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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (5 Oct. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147222647X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472226471
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
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Hilary belts out a corker of a story, all wrapped up in her vivid, effortless prose. If you're not reading this series of London-set police procedurals then you need to start right away (Observer, Thriller of the Month)

Sarah Hilary writes beautifully and unflinchingly; a dark, disturbing and thought-provoking chiller of a thriller (Peter James)

Sarah Hilary's debut, Someone Else's Skin,was widely acclaimed and won lots of awards. Quieter Than Killing, her fourth, is even more impressive, and DI Marnie Rome is up there in the top division of fictional female detectives (The Times)

Hilary is my drop-everything writer; always original, always bang-on psychologically, always gripping. I am a huge fan (Alex Marwood)

Descriptively chilling, completely addictive and with a set of characters and storylines that just dig deep into your subconscious and stay there. Sarah Hilary, with the Marnie Rome series, is without doubt one of the top UK crime writers working today (Lizlovesbooks)

It's dark, it's brilliant, and it tightens like a noose. Sarah Hilary is downright dangerous. (Mick Herron)

Another tense and chilling book by one of my favourite authors. I was up way past my bedtime devouring each page (Tracy Fenton, Founder of THE Book Club and www.compulsivereaders.com)

A compelling read, emotionally intense and intelligent. I love her fierce, flawed characters (Cath Staincliffe)

As tense, twisty, tremendous as ever, Sarah Hilary's QUIETER THAN KILLING nails it (Angela Clarke)

Hilary's writing is as precise and deadly as a fine blade. Quieter Than Killing is by turns terrifying and tender, with a twisty, gripping plot where no good deed goes unpunished. This is a fine addition to a superb series (Jane Casey)

The most poignant entry in the series so far (Sunday Express, S Magazine)

Well written, well researched and full of issues that set you thinking, Quieter Than Killing is as impressive as it is gripping (Book Oxygen)

Hilary writes with a menacing intensity...[a] dark, atmospheric novel layered with complexities, keeping the reader guessing throughout and its twist will undoubtedly take your breath away. You will finish the book desperate to read more. (Daily Express)

I think it must be one of the debut novels of next year, if not THE debut novel... (It will be if there is any justice in the world!) (Caro Ramsay)

Intelligently and fluently written with a clever plot and an energetic pace, dealing with harrowing topics and shot through with humanity, I think Sarah's onto a winning series and I really look forward to reading the next instalment (Cath Staincliffe)

It's written with the verve and assurance of a future star and deserves to be a big hit (Steven Dunne)

It has such pace and force. It's very disturbing and builds up to a terrific climax (Helen Dunmore)

I finished it today and it's completely brilliant, complex, thrilling, brutal, tender, scary and intriguing. What a great book. The pacing is superb, the plot is compelling, the characters are so well drawn. The ending is ingenious (Richard Jones of Bristol Review of Books)

It's meaty, dark and terrifying. Unflinchingly violent and beautifully big-hearted in equal measure. And Sarah's writing is glorious - she tells us things in new ways, gives us a fully fleshed, sensual world to inhabit for the novel (Julia Crouch)

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Sarah Hilary, winner of the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year, returns with a new DI Marnie Rome novel, QUIETER THAN KILLING. A vigilante is at loose on the streets. A child is in danger. Sometimes staying silent is the only way to survive...

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Absolutely the best Marnie Rome yet! I love that the lead characters aren't laid bare for us in book one, and that we are still slowly learning about them, as you would a friend, and who wouldn't love a friend like Marnie or Noah?

The plotting is tight, as always, and there are twists I didn't see coming at all, I was second guessing and completely on the wrong path, which I found very satisfying.

Altogether a marvellous book, guaranteed to appeal to any fans of thrillers/police procedurals.
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Having followed this series from the start, I was incredibly impatient to get cracking on Marnie Rome #4 as there is so much I still want to explore with Marnies character. Every books brings a different case for Marnie and DS Noah Jake but the backstories for these two characters are just as compelling and it’s been fabulous to find myself back in their world. So make sure you have nothing else in your life and settle back to immerse yourself in one of the most realistic and relevant crime thrillers you will ever read.

