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…
After He Dies is available in ebook now and paperback on the 20th September. You can purchase or pre-order your copy here.
After He Dies is a dark, atmospheric book that was just a fantastic read.
The author is very good at creating dark, unsettling stories that play on the readers mind. I found the story very intriguing as I wondered how on earth Paula hadn’t known about her husband’s other life. I was soon reading faster and faster as I was drawn into Thomas’s seedy world, wondering how the story would play out. There were some parts of this world which were a bit unsettling and therefore might not be to everyone’s taste.
Paula was a very interesting character. She seems very strong and determined sometimes but fragile the next. I felt quite sorry for her finding out the truth about both her beloved husband and the death of her son but at the same time I was wondering if she was everything that she seemed? Surely she must have known about her husband and what he was up to? Clara, on the other hand was a very firery, confident character who was absolutely determined to get justice for her brother. I had to admire her determination but wondered again about her motives and if she was all that she seemed. The unlikely friendship she forms with Paula shouldn’t have worked but it does and I was glad they had each other.
A special mention is needed for Thomas’s brother Joe who is a fantastic, warm, caring character that I really enjoyed reading about. The relationship he has with Paula was lovely and led to some of the most heart warming bits of the book.
This isn’t a fast paced book, instead there is an underlying sense of unease and a feeling that something is going to happen. The tension gradually increases as things become more and more complicated and the truth about Thomas is gradually revealed.
Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Karen from Orenda Books for my copy of this book. If you like tension filled, unsettling domestic noir you’ll love this book.
About The Author:
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 Rageand 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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