- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 29 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: August 31, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0749XVZ53
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
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Silent Child Audiobook – Unabridged
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I was wrong.
While I hate being wrong most times, with books, that's a good thing. Five Stars for sure.
Once again I was suckered in by stars! This book had a rating of 4.3 stars out of 5 and the description sounded interesting, a boy turns up after having been missing for ten years. With better writing, the story could have been great, but that was not the case.
First of all, it was written in the first person, the mother Emma - UGH! It takes some skill to write a story in the first person and keep it moving along. This author seems to lack that ability. The main character, the mother, has a lot to deal with but her constant mental ramblings and suspicions were tiresome. Even right smack in the middle of a violent scene the reader cannot escape those ramblings. If the story had included the point of view of the police or the husband or the child, it would not have been so plodding.
Emma is often rude and is generally not very likable. Her actions (and of course her constant thoughts) were all over the place, one minute meek, the next rude, then violent. She seems one dimensional, shallow. Actually none of the characters were well drawn. There was some action at the end of the book, but that even seemed contrived.
I will not be reading anything else by this author.
On the other side of it her son Aiden drove me nuts! I am not sure if anyone else feels this way but I completely understood why she started to loose it with him. I had no patience with him.
As far as the mystery goes, I had a dead-set culprit in my mind until the very end of the book. I had never even guessed it could've been the person it turned out to be. Which is an indication of good writing I guess you could say.
Overall, it was a creative story, but lacked a little reality for me in some instances, and had way too much internal dialogue.