Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil
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.
I'm really not sure how I feel about this book. The premise is brilliant. I really felt for Emma and the emotion in the story was palpable.
Trying not to give anything away, all I can say is that I was thoroughly enjoying it up until the last few chapters. I don't think Aiden acts true to character in the chapter from his point of view, as it shows a much different boy to that which is portrayed throughout the rest of the book. Plus there are several scenes which I had difficulty accepting as they seemed rather far-fetched.
Still, the build up to the finale was well done and there was a conclusion and a revelation which I certainly hadn't been expecting.
About the Author
Sarah A. Denzil is a British suspense writer from Derbyshire. In her alternative life--AKA Sarah Dalton--she writes speculative fiction for teenagers, including The Blemished, Mary Hades and White Hart. Sarah lives in Yorkshire with her partner, enjoying the scenic countryside and rather unpredictable weather.