Film star Amelie Hart is the darling of the silver screen, appearing on the front pages of every newspaper. But at the peak of her fame she throws it all away for a regular guy with an ordinary job. The gossip columns are aghast: what happened to the woman who turned heads wherever she went?
Any hope the furore will die down are crushed when Amelie’s boyfriend Dave is arrested on charges of child sexual abuse. Dave strongly asserts his innocence, and when Amelie refuses to denounce him, the press witch hunt quickly turns into physical violence, and she has to flee the country.
While Dave is locked up with the most depraved men in the country and Amelie is hiding on the continent, Damaris, the victim at the centre of the story, is isolated – a child trying to make sense of an adult world.
Breathtakingly brutal, dark and immensely moving, A Song of Isolation looks beneath the magpie glimmer of celebrity to uncover a sinister world dominated by greed and lies, and the unfathomable destruction of innocent lives … in an instant.
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I’ve been a huge fan of this author since his debut so I was very excited to learn that he had a new book out as I know they are always fantastic reads. This is going to be a hard book to review as I really don’t want to give anything away.
In this book the author takes the difficult subject of a child abuse case and gives the reader the opportunity to observe it from three different points of view which I thought was very interesting. The story is told by Dave, the accused, his girlfriend Amelia who is a former actress and the victim Damaris. I liked that the author didn’t try to overly sway the readers opinion about the characters so I didn’t find myself siding with any one of the characters which I found interesting as I thought I’d immediately be on the child’s side. That’s not to say I didn’t have a lot of sympathy for him – I did but I also felt empathy towards Amelia and Dave too.
I thought this story was very fast paced with lots of twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. Some of the revelations where deeply shocking and made me wonder at the lengths done people would go to. The author also takes a swipe at the press and their need for juicy stories regardless if the heartbreak they can leave in their wake. This gave the book quite a modern, realistic feel to it and made me think I was actually following a case in real life.
Overall I would highly recommend this book to anyone who liked fast paced books that make you think. Im excited to see what this fantastic author comes up with next.
Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Orenda for my copy of this book. Just read it, you won’t regret it!
About The Author:
Michael J. Malone was born and brought up in the heart of Burns’ country, just a stone’s throw from the great man’s cottage in Ayr. Well, a stone thrown by a catapult, maybe. He has published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland and Markings. BLOOD TEARS, his debut novel won the Pitlochry Prize (judge:Alex Gray) from the Scottish Association of Writers and when it was published he added a “J” to his name to differentiate it from the work of his talented U.S. namesake. He can be found on twitter – @michaelJmalone1