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Published by Orenda Books, 30 September 2018. ISBN: 978--191237433-5 (PB)
This dark domestic noir thriller explores the idea
that the people closest to us can hide dark secrets and are not necessarily who
we think they are.
Gadd lives a luxurious lifestyle in Glasgow until her husband of almost thirty
years dies suddenly. Thomas was a successful business man but at the funeral a
young woman, Cara, slips a note into Paula’s pocket suggesting that her husband
was not all that he seemed. The death of her husband so close to the
anniversary of the death of their only son doubles the anguish Paula feels.
Cara, on the opposite side of the social scale, has her own grief to deal with
after the recent death of her brother. When the two women meet up they realise
their stories are entwined. They begin to explore who Thomas really was and as
a result become embroiled in a dangerous cat and mouse game.
two main characters are very credible and likeable. As the book progresses
Paula goes through the various stages of grief and the reader empathises with
her pain without being depressed. Michael J Malone has portrayed this
beautifully and managed to get the balance just right between a wife struggling
with a sudden death and a strong character who needs to know what the hell is
going on, who she was married to for all these years and whether her entire
life is a lie.
well-paced, excellent read.
Reviewer Christine Hammacott
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
Christine Hammacott lives near Southampton and runs her own design
consultancy. She started her career working in publishing as a book designer
and now creates covers for indie-authors. She writes page-turning fiction that
deals with the psychological effects of crime. Her debut novel The Taste of Ash was published in 2015.