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 traumatized to speak, he raises endless questions and answers none. Only his body tells the story of his decade-long disappearance. The historic broken bones and injuries cast a mere glimpse into the horrors Aiden has experienced. Aiden never drowned. Aiden was taken.
As Emma attempts to reconnect with her now teenage son, she must unmask the monster who took him away from her. But who, in their tiny village, could be capable of such a crime?
It’s Aiden who has the answers, but he cannot tell the unspeakable.
This dark and disturbing psychological novel is a page-turner you will not be able to put down.
Emma has to face one of her worst nightmares, her child disappearing. Years later she has finally got her life together and even though she misses her son desperately, life is as good as it can be for her. That is until her son turns back up again.
Having your child making a reappearance again after all those years, you could feel the mixture of emotions that Emma was experiencing. Whilst she is over joyed to be back, Aiden is far from the child who disappeared all of those years ago and she has to face what has happened to him whilst he was held captive.
My heart literally broke for Aiden. I didn’t even want to try and imagine just what he had been through. Like Emma, I wanted answers and for whoever was behind Aiden’s disappearance to be suitably punished.
The story is set at a steady pace with a dark feel to it and shrouded with mystery. The tension mounts as the police. as well as Emma and her ex, close in on the guilty party. As the police take in different people for questioning, I was really torn to who it could be. Whilst I had my doubts, the author kept throwing little red herrings, keeping me on my toes.
Silent Child is a dark and at times, uncomfortable, yet compelling read. I loved the build up of tension and all the second guessing at who it was. The author managed to keep me totally hood winked and whilst I had guessed some things partly right, I was well off the mark on the rest. A must read for fans of a chilling psychological thriller.
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