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The Introvert #2

The Introvert Confounds Innocence

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THE INTROVERT CONFOUNDS INNOCENCE continues the story of the eponymous anti-hero introduced in THE INTROVERT.

With his life disrupted by an unscrupulous work colleague and a bully at his son Toby’s school, things go from bad to worse when his neighbor’s abusive boyfriend goes missing, plunging the introvert into the center of a murder investigation.

Increasingly hounded by a meddlesome detective, and with his thoughts continually urging him to make people “red and open” and to “achieve it” with his girlfriend Donna, what follows is a sometimes brutal, oftentimes hilarious, and absurdist account of the life of one very anti-social and unexpected anti-hero.

226 pages, Paperback

Published October 5, 2019

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About the author

Michael Paul Michaud

4 books157 followers
I am an American-Canadian citizen, criminal prosecutor, and author of BILLY TABBS (& THE GLORIOUS DARROW) (Bitingduckpress) and THE INTROVERT series (Black Opal Books).

I hold a B.A. in English from McMaster University, an Honors B.A. in Political Science (summa cum laude) from McMaster University, and a J.D. from The University of Western Ontario (with an international exchange completed at Washington & Lee).

I have won awards for both my community service and my work as a prosecutor.

I am a member of Crime Writers of Canada and International Thriller Writers, and have made regular appearances on SiriusXM’s Canada Talks.

Follow me at facebook.com/michaelpaulmichaud,

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Profile Image for Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings).
1,503 reviews152 followers
March 30, 2019
After the success of "The Introvert" back in 2016, it goes without saying that the author Michael Paul Michaud, had to write more based on the loveable anti hero that featured in the original story. Once again the author has created and produced an excellent novella to keep readers entertained from the very first page. As with any series, reading the first would help introduce you to the very anti social but likeable vacuum salesman who is constantly funny in both conversations and actions, though it can easily be read as standalone and in one sitting too.
"The Introvert Confounds Innocence" is full of black humour, sometimes graphically violent and is utterly compelling. Quirky, twisted and darkly humorous but above all hugely entertaining this tale of a socially awkward man who often has thoughts urging him to make people 'red and open" will keep you smiling from start to finish. With an opening for a follow up story even further, I wish Michael continued success with his hopelessly loveable, unique and original character. Highly recommend, whether you're 'a weirdo' that the author dedicates the series to or not, you won't be disappointed!

5 stars
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2,575 reviews164 followers
August 4, 2019
This is the second book to feature The Introvert, of which thinking about it, yet again, we don’t get to know his name in this one either. It reads very well as a stand alone so don’t worry if you haven’t had a chance to read the first book.

Told from the point of view of The Introvert himself, it really makes for a compelling read. He doesn’t adjust to new people or new situations very well at all. I thought the parts to do with him and his new work colleague Gordon so funny. I really am surprised at times that he doesn’t get a slap for his straight talking. A lot of what pops into his head, comes straight out of his mouth without a pause for thought.

The author tackles bullying and domestic abuse. I was slightly worried as knowing The Introvert only to well, I wasn’t sure how he would handle another four year old bullying his own son. To a certain extent he has grown up a bit since settling down and being a father. That all comes under threat though when I have to say the most annoying detective I’ve ever come across in crime fiction, tries to uncover the disappearance of his neighbour’s boyfriend. He actually reminded me a little bit of Columbo, the annoying meddlesome detective.

The Introvert Confounds Innocence is a welcome addition into crime fiction. It is dark, effortlessly witty and has you routing for the protagonist who is someone you probably really shouldn’t do. You so can’t help feeling sorry for him though, well I couldn’t anyway. This made such a refreshing change to the books I normally read and after getting a little glimpse at the end for what is in store for The Introvert in the next book, well all I can say is bring on book 3!

My thanks to the author for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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634 reviews34 followers
November 14, 2019
I received this free book from the publisher for honest review.

4 stars ⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐

This is the first time reading from this author.

What a beautiful wonderful amazing read.

What a great read! This had me hooked from the beginning. The sitting, theme, and the Characters had me pulled so in. Everything was well put together and it was just perfect. This novel did just that to me.
Highly recommend everybody get this book and read it. Its so good!
Can't wait for next book.
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623 reviews2 followers
January 5, 2021
INTROVERT - An Introvert is often thought of as a quiet, reserved, and thoughtful individual. They don't seek out special attention or social engagements, as these events can leave introvertsfeeling exhausted and drained.

