The Silent Boy

The Silent Boy From the No bestselling author of The American Boy comes a brilliant new historical thriller set during the French Revolution Paris Terror reigns as the city writhes in the grip of revolution

  • Title: The Silent Boy
  • Author: AndrewTaylor
  • ISBN: 9780007506606
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the No 1 bestselling 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 estranFrom the No 1 bestselling 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 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

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    1. AndrewTaylor

      Andrew Taylor b 1951 is a British author of mysteries Born in East Anglia, he attended university at Cambridge before getting an MA in library sciences from University College London His first novel, Caroline Miniscule 1982 , a modern day treasure hunt starring history student William Dougal, began an eight book series and won Taylor wide critical acclaim He has written several other thriller series, most notably the eight Lydmouthbooks, which begin with An Air That Kills 1994.His other novels include The Office of the Dead 2000 and The American Boy 2003 , both of which won the Crime Writers Association of Britain s Ellis Peters Historical Dagger award, making Taylor the only author to receive the prize twice His Roth trilogy, which has been published in omnibus form as Requiem for an Angel 2002 , was adapted by the UK s ITV for its television show Fallen Angel Taylor s most recent novel is the historical thriller The Scent of Death 2013.

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    1. ”Say nothing. Not a word to anyone. Whatever you see. Whatever you hear. Do you understand? Say nothing.”Paris, 1792The Tuileries Palace is stormed by the mob, and nearby a ten-year-old boy witnesses a traumatic event. He is spirited away to England, and Edward Savill accepts the task of retrieving the boy from Charnwood Court, a country estate where young Charles is living with some French émigrés. Easier said than done! Two of the many problems encountered in what was perceived to be a s [...]


    2. As we know - or ought to anyway - Taylor is far & away the finest living author of historical crime fiction & easily amongst the top English novelists full stop. Our story begins in August 1792 with the Parisian mob sacking the Tuileries, which marked the descent of the French Revolution into its worst phase. It seems a boy named Charles has seen his mother killed & taken refuge with one of her lovers, a French aristocrat who takes the boy with him, along with his dependents, an apos [...]


    3. Andrew Taylor is one of our greatest living historical novelists no, scratch the historical, he's one of our greatest living novelists, period. Always inspiring, his sense of time and place are impeccable and, as ever, the inexorable draw from apparent-normality into a world of increasing danger is hair-raising and gut-clenching, but there's a lyricism in the darkness that leavens the mix and makes the characters, even the grim ones, engaging. The Silent Boy is a direct sequel to A Scent of Deat [...]


    4. A superb companion volume to the author's The Scent of Death, with that novel's protagonist Arthur Savill ten years older and now dealing with the son of his unfaithful wife who has perished in revolutionary Paris. The boy has been traumatised by apparently witnessing the brutal act and now refuses to talk or communicate with those around him. But there are those who wish to silence him permanently. The narrative is Dickensian in scope and tone, but subtle and moving as it focuses on the mute bo [...]


    5. Another stunning book from Andrew Taylor. I really enjoyed the continuing story of Edward Savill, who is a terrific character. Such satisfying books!


    6. I think the story lost its impetus in the middle but apart from that I really enjoyed it. I’m on a real reading kick at the moment and I’m getting through books quite quickly but I don’t think that had anything to do with my enjoyment of this book. The characters were all pretty well fleshed out apart from the ones who weren’t for a specific reason. The plot was interesting and I guessed the bad guy fairly late which is always a good sign for the book. I will definitely read more from th [...]


    7. Edward Savill is given word that his estranged wife has been murdered in France. Her son, Charles witnessed the murder and as a way of protection and keeping silent refuses to speak. Savill is sent to collect Charles and bring him back but of course it does not go smoothly and there are various obstacles and kidnappings and crimes committed along the way. I really wanted to enjoy this book as it is exactly my sort of read but I did not. This is quite a long book, 440 pages and I did not think mu [...]


    8. 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 émigré refugees.Savill is sent to retrieve the boy, though it proves easier to [...]


    9. Great book. Could not put this book down. The central character, Charles, was so compelling that once I started reading I had to find out how this young boy survived. The twists and turns moved so fast I found myself invested in Charles's survival. The author made him such that you had to find out why he had become mute. The multiple other characters kept me confused as to who was behind it all. The stepfather character in the book is indeed playing a roll but you never understand his background [...]


    10. A fantastic example of both crime and historical fiction, 'The Silent Boy' hits the mark on so many levels. It was confronting, exciting, visceral and deeply human and I enjoyed every minute of it.Andrew Taylor transports us to Revolutionary France and the sleepy English countryside manors of England. He paints a vivid and appropriately unpleasant picture of the time period, and his characters are flawed yet likeable. The pacing is perfect, leaving clues throughout the plot and creating coincide [...]


    11. I started to give this book 4 starts. The depiction of Charles's PTSD and the development of the other major characters was great (even though I predicted who the big bad guy was from his very first scene.)Then, I got to the last 1/3 of the book. it felt kind of rushed, and the last chapter made absolutely no sense whatsoever. ok, 3 stars.Then, I had a couple of refrigerator moments. One of the secondary characters who did the clunky, expository denoument appeared throughout the book. He knew EV [...]


