• Publication date: 30 Jul 2018
• Publisher: ORENDA BOOKS
• Language: English
• ASIN: B07DFPCLNK
Source: ARC copy – thank you
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 they 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…
This book just proves once more what an incredibly gifted, versatile author Michael Malone is. He appears to be able to write a novel about any subject and turn it into a fascinating story. I’ve been a fan of his since I read his book The Guillotine Choice and have enjoyed subsequent books written by him and published by the fine publishing house of Orenda Books.
This latest intriguing novel by Malone throws up that old question most probably asked throughout time immemorial of whether or not we really know the people we live with. Ha! No. Obviously not!
The story perfectly illustrates the ability that some people have of being able to lead double lives, fooling partners into believing they are a certain type of person when in actual fact they can at times be the complete opposite.
Paula Gadd’s journey into the discovery of her late husband’s dual life began at his funeral and the subsequent, sometimes horrific events, that took place after this is the whole premise of this intriguing novel.
The intense grief and pain of Thomas Gadd’s widow was powerfully and sensitively described. Her shock at each new discovery and frightening turn of events was powerful and palpable. I really felt for Paula, who was already grieving over the death of her son and gradually fell apart at the seams.
I liked the character of Cara, a strong determined advocacy lawyer who first breaks the news to Paula about her husband’s actions. Joe, the flawed parish priest brother of Thomas was also an interesting character, whose humour and turn of phrase made me laugh out loud.
This author gets right inside the heads of the characters he writes about.
A tense mystery thriller. Another Malone masterpiece
Michael Malone is a prize-winning poet and author who was born and brought up in the heart of Burns’ country, in Ayr. He has published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland and Markings. His career as a poet has also included a (very) brief stint as the Poet-In-Residence for an adult gift shop. Blood Tears, his bestselling debut novel won the Pitlochry Prize (judge: Alex Gray) from the Scottish Association of Writers. Other published work includes: Carnegie’s Call (a non-fiction work about successful modern-day Scots); A Taste for Malice; The Guillotine Choice; Beyond the Rage and The Bad Samaritan. His psychological thriller, A Suitable Lie, was a number one bestseller on AU/UK ebook charts, and House of Spines soon followed suit. Michael is a regular reviewer for the hugely popular crime fiction website http://www.crimesquad.com. A former Regional Sales Manager (Faber & Faber) he has also worked as an IFA and a bookseller.
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