blue in a 2-for-1 Audible promotion last year. I chose it based purely on the blurb, I had heard nothing about it, went in to it with no expectations at all and I absolutely loved it.
This is the story of Emma, a teenage mum whose small child is presumed drowned after he goes missing from school on the day of a biblical-scale flood. His traumatised mother eventually manages to pull herself together and move on with her life when, a decade later, he turns up out of the blue, so mentally scarred by his ordeal that he is mute. The rest of the story follows Emma as she tries to reconnect with her son, now a teenager, absorb him into her new life and find out what happened to him and where he has been all this time.
As a parent myself, it was only too easy to identify with Emma and her absolute despair at her child’s disappearance. I tried to imagine how I would feel, and I think the author did a truly fantastic job of portraying the range of emotions and reactions that Emma has to this unbelievable situation. It felt very authentic to me and cemented Emma as a relatable character in my mind and someone who could carry the story for me and make me suffer the ups and downs with her.
Aside from the character study and the examination of what I might do and feel in this position, this was also a totally gripping psychological thriller and, by that, I mean I was finding reasons to do things that meant I could listen to my audiobook so I could progress the story – I REALLY needed to know what was going to happen. In the end, I just sat and listened to the last hour of the book on the sofa, something I never normally do with an audiobook, they are always accompaniment to some task or other, because I just had to finish it. I went backwards and forwards as to who had done what, and who was the main suspect and, although I had suspicions, the author confounded me with what actually happened – I did not see it coming at all.
The narration of the audio version of this book is superb, Joanne Froggatt was perfect to bring Emma to life and she imbued her voice with every emotion Emma was going through. I really felt it all, and was totally hooked from beginning to end. It was one of those books where the narration actually enhances the story. A perfect synchronisation of story and performance. Wonderful stuff, worth a full Audible credit and a massive bargain for me.
Silent Child is out now in all formats and you can buy a copy here.
About the Author
Sarah A. Denzil is a British suspense writer from Derbyshire. Her books include SILENT CHILD, which has topped the kindle charts in the UK, US, and Australia. SAVING APRIL and THE BROKEN ONES are both top thirty bestsellers in the US and UK Amazon charts.
Combined, her self-published and published books, along with audiobooks and foreign translations, have sold over one million copies worldwide.
Her latest thriller ONLY DAUGHTER, published by Bookouture is released in March 2019, about a mother desperately trying to find out why her seventeen-year-old daughter died after falling into a quarry.
Sarah lives in Yorkshire with her husband, enjoying the scenic countryside and rather unpredictable weather. She loves to write moody, psychological books with plenty of twists and turns.
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