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
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
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’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
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
Malone’s writing is the m ...more
I really enjoyed my first experience of his writing. After He Died is part drama, part mystery and part thriller. It is both an intimate and very moving portrait of grief and a surprising and twisting tale of greed, revenge, violence and the worst of human beings.
Paula is a sympathetic lead ch ...more
After He Died opens at the funeral of Paula’s husband, she is understandably distressed, distant and just wants to get the day over and done with. However, she receives a note from a mystery woman, Cara, which is about to cast doubt upon the last 30 yea ...more
This is the first Michael J Malone book that I have read and I have to say I am very glad I had another of his books donated to my shelf because his writing is fantastic.
I thought that After He Died was going to be a high octane ride with twists and turns around every corner but it was better than that; it took its time and pulled me in with its rich description and intriguing characters so that when something unexpected happened the impact was greater. It has a kind of quiet suspens ...more
How well can you truly know the person you have spent nearly thirty years loving?
Michael J. Malone is a master of suspense, dread and mind games which he uses to make After He Died another stellar reading experience. Dialling ...more
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 husban ...more
I have read some fantastic books recently, however a few chapters in to After He Died I realised how long it has been since I had read a gripping suspense thriller - Gone Girl, Girl on A Train, Before I Go To Sleep, all released years ago now and I hadn't realised how much I had missed stonking examples of this genre until the beginning of After He Died awoke something in me. I relished the chance to read further.
"When Paula Gadd’s husband of almost th ...more
As Malone sets up the premise of the book, starting at the above-mentioned funeral of Thomas Gadd, you may be forgiven for think ...more