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The Silent Room Paperback – 11 October 2016

4.6 out of 5 stars 144 ratings

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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. -- Barry Forshaw ― Independent

Taut storytelling and razor-sharp dialogue - not to mention Hannah's use of the Northumberland countryside - make this a novel not to be missed. ― Daily Mail

Very creepy. Read it on your commute and you'll be looking over your shoulder all the way home. ― Marie Claire

Mari has had a varied career and her partner was once a murder detective, which perhaps explains why she pulls some punches about the police force here...This story is based on actual experience, like so many crime novels. It is relatively mild, as far as language and explicit violence go, and despite or because of that it is curiously gripping and enjoyable. -- Jessica MannLiterary Review

Pacey, standalone thriller . . . turns out to be an International conspiracy, with all the delicious twists and turns that entails. ― Sunday Express

Hannah knows how to keep up the pace of her narrative with an excellent mix of action scenes and engaging character . . . Best of all, she creates high drama without using psychopaths, paedophiles or lost children. ― BookOxygen

A rollercoaster of a ride involving corruption, surveillance and espionage . . . the author is a brilliant writer. ― Sun

A tightly plotted, page turning read with believable characters and a good sense of time and place. ― Choice Magazine

Marks out this former probation officer as one of our most exciting and accomplished crime writers . . . Since the publication of The Murder Wall in 2012, Hannah has deservedly moved into the top league, producing deep, dark, action-packed thrillers that showcase her keen eye for authentic police and forensic detail, masterful plotting and superb characterisation skills . . . As always, Hannah's intelligent plotting is given extra impetus by a cast of vibrant and credible characters, each beautifully portrayed and each explored and developed with the author's remarkable insight, empathy and sensitivity.Clever, compelling and sophisticated. -- Pam Norfolk ― Lancashire Evening Post


One Fugitive. A deadly conspiracy. No rules.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Pan (11 October 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1447291050
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1447291053
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 18 years and up
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 144 ratings

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Multi-award winning Mari Hannah is the author of the Stone & Oliver crime series, the Ryan & O'Neil series and the DCI Kate Daniels series.

In July 2010, she won a Northern Writers' Award for Settled Blood. In 2013, she won the Polari First Book Prize for her debut, The Murder Wall. She was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library 2017 as the author of the most enjoyed collection of work in libraries. In 2019, she was awarded DIVA Wordsmith of the Year. In that same year, Mari was Programming Chair of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Festival. In 2020, Mari was named as DIVA 'Wordsmith of the Year' and won Capital Crime's 'Crime Book of the Year' award.

She lives in Northumberland with her partner, an former murder detective.

To find her or see where she's appearing, visit her events page at: or follow her on Twitter @mariwriter.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping thriller with an intelligent plot, a cast of fascinating and original characters and well-observed emotions. Super!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real belter of a crime thriller
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another smasher from the Queen of Northumbrian Noir
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you think Vera is good then crack on and read the Mari Hannah books - brilliant.
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