This time it looks that a series of unconnected crimes may not be as unrelated as first thought. They also seem to be developing into a case much closer to Marnie than she would like. Her foster brother is still locked up safely but that doesn’t seem to stop him being able to reach out with his poisonous tentacles of hatred and infect others with his evil intentions. Honestly, he made my skin crawl! The personal threads woven throughout made for difficult reading at times but Sarah Hilary writes a balanced viewpoint at all times. The narrative is hard hitting and intelligent at all times and the investigation procedure is well crafted from the groundwork upwards. It sometimes felt like one of this documentary series about real life police procedures due to the gritty real life problems that affected all the characters throughout – gangland violence, the involvement of social services but most of all the theme of parenting in the most difficult of these circumstances. The layers of Marnies story have been peeled back slowly since the first book she appeared in and her personality has developed, alongside that of Noah, to help further their efforts in solving the crimes that occur here. And there is plenty more mileage left in them both!
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Another superb instalment in the Marnie Rome saga and this time it gets really up close and personal (no spoilers but we revisit the home that became a crime scene and the brother who became a convict!!)

totally unputdownable as have all the Sarah Hilary books been; this one has a darker edge ( if that is possible?) and more twists and turns than a murderous maze. Just read and enjoy, you may not find a better mystery this year
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London is gripped in a blanket of frost and the streets aren't safe. Investigating a series of seemingly random violent attacks DI Marnie Rome and DI Noah Jakes realise that there is a connection, a vigilante is stalking. When Rome's childhood home is vandalised there is a link to her estranged foster brother, convicted of the murder of her parents and now in jail. Meanwhile Noah's brother Sol is trying to escape from his gang but it's not quite so easy and Noah's boyfriend, Dan, may be in danger.

Sarah Hilary is building up a really strong series about DI Marnie Rome and her team and this book is no exception. I have read some of the previous novels and that is an advantage when tackling this one as it does link to the back stories of Rome and the team, however it is not an insurmountable barrier as time is taken to fill in sketchy details. The plot seems to be going in one direction for most of the book but takes a couple of interesting turns. Although it is a standard police procedural in structure and characterisation this book, like Hilary's previous work, is a superior version of the genre. The character flaws are believable and the plots well constructed and make sense.
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The story is unusual in its intense examination of teenage gangs, but also for what it brings up for our two detectives, Marnie Rome and Noah Jake. Violence and agression there is aplenty, but also lots of working out what this means for those involved and their inner worlds. The reader is drawn in to this and I was hooked, as we track down the suspects and ultimately who is the key figure, who course you don,t expect. I,m looking forward to the next book.
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the 4th case from the fantastic Sarah Hilary of detectives, marnie and Noah on the streets of London with house breaking , assaults , murder and kidnapping , it had me hooked from the first page , great writing skills with descriptions and details of the characters makes it all come to life
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I'd heard many good things about Sarah Hilary so was very interested to read this, her latest book. I haven't read any other in the series so this was my first introduction to DI Marnie Rome, her colleague and friend Noah, and boss and mentor Welland as well as other colleagues and friends. There is clearly a lot of backstory but it's introduced seamlessly and doesn't feel clunky so you can start with this book without having to read its predecessors. Marine and her colleagues are investigating a series of assaults, including one on the tenants of Marnie's parents' house. They aren't sure whether the attacks are related, what the connection (if any) is and who is carrying them out or why. The stakes pretty soon rise to murder. Interspersed with this are truly horrific chapters about a child being held prisoner.
To start with I did't think I'd like this book. Some of the violence is graphic and there were some parts i just couldn't read. But the further you get into the story, the more you're invested with Marnie and Noah and their stories and at about halfway in I became hooked. The author has an amazing way of making you care for characters deeply even though all you've read about them has been bad! I enjoyed this. Not converted to police procedurals but would definitely read this author again. I wish her every success.
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