The Choke is a brilliant novel about a child navigating an often dark and uncaring world of guns, cars and violence, in which grown-ups can't be trusted and only animals and nature won't let you down.
3. August 2017, reviewBooks + Publishing, starred review
Books + Publishing magazine has called the book ‘emotionally intense, deeply engaging and quietly haunting’, awarding it 5 stars (making THE CHOKE their top-rated book for the quarter).
17. October 2017, reviewLouise Swinn, The Australian
It is quite a feat to write characters with such nuance . . . Laguna is an author proving the novel is a crucial document of the times.
4. November 2017, reviewThe Big Issue
. shows all the mastery of language that garnered her a Miles Franklin Award two years ago for The Eye of the Sheep. full of richly drawn characters, with a dialogue that crackles and a narrative that draws you right in. Beauty and ugliness sit squatly si
4. November 2017, reviewGood Reading
There is great emotional depth to Sofie Laguna's writing, and her characters are alive in their vulnerability and beauty. Sofie Laguna is one of the most gifted writers in Australia right now. Don't miss this.
4. November 2017, reviewThe Sunday Paper
Justine is vivid and unique. Laguna's brilliance is in the immersive empathy the reader feels for Justine.
4. November 2017, reviewThe Sydney Morning Herald
Laguna builds suspense deftly and without mercy. From the moment The Choke begins, a slingshot's elastic is precisely, steadfastly being pulled back... and the stone Laguna lets fly ricochets inside you for days afterwards.
4. November 2017, reviewThe Herald Sun, Weekend
Don't for a moment imagine that, after taking out the Miles Franklin Award in 2015 for her novel The Eye of the Sheep, the best of Sofie Laguna's work is behind her. The Choke [is] every bit as masterful and devastating as The Eye of the Sheep, as well as