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In the Silence

Narrated by: Fiona McNeill
Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
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A stunning new mystery thriller from the debut author everyone is talking about...

Anna hasn’t set foot in Glasgow for 10 years, for very good reason. 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, whom she later discovers dying on a blanket of snow. 

She finds herself at the centre of the investigation as the star witness and embarks on her own investigation of the case. 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 closes in. Can she solve the gruesome mystery before the killer strikes again?

©2018 M.R. Mackenzie (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd
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Fantastic read of crime story in Glasgow

I loved this crime thriller. Fiona mcneill was great she sucked you into the story and kept you on the edge of your seat. With all the twists and turns of the modern day crime story. I hope to listen to more from this author keep up the good work well done

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What a load of long winded tosh

The sex and violence did not make this book interesting. I don’t know why I listened to the end. I kept waiting for something to happen.
The narrator was fine.

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Love and hate

I've given it three stars because it really is a pretty good story but I loved it and hated it in equal measures.

The story starts out soundly, with Anna's return to Glasgow for an old friend's birthday party ad everything is fine until she finds a murder victim (he's not quite dead when she finds him but that's irrelevant), it all starts going a bit skewiff after that, Anna is reluctant to share all the information with the police (which as all crime readers know is never going to work out well) she 'forgets' to take her lithium (well that came as surprise, we didn't know she had a condition requiring lithium until now) but that's no problem, she often misses a day or two (my advice would be, never do this again Anna). things start getting really barking mad from here on in, there is one scene in which Anna is exhausted, having fled from one problem after another, almost frozen to death, run some more, almost been knocked down by a car and then, totally out of the blue, she throws herself at the one man she claims would be the last person she'd ever fancy! The reason for this is never explained, presumably it's due to her missing her lithium? Or maybe 'it's her time of the month' ! Given the way this book is written I'd not be surprised if that were the reason.
On the one hand I got the impression that the author hates women but conversely, he seems to have an equally low opinion of his fellow man, so I'm a little confused as to his reasonings for this bizarre story, but there is no doubt that it's pretty good, and very well narrated, although if you're not used to Scottish idioms you may struggle, I suggest using google, it's what I do when reading American novels.
To sum up, this is good and bad in equal measure, try it for yourself, I think you'll probably enjoy it, but also want to thump the author a few times during the reading (which makes it all the more entertaining at the end of the day) .

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  • barbara
  • 29-01-20

In the Silence

I found this book to be very slow and confusing and the story not too cldar, but it had a beautiful ending and you got into it more at the end. The narration was good.

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  • MB Aring
  • 20-02-19

Accent

Very difficult at times to understand the read with extremely overpowering thick accent. Seemed far fetched.