Book: The Silent Child
Author: 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.-Goodreads
Review: Emma's six-year old son goes missing during a flood and is never found. He's legally declared dead and Emma tries to move on with her life. It's ten years later and Emma is now married and pregnant. She is shocked when a teenage boy is found in the woods and his DNA matches her son. It's clear terrible things happened to him, but he cannot speak and tell anyone what happened. Emma struggles to integrate her son with her new family while trying to figure out what happened to her son all those years ago.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. The plot was engaging and while I didn't agree with all of Emma's actions, I felt she came across like a real person reacting to a very bad situation. I think the biggest challenge with this book was that there were so few characters, it wasn't difficult to guess part of the mystery. I'll refrain from spoilers but one character was written so one-sided, I can't imagine anyone thinking this person was innocent. I will say that one person's actions were very shocking at the end...wowsa,