The Silent Room

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What to expect

The Silent Room is the first tense police procedural in the thrilling Matthew Ryan series by Mari Hannah.

‘Nobody understands the many faces of cops better than Mari Hannah’ – Val McDermid

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.

Continue the gripping crime series with The Death Messenger.

Critics Review

  • Nobody understands the many faces of cops better than Mari Hannah

    Val McDermid
  • Exciting and frightening thriller, that makes you look over your shoulder, even here in peaceful Norway – made me think of “Homeland” when I read it.

    Gunnar Staalesen
  • It has everything a good thriller should, 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. Mari Hannah’s superb writing style is put to good use during this break from her series and 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
  • The Silent Room by Mari Hannah is a dark, gripping and brutal work of true quality from a writer at the very peak of her powers.

    David Mark
  • A tense and compelling standalone thriller from one of our foremost crime writers. This book gripped me from the opening pages and never let go.

    David Jackson, author of Cry Baby
  • Mari Hannah has always had two key specialities: a gift for genuinely ingenious plotting matched by a skill at choreographing suspense sequences that is the equal of more stellar names in the genre. Both characteristics are at full stretch in The Silent Room, with everyone involved (notably the warring officers in the Northumbrian police) leaping off the page. But a crime novel stands or falls on how vividly its central protagonist is conjured, and Hannah has come up with a real winner in Detective Sergeant Matt Ryan.


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