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Saving April

By: Sarah A. Denzil
Narrated by: Sophie McShera
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Publisher's Summary

A new family moves in over the road. The new family is acting strange. This new family has some secrets.

From the author of Audible's Thriller of the Year, Silent Child, comes another psychological thriller to keep you guessing until the very end. Performed by Sophie McShera, (Daisy Mason, Downton Abbey), enter the world of a family broken by lies, a woman traumatised by a dark past, and a child caught in the crossfire.

©2017 Sarah A. Denzil (P)2017 Audible Ltd

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Gripping!!

This is the 2nd audiobook I listen to with a gripping story written by Sarah Denzil. Sophie McShera (known as Daisy from "Downton Abbey") did an excellent job narrating. I spent a good portion trying to figure things out. I don't mean that negatively. It becomes apparent early on that these women have secrets! I found myself feeling compassion for certain characters and then anger towards other characters. And then, what I love about any good book, just when I thought I had everyone and everything figured out......I discover that I was wrong! Who doesn't love a good book with an unexpected twist?!

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Fantastic! Well worth the listen.

Sophie McShera does an incredible job and the story pulls you right in. Taut and suspenseful all the way through.

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Not Great

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Very dragging and kind of boring. I began to hear blah blah blah. Maybe more characters would have helped. End kind of predictable.

Would you ever listen to anything by Sarah A. Denzil again?

I have. Better.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Sophie McShera?

Yes

What character would you cut from Saving April?

Nosy neighbor

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Not a Great Story

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

After listening to The Silent Child I was looking forward to Saving April. What a disappointment. It wasn't as exciting, or even as interesting. It was pretty easy to figure out the plot and to guess what the ending was going to be.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I'm not the writer. I was going by the other book she had written and expected the same enjoyable suspense and surprises.

Did Saving April inspire you to do anything?

Not to read any more of the author's books

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Pass

What would have made Saving April better?

More of an original story line. I listened to another story recently about a woman watching across the street and the teenager was the bad guy - big surprise.

Would you ever listen to anything by Sarah A. Denzil again?

No

Have you listened to any of Sophie McShera’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no - but enjoyed the narrator

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Saving April?

no comment

Any additional comments?

no

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Page turner!

This book is totally binge worthy! I bought both kindle and audible versions but ended up listening to the whole book in one night. I loved Denzils book The Silent Child and it was so great. JoAnne Frogatt narrated that one so well. If you haven’t read that one and you liked this you would love Child. Denzil has an amazing gift at drawing the reader in from the first words. You get a kind on foreboding even though it starts off rather innocuous. The only drawback was the narrator didn’t differentiate between voices of characters. And if she did it was so minor that I couldn’t tell. It made it difficult to follow the story initially. You are in three women characters head, the main character a near agoraphobic Hannah, new neighbors mom Laura and daughter April. I was really confused at first because she would just go straight into the other characters without any change. I had to go back a few times and relisten. But other than that it was great 👍🏻

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A Good Read

If you could sum up Saving April in three words, what would they be?

Lack of suspense

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Nothing. Difficult to react when there wasn't much of a story to begin with.

What about Sophie McShera’s performance did you like?

Very good. Sophie embodied each character and gave them a voice.

Any additional comments?

The story follows two women, Hannah and Laura. Laura is an over-worked stressed mom, worried her family is falling apart. Hannah is a recluse struggling with anxiety caused by a tragedy she unfortunately (partly caused). The story is also about a young girl named April, who is implied to be suffering some abuse at the hands of her father (Matt) and mother (Laura). Hannah witnesses things in the Mason household across the street and she fears April is in danger.

There is nothing suspenseful about this book. No surprises or Ah huh! moment. Be that as it may, it was still a pretty decent book. Mainly, because of Laura and Hannah. We follow these two women as they struggle through their issues and they emerge stronger because of it.

One thing that confuses me, is there are snippets of stories of abuse. The unnamed girl (one assumes is April) is worried her drunk father is going to come through the door and then she'll get it. She'll get it like she has in the past. What was the point of this? When you read you'll understand as well.

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Read in one day!

This story was extremely engaging. There was not a moment that dragged or made me lose focus. The performance was stellar. Would definitely recommend 👌

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Like Sophie McShea but...

