Hold Still – Tim Adler

‘I photographed the moment of my husband’s death…’ So begins HOLD STILL, a nerve-twisting thriller from bestselling author Tim Adler.

How much do we really know about those we love? Kate is visiting Albania with her husband Paul, a much needed break from Paul’s stressful website business. ‘Hold still,’ says Kate, taking a picture as Paul steps onto the hotel room 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 lifeless in the street. Overcome with grief, Kate can’t accept the truth of Paul’s tragic death, and replays the incident over and over 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 together into a dangerous world of violence and secrets as Kate realises what Paul really meant when he said he would never leave her…… 

This is the first time I have been introduced to Tim Adler’s work. The book description piqued my interest as this book being something that bit different from the normal suspense thriller, the plot sightly deeper with a darker twist and one about a life that not every one of us can comprehend and maybe find disbelieving but a life that someone somewhere will be living today. The book cover is simple and effective albeit sharp and focused and one I was drawn to.

This book is written of two very different and isolated worlds which run alongside in parallel with each other. One is invisible but both  are slowly being exposed

I can only describe this book as being of two very different and isolated worlds which run alongside in parallel with each other and one being invisible to some and both being exposed to most. Adler’s book centres around the mafia, the underworld and dark belly of Albania a corrupt society that has tainted them all. One which Paul knows all about and one with Kate is oblivious exists.

Hold Still is a gripping story from start to finish, that takes us on a dramatic chase across two worlds in a gritty and dark atmospheric setting with turbulent twists and a collision of harsh truths with a main character who wouldn’t take no for an answer whatever the cost.

The scene setting within these pages flow as easy as I breathe, the descriptives vivid and alive, the emotions felt and the desperation clear. I felt Kate’s emotional roller coaster as she journeys into the unknown, every word written with conviction expressing so much in short bursts enabling the reader to feel her fear, her fight for freedom, her determined desperation and we watch as her love turns sour, disintegrating into hate. Solid, harsh hate.

I always held hope for Priest, there was something loyal and protective about him that I warmed to.

Kate Julia is my favourite character in Hold Still, she is alive with passion and enthusiasm for justice, for the truth and for doing the right thing. When she becomes exhausted and worn down she fights on through pure adrenaline and fear. She is a fighter, a strong warrior and a very determined human being.

I really enjoyed the introduction of Priest and felt the connection before the characters did. As I read through the pages and feeling Kate’s despair at not being able to trust anyone I always held hope for Priest, there was something loyal and protective about him that I warmed to. I picture him as the actor Don Cheadle although slightly rugged around the edges not clean shaven. I liked him long before Kate did.

Hold Still is a gripping story from start to finish, that takes us on a dramatic chase across two worlds in a gritty and dark atmospheric setting with turbulent twists and a collision of harsh truths with a main character who wouldn’t take no for an answer whatever the cost.

This book is a keeper for me and one I would highly recommend to others. It is hard leaving a review without giving away spoilers but I must say that this book goes deeper than you think it would. Excellent writing and I look forward to reading more from Tim Adler.

 

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