Silent Child: Audible's Thriller of the Year

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By madison on 09-06-17


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.

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52 of 59 people found this review helpful

By G3org3 on 09-09-17


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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13 of 15 people found this review helpful

By Jill on 09-17-17


I found the idea behind this book to be very ambitious. No matter how much background reading you do, to place yourself in the woman who this has actually happened to is a tough call. Sometimes the author succeeded extremely well, other times the weird phrasing grated a little. The time-frame is also rather rushed - seeing her son putting on weight or expecting him to speak within a week doesn't seem very realistic considering the trauma he is supposed to have been through.

The idea is a good one, and Sarah had a good crack at it. It just didn't work for me sometimes, that's all.

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11 of 13 people found this review helpful

By Amazon Customer on 10-09-17

How this is Audibles thriller of the year I will never know!

I found this book so tedious I actually had to give up on it which is something I hate to do. I got 2/3s in before throwing in the towel because the whole book is the main character moaning and repeating herself endlessly. If you want a book that is exciting with twists and turns, a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat, a book you can't put down...look elsewhere.

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14 of 17 people found this review helpful

By Simon on 09-01-17

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.

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By Daniela on 09-08-17

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!

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