Today I pass the baton to Mandie who has a review of In The Silence by M.R. Mackenzie as part of the blog tour. Thanks for Sarah Hardy for inviting us to join the tour and publishers Bloodhound for providing the advance copy of the book for review. Here is what it’s all about.
About the Book
Anna hasn’t set foot in Glasgow for ten years. And for very good reasons…
When Anna, a criminology lecturer, does return to Glasgow from Rome, during the coldest winter in memory, tragedy strikes. While out with her best friend from school, Anna has a chance encounter with a former flame, Andrew, and later that night discovers Andrew stabbed and dying on a blanket of snow.
Soon Anna finds herself at the centre of the investigation as the star witness for the police, and embarks on investigating the case herself. But Anna doesn’t realise the danger she is in and soon finds herself in trouble.
When another body shows up, who has links to the first victim, it appears that the motive may lie buried in the past.
As Anna gets closer to the truth, the killer starts closing in.
But can she solve the gruesome mystery before the killer strikes again?
In the Silence centres on Anna who has returned to her native Glasgow after an absence of 10 years to celebrate the birthday of her best friend Zoe. Left alone temporarily in a nightclub she bumps into her schoolgirl crush Andrew. When she later finds him stabbed and dying in the street, it is the start of her nightmare as she becomes involved in the murder investigations when the police are convinced she is either involved in some way or knows far more than she is letting on. When another victim is found, Anna decides that she wants to know the truth about what happened and why, bringing her into the firing line of the less than happy police detectives.
It took me a little while to warm to Anna as she comes across as having quite a cold personality and doesn’t seem to find it easy to relate to others, including her best friend, but it was this character flaw that enabled her to dig around for the truth as she was unconcerned if her questions and digging upset or offended anyone.. in fact if that someone was in the police force she almost seemed to take some pleasure in it. The more they pushed the more she went from wanting to escape Glasgow and get back to her life in Rome to poking around in the investigations, determined to find the truth. Anna’s friend Zoe seemed a little self-centred especially when Anna’s life seemed to crashing around her, but they both seemed to be desperately clinging to their close friendship of the past, despite having grown apart in recent times. The two detectives in charge of the case seemed very keen to link Anna to the murders and I will be honest, I hope to never come across any like them in real life as one of them seems to take great pleasure in humiliating Anna at every opportunity.
Lately I have found that I am rarely truly surprised when the perpetrator and their motives are revealed however the author managed to keep me guessing right to the end as to who was behind the attacks and their motives. Trust me it won’t be what you expect. Having totally fallen in love with Scotland at an early age, I love books set anywhere there and although I have only very briefly been to Glasgow, the author manages to paint a vivid picture of the place and location.
In the Silence is the first book by M.R Mackenzie and I look forward to more from him in the future.
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About the Author
M. R. Mackenzie was born and lives in Glasgow, Scotland. He studied at Glasgow University and has a PhD in Film Studies. In 2016, he contributed a chapter on the Italian giallo film to Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion.
In addition to writing, he works as an independent Blu-ray/DVD producer and has overseen releases of films by a number of acclaimed directors, among them Dario Argento, Joe Dante and Seijun Suzuki.
When he’s not doing any of the above, he works in a library, which tests his sanity and keeps him in touch with the great unwashed.
In The Silence is his first novel.