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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.

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Kindle Edition, 348 pages
Published September 10th 2018 by Bloodhound Books
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Sumit RK
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In The Silence is a gripping thriller and overall one of the best written debut thriller novels I have read.

Set in Glasgow, Scotland, Anna is a criminology lecturer, returning home from Rome after 10 years. While out partying with her best friend, Anna has a chance encounter with an old crush from her high school. Later that night tragedy strikes and soon Anna finds herself at the centre of a murder investigation. Soon we have a spree of similar murders with a suspected serial killer. Will Anna
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Lou
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'In The Silence' is M. R. Mackenzie's debut novel set in Glasgow and featuring criminology lecturer Anna Scavolini. Having loved Scottish crime fiction and Scottish noir from the first time I experienced the thrills and spills of Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus novels, the sub-genre has gone from strength to strength. This is another addition to the genre, and it's actually very well executed. Being a Glaswegian himself, he knows more about the city than anyone, and it shows in his writing.

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Shalini
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book because it was a murder mystery, and the background motive made sense to me. But alas I didn't, as most of the book didn't make sense to me.

Anna comes home to Glasgow for Zoe's birthday after 10 years and gets a chance meeting with her teen crush Andrew who disappears on her and soon she discovers his body in a park. Cops are called, she becomes a prime suspect and cops harass her, no idea why!! Soon other murders start happening and Anna decides to investigate - again
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Sarah
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In The Silence is the authors debut novel. As debut's go I am pretty impressed. 

I really got a sense of Glasgow and the cold weather that they are experiencing in the story. It is actually quite an atmospheric read making it even more chilling. If felt like I was seeing it all through Anna's eyes which is down to the authors skillfull writing.

Even though it soon becomes apparent there is a link to the murders, just what the link is makes for some really intriguing reading. The police of course a
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Denise
"The ones that say nothing are as guilty as the ones doing it."

Dr. Anna Scavolini returns to Glasgow, where she grew up, in mid-December to stay with her old best friend, Zoe, and Zoe's brother, Victor. She's been living in Rome for the past 10 years and hasn't been home since. Out celebrating Zoe's birthday, Anna runs into a man she had a mad crush on when they both were in school together. After a few drinks, he disappears, and Anna later discovers him dead in a nearby park. Murdered. And he's
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Katie
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Elaine Tomasso
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Bloodhound Books for an advance copy of In the Silence, a debut novel set in Glasgow featuring criminology lecturer Dr Anna Scavolini.

When Anna returns to Glasgow after a ten year absence she is immediately whisked off to a club to celebrate her friend Zoe's birthday where she meets Andrew Foley, an old school friend. Later in the evening she finds Andrew on the brink of death, having been stabbed. Having failed to build a rapport with the police detectives sh
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Janet Newport
Thank you NetGalley and Bloodhound Books for this arc.

Overall, I found this to be a disappointment. The story / plot was start and stop with the author's ranting and ravings about the politics of prosecuting sexual assault crimes, the injustice of being sexually assaulted, yadda, yadda, yadda. Obviously an important issue for the writer (as it should be for everyone), but I found the on again off again crusading to detract from the pacing of the story. Then the writer wandered into mental health
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Jacob Collins
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A killer is stalking the streets of Glasgow in the depths of winter, in the run up to the festive season, and they are ticking off their victims, one by one; is there a connection between them or are they striking people at random? This is M.R. Mackenzie’s debut novel, and I was really impressed. It is a gritty and dark debut thriller, and the time of year that the author chose to set the book was perfect for creating that menacing and eerie atmosphere which he certainly did.

Anna has recently r
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Grace J Reviewerlady
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A thrilling read - and one which took me by surprise as, for a debut novel, it has hidden depths!

Anna Scovalini - that would be Dr. Scavolini to you and me - never saw herself settling in her home city of Glasgow and headed off to Italy for university and her career. Ten years on sees her returning for her best friend's birthday. At the end of the night, they head off - as they did all those years ago - to an all night cafe for food before heading home, but something happens which unsettles Anna
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Lena♥Ribka
Rounded up to 3 stars

The first part of the book - 3.5 stars, the second part of the book- 1.5 stars.

Anna, a criminology lecturer, returned to Glasgow from Rome, the first time in ten years. Very soon it became clear that something bad happened to her long ago that forced her to leaver her hometown and never looked back. It seemed she was doing well in forgetting and processing the events of the past days. It is why she came back to spend some nice days with her best friend Zoe. Only instead of a
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Jamma
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Anna, a university lecturer in Rome, returns home to Glasgow after a ten year absence for her friend’s (Zoe) birthday. They get together in a club where Zoe takes off to mingle with her other friends. Anna is left alone - but not for long. She is approached by an old high school friend - Andrew Foley and they spend the evening chatting.
Fast forward to later that evening. Anna discovers Andrew’s body in the park. He has been stabbed to death. And she finds herself a material witness to a mur
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Janel
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m a huge fan of novels where the answer to the present lies in the past, so when Anna returns to Glasgow to stay with her best friend, Zoe, it doesn’t take long for her past to catch up with her, old wounds to reopen, and this book to grab my attention.

What’s interesting about this novel is I didn’t particularly like any of the characters, not even Anna, everyone seemed a bit too full of themselves for my liking. But, I did want to know who the killer was, so this novel’s success lies in its p
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Zoé-lee O'farrell
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wow, this is a debut! Seriously! As I mentioned in a previous post, I am seeming to be reading a lot of thrillers lately, and just to add to it, a lot are set in Scotland! Man, I really need to get my butt up there and do an author walkabout!! A big plus for me in this book is yay there is a Zoe in the book lol.

