After He Died
You need to know who your husband really was…
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
It's a non stop pacy thriller which you want to finish NOW!! It's also shocking, disturbing and unbelievably fun to read, with plenty of twists and turns with also the ability to throw you off just when you think you figured it out (especially the ending).
I really do recommend this to anyone who loves a great thriller.
Paula Gadd has just lost her husband. This on top of loosing her son a few years before. She is questioning life itself. Then she meets Cara. Cara has also lost a loved one; she has lost her brother. Paula and Cara end up developing a close bond. But soon Paula discovers that the events that have taken place are connected.
Strange people keep turning up in her life and then secrets start to unfold. ...more
This story just took a turn that I don't care for so I'm throwing in the towel. Michael J. Malone is a terrific writer so please don't let this review sway you. This one just wasn't for me.
Paula is grieving, having lost her husband without warning. Enter Cara, who wants Paula to know some bitter truths – but what exactly the truth is waits to be discovered.
Various relationship dynamics are key here as Paula discovers hidden depths in those around her. There are plenty of unexpected moments and the authors eye for nuance of ...more
Losing her husband of almost 30 years was bad enough, but she had also lost her son just a few years ago and practically on the same date. And now someone has placed doubts in her mind about her husband.
When Paula meets the young woman, she expected to be told that her husband had had an affair. But what ...more
Paula Gadd is only just managing to hold herself together mainly due to the pills that she took before the service.Her beloved husband of almost thirty years has recently died,just days away from the forth anniversary of the death of their son Christopher.Grieving and bereft sh ...more
Imagine your son dies and you have to deal with the aftermath with your husband. This obviously strains a relationship but also can bring a couple closer together. Then imagine your husband dies and now you're left all alone.
This book opens at the funeral of Paula's husband. At the funeral, she's given a note that her husband is not who he seems. First of all, that's not a great place for someone to do this - isn't she going through enough already?! Then people start showing up and you're heari ...more
After He Died is very different to the previous two standalones by Michael Malone. This is a much darker thriller featuring some very nasty characters and is an addictive and suspenseful read.
I took to Paula straight away. She was a strong woman but ...more
Thanks so much to Orenda for this copy:)
His last book (House of Spines) left me feeling highly unsettled and this one did as well, albeit in a completely different manner. This time I had an uneasy feeling as it ...more
Paula has lost her husband of nearly 30 years and it has devastated her, especially as they lost their o ...more
After He Died once again shows of Michael J. Malone’s ability to diversify so if you’re expecting something along the lines of the gothic greatness that was House of Spines or the ext ...more
I read this book in one sitting, because I really wanted to find out what happened. I read some great reviews about this book and one reviewer added a spoiler so I kinda had an idea of what was going on. Even though I was a bit prepared, it didn't ruin the book for me.
I'm a character reader. I really get into the characters, their story, and who or what they are. The author does an amazing job of painting the two primary characters quickly and thoroughly and develops the secondary char ...more
For a short book, it does not contain any fluff to lengthen the plot. The plot is intense and filled with subtle hints that lead to the suspect behind the questionable killing.
(1) Who is behind her husband's death and subsequent murders that follow it? (2) What's the intent for the murders?
I love how Paula (main) does not dive into unnecessary trouble but reasonable trouble comes her way due to the circumstances related to her husband. Gr ...more
Paula’s husband of almost thirty years just died of a heart attack just before the anniversary of their son’s death and her world falls apart. She is stunned when a younger woman slips her a note at the funeral saying that her husband isn’t who she thought he was. The two women finally meet and Paula is shocked by the revelations that are brought to her attention. We soon se ...more
Some books just shouldn't be read at a specific time in your life, I truly believe that. This book flopped for me. I couldn't escape with it. I couldn't sink my teeth into it. I was angry at Paula for how clueless and gullible she could be. I felt like a lot of this was a bias hate on the husband book and I couldn't love it.
I’ve loved my first experience of Michael J Malone’s writing. I was immediately drawn into Paula’s world, feeling her heartbreak. Thomas was her world and with him gone, she’s left with no family of her own. Then at a time of vulnerability, one stranger says something to pull the rug from under her already shaky feet.
“your husband is not the man you thought he was”
My instant thought was he had a second family or something similar, the usual revelation in a domestic noir kind ...more
“After He Died” opens on a scene which (I’m assuming) everybody would dread. One of our two protagonists is burying her husband when she is asked to question her dead husbands past, and if he truly was the man she thinks he was. This is the catalyst that leads her on a journey for the truth about her husband, and his business.
The protagonists here are incredibly strong and I found myself somehow rooting for both of them to get a satisfactory ...more
Thank you #NetGalley, the author and the publisher for my ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Posting on goodreads as well.
Michael J. Malone is an author who seems to be able to get to the heart of the most complicated, damaged people and does so in a way that means their lives aren't sanitised but neither are they dehumanised. Some of the characters in After He Died live on the edges of society, th ...more
I was struck by Michael J. Malone’s sensitive and gentle way of w ...more
Straight away I want to mention the cover, how simple, effective and amazing it is. The story itself is far from simple, but it is effective and it really is amazing. I got to meet Paula at the funeral of her husband Tommy, she is still stunned, shocked and in a daze when this random stranger just walks up and asks Pa ...more