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Publisher's Summary

Propelling the listener back and forth between the 1940s, 1960s and 1980s, The Silent Listener is an unforgettable literary suspense novel set in the dark, gothic heart of rural Australia.

In the cold, wet summer of 1960, 11-year-old Joy Henderson lives in constant fear of her father. She tries to make him happy but, as he keeps reminding her, she is nothing but a filthy sinner destined for Hell....

Yet, decades later, she returns to the family's farm to nurse him on his death bed. To her surprise, her 'perfect' sister, Ruth, is also there, whispering dark words, urging revenge.

Then the day after their father finally confesses to a despicable crime, Joy finds him dead - with a belt pulled tight around his neck....

For Senior Constable Alex Shepherd, investigating George's murder revives memories of an unsolved case still haunting him since that strange summer of 1960: the disappearance of nine-year-old Wendy Boscombe.

As seemingly impossible facts surface about the Hendersons - from the past and the present - Shepherd suspects that Joy is pulling him into an intricate web of lies and that Wendy's disappearance is the key to the bizarre truth.

©2021 Lyn Yeowart (P)2021 Penguin Random House Australia

Critic Reviews

"A deftly wrought suspense novel from a remarkable new literary talent. Lyn Yeowart's work plumes themes of inherited violence, denial and atonement." (J P Pomare, author of Call Me Evie)
 

"A cracking thriller with heart. It intrigues, it twists and turns, it deftly combines the muddy domestic details of life on a Victorian farm with a black, Gothic sensibility of lies and violence and the heartbreaking fantasy world of a young child." (Jane Sullivan) 

"Intense, intricate, emotionally devastating. This is proper Australian gothica." (Liam Pieper, author of Sweetness and Light

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What A Story!

Need Tissues! This was a roller coaster of a story and enjoyed it thoroughly! There was no confusion of timeline and the build up of the plot. Glad I found Lyn Yeowart’s story! Well done!

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Wow!

What a dark, harrowing tale, with narration that could not be faulted.
Books this well written and perfectly read are rare.
Highly recommend.

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Best Audible book so far.

Very well portrayed characters, hearthbrraking story and amazing narrators. Looking forward to next author's book.

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Highly engaging

Great story, great narration. Kept me engaged the whole way through. Overall, one of the best audio books I’ve heard.

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Incredible

Loved the use of language. It was a beautifully written book that kept me intrigued the whole time. Great twists

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Awesome!

I don't generally listen to such books, but with this one I was hooked.
It was one of those stories that stays in your head and although I found it somewhat triggering, I couldn't put it down I needed to know what happened.

Really enjoyed how they did the performance with the three different narrators too.

Enjoy!!

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Beautifully written book- confusing ending

The narration was perfect! Overall, a great storyline, however, the ending let the book down.

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