Splinter the Silence

‘That day, waiting had been almost unbearable. He wanted something more spectacular, something that couldn’t be ignored. These deaths needed to make a mark . . .’

Psychological profiler Tony Hill is trained to see patterns, to decode the mysteries of human behaviour, and when he comes across a series of suicides among women tormented by vicious online predators, he begins to wonder if there is more to these tragedies than meets the eye. Similar circumstances, different deaths. Could it be murder? But what kind of serial killer wants his crimes to stay hidden?

Former DCI Carol Jordan has her own demons to confront, but with lives at stake, Tony and Carol begin the hunt for the most dangerous and terrifying kind of killer – someone who has nothing to fear and nothing to lose . . .

Number one bestseller, Val McDermid is back with her most gripping, chilling, suspenseful novel yet, featuring two of the most distinctive and unforgettable characters in crime fiction: Tony Hill and Carol Jordan.


‘Swiftly plotted and strongly characterised.’ – Scotsman

“McDermid’s 29th novel proves she has not lost an iota of her expertise.” – The Independent

“McDermid still writes with the telltale verve that’s won her the accolade queen of psychological thrillers.” – The Observer

“If you are looking for authenticity in your crime novels they don’t come much more real than this.” – LizLovesBooks

“I’m already thinking of my top five books of the year, and this one is definitely on the list.” – Crime Fiction Lover

“The personal as well as the professional aspects of the characters create the texture of the novel, individuals managing their own relationships while working together to catch a killer. This is the author’s forte and her strength: the intricacies and complications of human nature, the petty jealousies and unpredictable emotions, the moment of elation when an investigation is successful.” – Curled up with a Book

‘What’s brilliant about McDermid’s Splinter is her masterful mixture of modern crime, contemporary issues, and classic storytelling.’  – advocate.com

‘McDermid has been dubbed the queen of psychological thrillers The title is well earned… .One thing you can be guaranteed: you won’t be able to stop reading. This is the ultimate page turner’- The Irish Sunday Independent