The unnamed anti - hero The Introvert returns to share more of his unique and often humorous takes on the trials and tribulations of the life of a vacuum salesman who is constantly fighting his urge to make people who annoy him red and open and his need for his long suffering girlfriend to help him achieve it.In this,the second book in the series our hero finds himself dealing with his young son being bullied at school, a new work colleague who is blind and only sufficiently black and the inconvenience of a really annoying detective who suspects (quite rightly) that our hero knows something about the disappearance of the Introvert and Donna's neighbour's violent boyfriend. A Detective that dresses like the brilliant,classic detective Columbo but is no where near as loveable as Peter Falk's fantastic character and I say that because it is true. He was so annoying that I kept hoping that the Introvert would make him red and open just to shut him up and stop him going on about the Introvert being a good mate and a good person. I loved the Introvert's interactions with his four year old son Toby (i laughed out loud when The Introvert told his son that he had to go to school because the government said so)and watching the surprising friendship that developed between the Introvert and his work colleague Gordon as the story unfolded. If I'm honest, I can't say that I liked Donna very much for various reasons but I loved The Introvert, I thought he was a fantastic character who had a witty sense of humour even if at times he wasn't meaning to be funny and it was fascinating reading his long winded dissection of his thoughts and wether to tell the full truth or a half version of the truth depending on what the repercussions would be for him.

I really really enjoyed this enthralling, humorous and fascinating study into the thoughts and actions of a complex, flawed but ultimately loveable character. It's a strangely, captivating story that had me hooked in from the first page and unable to put the book down until I had finished it. Although this is the second book in the series and events from the first book are mentioned, it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone. A brilliant read and very very highly recommended.
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653 reviews16 followers
January 23, 2020
This is a standalone book, but I think you'd enjoy it more if you read the first book, The Introvert. Because once you finish this one you are going to want even more.
In this book we meet again the vacuum salesman, who is now living with his girlfriend Donna and they have a son. Thinking the inclusion of the son would make this a very different book I was proved wrong as our anti-hero yet again delivers very dark humour and is still wanting to see people as "red and open".
This time he gets a new colleague at work - Gordon. Well, I just loved Gordon so much, he's the perfect foil to the introvert (whose name we never get to know!). The introvert himself reminds me a lot of the character Don in the "Rosie Project". He says it how it is and then when he sees others reactions he starts to replay what he's said and he still doesn't get it. The interactions with Gordon are just comedic genius.
A quirky read I don't think you will have read anything quite like this before. The dialogue reads like it's an Ellery Queen or written by Laurence Block, you are instantly transported to another time and place. In fact apart from the mention of a PC and spreadsheet this could be set at any time.
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131 reviews6 followers
January 30, 2021
This book is a strange one to review... on the one hand I actually preferred it to the first book, the voice of the introvert is so cleverly written and enjoyable and you feel completely immersed in his world and life. On the other hand however the detective in this story is incredibly annoying and his speech patterns don’t ring true at all. I am still really looking forward to the next instalment.
Profile Image for Kim.
22 reviews
March 31, 2019
To say I loved this book is an understatement!!! It's deliciously dark, wonderfully witty and was almost impossible to put down. The Introvert, do we ever learn his name, is the anti-hero I can't help but root for. I can hardly wait to see what he gets himself into in book 3.
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839 reviews151 followers
October 23, 2019
The awkward anti-hero is back! If you haven’t read The Introvert, I highly recommend you read it before catching up with this nameless man. Admittedly the author leaves you enough information to keep up but getting the full back story is always a good thing with this sort of unusual character.

The Introvert Confounds Innocence is a lesson in how to deal with bullies and get away with murder. Our protagonist has got himself in a pickle with his neighbour’s no-good boyfriend and even though he’s done the world a public service, someone is missing this lowlife. What ensues is this awkward chap trying to evade the equally awkward questions of a detective which is amusing in a dark and twisted kind of way.

