Silent Child

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3 out of 5 stars
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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66 of 77 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
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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25 of 31 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
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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48 of 61 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By j on 10-13-17

Draws you in and keeps you guessing.

I loved the narration by Joanne Froggatt. She made me feel like I was in the book. Gripping storyline - I didn’t want to put it down.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Wendy on 10-13-17

Brilliant story telling

Great story, with suspense and appropriate twists and turns, very well read and a satisfying ending.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Adam Taylor on 10-12-17

Froggatt for the win!

An absolutely fantastic performance by Joanne Froggat. Her portrayal of all the characters, coupled with her powerful perception of the lead character was sublime

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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