The Silent Boy

by Andrew Taylor

eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction Thriller and Suspense

The Silent Boy Synopsis

From the No. 1 bestselling author of THE AMERICAN BOY comes a brilliant new historical thriller set during the French Revolution. Selected as Historical Novel of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times, and picked as one of Radio 4's Crime Books of the Year. 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 ten-year-old Charles, who is brought to England to Charnwood Court, a house in the country leased by a group of emigre 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?

The Silent Boy Press Reviews

Praise for The Silent Boy:

 

'In this taut thriller, Andrew Taylor deftly weaves unobtrusive historical research with a page-turning plot'
The Times, Books of the Year

'Great tale, great history, great Taylor'
Radio 4, Crime Books of the Year

'Taylor has not only succeeded in constructing a labyrinthine plot that is gripping to the last page, but he also created an entirely believable child, traumatised but resolute, whose plight is the fuel for true suspense'
Guardian

'As a writer, Taylor wears his learning lightly and shares with Hilary Mantel the capacity to take the reader directly into a vanished world'
Times Literary Supplement

'Taylor is a wonder; once again he marries flawlessly integrated historical detail ... and a knotty and involving mystery as strong as anything in the historical crime fiction field. I suspect Taylor should start clearing a space next to his current writing trophies'
Financial Times

'Don't keep quiet about The Silent Boy. Tell everyone: it's a really excellent page-turning thriller set in a fascinating period in Anglo-French history'
Robert Goddard

'Many elements of The Silent Boy bring Dickens ... It is utterly gripping, extremely well executed and suspenseful to the last'
Spectator

'Taylor's mastery of plot and character show to great effect in a story that has a depth few other historical crime novels can match'
Sunday Times

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780007506606
Publication date: 26/02/2015
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780007506576
Publication date: 28/08/2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007506606
Publication date: 26th February 2015
Author: Andrew Taylor
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 448 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery, Historical fiction,

About Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor has been a full-time writer since 1981, and has written over twenty books. He has been described by The Times as 'One of Britain's best writers of psychological suspense.'Having decided to become a writer at the age of ten, he claims that it was his newly recognised facility for writing stories, teamed with the idea that a writer's life consisted of not wearing a tie to work, that first attracted him to the career. More recently however he has suggested that 'one of the attractions of writing fiction is that it allows you to create your own little ...

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