#BookReview of After he died by Michael J Malone @michaelJmalone1 @annecater @orendabooks #randomthingstours #teamorenda

Posted September 5, 2018 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 0 Comments

#BookReview of After he died by Michael J Malone @michaelJmalone1 @annecater @orendabooks #randomthingstours #teamorenda

After He Died by Michael J. Malone
Published by Orenda Books on July 30 2018
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 276

You need to know who your husband really was . . . When Paula Gadd's husband of almost 30 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.

How well do we know anyone especially the person in the bed next to you? Well, that’s the question Paula asks after a random blonde, Cara we find out, puts a note in her pocket at her husbands funeral! The audacity!
This book has a bit of everything for everyone.

Jaw dropping moments -check

Twists and turns – check

New friendships – check

Betrayal –  check and that is just to name a few!

The book speeds through the overwhelming grief that Paula has after just losing her husband Tommy and her son Christopher some years back. How one person could handle that much grief I will never know. I understood how she felt with grief and how it can just hit you, just doing the menial of tasks yet she carried on because what else could you do, especially when you have a note to tell you your husband is not someone you know! 

That would be something that would shock you to the core to find this out! How can someone you have spent almost 30 years with, not be the person you thought? That there was a whole other life you didn’t know about. Shocking I know! 

I do have to say I LOVED Joe! Or Father Joe, either way! The younger brother of Tommy, his relationship with Paula was a pure one and it was a strength that Paula needed. 

This is not a fast paced action book, this is a beautiful slower burner, it is one that reveals secrets slowly, luring you in, and then bam. This is character driven, and it is a story that really needs to be, you need to have the people you like and the ones you don’t and the writing reinforces this. The short chapters hold so much information but because they are short they let you fly through the book without taking a breath.

It has made me also want to up sticks and visit Ettrick Bay, in Scotland as it sounds so beautiful. I do need to take a trip up there soon so maybe I should go up and go find the cottage.

So if you want to know who Thomas Gadd is, well you need to pick up this book and pronto.

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*Thank you so much to Anne at Random Things tours, Orenda Books and the author Michael J Malone for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review*

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About Michael J. Malone

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

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