Thursday, 9 March 2017

Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary

Quieter Than Killing
By Sarah Hilary
Published by Headline (9 March 2017)
ISBN: 978-1472241108

Publisher's description
It's winter, the nights are dark and freezing, and a series of seemingly random assaults is pulling DI Marnie Rome and DS Noah Jake out onto streets of London. When Marnie's family home is ransacked, there are signs that the burglary can have only been committed by someone who knows her. Then a child goes missing, yet no-one has reported it. Suddenly, events seem connected, and it's personal.

Someone out there is playing games. It is time for both Marnie and Noah to face the truth about the creeping, chilling reaches of a troubled upbringing. Keeping quiet can be a means of survival, but the effects can be as terrible as killing.

My verdict
When reading Quieter Than Killing, I wanted to whiz through quickly, desperately needing to know what was going to happen next. But fortunately I managed to stop myself from sneaking ahead or reading too fast, as this is a book that needs to be savoured, with its clever plotting and brilliant writing.

This book is deliciously dark, with chilling descriptions of London in a harsh winter and the investigation into a series of vigilante crimes. Marnie Rome is seemingly caught in the middle of a very tangled web. The plot is original, intriguing and compelling from beginning to end. Sarah Hilary isn't afraid to delve deep into some disturbing contemporary social issues.

The Marnie Rome series is one of my crime fiction favourites, with a strong female lead and great character-driven plots. Each book reveals more about Marnie Rome's troubled past, and she's certainly a character that I am genuinely interested in. While it wouldn't be essential to read the earlier books (this is the fourth in the series), it would probably help to set the scene and provide her backstory.

Quieter Than Killing answers more questions about Marnie's foster brother, but asks more questions too. Looking forward to the next Marnie Rome book already.

I received an Advance Reader Copy.

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