When pretty, talented and very ambitious Amina Mir manages to land a newspaper work experience placement she thinks it might just be making coffee and following-up tame stories. But then, when by chance she's sent to interview Ivor MacMorris, a veteran of the war in Sinnostan who's just won millions on the lottery, but bizarrely hasn't spent a penny, things start to get interesting . . . and dangerous.
Ivor thinks he's been made to forget what happened in Sinnostan. He believes false memories of how and why he lost an eye have been planted in his brain and that he's being followed by threatening faceless people. At first Amina thinks Ivor's suffering from some sort of post-traumatic stress disorder, but soon Ivor, conspiracy theorist Chi Sandwith and events persuade Amina that she could have stumbled into one of the biggest and most terrifying cover-ups ever.
Pacey and direct and energetic, and it might also wake up the political sensibilities we're always bemoaning twenty-first century adolescents have forgotten all about. Recommended
A sinister, shadowy world of conspiracy theorists, political double-dealing and media distortion. McGann, in his most accomplished young adult novel to date, handles all of these (and more) with an excellent pace and occasional flashes of ironic humour. The result is an impressive and highly intelligent political thriller
From page one it fires off the starting line and races along at an exciting pace, while the unusual and complex plot will keep readers intrigued . . . A slick and well-paced thriller that older readers should engage with and enjoy
Now and again you read a book that makes you sit back and seriously consider the world we live in. Strangled Silence, by Irish author Oisin McGann, is such a book . . . He is to be commended for this exciting, worldly read. I look forward to seeing what he does next
Oisin McGann gets the reader involved right from the start through his instantly recognisable urban settings and detailed, well-developed characters . . . A pacy, tension filled thriller, which keeps the reader guessing as to how the story will end and if all the characters will make it, right to the last page