I love this series, it’s like a breathe of fresh air in a weird, awkward kind of way. This unassuming nameless anti-hero makes me smile as I follow the story through his pained eyes. I’d recommend these to any crime fiction lover who’s looking for something a little bit different!! I for one am rather excited about the next episode of The Introvert series….
July 17, 2021
Another quick funny read but I didn’t like it quite as much as the first..I didn’t like the way the detective talked. Still enjoyed the awkwardness of the main character and will definitely read the next one in the series!
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37 reviews5 followers
June 27, 2019
Michael P Michaud has done it again with his sequel to “The Introvert”, “The Introvert: Confounds Innocence”. Once again Michaud has produced a novel that is not only hilarious but also dark, gruesome, thought-provoking and clever.

Our story picks up where we left off with our main character and his wife Donna. The plot quickly develops and we find out that The Introvert’s son Toby is being bullied at school (oh no….. I sense someone is about to become “red and open”). As we follow the journey of our introvert we dive deeper into the depths of his life with his wife Donna and how his thoughts and actions are having detrimental affects on his relationship.

A couple live next door and it is clear as the story progresses that something is not quite right about the couple (don’t want to give away any spoilers here). Of course The Introvert being such a thoughtful human being decides to investigate the cause with shattering consequences. Along the road we meet a very weird and repetitive English detective who likes to give The Introvert a run for his money. This detective is no-one our main character has ever come across before and it is so refreshingly funny to read how complicated this detective makes life for our Introvert.

With new characters and a completely new story line “The Introvert: Confounds Innocence” is just as good as the first adventure. Expect laugh out loud moments, cringe worthy conversations, **turn away from the page gruesome moments** and just outright good fun.

I am so excited to see how The Introvert gets on in his next adventure. Once again I highly recommend this book and give it 5*.
Profile Image for J Earl.
1,854 reviews73 followers
August 1, 2019
The Introvert Confounds Innocence from Michael Paul Michaud is a rollicking (sorta) sequel to The Introvert.

I have been on the fence about both books, between really loving them or merely liking them a lot. Fortunately it is a padded fence, though this time I jumped onto the loving side. I think, as I get to know the Introvert I appreciate (not sure I can say like) him more.

After reading the first book and again after this one, I pondered how such a character could be someone we enjoy reading about. Perhaps he represents an extreme facet of what is in all or most of us. And to see the things that we would stop short of even considering carried out so straightforwardly gives us a jolt and a little bit of guilty association. Are we him? No, not by a long stretch. But might a very small version of him reside very deep within us? I think it is very likely.

That said, I do have one problem. I suggested the first book to friends and the ones that took me up on it started looking at me funny. I thought they didn't like it, but turns out they did. What concerns them is that I tend to be an introvert, so they are beginning to question whether they want to be alone with me. Wait, maybe that isn't a problem. I need to get people who irritate me to read this, maybe they will leave me alone then!

I highly recommend this to readers who enjoy dark comedy, or dark drama, or, well, maybe funny darkness? Anyway, I definitely recommend this.
Profile Image for Michelle Ryles.
1,131 reviews78 followers
September 30, 2019
When reading The Introvert one rainy Saturday afternoon, I really didn't want it to end and my wish was granted with The Introvert Confounds Innocence being next in my reading queue - hurrah! You could read this book as a standalone but I think it definitely works better as a series, after all, the introvert himself is a serial killer. He's not your traditional serial killer by any means; he doesn't go out looking for people to kill, it's more like they present themselves to him as people who deserve to become 'red and open'. As a literal thinking killer with feelings, I think of our nameless anti-hero as a cross between Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory and Dexter Morgan from Dexter.

I love the simple but clever covers of these books and The Introvert Confounds Innocence shows a new addition to our anti-hero's life. I think his partner, Donna, not standing along with the family says a great deal about how anti-social our anti-hero really is. Does he actually love her or is she simply a means to his 'achieving it'?

There is a lot going on in the 226 pages of this book: the introvert's son is being bullied, he has a new competitive colleague at work and his next door neighbour is the victim of domestic abuse. With many contenders for the next person to become 'red and open', I couldn't read fast enough to see how this story would play out. Some of the interactions with his new colleague at work had me guiltily laughing out loud as our introvert smashes several of the equality and diversity protected characteristics to smithereens in one fell swoop. You really can't be offended by it as he doesn't mean it in a derogatory way, he is just being literal and there's nothing wrong with that when that's the way you are made.

