One fugitive. A deadly plot. No rules. Thus begins an ingenious and lightning-fast thriller that reviewers agree is “not to be missed.”
Detective Sergeant Matthew Ryan wants to clear the name of his former boss, who stands accused of official corruption. But before he can do so, his boss disappears. Did he escape from police custody, or was he kidnapped? Or did something even worse happen to him?
The Silent Room has everything a good thriller should have—compelling characters, a gripping plot and storyline, superb pacing, and a strong sense of place. In addition it has heart, something many thrillers sorely lack. Add some truly scary villains, vast uncertainty about whom to trust, and a loudly ticking clock, and we have ourselves a thriller that will grip readers from the first pages and never let go.
“The explosive opening of The Silent Room introduces a gripping thriller with a very human face. Nobody understands the many faces of cops better than Mari Hannah.”—Val McDermid
“Very creepy. Read it on your commute, and you’ll be looking over your shoulder all the way home.” —Marie Claire
“I was annoyed every time I was forced to put the book down and do mundane yet necessary stuff like eat or sleep.” —Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
This disappointing thriller from Hannah (the Kate Daniels series) opens on an exciting note, with the carjacking of a prison van in the north of England. The van's cargo, Det. Insp. Jack Fenwick, who's in custody for such offenses as concealing firearms in his garage, disappears. One of Fenwick's direct reports, Det. Sgt. Matthew Ryan, is convinced of his senior officer's innocence, but he's suspended because the "rubber heelers," the British equivalent of internal affairs, suspect him of helping Fenwick escape. Ryan is determined to find and clear Fenwick, which means unraveling the corruption case that Fenwick was looking into before the van incident. Unfortunately, this foreground story doesn't fully engage the reader's attention, in part because the plot is so convoluted and in part because Hannah's narrative technique exposition via interior monologue and an overwhelming number of asides robs the story of any real momentum. And the impetus for the case, Fenwick's corruption investigation, is murkier still, seriously undercutting the suspense.