Published: March 17, 2016
‘I photographed the moment of my husband’s death…’ So begins HOLD STILL, a nerve-twisting thriller that promises to be Murder On the Orient Express for the Snapchat generation.
How much do we really know about those we love? Kate is visiting Tirana, Albania with her husband Paul, a much needed break from Paul’s website business which lately seems to be of growing concern. “Hold still,” says Kate, taking a picture as Paul steps onto the balcony. “We’ll always be together,” Paul responds. Suddenly there is screaming below and a blaring car horn. Kate stares down from the balcony at the broken body of her husband lying dead in the street.
Overcome with grief, Kate can’t accept her husband’s tragic death, and she replays the incident again and again, searching her pictures for a vital clue to what really happened. When she meets the enigmatic Priest at a grief support group, they journey into a world of violence and secrets and Kate realizes what Paul really meant when he said he would never leave her……
Kate Julia is in Tirana with her husband, Paul, for the funeral of one of his family.
Back in their hotel room Paul receives a text. At the same time Kate takes a picture of him on her phone. Seconds later he is lying dead on the ground, a long way below their penthouse balcony.
In a foreign country, where she doesn’t speak the language Kate, is left to answer the local police’s questions. Looking at the photograph she took of Paul just before his death Kate thinks she can see somebody on their balcony looking through the curtains, but will the police believe her.
Returning home to England with her husband’s ashes Kate becomes even more convinced that her husbands death is suspicious especially when she see’s the picture message that he received immediately before his death.Tirana is run by Mafioso type gangs involved in drugs, gun running and human trafficking. Was Paul involved with the gangs. If he was, was his death related to them and is Kate safe.
There is no doubt that the gang has members in England but who are they, where are they, what are they involved in, and how was Paul involved?
The story follows Kate’s quest for the truth.
Who can she trust, is anybody who they say they are? We find out she can trust NO ONE, she is completely on her own.
This book is a great psychological thriller. The author has managed to find a country, Albania, in which he can realistically set a great story.
A country that is run on corruption and fear, a country whose gangs are beginning to surface in the UK.
Kate’s plight is so believable, that at it makes the book fly by.
It would be a bit cliché to say there are twists-and-turns on every page but there are in every chapter. This book full of them, but the plot still flows at a pace that makes it almost impossible to put down.
A great read I would highly recommend. Just make sure you have nothing pressing to do when you start, because this one is nigh-on impossible to put down.
A great read!