Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil

Silent Child

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 trauma...

Details Silent Child

TitleSilent Child
Release DateJan 22nd, 2017
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Crime

Reviews Silent Child

  • Emily May
    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 q...
  • Sue
    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...
  • Ahmed Ejaz
    Buddy read with:- Abdullah, Elsa, Amna, Zarshal and Nigham. (Spoilers are concealed. Feel free to read) OVERVIEW 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 t...
  • Amanda Jane
    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'...
  • L A i N E Y
    Audiobook rating: ★★★★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 ano...
  • Tulay
    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 o...
  • Jasmine
    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 unb...
  • Lisa
    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 prote...
  • Dawn G
    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.
  • Jen
    (view spoiler)[I really liked the premise and the first half or so. But beyond that I felt like it was very predictable, and fairly unrealistic in terms of how many people were involved. What were the chances that one good friend was the kidnapper, another friend was his girlfriend and aided him, and her husband had nothing to do with the kidnapping but just happened to be a psychotic stalker? It was too much and for me it ruined it a bit. (hide ...
  • Marnie Krüger
    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 bookI 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 k...
  • Malia
    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.Find mor...
  • Nazanin
    3.5 Predictable StarsIn 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 m...
  • Shawna P.
    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. Em...
  • Samantha
    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 ...
  • Sushi (寿司)
    Se ve lo consiglio? Assolutamente no.È della Newton Compton e sta spesso a 99 cent me comprateci altro. Risparmiateli.Due stelle di voto e credetemi sono molto generosa in questi caso. Mi vorrebbe da dare uno che equivale a carta igienica dal mio punto di vista. Ma quel voto non lo do mai.
  • Peter Monn
    Bravo! Such a great mystery and thriller! Check out my full review on my booktube channel at
  • Bill Kupersmith
    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...
  • BookOfCinz
    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 entire...
  • Tania
    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...
  • Sue
    Disappointing, dull, repetitive, not believable
  • Nicolette Molina
    Loved this readThis 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.
  • Mandy White
    A fantastic book! And I highly recommend the audible version read by Joanne Froggett from Downton Abbey... amazing!
  • Sam (Clues and Reviews)
    For all my reviews, check out Clues and Reviewswww.cluesandreviews.wordpress.comAs 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 c...
  • 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.
  • Rebecca McNutt
    Dark, gripping and original, Silent Child isn't perfect but I still really enjoyed it, especially the realistic characters.
  • Joanne Robertson
    I had seen some reviews for this over on TBConFB and was intrigued enough to download a sample to my Kindle. As soon as I finished the sample, I bought the whole book straight away so I could continue reading it. I have a TBR pile to rival Ben Nevis but this book just grabbed me by the throat and wouldn’t let go! Honestly, I  could not put it down! I made tea whilst reading this book. I fed the dog whilst reading this book. I put my make up on...
  • Laura
    This is one of those novels which should in theory live up to the hype. With a decent plot synopsis and many favourable reviews, this had all the makings of a good mystery thriller. Unfortunately I found the characters one dimensional, the dialogue too obvious and the writing felt forced.The first half of the novel surpasses the second in terms of page turning. I enjoyed the discovery of Aiden following his ten years of captivity at the hands of ...
  • Berit☀️✨
    This book was very dark and very disturbing, but a very good read....This book was really tough to read at times,Emma did really live every mother's worst nightmare... I really felt for her when her son Aiden (who she thought was dead) returned.... now her six-year-old is 16 and is not talking..... I just really found Emma quite relatable, her frustrations, her fear, her stress, and none of this was helped by the fact that she was also eight mont...
  • Sonja Arlow
    I don’t have children, so I am not really pulled by books that deal with lost children and the horror that this can conjure for a parent. Mysteries are also not really my thing, though it should be, I don’t pick up on the clues and only find out who did what right at the end, but more often than not I am left disappointed. But I was able to borrow this from a friend so thought what the heck.So now I have set the bar nice and low I can mention...