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Silent Child

(Silent Child #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  58,596 ratings  ·  3,467 reviews
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 marri
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published January 22nd 2017
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Amanda Jane Hi Carolyn, it's not as much as about the language but the horrific things that this child has been through...Just imagine what a child may go through…moreHi Carolyn, it's not as much as about the language but the horrific things that this child has been through...Just imagine what a child may go through that he becomes mute when he escapes years later.
Even as a 47 yr old I can't forget what he went through even though it is fiction.
I have two sons 16 and 19 who I do not want to expose this kind of book to and poor those images in their head.
Sorry I can't say anymore without giving away the plot
I did give it 5 stars and thought it was brilliantly done but I do read a lot of dark thrillers and horror.
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Emily May
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
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 wher
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
Ahmed  Ejaz
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: full-lengths, 2017
Buddy read with:- Abdullah, Elsa, Amna, Zarshal and Nigham.

(Spoilers are concealed. Feel free to read)

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 d
Amanda Jane
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
L A i N E Y
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
Kylie D
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books of 2017 for me.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it
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 ch ...more
Jun 07, 2020 rated it liked it
In this book we learn about a mom named Emma and her six-year-old son Aiden, who was said to have drowned in a flood. But a decade later Aiden stumbles out of the woods alive, but to traumatized to speak and raises many unanswered questions about where hes been and what happened to him. His body shows signs of some of what's happened and that's when it's discovered that Aiden never drowned, he was kidnapped. Emma wants to know the whole story and who the monster was that took him in the first pl ...more
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
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.
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Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
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Dawn G
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
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.
Shawna P.
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
My biggest problem with this book ( and there are several) is how badly it was written, not least appalling grammar. ‘ I tried to find my breath, soaked down to my bra’. What?? I did a double take! That is just one example amongst many. The book opened with the flooding of the Ouse, a frequent occurrence in these here parts. This should have been a cracking opening, pardoned the pun since the bridge does exactly that. However, it was like the literary equivalent of painting by numbers. Yawn. The ...more
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Marnie  (Enchanted Bibliophile)
2017 Reading Challenge
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
May 03, 2017 rated it liked it
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,
Rebecca McNutt
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dark, gripping and original, Silent Child isn't perfect but I still really enjoyed it, especially the realistic characters.
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
Peter Monn
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bravo! Such a great mystery and thriller! Check out my full review on my booktube channel at ...more
Mandy White
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
A fantastic book! And I highly recommend the audible version read by Joanne Froggett from Downton Abbey... amazing!
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Silent Child grabbed my attention from page one and never let go. The plot was interesting and I liked Sarah A. Denzil's writing style so I was able to finish the book rather quickly. Best of all there were some unexpected twists that I didn't see coming. It was nice reading a thriller/mystery that I didn't already have figured out by the time I got to the ending.
Mar 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Disappointing, dull, repetitive, not believable
Bill Kupersmith
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: me-emma
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 ...more
Sam (Clues and Reviews)
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For all my reviews, check out Clues and Reviews

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
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 ...more
Nicolette Molina
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
• Jodi Bibliophile •
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.
Susan (the other Susan)
Da fuk did I just read? Both stars are for length... Imagine, if you will, that two favorite novels Room and The Lovely Bones got fed into a shredder along with a pile of Harlequin romances from a yard sale, then pieced back together with scotch tape by Dan Brown's cocker spaniel. The hell, you say? Well it happened, and the result somehow became an Audible "Thriller of the Year" narrated with breathless disbelief by talented Joanne Froggatt of Downton Abbey fame. My nostalgic affection for Anna ...more
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Sarah A. Denzil is a Wall Street Journal bestselling suspense writer. She is also known as young adult author Sarah Dalton.

Sarah lives in Yorkshire with her partner, enjoying the scenic countryside and rather unpredictable weather.

She is the author of international bestselling psychological thriller SILENT CHILD, which topped the bestseller lists on Amazon in the US, UK and Australia.

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