Although not a criticism by any means, there was only one thing I personally didn't like in the book and that was the way the weird English detective spoke, however, the repetitive, often lyrical nature of prose did fit well with the book. He just annoyed the hell out of me as it felt like he was talking to a dog most of the time but I think that was part of his character as he came across as a bumbling friendly guy but he was like a bloodhound that has the scent of blood.

Leading on very nicely indeed to Book 3: The Introvert Bears Filthy Witness, The Introvert Confounds Innocence is a wonderfully quirky instalment in this awesome series. I can't wait to see what happens next to the introvert and I have to confess that I am most definitely addicted to this highly original series; so just try and stop me reading the books again while I wait (im)patiently for Book 3.

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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Author 2 books9 followers
January 22, 2020
I read both this novella and its predecessor, ‘The Introvert’, within twenty-four hours. When I set out to review a book, I take it slowly and make notes as I go along. This time, that’s how I began, until I realised that my method didn’t match the stories. Going with the flow is the best way to appreciate Michaud’s brilliant use of first-person narration, including a repetition of key phrases, which create humour in what would otherwise be a dark tale.

I also realised that it’s necessary to have read ‘The Introvert’ in order to fully appreciate ‘The Introvert Confounds Innocence’. Yes, one could read Michaud’s second novella first, enjoy the narrative and laugh at its sharp humour, but I advise readers to start at the beginning of the introvert’s journey. And what a great trip this voyage around a sympathetic anti-hero is!

' "The Introvert Confounds Innocence" continues the story of the eponymous anti-hero introduced in "The Introvert". With his life disrupted by an unscrupulous work colleague and a bully at his son Toby’s school, things go from bad to worse when his neighbour’s abusive boyfriend goes missing, plunging the introvert into the centre of a murder investigation.'

On the first page of the second part of the introvert’s adventures, we find him buying an ice cream for his son. It sounds like a simple, everyday thing to be doing, but for our anti-hero, nothing is straightforward.‘I wondered what Toby was going to order. Then just as quickly I started wondering why I was wondering what Toby was going to order.’ For a moment, it seems as if Toby may not get his ice cream, but the introvert’s learned coping strategies kick in swiftly and the treat is saved. This is a pattern repeated throughout the book, in situations which grow progressively more dangerous.

The ‘unscrupulous’ work colleague turns out to be a complex character who, in spite of a poor start when the introvert describes him as being ‘like a bat’, disrupts his life positively.

'Increasingly haunted by a meddlesome detective, and with his thoughts continually urging him to make people "red and open" and to "achieve it" with his girlfriend Donna, what follows is a sometimes brutal, often hilarious and absurdist account of the life of one very anti-social and unexpected anti-hero.'

Readers will have to figure out for themselves what the phrases ‘red and open’ and ‘achieve it’ mean to the introvert. One is not as bad as it sounds, and the other is much worse.

What do I like about this book?
I loved these words of the introvert’s colleague, ‘Well, you go on being weird….Enough phonies in this world already.’ This chimes with Michaud’s dedication, ‘For the weirdos’.

January 27, 2020
No Judgement here but I’m sure I’m not the only person on this Earth to have slightly inappropriate thoughts when people are annoying me. (anyone?) I also have a wondering mind (I refer to it as a bad version of a word association game) and often find myself miles away from a conversation because a phrase has triggered a new line of thought. So, when I open a book and begin to read about a character who has similar thoughts then I’m hooked.

Despite being a sequel to The Introvert (which I have not yet read), this books works well as a stand alone novel although I get the feeling the character of The Introvert (name unknown) is introduced and explored in more detail.

The main protagonist, very anti-social, quirky gentleman is absolutely fascinating and as the novella is written from first person the reader gets a real feel of the character and inside his head. The character is developed in such a masterful way that he really gets under your skin in various ways. I’m still completely undecided whether I completely love him or if I would find him difficult to be around but that’s the beauty of this book. Usually I will side with a character or detest them (I love characters I hate) but in this case I simple cannot decide where I lay or how I completely feel about him.

The plot itself has elements of comedy, love and protection and some dark but humorous moments too. The Introvert just cannot seem to help getting himself into tricky situations that he particularly finds difficult to deal with. He often sees things in black and white and has no filter regarding what he says but what’s really fascinating is the conversations he has with himself – showing that he’s trying to make sense of confusing social norms and rules.

