Publication Date: Available now from Pan Macmillan
Source: Publisher review copy
A security van sets off for Durham prison, a disgraced Special Branch officer in the back. It never arrives. On 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 investigation.
With a manhunt underway, Ryan is warned to stay away. Keen 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, he 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.
Well that was a read and then some – absolutely riveting, a rollercoaster bomb of a novel that totally gripped me from page one and really did not let up from there. This is one of those that I loved with a fiery vengeance and will be throwing at everyone I know. Not literally, I wouldn’t want to injure them before they can read it, but you know what I mean.
It is a tense, often claustrophobic thriller with an undeniable literary edge – a genuine page turner with some really terrific characters (if Ryan does not return Ms Hannah and I may fall out) and an absolutely excellent plot full of authenticity and high drama.
The Silent Room is the very definition of an unputdownable novel, the tension builds with every passing page and yet there is plenty of room within the narrative to get to know the characters and their world – the author has a fantastic eye for weaving a web of interpersonal relationships that fascinate the reader and allows for the emotional bonding required for you to really feel every moment.
There are some surprises along the way, no promise of an equitable outcome, I genuinely had no idea how it was all going to pan out until I actually got there – I pretty much devoured this book, inhaling caffeine along the way, I thoroughly enjoyed every single minute of it. And really you can’t ask for more than that when you pick up a book.
I’m currently hatching a plot with Christine (Northern Crime) to do a further feature on The Silent Room so keep an eye out for news on that coming soon. As soon as I’ve recovered from this adrenalin rush of a read.
Really excellent. From first page to last. Highly Recommended.
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