The story has brought Anna home, back to Glasgow, somewhere she has avoided being for quite a few years. She is back from her best friend Zoe’s birthday. Whilst in the bar, Anna bumps int
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Alison
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy a gritty crime novel, Bloodhound books have never let me down before so I was prepared to take a chance on this debut by M. R. Mackenzie. I will ignore the minor detail that linked him to Dario Argento, any fans will know what I mean & understand it reflects a great story!

The cover also sent a few shivers up my spine so we have some good credentials before hitting the actual story. Right from the outset In the Silence was a real page turner, set in Glasgow added to the suspens
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Sharron Machin (booksbehindthetitle)
A gripping novel well worth reading.
Anna hasn't been back in town for ten long years and it seems her reappearance sets off a series of murders is she to blame ????.
The story weaves its way through the past encroaching onto the present with a subject matter that is dealt with sensitively.
What would you have done in that position all those years ago and how would you go about making it right now. It keeps you guessing as to who is exacting retribution throwing up a couple of red herrings in ord
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Sue Blanchard
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thankyou to NetGalley, Bloodhound Books and the author, M.R. Mackenzie, for the opportunity to read a digital copy of In The Silence in the exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion.
I thought this book was well written. There were plenty of twists to keep a crime enthusiast on the edge of their seat. I love when a book is unpredictable and this offering gave me that. Will definitely be keeping an eye out for more books from this author.
Well worth a read.
Owl._.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a debut novel, I have to say I really enjoyed this one! I was hooked from the beginning and kept guessing (wrongly) until the end. My only complaint was the author's use of local dialect. I felt it was inconsistent and at times took away from the dialogue. I felt it was extraneous and really not necessary for the overall plot/feel of the story.

However, I look forward to reading more by this author.

Thank you #netgalley and #bloodhound books for the eARC.
Mandie
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 victi ...more
Carol Curd
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read, great addition to the authors of "tartan noir"
Dawn
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This book has many of the right elements for a successful suspense novel, starting with what seems like a random murder, with no motive. As other murders follow and the police seem to have no ideas, Dr Anna Scavolini begins to make connections but are the leads which she follows the right ones? It would seem that someone thinks she is getting too close for comfort as she is warned off more than once. As the number of deaths and attacks rises, suspicion falls on a few different people but
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Cathy Geha
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the Silence by M.R. MacKenzie

Amateur sleuth and feminist criminology professor working in Italy heads to Scotland for her best friend Zoe’s birthday. Little did she know that going back to what once was her home, after a decade away, would open doors to rooms she had tried to lock behind her. What Anna saw and experienced her first night home triggered memories, made her need to find out who killed the man she talked to in the bar and lead her to eventually share secrets she had not shared be
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LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)
Dr Anna Scavolini has lived in Rome for the last ten years but is drawn by home to Glasgow by her friend Zoe for her birthday. Unpleasant memories begin to surface, especially when she comes across her former crush Andrew Foley at Zoe’s birthday party.

After an awkward conversation, Andrew disappears until she finds him later bleeding in a local park. Anna is soon drawn into the police investigation as their only real witness, but she feels like she can’t trust the police.

Another victim turns up,
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John Glover
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 investigatin ...more
Tracy Wood
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.

I enjoyed this book, even though I wasn't sure why the author set it in 2009. It was well written and kept me guessing right to the
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peggy
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a real page turner from the start.
Anna has not been home for ten years and for very good reasons, she is back to help her friend Zoe celebrate her birthday. During the party she meets someone she had a schoolgirl crush on and was always to shy to say hello to.
Now she is drinking and chatting with him. After the party Anna and Zoe both have the munchies so go looking for a cafe. While walking to their destination they hear a scream, it sounds like a fox but Anna is not so sure. While at
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Laura
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, while I am not familiar with this author, I love his work. His ability to keep you guessing is amazing. I could not stop reading in fear that I might miss something. We have Anna who has gone home after being away for 10 long years. She meets a guy named Andrew that she has not seen in a long time. However, when she finds him stabbed and dying she is worried that she might be the one to take the blame. Enter Zoe her friend. They seem to be opposites yet alike in some ways. Each with their o ...more
Nicki Southwell
The story begins with Anna arriving in Glasgow on a flight from Rome. She was born in Glasgow and is en route to see school friend Zoe who is celebrating her birthday.

They meet at a club and despite the freezing weather, the scantily clad women are there for fun. A glance from Anna towards the bar surprises her as she sees an ex-school friend, Andrew. They chat for a while and then he leaves. Unbeknown to him, Anna overhears a telephone conversation he makes on the phone. Later that night, she c
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Brian Mackie
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In The Silence by M R Mackenzie is a fantastic murder,mystery story set In Glasgow.Anna a criminologist who is back in Glasgow for the first time in years is out for the night with her friend Zoe,in the nightclub she meats Andrew,another old friend.On returning from the toilet Anna notices Andrew has left,as she goes to find him she overhears a telephone conversation between Andre and another woman,she decides she’s going back in to find her friend Zoe,afterwards on there way home they hear a st ...more
Bookish Biker
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Returning home after a 10 years absense, criminology lecturer Anna Scavolini soon finds herself embroiled in the murder of high school friend, Andrew Foley.

There are plenty of twists to go around in this debut novel from M.R. Mackenzie and he certainly shows a flair for the descriptive, painting a vivid picture of Glasgow and bringing life to the characters and the stories. His little flashes of humor brought some much needed relief (and reality!) to the darker themes.

In The Silence was well pa
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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 Dant
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