This is such a fun and addictive novella with a very fascinating and multi-dimensional main protagonist. I adored The Introvert and cannot wait to read the first one to catch up.
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957 reviews
April 13, 2019
I was provided this book from the author for an honest review.
The main character as far as I can work out is a functioning sociopath, he’s been through lots of guidance and therapy with help from parents who understood from an early age what he was like from school age.
We catch up with our main character 4 years from the last book now living with Donna, their son Toby and the dog he rescued from his previous abusive landlord. He still operates in clear and precise ways trying to navigate social situations as best he can based on his traits. His partner Donna has become used to his ways and they function well but we find that his son is being bullied in his nursery.
I then figured out this is based in America on how the characters talk to each other. He is then involved in how to help his son and also deal with the highly aggressive father of the bully.
Work changes when a new colleague arrives which starts off very uncomfortable but again his new colleague George learns that he is different and helps him.
His neighbour next door has a dog he likes very much but also a bad abusive boyfriend, as usual our main character doesn’t get involved till it personally involves him!
I like how he drifts off from time to time either imagining his antagonisers red and open or thinking of things in general that takes his focus away. He is highly intelligent and wishes to learn more about how others take certain situations so we find he has a subscription to a child psychology magazine to help best understand his son but also make him realise that people are the same.
A good read my only issue was the British detective I didn’t like how he was portrayed myself they made him a bit of a knob and doesn’t shed good light on us Brits from the American perspective especially as most here don’t call people chap or talk to them like they’re an animal!
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3,598 reviews66 followers
November 23, 2020
The Introvert Confounds Innocence by Michael Paul Michaud
The Introvert #2

Not having read book one was not a problem, but it did make me wonder just what I had missed in backstory about The Introvert. He is a man that is truthful to the extreme but also quite able to circumvent telling truths that might impact his life negatively. In this book he is happily living with the mother of his son, his son, and various pets. He works hard at his job selling vacuums and deals with life as it comes his way. At times he has a bit of an anger management problem but usually manages to control it.

What I liked:
* The Introvert: loving father, caring partner, animal lover, excellent salesman, sometimes sees people “open and red” when they anger him.
* The story, writing and plotting
* The logical way The Introvert thinks things through…though he gets distracted from time to time
* The way I smiled when he met Gordon, new salesman of vacuum cleaners
* The way he handled the police investigation
* That he is an anti-hero I like and came to care about – hoped he would come out okay in the end
* That this was new and different and a wee bit dark and unexpectedly drew me in and made me a fan of The Introvert
* All of it really except…

What I didn’t like:
* The person done away with
* The British Chap Rozzer dude…though I was not supposed to like him so that means the author did a good job

Did I enjoy this book? Yes
Would I read more by this author? Definitely

Thank you to the author and BOTBS for the copy of this book – This is my honest review.

5 Stars
Profile Image for Cassandra MADEUP BookBlog.
424 reviews6 followers
November 24, 2019
I am reviewing books 1 and 2 together as I read them back to back in one sitting and couldn’t put them down, so reviewing them individually would certainly be a challenge!

First and foremost, if you do not enjoy dark (and i MEAN dark) humour then perhaps avoid this one.

If you enjoy that kind of thing? Well... in that case, you NEED to read these! Talk about a dark gem, these were so engaging and oddly fun to get stuck into. I flew through the pages and literally couldn’t wait to pick up the next instalment so it is certainly a good thing I had both to hand at the time!

Our main character is fairly normal you would think, he’s introverted as the title suggests, but have you ever wondered what goes on inside peoples minds? Welcome. Welcome to a quiet persons disturbing mind haha

This is very well done, fast paced and snappy from page to page, the books certainly aren’t long but please do NOT let that put you off! So much is packed into the pages of these stories, they really do have one heck of an impact and will leave you thinking about the story and perhaps snickering to yourself over it. I know I did!
Profile Image for Asimah Akhtar.
130 reviews2 followers
October 3, 2019
We are introduced to the introvert in the first book, The Introvert. We never learn his name, but we know he is a vacuum salesman who often has dark thoughts about making people "red and open". On rare occasions the thoughts turn into actions and he ends up making people "red and open". 

