Back again today with my review for In The Still in prep for tomorrow’s Briefly Maiden publication day review!
*Many thanks to Chris at Fahrenheit for my review copy!*
About the book:
When Ali Dalglish immigrated to Canada she left behind her career as Britain’s most in-demand forensic pathologist & criminal psychologist.
Now, eight years later, Ali feels alone, and bored, and full of resentment. Suffocated and frustrated by her circumstances and in an increasingly love-starved marriage, Ali finds herself embroiled in a murder case that forces her to call upon her dormant investigative skills.
As she’s pulled deeper into the case of ‘The Alder Beach Girl’ and into the mind of a true psychopath, Ali is forced to confront her fears and to finally embrace her own history of mental illness.
In an increasingly febrile atmosphere Ali must fight hard to protect those she loves from the wrath of a determined and vicious predator and to ultimately allow the woman she once was to breathe again.
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In this crime debut, we meet Ali Dalglish, who emigrated to Canada 8 years previously with her husband and two children. Before moving to Canada, Ali worked as a forensic pathologist and a criminal psychologist. Considered to be a child prodigy, highly intelligent Ali ended up leaving the UK at the pinnacle of her career to re-locate to Canada, and as a consequence, is filled with resentment and totally unfulfilled with her life as it is now.
Living in the quiet town of Mochetsin, Ali gets drawn into a murder that sends shock waves through this idyllic seaside town. The killer wont stop at one,and refuses to be caught. What follows is a manic and grisly game of cat and mouse. Can Ali rise to the challenge and put her old skills to good use to help the investigation?
In The Still is a graphic and evil crime thriller. Usually, with all of the crime books I read, I tend to read with detachment as I’ve become desensitised to violence between the pages, However, In The Still is different. It got under my skin. It made my heart pound. I was afraid to turn the pages to see what fresh hell Jackie Chadwick would unleash on her unsuspecting readers. The antagonist is so sick and twisted, yet unbelievable clever. That is what kept me hooked from beginning to end.
Jacqueline Chadwick has a very descriptive writing style, lots of big beautiful words to describe the absolute horrors taking place in her book. Another thing about her writing is the dry humour that is interspersed in the narrative. It gives welcome relief to some of the heavier parts, and it really endears Ali to the reader. It takes skill to inject humour into something so disturbing, but it is carried off with ease by the author. There is something infectious about foul-mouthed Ali, she’s definitely someone I’d love to hang out with!
With Ali in particular, there is a constant and honest undercurrent of her battle with her own mental health. It is referred to a few times and I liked how the author described her almost daily battle with her issues as it made her even more human and relatable. It shows that Ali, beneath her hard exterior, is trying to deal with her own mental health on top of everything else. Family life and the investigation clearly take its toll on her but I’d like to think she’s strong enough to get through it all and come out fighting.
Thoroughly enjoyed reading In The Still. It kept me gripped, made me feel more than a little uneasy and screwed with my head. Ali is a force to be reckoned with and I can’t wait to see where she takes us next! Loved it!