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Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary

Quieter Than Killing

Part of the D.I. Marnie Rome Series
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One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Another fabulous addition to the mind-blowingly good ‘D.I. Marnie Rome’ series. Marnie and Noah find themselves slap in the middle of the deeds of a deviously twisted mind. Pain and suffering slyly join hands as the past haunts the present. Sarah Hilary’s crime series is one of my favourites, I have stalked and hunted down the publication dates since I read her award winning debut novel, Someone Else’s Skin. So my expectations were high, and I can say with absolute conviction that ‘Quieter Than Killing’ more than delivers. I forgot I was meant to be reviewing, and just read. The words wormed their way inside my mind, creating uncomfortable spaces. At times there were parts that almost physically hurt, yet I couldn’t stop reading. This is cracking, tension-filled, compelling writing, and my mind is still chitter chattering to itself as I think back over the story. So, do I recommend ‘Quieter Than Killing’, yes, yes, yes, of course I do! ~ Liz Robinson

If you like Sarah Hilary you might also like to read books by Alex Marwood, Helen Fitzgerald and Cath Staincliffe.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Phylippa Smithson - 'This is a ‘full on’ thriller with twists and turns before everything comes together making Sarah Hilary one of the most compulsive story teller around.'
  • Sue Burton - 'Brilliant book, cannot wait for the next instalment of Marnie and Noah.'
  • Krissy Rix-Clancy - 'Fantastic fast paced read - well written with lots going on.'
  • Joan Hill - 'Secrets, lies and damage from the past are avenged and vulnerability preyed upon by a criminal mastermind in an odious game of cat and mouse in this crime-filled novel.'
  • Rachel Aygin - 'Sarah Hilary's fourth novel featuring DI Marnie Rome is just as gripping as the previous books.  I was kept guessing right to the end.'
  • Lynda DeFreitas - 'Sarah Hilary's stories are pacey and well thought out...I thoroughly recommend all of Sarah Hilary's books and this one in particular is not to be missed.'
  • Megan Abbott - 'Breathtakingly addictive! I could not put it down.'
  • Tanya Thurling - 'It truly kept me guessing. Definitely fast paced and edgy which is a plus for me with crime thrillers.  All in all a read I would recommend.'
  • Caroline Harvey - 'this author is moving from strength to strength and getting better with every outing.'
  • Jillian McFrederick - 'This is the first of Sarah Hilary’s books that I have read and I am inspired to go back to the earlier ones to find out more of the main characters.'
  • Ann Alderton - 'This is an accomplished police procedural with a compelling storyline which eloquently portrays the brutality of inner city estate life.'
  • Katherine Stewart - 'Intriguing plot, but not quite up there with the previous Marnie Rome books.'
  • Les Wood - 'A really good read that keeps you guessing as to how characters are inextricably linked and which you should believe and trust.'
  • Beth Kemp - 'Sharp and pacy crime writing, featuring a strongly contemporary UK context and a high level of emotional engagement. The characterisation is a key strength, making this a compelling series.'
  • Laura Prior - 'A very dark story with a multi-layered plot that you can’t put down – Can’t wait for the next one.'

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Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary

Sarah Hilary, winner of the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year, returns with a new DI Marnie Rome novel, Quieter Than Killing. For fans of Val McDermid, Alex Marwood and Claire Mackintosh

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.


Tremendous Ian Rankin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Author

Sarah Hilary

Sarah Hilary's debut novel SOMEONE ELSE'S SKIN won the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2015. It was the Observer's Book of the Month ('superbly disturbing'), a Richard & Judy Book Club bestseller, and has been published worldwide. NO OTHER DARKNESS and TASTES LIKE FEAR continue the DI Marnie Rome series with QUIETER THAN KILLING to follow in early 2017. Sarah lives in Bath.

Sarah lives in Bath.

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5th October 2017


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Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group


432 pages


Crime / Mystery
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