Hello! Today I’m very pleased to welcome you to JuliaPalooza for my stop on the Blog Tour for After He Died by Michael J. Malone – a dark and original domestic noir and explosive psychological thriller – which will be published by the fabulous Orenda Books on 30 September 2018 (links below).
About the book
You need to know who your husband really was…
When Paula Gadd’s husband of almost thirty years dies, just days away from the seventh anniversary of their son Christopher’s death, her world falls apart. Grieving and bereft, she is stunned when a young woman approaches her at the funeral service, and slips something into her pocket. A note suggesting that Paula’s husband was not all that he seemed…
When the two women eventually meet, a series of revelations challenges everything Paula thought she knew, and it becomes immediately clear that both women’s lives are in very real danger. Both a dark, twisty slice of domestic noir and taut, explosive psychological thriller, After He Died is also a chilling reminder that the people we trust the most can harbour the deadliest secrets…
After He Died is, I regret to admit, the first of Michael J. Malone‘s books I have read; however, I have had the paperback of A Suitable Lie on my TBR for a while so I will rectify this as soon as possible!
I really enjoyed my first experience of his writing. After He Died is part drama, part mystery and part thriller. It is both an intimate and very moving portrait of grief and a surprising and twisting tale of greed, revenge, violence and the worst of human beings.
Paula is a sympathetic lead character and my heart broke for her several times over during the book. Watching her navigate her way through the very worst time of her life was at times difficult but she was impressively smart and strong.
I very much liked the character of Cara – her grit, determination and sheer balls – and it was interesting and both heart-breaking and heart-warming to read about the work of her Independent Advocacy Scotland.
After He Died is well plotted and beautifully written. I did not see the ending coming at all and, from the start, it is a rollercoaster of emotions. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a deep and meaningful thriller, especially one with a heart.
Thank you to Karen at Orenda Books for the ARC of After He Died and to Anne Cater for my spot on the Blog Tour.
About the author
Michael Malone is a prize-winning poet and author who was born and brought up in the heart of Burns’ country. He has published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland and Markings. Blood Tears, his bestselling debut novel won the Pitlochry Prize from the Scottish Association of Writers. Other published work includes: Carnegie’s Call; A Taste for Malice; The Guillotine Choice; Beyond the Rage; The Bad Samaritan and Dog Fight. His psychological thriller, A Suitable Lie, was a number-one bestseller, and the critically acclaimed House of Spines soon followed suit. A former Regional Sales Manager (Faber & Faber) he has also worked as an IFA and a bookseller.
About the Blog Tour
Please check out the rest of the fab bloggers on the tour for After He Died: