In the Absence of Miracles
A young man discovers a family secret that turns his world upside down in this dark, emotive, shocking psychological thriller by number-one bestselling author Michael J. Malone
John Docherty’s mother has just been taken into a nursing home following a massive stroke and she’s unlikely to be able to live independently again.
With no other option than to sell t
This shocking and once again powerful thriller covers a storyline ...more
I know from reading the magnificent A Suitable Lie that Michael J Malone knows how to shock and surprise and boy, did he make my jaw drop this time! From the ...more
The box that he finds in the attic leads him into making some shocking discoveries and boy do I mean shocking. What follows then, is quite a harrowing and powerful read.
The au ...more
John Docherty’s mother, Lorna has recently suffered a massive stroke. Due to the stroke, she no longer has the use of one of her hands and she has been left unable to speak properly. After the death of her husband years before she had been living by herself but the stroke means that she is no longer capable of looking after herself, that she now needs round the clock care and that she can no longer stay at her ho ...more
John Docherty seems like your everyday guy, dealing with everyday issues. His mother has just been move ...more
The book starts off with John's mother having had a stroke and living in a care center to receive help. When John realizes that he won't be able to support her and that she probably won't be coming home he decides to clean out the house to sell it. When he comes across a family photograph he hadn't se ...more
John Docherty has had to admit his mother into a care home after she suffers a major stroke at a relatively young age. His father died five years ago and so to raise money to pay for ...more
In this novel once again Michael J Malone demonstrates the profound ripple effect of secrets in the family, how they permeate the conscious make-up of family members at very deep levels and through into succeeding generations. He is adept at choosing a slant that is often just a little different and he is keen to show that v ...more
Malone isn’t an easy writer to categorise; already that makes him more interesting. In the Absence of Miracles is a domestic noir, but it’s also so much more than that. It’s a book that quietly and sensitively peels back the layers of a series ...more
When a massive stroke before her sixtieth birthday puts paid to Lorna Docherty ever living independently again, her son, John, is hit by the double whammy of his mother looking a shadow of her former self and needing to sell the family home in order to finance her care. With decidedly mixed memories of a dysfunctional family life characterised mainly by his detective father’s ominous silences and anger an ...more
I will be totally honest: I got off to a rocky start with this one. It was very much a book of two halves for me. The book begins with very little introduction, throwing us into the lives of these charac ...more
He makes a start in the attic where he finds a blood stained child’s shoe and the birth certificate of an older brother that he never knew existed and does not remember at all. This is the start of John’s journey to learn what happened to T ...more
And to violence…’
In the Absence of Miracles is the latest novel from prize-winning poet and author, Michael J Malone. Due for publication on September 19th with Orenda Books, it is described as ‘shocking, chilling and heartbreakingly emotive…domestic noir at its most powerful. A sensitively wrought portrait of a family whose shameful lies hide the very darkest of secrets.’
Michael J Malone doesn’t shy away from highlighting a very ...more
Due to costs, he is going to sell her home to pay for her continuing care, so visits his old home to start clearing it ready for sale….while in the loft he finds a picture of himself with a younger child….but has no memory of it…..
When his younger brother, Chris arrives he shows him the picture and they realise, John is the younger child, s ...more
I followed John’s journey for the truth and witnessed his downward spiral and self destruction. Too much alcohol, losing focus on work and relationships.
It all starts with the harsh reality of his mother having a stroke and having to sell the family home to pay for her care. Clearing ou ...more
John with his brothers help turns into detective mode in search of answers after what he has found in a box, in his mother loft… Prepare for a bumpy ride, it’s not going to be easy. Is anyone going to speak out about what ...more
I just....wow I was literally blown away as I was reading through this...
A concept like this is not read a lot by me but this one just grabbed my eye and I couldn't put it down afterwards.
WHERE HAS THIS BOOK BEEN?
I'm literally shocked out of my core, and in such a good way too.
The writing, it flowed so ...more
His mother has recently suffered a devastating stroke, and whilst she is a relatively young woman, it’s clear that she will no longer be able to live at home.
John has the job of sorting through her house, ready to sell it, to fund her long-term care. John’s younger brother Chris is no support, having moved overseas long ago and rarely returned for visits; he didn’t even ret ...more