Lies of Silence, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


When Michael Dillon is ordered by the IRA to park his car in the carpark of a Belfast hotel, he is faced with a moral choice which leaves him with absolutely nowhere to turn.

He knows that he is planting a bomb that would kill and maim dozens of people.

But he also knows that if he doesn't, his wife will be killed.


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Was forced to read it for school, the writing was terrible, the characters were boring, and the pace was annoying. Didn't honestly care what happened at the end, and I was right- since the end was terrible.<br/><br/>Definitely won't be re-reading this one...

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Lies of Silence is one of the very few thrillers ever to grace the Man Booker Prize shortlist. Set in Belfast during the Troubles, the book carries with it a subtle, slow-burning suspense which doubtlessly caught the judges' attention. Yet the novel succeeds also as a thoughtful reflection not just on the damage wrought by terrorism, but on personal responsibility, morality and the compromises of middle age. The story begins with restless hotelier Michael Dillon plotting his escape from a loveless marriage and a hometown he despises. But before he can begin his new life in London with a younger, more stable woman, Dillon is drawn an IRA plot that involves a crushing moral dilemma. Brian Moore had a particular flair for illuminating the psychology of people in crisis; indeed Dillon, his wife and his lover are amongst Moore's most heartrendingly well-drawn characters. Lies of Silence is a typically excellent effort by a seriously underrated novelist.