Today I am on the blog blitz for debut novel ‘In The Silence’, by M R Mackenzie. Thank you to BloodHoundBooks for the blog blitz invite. Here is my review:
Anna hasn’t set foot in Glasgow for ten years. And for very good reasons…
Anna, a criminology lecturer, returns to Glasgow from Rome during the coldest winter in memory. While out with her best friend from school, Anna has a chance encounter with a former flame, Andrew. Tragedy strikes later that night when Anna 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?
What does TWG think?
What an intriguing debut this is! I was really impressed by the way the author described the setting, as well as the way that he had the suspense of the ‘whodunnit’ nailed almost straight away. Don’t panic, the hook isn’t given away right at the beginning, it was only cemented which meant that I couldn’t help but want to know the ins and outs of the situation.
Whilst I was impressed by a lot of ‘In the Silence’, I found myself sitting on the fence a lot throughout, as I felt like something was missing from the overall storyline. Even now, I’m not too sure what that may have been, all I know is that Anna’s character seemed to require a lot of ‘padding’ as she didn’t seem to make much of an impression on her own. By ‘padding’ I mean that I felt as though there was a lot of additional storyline added to certain sections where it wasn’t a make or break situation. Like I say, that’s only my opinion.
However, I did really enjoy the mystery elements of the book as they managed to keep me on the edge of my seat with the carefully thought out suspense. Even though I had a few reservations about the novel as a whole, I must say that M.R.Mackenzie has such a unique writing style which made me laugh as well as make my jaw drop. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.
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.