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Publisher's Summary

Unlike people with carefree previous lives, I packed away my past. There are some memories labelled 'Look at' and others 'Leave well alone'....

Emily Smith was held in a prison of fear for 10 years. When she was four, her father left and a new man was brought into her life. He loved her, he kept telling her so, but the emotional and physical abuse she suffered at his hands were a daily nightmare. Until one day, after he crept into her bedroom, her life became unbearable.

Emily found she was different in another way as her autism became more noticeable and punishments for her 'abnormal' behaviour more severe. Astonishingly, she managed to escape her home of hell, where she was abused right in front of her mother. Emily determinedly gained a university place and emerged triumphant with a new life and family in Ireland, desperate to treat her daughter, so similar to her, to a different life.

Heartbreakingly true, Silent Child is a testament to Emily's strength as she sheds light on rampant abuse still happening today. Powerful and shocking, sharing her story means she finally has a voice to say: enough.

©2020 Toni Maguire (P)2020 Bonnier Books UK

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  • helen wright
  • 31-12-20

Certainly not the best book I’ve read...

I wasn’t impressed with this at all. Good enough story but repetitive at times.
Unnecessarily graphic. The narration was poor I felt. Waste of my time.

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  • amanda
  • 08-09-21

A difficult listen.

Having an autistic child I wanted a connection with the author; and I got one. I also liked the narrator’s voice as it seemed to emulate someone with autism - I hope that was by design. However you will leave ungratified, the relentless abuse is a hard listen and you are not rewarded with a sucker punch.

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  • Rosie
  • 07-10-21

Grim

Obviously this story is very harrowing and upsetting but it never seemed to get beyond that. Sometimes these types of stories have something to teach us or offer some sort of hopeful message towards the end, but this was just a list of horrible things that had happened to this girl, which got worse and worse before finally the story came to an abrupt end. It felt gratuitous and intrusive, with this woman's suffering described in detail so we could ogle at it. Not for me thanks.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-10-21

Wow

Wow just wow. What this poor girl had to deal with was so heartbreaking 💔. Nobody should have to go thought what she did.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-08-21

Powerful

I finished listening to this book in two days, couldn’t wait to see how it ends after all those sufferings one child endured. Very well written and narrated.

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  • Amanda Whitmore
  • 20-02-21

Bit boring

I keep trying to listen to it and I can’t get into it. I haven’t finished it all yet, don’t think I will.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-10-20

Fascinating story

So I don’t perhaps have the vocabulary to explain myself correctly but I’ll try my hardest. This story was fascinating and when you reach the part. I don’t think the author was petty at all. I was frequently frustrated with the author but that’s easy isn’t it.
having been so privileged myself. I found it confusing that the story would junk back and forth between child and adult. I would personally have preferred to just stick to a linear timeline. Overall I’m glad the author made the right decision finally. And I wish them all the best.

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  • Fonyt
  • 16-08-20

Emotional, touching and so well told.

The author really takes you into her life. I couldn’t stop listening to her heart rending story. So glad to hear the positivity she finds at the end. Highly recommended.