Silent Child

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 09-06-17

Joanne Froggatt đź’•

I rarely find a book I really like on Audible. Narration is a huge thing. Joanne Froggatt was simple AMAZING. I loved her on Downton Abbey. That said, her telling of the story was a beyond plus.

I love Gone Girl (like most people) and Karin Slaughter and Mary Kubica (who has seemed to drop off a bit just like B.A. Paris. However, I love a suspense book. Love.

I really liked this book. It did keep me guessing and normally most books put it out there from the beginning who the bad guy is, but tell you the story surrounding it. This book did keep me thinking...but wait, it's not that person? Wait? So it is a very good book and I'm stingy in my recommendations. I get bored easily and I like twisty books.

Would I have liked the book enough to read it? Yes, but the narration was off the charts great.

I highly recommend this book if you like suspense. I've been a bit bored with my Audible picks lately thinking if I read them, I probably could finish them. Good narration keeps me hanging on and bad narration just makes me mad. How do some of these people get hired?

Book...yes. doubt. Amazing. A+++++++

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201 of 216 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Wayne on 01-27-18

Tour de force by narrator Joanne Froggatt!

Silent Child is a very, very dark psychological thriller, the kind that can cause some to have nightmares. It is certainly not for everyone. However, as I try to decide whether listening was worthwhile, I must give the author credit for writing a compelling novel. And the narrator is fantastic.

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77 of 83 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Kathy on 09-12-17

Silent Child Swept Me Away For Two Days

I found this audiobook engrossing. The author took me places I did not expect or wish to go, and she worried me that I would not be able to sustain my interest--but I certainly did.

In short, a young child, Aiden Price, age six, disappears from his school after a terrible rainstorm. Ten years later he is found wandering the woods nearby. He is reunited with his mother but apparently due to sustained trauma, refuses to speak or provide any information about his captor or where he had been for the ten years.

I don't want to give away any more information. I just want to add that if the subject interests you, get the book and set aside plenty of listening time. You have nothing to lose and lots to enjoy.

The narrator does a bang-up job portraying Aiden's mother. If you were a fan of Downton Abbey, you will recognize her voice immediately--I promise you.

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73 of 82 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Wild Wise Woman on 03-09-18

Slow building but worthwhile

NO SPOILERS! Joanne Froggatt is spectacular as a reader, and makes this sad, psychological mystery worth listening to. The writing is very good, the actions and reactions of the characters are believable up to a point, and there is a lot of thrilling stuff as it builds to a close. I think you'll keep guessing, as multiple people are implicated in various crimes - is there a single GOOD person in this sleepy village? This is a very emotional, sad story which I would not recommend to everyone, so be prepared going in.

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11 of 12 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By John M Hadland on 09-12-17


What disappointed you about Silent Child?

Most of the book was taken up by Emma's mental frailties and inability to cope with what was happening to her. Fine, but since this entire portion of the book was all done in first person (and from Emma's perspective) this aspect of the story dragged on and on like an unwelcome house guest. After about 20 chapters of Emma's whining my reaction was "enough already"!

Would you ever listen to anything by Sarah A. Denzil again?

Absolutely not.

What does Joanne Froggatt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Joanne Froggatt was pretty much the only good thing about the book.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I listened to the entire book, mainly out of curiosity about how the plot would be finally resolved. Unfortunately, the final resolution of the plot was fraught with holes ending with what seemed to me to be a highly improbable and unsatisfying resolution. In other words, no, not really.

Any additional comments?

No idea how anyone could have given high ratings to this book. Simply awful.

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100 of 119 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Donna on 09-04-17

A good one

I don't care who did whatever dastardly deed the mystery author chooses. I do care that the plot is well designed, the writing and editing tightly presented by a good reader. This quiet suspense novel is very well done.

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24 of 28 people found this review helpful

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