In this breathtakingly brutal and intensely topical psychological thriller, a man is accused of child sexual abuse, and his life and that of his actress girlfriend are thrown into turmoil…
‘Malone is the master of twists, turns and the unexpected, with the skill to keep things grounded. So much so, that the reader can picture themselves in the very circumstances described. Superb storytelling from a master of his craft’ Herald Scotland
‘Beautiful, lyrical prose takes the reader through a perfectly constructed, often harrowing tale’ Denzil Meyrick
Film star Amelie Hart is the darling of the silver screen, appearing on the front pages of every newspaper. But at the peak of her fame she throws it all away for a regular guy with an ordinary job. The gossip columns are aghast: what happened to the woman who turned heads wherever she went?
Any hope the furore will die down are crushed when Amelie’s boyfriend Dave is arrested on charges of child sexual abuse. Dave strongly asserts his innocence, and when Amelie refuses to denounce him, the press witch hunt quickly turns into physical violence, and she has to flee the country.
While Dave is locked up with the most depraved men in the country and Amelie is hiding on the continent, Damaris, the victim at the centre of the story, is isolated – a child trying to make sense of an adult world.
Breathtakingly brutal, dark and immensely moving, A Song of Isolation looks beneath the magpie glimmer of celebrity to uncover a sinister world dominated by greed and lies, and the unfathomable destruction of innocent lives … in an instant.
Wow, yet again Michael J Malone delivers a powerful and emotive read.
Within the opening chapters, it’s obvious things aren’t hunky dory in Dave and Amelia’s relationship. Things are about to get worse when the police knock on their door to take Dave in for questioning after allegations are made by their next door neighbours.
The more I got to know Amelia and Dave, the more I was committed to finding out the truth. Both of these characters are so compelling and demand the readers attention. Not only do we get to see things from life inside prison with Dave, to Amelia having to deal with everything on the outside but we also get to see and know Damaris, the girl who Dave is accused of sexually abusing.
I was instantly drawn into this story and the characters lives. The psychological element of the story had my mind going into overdrive as to whether Dave was guilty or innocent. I was at a constant battle with my emotions when it came to the behaviour of certain inmates and what Dave was having to endure but my heart was also breaking for what Damaris was going through. It was a story that wholly consumed me.
A Song of Isolation is a quietly brilliant novel. This is an author who delivers such hard hitting stories which take over my world whilst I am reading them. I wouldn’t even dream of comparing the author to anyone else as he has such a unique and powerful voice in his writing that affects me in ways I don’t think any other author ever has. It is a story that has left a mark on me as it made such an impact. A thought provoking page turner by a truly gifted writer.
My thanks to Ann Cater for an invite to be on the tour and to Orenda Books for a readers copy. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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. His
psychological thriller, A Suitable Lie, was a number-one bestseller, and the
critically acclaimed House of Spines, After He Died and In the Absence of
Miracles soon followed suit. A former Regional Sales Manager (Faber &
Faber) he has also worked as an IFA and a bookseller. Michael lives in Ayr.