The Silent Room
By Mari Hannah, and
A security van sets off for Durham prison, a disgraced Special Branch officer in the back. It never arrives. En route it is hijacked by armed men, the prisoner sprung. Suspended from duty on suspicion of aiding and abetting the audacious escape of his former boss, Detective Sergeant Matthew Ryan is locked out of the manhunt.
Desperate to preserve his career and prove his innocence, he backs off. But when the official investigation falls apart, under surveillance and with his life in danger, Ryan goes dark, enlisting others in his quest to discover the truth.
When the trail leads to the suspicious death of a Norwegian national, Ryan uncovers an international conspiracy that has claimed the lives of many.Tweet
Resources for this book
Being a keen follower of Hannah's Kate Daniels series I wasn't sure what to expect with her first standalone. I am the kind of reader who likes it when authors branch out, because I find it keeps the series fresh. As I've come to expect, The Silent Room is tightly plotted and a pacey read, with characters I was interested to follow :-) This wasn't yet published when I read it but I was lucky enough to get an ARC from PanMacmillan (several library staff have raced through this with great excitement) and I can recommend it as an enjoyable and gripping read with, as always, an excellent sense of place!
An outstanding thriller. This has a totally different feel to Mari's Kate Daniels books and I wasnt sure what to expect. The book is cleverly plotted and totally absorbing. Wonderful characters and lots of twists and turns to keep you going. It was a real page turner and I was hooked from the beginning to the end. An excellent read enjoyed by many of our staff.
A security van sets off for Durham prison, with disgraced Special Branch officer Jack Fenwick in the back. On route it is hijacked by armed men, and the prisoner is sprung. Suspended from duty on suspicion of aiding and abetting the escape of Fenwick, (his former boss), Detective Sergeant Matthew Ryan is excluded from the subsequent official investigation, but he is soon drawn into a far more complex and dangerous operation to uncover the truth....
This is a novel with that “un-put-downable” quality which has you reading well past your bedtime, and late into the night just so you can find out what happens next - it is tautly constructed and compels you to keep on turning the page, to start “just one more” chapter, even though you do have an early start the next morning.
The characters are interesting, engaging, and really well drawn, so that a reader can easily identify with them, even if can’t identify with the situations they find themselves in.
Whilst there is a great deal of action as the plot unfolds, this is never at the expense of the characterisation, and they really come across as having depth and life.
Mari Hannah’s style and tone are extremely readable, which combines well with the characterisation and plot. All of these ingredients and her obvious ability to tell a story, really hook the reader and draw them in.
I really enjoyed this, it is a cracking read. Tautly plotted, excellent characters, extremely readable style and tone. It’s a real page turner – it may sound like an old cliché but it’s undeniably true
It is also easy to imagine it being the basis for a gripping TV series. For anyone wanting a gripping crime novel this is definitely one for them! Great stuff.
I love Mari's books and have read them all, so I wasn't sure when she introduced this new series with new characters, but I should not have worried this is another brilliant book. The main character Detective Sergeant Matthew Ryan is suspended from duty, being suspected of helping his former boss to escape from a prison van in Northumberland, desperate to clear his name he goes undercover and enlists other help to solve the case. The author really draws you into her stories and keeps you gripped until the very end. The writing is great easy to read and with a wonderful sense of place, her descriptions of Northumberland are wonderful in all the books. I hope there is a follow up to this story very soon, I can highly recommend it.
As always Mari Hannah delivers another cracking read. Mari's books just get better and better and the first one was brilliant! A very talented writer !
A security van sets off for Durham prison, with disgraced Special Branch officer Jack Fenwick in the back. On route it is hijacked by armed men, and the prisoner is sprung. Suspended from duty on suspicion of aiding and abetting the escape of Fenwick, his former boss, Detective Sergeant Matthew Ryan is excluded from the investigation, so he enlists a retired colleague and her former intelligence officer friend to discover the truth about what really happened to Fenwick.
This is a cracking read. It is tautly plotted, has lots of action, interesting & engaging characters, and an extremely readable style and tone. It’s a real page turner – it may sound like an old cliché but it’s undeniably true.