    12. I won this in the giveaways in exchange for an honest review.Starting in the Terror of 1792, a young boy runs from his home covered in his mother's blood and seeks refuge with a former servant. He refuses to speak so nobody knows what happened. He's transported to the English countryside where his mother's estranged husband is sent to retrieve him and bring him into the bosom of his 'family'. Mystery surrounds the boy's lack of speech and the circumstances of his mother's death. Then, he is kidn [...]


    13. This was a new author for me. Set during the early days of the Terror in France, this is a mystery about the parentage of a young boy who witnesses the murder of his mother. The protagonist Savill must unravel the circumstances about his estranged wife's death and find the location of her son. The book is full of period detail and creepy characters, and the story is propelled by the boy's inability to speak due to his traumatic experiences.


    14. Augusta, the estranged wife of Edward Savill, is savagely murdered during the terror of the French Revolution. Her young son, Charles, is found wandering the streets of Paris covered in blood and unable to speak. Brought to England, Charles remains mute and Savill, the boy's legal guardian, sets out to discover what has terrified the child into silence.Taylor won the Crime Writer's Association Historical Dagger for The Scent of Death in 2014.


    15. Another splendidly written historical novel from Andrew Taylor set at the time of the French Revolution. Given that the plot is quite slow moving the book manages to hold its interest throughout. It also reminds you how much easier things would have been had the characters had mobile phones - even the Silent Boy could have sent texts!



    16. I actually won this book at a giveaway, otherwise I would probably not have picked it up, but I have to say I'm glad I read it. Although this book is not the sort of book I usually read and prefer, I still found it quite intresting.The book is an historical fiction told at the time of the french revolution. It tells the story of a London broker named Edward Savill who finds out that is estranged wife, Augusta, has been killed in France, and he has to fetch her son Charles that has become mute. [...]


    17. Another good historical mystery by Taylor, I really enjoy them. THis one starts in Paris during the turmoil there. after the King and Queen were captured and imprisoned. A young boy, Charles Saville has been traumatised by the murder of his mother He is taken away by frie3nds and told never to speak of this to anyone and takes it literally. He refuses to speak under any circumstances. The boy is brought to London and left with Edward Saville, who is not actually his father His wife had left quit [...]


    18. Not what I had expected. While Taylor seems to be very good at setting the scene for a story and capturing the era and atmosphere of the late 1700s very well, the plot was very thin on the ground -if it can even be called a plot. Until the end,I kept waiting for some massive twist or revelation which failed to appear making the entire plot seem pointless. The book also finished so abruptly with so much left unsaid that, sadly, I was left with a deep sense of dissatisfaction and the question - th [...]


    19. This is a slow burn. If you can slog through the beginning with nebulous characters you find it hard to have any empathy for, you will be well rewarded. A kidnapping sets in motion all sorts of drama and action that will keep you riveted.




    20. InterestingI found this a very good read and unusual. Not my usual type of book but I enjoyed it and the way it was written



    21. Don't pick up this book if: you are looking for an uplifting story about the triumphs of humanity over the horrors of war, a story about the healing power of love, or a story about overcoming the past to look to a brighter future. Do pick up this book if: you appreciate historical fiction that gives you a good feel for the time period, or want a slow-building, even-paced, solid historical crime novel with well-developed characters.I picked up "The Silent Boy" at the library because it looked new [...]


    22. This is mostly a mystery novel. It is set in London and environs in French Revolution times. But it barely a historical novel for the times and events figure so little in it, just a vague backdrop. You certainly would not learn anything about those times by reading this book. As a mystery it is long and mostly dull, with no characters you can identify with. The person solving the various mysteries does so seemingly by accident and blunder.


    23. [Librarian note; ISBN: 9780007506606 as available in the UK has 440 pages, not 448]After witnessing the murder of his mother Charles is struck dumb (or rather takes dumb) after the assailant tells him to “Say nothing. Not ever.” He is quickly whisked away to England by the Count de Quillion, one of the men potentially his father, to escape the Revolution, only for the spectre of his mother’s murder to follow him to the quiet countryside of Charnwood House. Savill, Charles’ mother’s est [...]


    24. In this historical novel, the two mysteries are why is the boy silent and why do so many people seem to want to get their hands on him. Ultimately, I found the investigation more compelling than the answers, but I liked the book a lot. I enjoyed the author's style of writing with intelligence, intensity and humor and I thought that the period details were very well done. The book opens in Paris in 1792 with 10 year old Charles seeking refuge after his mother Augusta is killed in the French Revol [...]


    25. I enjoyed this book about a young boy rendered mute by a promise made to his mother. It's more of a 3.5 stars than 3 stars. Charles is a young Anglo-French boy living in Paris with his well-to-do English mother, Augusta, in the tumultuous days of the French Revolution. When things go horribly wrong for Augusta, her young son is left alone and traumatised in a Paris gripped by Revolutionary fever. However, the action soon moves to England as French friends of Augusta transport the boy out of the [...]


    26. Rhys Bowen conjures all the ambiance and bustle of New York City at Christmastime in her newest mystery Away in a Manger. Just barely heard above the crowd a high sweet voice sings the old Christmas carol. Molly Murphy and her ward Bridie discover the source; a little girl of no more than six, huddling in a doorway, holding a tin cup and hoping the holiday spirit will make people generous. For in 1905, there are no laws or agencies to protect children in need. Deeply touched, Molly and Bridie sp [...]


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