Silent Child, by Sarah A. Denzil, is a fabulous read! Given the dark subject matter of child abuse, I didn’t think I would like it, but it had me hooked before the end of the first chapter. It is not a graphic story about child abuse (thank God); it is more about the aftermath.
Consider this: your six-year-old (and only) child gets washed away in a flood, and his body is never recovered. During the next ten years, you eventually get on with your life, remarry, and become pregnant. You’re finally happy again after all this time. Life is finally worth living again. BUT THEN, your now sixteen-year-old first child comes wandering back into town, but he can’t speak to tell anyone where he’s been.
If that doesn’t set the stage for some drama and conflict, I don’t know what will. I can only imagine how Emma Price, the mother and our protagonist, would feel when that happened to her.
This is my first read from Sarah A. Denzil. If her other stories are as exciting as this one, I’ll quickly become a fan. The character arcs are amazing, the conflict is constant, and Denzil is an expert at building tension to the climax, without letting it waver.
Even if you’ve never read a story like this, and even if you don’t think you would like it, you should really consider giving it a go!