Saving Silence

Gina Blaxill

Age 12 +
12 September 2013
288 pages


It's not easy being the new kid at school. It's even harder when people want you dead.

Sam's been an outsider ever since he moved to London. A loner from the North who won't let anyone in. Former head girl and all round school-star Imogen had pretty much given up trying to befriend Sam before that night on Walthamstow high street. The night he wanted to tell her a secret, and someone tried to murder him.

But Sam isn't the only one whose life is in danger. Although she doesn't know it, Imogen is being watched. And if she doesn't give these people what they want, they'll silence her too. Permanently.

Saving Silence is not just a tautly-written thriller, though it is certainly that. It is also an exploration of self-image, public duty, trust and betrayal. Blaxhill's portrayal of teenage lifestyles is utterly convincing - she has captured the cadences of speech and the intricacies of friendships, romance and the delicate balancing act needed to stay on the right side of the law without betraying those you love.
Blaxill has an enviable ability to bring [her characters] to life with vivid pen portraits.
Excellent modern day thriller involving teens - plenty of action and excitement, plus thrills galore, and dozens of unanswered questions. Can't fault it, an excellent read.