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. Hm… not sure about this one, to be honest. The start feels slightly ‘off’ to me. Are you enjoying this one?

    1. I haven’t started it yet. I will be tonight properly. Her other books have been good so I am hoping this will be too.

      1. Best of luck with it, Emma. Hope it turns out to be a really enjoyable read.

  2. Not much to go on, but I think there’s a hint of something — that room with the red wall….

    1. And what has happened there?

  3. Oh yes I will be reading this one soon and I’m pleased to see that Sarah Hilary’s style of writing is just as appealing as ever!

    1. She does have a nice style doesn’t she. I am looking forward to digging into this tonight.

  4. 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.

    1. It is her latest, due out in a couple of weeks.

  5. This is a new to me author. Is this book part of a series?

    1. 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.

  6. Interesting cover….and I’m feeling a little creeped out by the excerpts. But I’m in! Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

    1. I wonder what will be in the red room. I hope something scary or murderous.

  7. Not much to go on, but the blurb definitely sounds intriguing. I don’t know why it is, but I love a good mystery set in London. Thanks for sharing!

    1. 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.

  8. 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…!)

    1. No, it doesn’t give away much but it would have needed most of a page to get to the punchline. Knowing the author though I do have high hopes.

      1. Looking forward to reading your review 🙂

  9. No, that first paragraph isn’t much to go on but I’d at least like to read a few pages. I think the author is trying to set the stage for something big.

    1. I did wonder if I should include more as it builds pretty quickly but it would have needed most of a page.

  10. Listened to the first one on audio and liked it but for some reason just never got to the second one even though I have it. Hope you enjoy it!

    1. 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.

  11. The title is intriguing, so I’d continue reading. This is a new-to-me author to check out.

    1. It leaves you needing to read on I think. Having read Sarah Hilary I can vouch for her and this one seems to be coming out quite nicely too.

  12. Hmm, not sure but, I think I’d read more before deciding.

    1. Hopefully it will be a yes after you read a bit more. Was shaping up quite nicely when I put it down last night.

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