Tuesday intro: Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary

Once again I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. In really enjoy these tasters when I read them on other blogs so wanted to join in.

This week I am reading Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary, an author I’ve read before but not for many moons. Here’s what it’s about….


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.

And here’s how it starts…

Six years ago

He’s washing the car–slapping water, sloppy. She’s in the kitchen, cutting. Not meat and not bread, something that chunks under the knife. Carrots, or onions. The sounds soak up through the house to where Stephen is sitting in the room with the red wall.

What do you think – not much to go on is it? Would you keep reading to find out more?





  1. I have a couple of Sarah Hilary’s books here, but I haven’t read them yet. I intend to. Is this her latest? The teaser is interesting with the ‘red wall’. I’d keep going for sure.


    • It is. This is book four. The others were good so I have high hopes, though it’s been a while since I read the last one so I hope I remember the characters enough.


    • I did wonder if to include more but then do you give too much away? Prologues are one of those things and I almost went straight to chapter one for my intro.


  2. Hmm. Can’t say I’m overly enticed by the intro itself, but as I’ve read ‘Someone Else’s Skin’ and loved it I’d be tempted to give it a go. (Then again, I bought book two on publication day and it’s still on the TBR…!)


    • A couple of people have said that. I must admit she isn’t an author that first springs to my mind but when I saw her book I was “yes!” And had to request it.


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