How He Died by Michael J. Malone #BookReview @michaelJmalone1 @OrendaBooks

after he died

Author: Michael J. Malone 

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Format: Paperback 300 pages

Release Date: 20 September 2018

Publisher: Orenda Books 

I bought this book after reading such rave reviews during the Blog Tour a few months ago. There’s usually a reason why books consistently get such good reviews and I’m pleased to say I was not disappointed with this purchase! Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


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…

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My Thoughts

This book starts with Paula Gadd attending the funeral of her husband, now to some, that might seem like we’ve started the story half-way through, but with this story it’s quite the opposite, because it’s upon the death of Paula’s husband that she begins to learn that he was not what he seemed. 

It starts when an anonymous woman slips Paula a note during the funeral which leads Paula down the rabbit hole. She begins to uncover that her husband had many many secrets which she was not aware of whilst he was alive. 

I really liked Paula’s character, she has definitely been through some tough times. She’s had to deal with the death of her son some years prior and now the death of her husband, and to top it all off, she starts to discover he might not have been the man she thought he was. Now I’m sure most of us would just want to curl up in a ball under the duvet and quite frankly, just give up at this point, and although Paula does have her moments where this seems the best option, despite this she sets out on a mission to uncover the truth. Paula is the kind of character you can really get behind and feel something for. 

The plot to this book is cleverly written and you may find yourself upon finishing questioning how well you know the people who are meant to be closest to you. This clever plot together with the easy flowing writing style from the author makes this a book I would definitely recommend to any readers who like a bit of mystery and intrigue in their books. 

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 Rage and 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 A former Regional Sales Manager (Faber & Faber) he has also worked as an IFA and a bookseller.

Follow Michael on Twitter @michaelJmalone1

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