Rea Carlisle has inherited a house from an uncle she never knew. It doesn’t take her long to clear out the dead man’s remaining possessions, but one room remains stubbornly locked. When Rea finally forces it open she discovers inside a chair, a table – and a leather-bound book. Inside its pages are locks of hair, fingernails: a catalogue of victims.
Horrified, Rea wants to go straight to the police but when her family intervene, fearing the damage it could cause to her father’s political career, Rea turns to the only person she can think of: DI Jack Lennon. But Lennon is facing his own problems. Suspended from the force and hounded by DCI Serena Flanagan, the toughest cop he’s ever faced, Lennon must unlock the secrets of a dead man’s terrifying journal.
"What makes Stuart Neville so special is that he never forgets the human heart that beats inside the bleakest darkness." - Val McDermid
"Gripping from start to finish. Neville's economical yet nuanced prose style drives the plot forward at breakneck speed while building complex characters with the deftness that defines a thriller writer at the top of his game." - Sunday Independent
"Psychological thriller and police procedural blend for a pulse-pounding crime novel from a master of the genre." - Booklist (starred review)
"Told in spare yet subtle prose, The Final Silence is deftly plotted, fast paced and the denouement packs a real punch." - The Guardian
"Neville's pared-back prose and ability to really get inside the head of a madman means that what could be an overly melodramatic thriller becomes something far more complex and terrifying. Neville's brutal plotting and ability to ratchet up the tension in almost every scene keep the pages turning until the chilling conclusion. A masterclass in the psycho-thriller genre." - Herald Scotland
"Crisply written and fast-moving, the novel has a brutal honesty that confirms Neville’s place in the first division of crime writers." - The Spectator
"[Nevillle's] novels tend to revolve around contemporary crimes that have their roots buried deep in Northern Ireland’s Troubles. The Final Silence is no exception, its succinct and pacy storytelling stretched taut across a morass of unresolved tensions and motives for murder that don’t necessarily fit the prevailing post-peace process narrative." - Irish Times
"Engrossing . . . the action builds to a chilling conclusion." - Publishers Weekly
"Neville has truly toiled to make it as fast-moving as possible. He does not neglect character either, though: as compelling a career-wreck as Lennon is, the women in this book are equally as memorable. Serena Flanagan, the Detective Chief Inspector who truly has the weight of the world on her shoulders, deserves her own series." - RTE (Ireland)
"With workmanlike yet effective prose and an eye to Belfast’s still-recent violent past, Neville has forged a work of fiction with the ring of truth." - Coast (New Zealand)
"A great thriller... [Neville] has created a strange and fresh story that will have readers perched on the edge of their seats." - Suspense Magazine
"This is crime fiction right out of the top drawer. The dialogue throughout the book snaps and jitters with electricity, and as the climax unfolds nothing will be able to make you put the book down. The elements of pity, humanity and compassion are never far under the swirling surface action of this novel, and it will certainly be put on my ‘best of 2014′ shelf." - CrimeFictionLover.com
"Neville has an enviable ability to get under the skin of his characters and show what makes them tick. Neville’s writing is stark and powerful, and above all, he knows how to tell a good story about people you’ll actually care about." = CrimeReview.co.uk