In this book the introvert's life has progressed. He now lives with his girlfriend Donna and has a son, Toby. He is much more aware of his urges and tries not to give in to them. However, there's one point where he sees there is no choice but to act. 

A dark comedy with an enjoyable story line. The protagonist is a very likable character some of his actions are bad, however you can but help feel sorry for him at times. He says things that not everyone will understand, but to him make perfect sense. For the introvert all his actions have a justification and he feels he acted plausibly. 

An enjoyable read. I look forward to reading the next in the series. 
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1,579 reviews28 followers
October 9, 2019
Part two in this brilliant series.

Those who read my review about the first book, might remember that I had a soft spot for main character. This has not changed one bit. He still continues to make me smile and it’s great to see how he thinks about things in general but also before he answers a question. It makes me realise people often just say what pops in their head and regret some of the things later.

He is called a weirdo and it’s true that he is different. It might seem that he plays dumb, but in fact he is real clever.

The author shows us that sometimes you try to hide one thing and because of that you suddenly are accused of something else. Is it best to explain, but with big consequences or do you admit the lesser of two evils and try to figure it all out?

This is a series that should never end. I could keep on reading these books forever and ever. 5 stars.

Thank you, Michael Paul Michaud and Book On The Bright Side Publicity & Promo

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483 reviews24 followers
January 26, 2020
4 Stars from me

Bit of an odd one... literally! This is one of the most unusual books I have read in a long while, featuring one of the most unusual lead characters.

I shall have to call him 'the introvert' for we do not learn his name, and he is SO introverted it really is a bit of a mystery to me that he managed to ensnare the long suffering Donna! Let alone that she helps him 'achieve it'.

I liked the reference to the 'Columbo' sells technique, swiftly followed by the Columboesque detective, in fact there were several clever little references throughout this engaging tale and I liked it more and more as I read it.

For such a simple style, there are a lot of 'hot' topics covered in the story - discrimination and domestic violence to name but two. However, this very much slips under the radar of a good - but quirky - story and the Introvert's desire to see people 'red and open' is all too relatable!

He is a dark but delightful character and his antics are somewhat of a guilty pleasure! I look forward to seeing what he gets up to in future books.
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386 reviews6 followers
September 11, 2019
Well, I just couldn't believe my luck when this popped up in my online book club (TBConFB) as a book available to read and review. I'd read The Introvert #1 quite some time ago, and I'd absolutely loved it, so I was excited to get stuck in to this. I was chuffed to bits to find our vacuum selling anti-hero is still his anti-social, weird and strangely loveable self, happily settled with his girlfriend, Donna (still helping him to 'achieve it' on a regular basis) and still driven by a need to see his enemies as 'red and open'. He's such a character. And now they have a son, Toby who is 4 and not having a great time at school. Coupled with neighbour Hayley's tempestuous relationship with her boyfriend, you just know disaster is going to strike. Will our Introvert survive to tell another story? You'll need to read it and find out!.
Profile Image for Caroline Venables.
625 reviews8 followers
November 11, 2019
This book is the follow up to The Introvert which I reviewed last month The Introvert.

This book can be read as a stand alone, but I would recommend reading The Introvert first so you can get a sense of the character and how he thinks.

I really enjoyed the first book and this one did not disappoint. This book sees our main character still in his relationship with Donna,and they have a son together. It is not a light hearted read but is similar to Dexter as you read his thoughts. Although dark it is very funny,and he finds himself with a lot of potential victims in this book as he discovers he is living next door to a domestic abuser, he is in competition with a new salesman at work and his son is being bullied at school.

An usual character but you do find yourself rooting for him. Looking forward to the next one.
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36 reviews10 followers
August 9, 2019
This is the second book in the series and every bit as fantastic as the first!
I am thrilled to see that there will be a third installment as well.

I like the way we are getting glimpses into his relationship with his parents in this sequel and I find it fascinating to read about his childhood 'incidents.' I'm also enjoying watching his son develop and can't help but wonder how much of his father is in little Toby.

I find it so relateable how his thoughts can continue down a rabbit hole in the midst of a conversation until he's suddenly drawn back to the person speaking to him.

I'm a big fan of dark humour and this book does not disappoint. The way the main character straight talks to people and processes what they say to him had me in stitches in some parts.
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652 reviews14 followers
October 5, 2019
I very recently read The Introvert, the first in the series introducing our very unlikely Anti-Hero.

