The Death Messenger – Mari Hannah (Matthew Ryan #2)


The Death Messenger is published by Pan on 16 November 2017

Track a stalker. Catch a killer.

When a mysterious DVD is delivered to Northumbria Police Headquarters, DS Matthew Ryan and Detective Superintendent Eloise O’Neil are among the few to view its disturbing content. With little to go on the only lead comes from the anonymous and chilling woman’s voice narrating the blood-soaked lock-up depicted on screen.

But with no victim visible, nor any indication of where the unidentifiable crime scene is located, Ryan and O’Neil get the distinct feeling someone is playing with them. What is certain is that the newly formed special unit has just taken on its first challenging case.

As further shocking videos start arriving at police stations around the country, the body count rises. But what connects all the victims? And why are they being targeted? As the investigation deepens, the team is brought to breaking point as secrets from the past threaten to derail their pursuit of a merciless killer . . .

The Death Messenger is a tense police procedural follows The Silent Room in the thrilling Matthew Ryan series by Mari Hannah.

Also by Mari Hannah

Book 1 The Silent Room (Matthew Ryan #1)

The Kate Daniels series

Killing for Keeps – Kate Daniels #5

Gallows Drop – Kate Daniels #6


My thoughts

In 2015, Mari Hannah gave us The Silent Room. It was a strong and delicious thriller, with a dash of espionage. We all loved it. Me especially! Matthew Ryan returns in The Death Messenger, much to my total delight.

Ryan and O’Neill are back, with a seemingly impossible case to crack. Hannah reunites all of our favourites from The Silent Room, in a brand new elite team. Detective Superintendent Eloise O’Neill heads this unit. The unit is designed to tackle the trickiest of cases. The most challenging cases, wherever they occur. The cases that need a bit of thinking outside of the box. That is the brief.

A chilling DVD is delivered to a police station. Then another. And another. Someone has murdered. Has taken pleasure in death. The bodies are escalating. A killer is sending out modern day calling cards. DVDs of crime scenes, complete with a cold narration of what has taken place. Nothing seems to link the deaths. The victims are diverse. The settings are all over the place. Soon Ryan and O’Neill are on their way to various crime scenes, from Brighton to Scotland to Northumberland. All they have is a voice on a DVD, to link the crime scenes. Who is this mysterious female killer? What has fueled this killing spree? And why has she selected these particular victims? Can the team break this toughest of cases?

This is a demanding case. It sorts the men from the boys. It brings together this small team. It cements them, as they try to push forward to the truth. They face challenges from within, as they navigate trust and friendship. They face pressures from above, as they seem to be getting no-where.

In particular, Ryan and O’Neill are thrown together. They are Mulder and Scully. Working colleagues, with romantic potential. They sizzle with chemistry. They fight. They talk. They distrust. They learn to trust. They seek answers. They have integrity and a passion for the truth. I love them!

Mari Hannah effortlessly delivers with dry humour to sparkling dialogue to the most dark of crime scenes. Blood and chills. Grit and despair. She weaves a spell over the reader and makes us believe. Everything appears credible, from the forensics to the investigative techniques. We are totally in Hannah’s world, where Ryan and O’Neill rule.

Mari Hannah is at the top of her game. She is the crime author to keep an eye on. This is a stunning follow up to The Silent Room! The Death Messenger is a must read for serious thriller fans!

Highly recommended.


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Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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