Released on 06 October 2016.

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The Silent Room

3.74 based on 187 ratings & 43 reviews on


The Silent Room is the second tense police procedural in the thrilling Matthew Ryan series by Mari Hannah.

A security van sets off for Durham prison, a disgraced Special Branch officer in the back. It never arrives. En 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 manhunt.

Desperate 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, Ryan 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.

In the media

A rollercoaster of a ride involving corruption, surveillance and espionage . . . the author is a brilliant writer.
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.
Lancashire Evening Post
Very creepy. Read it on your commute and you'll be looking over your shoulder all the way home.
Marie Claire