You can read the review for that here

This new story picks up a few year after the end of book 1, still unnamed, The Introvert, is now living with his partner Donna, and now has a young son, and of course his loyal dog Molly is here as well.

Doing his best to lead a ‘normal’ life, The introvert has his tendencies for making people “red and open” under control.

But life isn’t always that simple..

With his son being bullied at school, a new competitor for best salesman at work and his neighbour being abused, everything begins to become a little too much ..

Again finding himself under investigation for murder, Michael Paul Michaud introduces quite possibly the most irksome character I’ve ever read in the British detective handling the case.

Has our ever lovable Introvert met his match?

Laced with Dark Black humour and scenes of violence, Michael Paul Michaud has written another twisted, quirky and highly addictive read.

Though slightly longer than its predecessor, it’s another quick read and you can’t help but read on as you need to know what he is going to do or say next.

Darkly compelling, ingenious, inventive writing.

I am a huge fan of The introvert, and couldn’t have been happier finding out there is part 3 on the way.

Highly Recommended

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1,091 reviews23 followers
October 18, 2019
This is book two in the introvert series, reads well as a standalone but makes references to the first book! This was just as wierd and wonderful as the first book. I loved it. This book is set a couple of years after book one and we can see the changes to the introverts life throughout this story.
Brilliant read, another short one which can easily be devoured. We still didn’t find out the introverts name in this story… Suspense! This story contains two major problems that still affect everyone today… Bullying and domestic violence.
The introvert has its readers backing him and secretly loving his character… Well I do. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend and I’ve seen there’s a book three coming...
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182 reviews2 followers
January 25, 2021
After reading the 1st book yesterday I had to read book 2 straight away. This is not my normal genre at all but I have loved this anti hero! The writer has created his voice to sound like one you know when reading and as much as he is actually a serial killer you don't want him caught in anyway. He innocents and naivety are enduring but some part are laugh out loud humour. The detective annoyed the life out of me in the book with his constant use of repetition but other than that I really enjoyed this weird dark page turner of a book.
Its only after reading other reviews that I realised that even in book 2 we still don't know the Introverts name. That's how clever the writer is I never picked up on the fact
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23 reviews2 followers
March 31, 2019
I enjoyed The Introvert so much, I spent the better part of a year telling everyone I knew to read it (whether or not I was even certain they knew how to read). This had all the intrigue of the first story, which is often impossible to achieve in sequels. But the book is so full of hilarious observations that it makes it impossible for anyone not to root for the character—even while he is in the midst of murdering, or just imagining murdering someone. I’m anxious for the third one.

Thank you to Michael for the ARC—I didn’t think I would make it until October, and luckily I didn’t have to.
2 reviews
April 27, 2019
The Introvert Confounds Innocence is a thought provoking and intriguing sequel to The Introvert. I’ve waited two years for this and Michael Paul Michaud has not disappointed. It’s dark, it’s weird, it’s bizarre and I loved every page.

This book adds another layer to the complexity of the Introvert and his capacity to control his impulses and distinguish right from wrong. Imprisoned in his own mind I was drawn into his world. Does it make me a weirdo because I’m empathetic to the introvert? It may, but he is my hero.

Excellent book and I highly recommend it!

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465 reviews8 followers
January 27, 2021
This book is very cleverly written with certain instances that jumped out at me - for reasons that I won't mention here because I don't want to give anything away - but really, the entire novel is outstanding. Michaud's writing isn't the kind a reader skims through or scans in order to get the gist of a paragraph. I found myself drinking in every word and sentence, so cleverly and consistently chosen as they were to show the unique perspective of the Introvert as he navigates his way through life and relationships with people. I look forward to reading more of this series.
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35 reviews22 followers
April 18, 2019
I was sent a pdf of this book for my honest opinion:
Our little Introvert is growing up, he has a family and is trying NOT to make people "red and open" (He fails at this, but has good reason) This was such an amazing book. I was laughing non stop at this dark humored masterpiece. Please everyone if you are just stumbling across this, buy the first one and then pre-order this one. Thank you again Michael Paul Michaud for letting me read this. I will be buying it to be put right next to the 1st.
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