Today I am delighted to be the next stop on the blog tour for Michael J Malone’s latest novel, A Suitable Lie which is out now in both paperback and kindle editions.
Some secrets should never be kept… 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 like he is her own. When Andy ends up in the hospital on his wedding night, he receives his first clue that Anna is not all that she seems. Desperate for that happy-ever-after, he ignores it. A dangerous mistake that could cost him everything. A brave, deeply moving, page-turning psychological thriller, A Suitable Lie marks a stunning departure for one of Scotland’s finest crime writers, exploring the lengths people will go to hide their deepest secrets, even if it kills them…
I actually went into this book without reading the description so to be honest I had no idea what was in store for me in A Suitable lie. Having now read it and been totally blown away, I have to say I am so ashamed that I have never read any of this authors books and I will certainly be seeking out his others to read and enjoy also.
Not knowing what to expect when I first met Andy, I was really pleased for him when he met Anna. I liked Andy straight away and thought that him and his son Pat deserved every happiness and I was glad that he could feel that at last he was able to move on and start living again.
Anna just seemed like the perfect partner for Andy, good looking, independent, strong and best of all she was great with Pat. That all changes on Andy and Anna’s wedding night and what happens from then on just left me speechless. In fact it actually knocked me sideways to start with as it made me feel so uncomfortable and I honestly didn’t know if I wanted to carry on.
I’ve read plenty of books with story lines to do with domestic abuse and obviously it doesn’t make for pleasant reading. Andy’s story though just seems to sink into every part of your being, so much so that the injustices that he was facing felt personal to the reader also.
As soon as I realised the type of person that Anna actually was, well, all I can say is that by the end I hated her with a passion I have never felt for a character in a novel before. The anger that built up in me was quite scary, it felt like it was going to bubble over. So many times I felt like chucking the book at something as Anna made me so mad. I felt so frustrated on Andy’s part and I so desperately wanted to stop the pain and hurt that she was causing him.
There are some really likeable characters alongside Andy, like his mum and his brother Jim. Also Sheila, his work colleague is someone that gives Andy light at the end of a very dark tunnel.
I loved the brotherly love between Andy and Jim, and Jim certainly brought some much needed light relief at times as he is such a free spirit. He is someone you would definitely want on your side when the cards are down and you can see how much he idolises Andy and his nephews. It was extremely touching.
A Suitable Lie is an extremely well written novel that will stay with me for a long time to come. Andy’s story will ignite a fire inside readers and have them feeling emotions that they never knew they could feel from a book. Without a doubt this is one of the best novels I have read, not just this year, but in my life time so far. Powerful and moving, this is THE must read of 2016!
My thanks to Karen at Orenda for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars but deserves way much more.
A Suitable Lie is available to purchase from Amazon.
About the Author:
Michael 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. His career as a poet has also included a (very) brief stint as the Poet-In-Residence for an adult gift shop. Don’t ask.
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