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Quieter Than Killing (D.I. Marnie Rome 4) Paperback – 5 Oct 2017
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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)
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...See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!Read more ›
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
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is part of a series of which I've read one. It involves Marnie Rome and her foser brother Stephen, In this story he is in Jail. Read morePublished 1 day ago by R. Gardner
Well. Sarah Hilary has certainly hit the spot again with Quieter Than Killing, just brilliant!
Yes, once again I was feeling the same excitement and heightened... Read more
Fourth in the Marnie Rome series and every bit as good as Sarah Hilary's other books.
A great story that keeps you gripped until the end
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC... Read more
Sometimes staying silent is the only way to survive
'You only ever ask that. Why did I do it? You never ask what they did. Read more
I am a huge fan of this series which has gone from strength to strength and have read all 4 books. As generally, one book is released each year, you can imagine my excitement at... Read morePublished 13 days ago by KarenD
An accomplished thriller in the dependable Marnie Rome series, it's a disturbing and in more ways than one chilling tale that grips you from the outset, at which point you sign up... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Zipster Zeus
This is the fourth Marnie Rome novel. On the face of it they are detective stories, but in fact, they are more Marnie Rome’s story and I think it is necessary to have read the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Isobel Henry-Rufus
Quieter Than Killing is the fourth instalment in Sarah Hilary's DI Marnie Rome series where once again we are reunited with the main character and DS Noah Jake. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Claire