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
Mari Hannah is an award-winning author whose authentic voice is no happy accident. A former probation officer, she lives in rural Northumberland with her partner, an ex-murder detective.
Mari turned to scriptwriting when her career was cut short following an assault on duty. Her debut, The Murder Wall--adapted from a script she developed with the BBC--won her the Polari First Book Prize. Her second novel, Settled Blood, picked up a Northern Writer’s Award. In 2014, she was shortlisted for the Dagger in the Library. Mari is currently reader-in residence for Theakstons Old Peculier International Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate, England.
"The disappearance and investigation are credible and convincing, and the high-octane ending packs plenty of firepower."—Kirkus Reviews
"The Silent Room balances a crime novel's obligation to be spine-tingling with a literary novel's acute sense of place."—Shelf Awareness