Remain Silent by Susie Steiner #BookReview #ManonBradshaw3 #TheBoroughPress #NetGalley #4.5*

‘A brilliantly gripping tale’ LUCY FOLEY


A young man is found hanging from a tree, with nothing to identify him.

Was he driven to suicide, or was he silenced? Somebody knows, but they’re not saying.


With potential witnesses too scared to talk to her, can DI Manon Bradshaw discover the truth before more innocent people die?

An Excellent Crime Thriller – with Humour!

A series I’ve heard so much about that when I spotted this one I was determined to read it!

DI Manon Bradshaw, despite working reduced hours, finds the case of the latest body found hanging from a tree lands on her desk. With a new Chief in the station, it’s all hands on deck to find out if this is suicide or murder. It’s fairly obvious that some of those questioned know things they’re not telling – but why? And can Manon and her team get to the bottom of things before more bodies are discovered?

What a fantastic book! There is a great mix of professional and personal lives in this and some bursts of humour along the way – all entirely in keeping with the story. Having assured my husband he would get an undisturbed night’s sleep due to my reading a crime thriller, the first scene I read after lights out involved a young officer from Glasgow and I couldn’t prevent a burst of laughter!

This is an excellent crime novel, targeting current concerns within the UK and none of it whitewashed. I really need to try and find time to read the first two books as I feel I’m missing out if I don’t. Full of well-crafted characters and a gripping story line, this had everything I could possibly want – crime investigation, colleagues, friends, family and the unexpected giggles at the most inopportune moments. All well-written and one I’m happy to recommend. 4.5*.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: crime thriller, police procedural

Author Details

Susie grew up in north London, studied English at university and trained as a journalist. She worked in newspapers for 20 years, 11 of them on staff at The Guardian. Her first novel, Homecoming, was published by Faber & Faber to critical acclaim in 2013. Her second, Missing, Presumed was a Sunday Times bestseller which introduced detective Manon Bradshaw. It was a Richard & Judy book club pick and has sold 250,000 copies to date in the UK. Missing, Presumed was selected as one of the Guardian’s, Wall Street Journal’s and NPR’s standout books of 2016. It was shortlisted for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year 2017. Persons Unknown, the sequel to Missing, Presumed, is her third novel – also a Richard & Judy book club pick and also long-listed for the Theakstons.. The third in the Manon trilogy is called Remain Silent and is due out in May 2020. Susie has written extensively about losing her eyesight to Retinitis Pigmentosa. She is registered fully blind and lives in London with her husband and two children. In May 2019 she was diagnosed with a brain tumour (Grade 4 Glioblastoma) and spent most of 2019 undergoing treatment: six hours of brain surgery, chemo radiation, and six cycles of chemotherapy.


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