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Summary

For half a lifetime, journalist Martin Scarsden has run from his past. But now there is no escaping. 

He'd vowed never to return to his hometown, Port Silver, and its traumatic memories. But now his new partner, Mandy Blonde, has inherited an old house in the seaside town, and Martin knows their chance of a new life together won't come again. 

Martin arrives to find his best friend from school days brutally murdered and Mandy the chief suspect. With the police curiously reluctant to pursue other suspects, Martin goes searching for the killer. And finds the past waiting for him. 

He's making little progress when a terrible new crime starts to reveal the truth. The media descend on Port Silver, attracted by a story that has it all: sex, drugs, celebrity and religion. Once again, Martin finds himself in the front line of reporting. 

Yet the demands of deadlines and his desire to clear Mandy are not enough: the past is ever present. 

An enthralling and propulsive thriller from the acclaimed and best-selling author of Scrublands

©2019 Chris Hammer (P)2019 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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Pretty laboured. struggled to finish

I enjoyed scrublands but while I did persist to the end of silver, I found it quite contrived in terms of how convoluted the plot was and the twists that just seemed to go on and on. and not in a good way. managed to finish it but it was a slog as I lost interest about 3/4 way through.

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Brilliant

Really enjoyed this, and its predecessor. Great, well-crafted stories, just loved every minute. Both books deserve a decent TV series (not a movie - wouldn't do it justice). Hope Chris Hammer does more.

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Way too long

Having enjoyed Scrublands, I looked forward to this book. However, it went on and on, and I eventually skipped 5 hours towards the end to spare my sanity. Glad I did.

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Very good but...

This was enjoyable, eventually but not as good as “Scrublands” which I listened to immediately prior to this. I wondered if the change of narrator would make a huge difference but it didn’t. These changes often spoil a series but Nicholas Osmond was wonderful. However, and this is nothing to do with the narrator and I don’t know if the writing was dramatically changed, but for a lot if this book I really didn’t like Martin nor Mandy very much. Overall though it was very good but had a great deal to live up to following the first book.

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Fabulous.

It’s not often book 2 is as good as, or even better than, the first - Scrublands. This is. Unputdownable.

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Fantastic second book in the series

Just brilliant! The characters are complex and real. The story is complex and satisfying. Can not recommend it enough!

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An Aussie sitting in London during lockdown being helped to reminisce about growing up in coastal nsw. Thankyou.

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Just as good as his first book Scrublands.

My wife and I listened to this book together. We were slightly apprehensive because we had listened to Scrublands together and absolutely loved it. Both stories have very good plots with many twists and turns. Chris Hammer gives a lot of detail in both books painting a picture which really takes the listener into the story. In both books the narrator is very good with different voices bringing the characters alive. I would highly recommend Silver.

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Really enjoyed this book

Silver, by Chris Hammer Yet another great story by Chris Hammer. I was gripped to the end. I’m not going to spoil it by describing it. Listen to it for yourself. You won’t regret it. Good reading of it by Nicholas Osmond too.

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  • 28-05-20

A bit too much of an encore

Perhaps I am a bit harder on this one because I listened to it straight after Scrublands. Authors generally copy fiddle and paste a bestseller formula, but this one is too close and not quite as good. I should have left a longer gap. Having said that its still a good yarn and I like to setting and the Detective / Journalist plot lines.

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  • Peter
  • 31-10-19

Disappointed

I really enjoyed Scrublands but was disappointed in Silver. It starts off promisingly and I think maybe with better editoring it could be better. Too much time driving back and forth did nothing for the story other than drag it out. The bit about eating endangered fish and animals was unnecessary and might give some legitimacy to this although one sentence near the ends basiclly says the perpetrator should stop. This left me with a bad taste . Possibly the wrong people died in the story