I photographed the moment of my husband's death....' So begins Hold Still, a nerve-twisting thriller from best-selling 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....
Tim Adler is an author and commissioning editor on The Daily Telegraph who has also written for the Financial Times and The Times. His debut self-published thriller, Slow Bleed, went to number one in the Amazon medical thriller chart while influential review site Crime Book Club made it a Book of the Month.
Its follow-up, Surrogate, has stayed in the top 40 psychological thrillers for over a year and was a Book of the Month on E-thriller.com. The Sunday Times called Adler's most recent nonfiction book, The House of Redgrave, compulsively listenable while The Mail on Sunday called it dazzling.
Adler's previous novel, Hollywood and the Mob, an exposé of how the Mafia has corrupted the movie industry, was Book of the Week in The Mail on Sunday and Critic's Choice in the Daily Mail. Tim is former London editor of Deadline Hollywood, a US entertainment news website.
"Hold Still hooked me from the very beginning and Adler's engaging style and sharp pace kept me glued." (Peter James)
"Compulsively readable." (Sunday Times Culture)
"Adler writes with brio." (The Week)
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