From the number-one best-selling author of The American Boy comes a brilliant new historical thriller set during the French Revolution.Paris, 1792. Terror reigns as the city writhes in the grip of revolution. The streets run with blood as thousands lose their heads to the guillotine. Edward Savill, working in London as agent for a wealthy American, receives word that his estranged wife Augusta has been killed in France. She leaves behind 10-year-old Charles, who is brought to England to Charnwood Court, a house in the country leased by a group of émigré refugees.Savill is sent to retrieve the boy, though it proves easier to reach Charnwood than to leave. And only when Savill arrives there does he discover that Charles is mute. The boy has witnessed horrors beyond his years, but what terrible secret haunts him so deeply that he is unable to utter a word?
©2014 Andrew Taylor (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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"Don't keep quiet about The Silent Boy. Tell everyone: it's a really excellent page-turning thriller set at a fascinating period in Anglo-French history" (Robert Goddard)
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4 out of 5 stars
By JANE WILSON on 08-08-15


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As with many of Andrew Taylor's books, the story unwinds fairly slowly at first, then gathers momentum. This plot starts with the French revolution, but moves quickly to Great Britain and turns into a great 18th C thriller.
The reader was pathetic. His contintinual mispronounciations were extremely irritating (gabble for gable!). Doesn't anyone carry out a quality check before publication? It lets down the author, and undermines the quality of the writing.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By SEB on 16-02-15

Super story, poor narrator

What did you like most about The Silent Boy?

The tale is atmospheric and rattles along

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silent Boy?

The discovery of the corpse in the boathouse.

How could the performance have been better?

Too many mispronunciations:
gable pronounced gabble, gavel pronounced gavelle, primly pronounced prime-ly all occur within one hour!
Failure to read ahead leads frequently to dmeaning being misrepresented.

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Look out for more written by Andrew Taylor, but only if there is a different narrator.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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