Sadly, the lovely Sophie McShea's (DOWNTON ABBEY), narration was not my cup of tea. I couldn't even get through the first quarter of the book. I'll have to read the paperback.

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Yes!!!

ANOTHER GREAT ONE FROM SARAH! Yesss!!! I get sooo excited reading this woman's books!.... Love them....

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  • Simon
  • 10-28-17

In Silent Child's Shadow

In an attempt to build on the success of the highly-publicised Silent Child Audible have quickly moved to release one of Sarah Denzil's earlier novels with Saving April. It is an enjoyable enough listen and Sophie McShera does a really decent job of injecting life into it.

If you want more of Sarah Denzil then it is worth a shot. You'll get a tidy domestic drama albeit one populated by rather weak characters and with a key twist that I think most people will have guessed well before the end. However, it is overshadowed in every way by Silent Child which is a significantly bigger and better book.

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  • Fluffy
  • 01-16-18

A superb short story

Really enjoyed, and like her Silent Child novel, the story flow was engaging. This might sound like a criticism but truly isn't meant as such, wish I'd listened before I heard Silent Child, which had more depth. If you enjoyed Silent Child, you'll like this, If you haven't got round to silent Child perhaps hear this first.

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  • RMM32jake
  • 11-23-17

disappointing, thin storyline

poor story, only 2 or 3 interesting chapters, should be a short story not novel

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  • MRS
  • 11-09-17

Saving April

Not a good read. The voice of the reader was not clear enough, and the story was not very interesting

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  • Jools
  • 10-27-17

Disappointing

After waiting for this audio book to be realised, having started listening I am disappointed .. back it goes

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  • Tyler
  • 01-07-18

Saving April

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, gripping story with surprising twists. Looking forward to a other story of Sarah Dezil.

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  • Dusty
  • 02-21-21

decent quick listen

interesting enough story with good writing and great performance. it's a shorter story and it benefits from not being stretched further than it is. characters are believable and although you know something is wrong you can't quite put your finger on everything straight away.
the story has enough freshness to it, that even though Hannah's backstory seems overly familiar as a plot device (questionable, traumatised, drunk witness) you don't feel bored by the overall book.
would definitely read other books by the author. slightly reminds me of works by Mary Higgins Clark - a shorter thriller, somewhat familiar but yet unique enough to make for a great book

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  • Kevin Wells
  • 09-18-18

Good read.

Well narrated and full of enthusiasm from the narrator, the story was really good, unexpected, however if I was to recommend a novel by Sarah A. Denzil, my first recommendation would still be “Silent Child”, this title happens to be the second story from Sarah that I’ve listened to, I’ll definitely be purchasing more.

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  • MissD67
  • 12-11-17

Great story

Very enjoyable read. Good performances and a good storyline that kept me listening. Highly recommended.

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  • Adam Mortimer
  • 11-04-17

fantastic reader, poor read

Reads like a cheap short story, nothing compared to Silent Child. Would not recommend as a follow up

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  • Laura
  • 10-31-17

A bit boring

This is a very short story and in my opinion rather boring. Compared to her other book which I listened to within two days it had so many hooks and twists whereas this was just felt boring and a bit of a reused story line. I expected a lot more. The reader had a lovely voice. Maybe my personal preference is for a good plot twist.

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  • Cassandra
  • 01-02-18

Confusing, Quickest Ending!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The ending, as of much of a twist it is, it happens so quickly. April's character didn't feel developed enough for you to relate or even make her seem like a real character.

Would you recommend Saving April to your friends? Why or why not?

It's a great starter book, however not the best.

What about Sophie McShera’s performance did you like?

The voice over was brilliant. It was captivating and felt like the characters were really speaking.

Do you think Saving April needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes! We need to know what happened to April before and after the book. The book revolved around Hannah and Laura - April was kind of thrown in there.

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  • Tania
  • 11-19-17

Loved the plot twists in this book

I am new to Sarah A Denzel books. I only listened to The Silent Child because it was rated as one of the top audible books. But I loved it. So decided to listen to this book as well. I thought it was going to be the same as The Lost Child. As I was able to guess who was the villain was in that book. This time I didn't know. It was a surprise. And I loved that. It is well worth the money to get this book. I couldn't stop listening to it.