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When We Were Silent

Fiona McPhillips



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30 April 2024
"A major upmarket thriller launch- a woman finally gets the chance to speak out against her elite Dublin school, exposing a culture of silence, corruption and abuse of power.

""I'm not here for prestige. I'm here for revenge.""

Lou Manson is an outsider when she joins the final-year class at Highfield Manor, Dublin's most exclusive private school. Beyond the granite pillars and the wrought-iron gates is a world of wealth, privilege and potential. But Highfield is also hiding a dark secret - and Lou is here to expose it.

When Lou befriends the beautiful and talented Shauna Power, her plans are thrown into turmoil. Speaking out against the school would mean betraying Shauna, and Lou soon discovers that the Highfield elite will go to any lengths to protect their own reputation...even when the consequences are fatal.

Thirty years later, Lou is called to testify in a new lawsuit against Highfield. But telling the truth means confronting her past - and there is one story she swore she'd never tell..."
Imprint:   Bantam
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   489g
ISBN:   9781787637382
ISBN 10:   1787637387
Pages:   400
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Fiona McPhillips is an Irish journalist, author, and screenwriter. When We Were Silent is her debut novel and was runner-up for the 2021 Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger. Fiona lives in Dublin with her three kids, two cats, and a dog.

Reviews for When We Were Silent

With a dark and poetic pen, Fiona McPhillips snakes through the waters of a tony private school, peeling away secrets in tiny waves until they crash into a powerful ending. This book absolutely nails what it feels like to be young, female, powerless, and dead set on redemption. A wonderful, relevant, and beautifully written debut. * Julia Heaberlin, bestselling author of WE ARE ALL THE SAME IN THE DARK * Taut, compelling, powerful and devastatingly relevant. A sensational debut * Louise O'Neill, bestselling author of IDOL * I raced through this spellbinding, gripping thriller about scandal and secrets at a prestigious girls school. It’s gripping, shocking and enraging, a story of lost youth, redemption and the power of speaking out, and it’s so beautifully written * Cressida McLaughlin * Fiona McPhillips captures the claustrophobic nuance of teenage loyalties, lies and privilege on every page. A twisting, turning dive into a web of long-buried secrets, When We Were Silent marks Fiona McPhillips as one to watch * Jane Harper, New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author of EXILES * A compelling debut. Fiona McPhillips has woven a story that is compulsive, tender and chilling in its familiarity. I was hooked all the way through, and had an enormously cathartic sob at the end! * Jessica Bull, author of MISS AUSTEN INVESTIGATES *

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