The Silent Room Review

Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:

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.

About: The Silent Room is a thriller written by Mari Hannah. It was recently published on 1/16/18 by Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, hardcover, 416 pages. The genres are thriller, crime, mystery, and fiction. According to Macmillan’s website, “Minotaur Established in 1999, Minotaur is a premier publisher in the bestselling category of crime fiction. St. Martin’s Press has a long and respected history of publishing a solid and varied list. We are dedicated to publishing emerging new authors, and offering a fresh perspective on classic genres, while maintaining a diverse and interesting range of books.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.

My Experience: I started reading The Silent Room on 2/23/18 and finished it on 3/7/18. This book is a great read! I definitely like being able to follow everyone’s thought process because I am always curious what each character thinks. I like the change in this thriller with police going against each other and suspecting bad of each other. I like following Ryan connecting the dots and getting closer to solving the puzzle. I like Ryan’s blind sister, Caroline and her guide dog, Bob. I like how capable she is and that she doesn’t let her disability slow her down. I like the importance of a guide dog.

This book is told in the third person point of view following Matthew Ryan, Detective Sergeant. His former boss, Jack Fenwick has been accused of concealing illegal firearms at his home, but during his transport to prison, Jack was either abducted or escaped. Detective Ryan was not at work during the hijack and he is now under suspicion as Jack’s co-conspirator and is put on suspension. He vows to prove his boss’ innocence and clears his name, but doing so is the tricky part. Another view is Eloise O’Neil, a Detective Superintendent investigating Jack’s guilt. Eloise’s team think that their fellow police officer decided to break the law for extra cash and it’s up to them to arrest him. Another view is Grace Ellis, a retired Detective who used to work with Jack. She and Ryan thinks Jack is being set up. Grace enlist Ryan and Newman, a spook and former love interest of Grace to help find Jack, but they will have the surprise of their lives! Readers will also be able to follow Jack’s view as he experience his whereabouts. There is a view from Newman as well as Roz, but the main views are Ryan and O’Neil. The mystery is the bad guy helping or hurting Jack.

This book is well written. I like Ryan and his love for his twin sister Caroline. I like his loyal friendship with Jack’s family. I like the involvement of different countries like Norway or Scandinavia because I don’t hear of them often. I like Eloise, a female police boss. I like how she handles jerks like Macguire. There is attempt at romance and humor in this book but somehow the whole plot just doesn’t grab me. There were close calls where Ryan could have been killed if it wasn’t for Roz’s quick thinking. I do like the spy’s careful actions. This thriller doesn’t thrill me but I do like many details than I dislike it so I would recommend everyone to read this book.

Pro: friendship, police against police, mystery, foreign countries,

Con: lack of thrill for me

I rate it 4 stars!

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About the Author:

Mari Hannah is the award-winning author of the Kate Daniels crime fiction series and a former Probation Officer whose career was cut short when she was injured on duty. She’s a scriptwriter who has written a feature length film and the pilot episode of a crime series for television, the latter as part of a BBC drama development scheme. She lives in Northumberland with her partner, an ex-murder detective. The Silent Room is her first standalone thriller. (Photo obtained from Goodreads and info obtained from St. Martin’s Website).

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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Minotaur Books for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.


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