Today, I’m so excited to be hosting the next stop on the A Suitable Lie, by Michael J Malone, blog tour.
Andy Boyd thinks he is the luckiest man alive. Widowed with a young child, after his wife dies in childbirth, he is certain that he will never again experience true love. Then he meets Anna. Feisty, fun and beautiful, she’s his perfect match… And she loves his son, too. When Andy ends up in the hospital on his wedding night, he receives his first clue that Anna is not all that she seems. He ignores it; a dangerous mistake that could cost him everything.
Andy Boyd is a widow, still coming to terms with the loss of his wife, Patricia, and facing the prospect of raising a young son alone. When a chance encounter throws him together with the beautiful Anna she seems to be his perfect match and cannot believe he has a second chance at love again. But underneath all the charm, beauty and ‘accidents,’ Anna is not what she seems and soon Andy comes to realise just how dangerous Anna is…
Harrowing!! I cannot begin to describe how amazing this book is. I was captivated from the very start especially with the opening chilling words ‘..And that was the first time I thought of murder.’
The novel is told from the point of view of Andy Boyd, a normal guy trying to raise his son, but when Anna’s actions at home escalates Andy just doesn’t know what to do. Andy needs to protect his son but at what cost? The narrative in this novel has a fresh, innocence to it which really lulled me into a false sense of security, making me sympathise with Andy’s plight.
The author did a fantastic job of tackling a very difficult topic with domestic abuse without it becoming too graphic as some other novels have done previously. I loved how the author was still able to show the raw emotion of the characters and portray the harrowing ordeal Andy faces daily.
This novel just took me on a rollercoaster of emotions, I spent much of my time screaming at Andy to take some action but actually sometimes doing nothing is just as harrowing as doing something. I couldn’t stop thinking about this book after turning the last page – it was so damn good and one I will remember.
This is a novel full of twists, tension and gut-wrenching emotion. It is one I would recommend to all crime fans!!
With thanks to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for my review copy.
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About the author
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. 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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Don’t forget to stop by the many stops on this blog tour! It’s one not to be missed.