*Blog Tour* A Suitable Lie by Michael J. Malone

*Many thanks to Karen Sullivan for my copy to review for the blog tour*

About the book:

Andy Boyd thinks he is the luckiest man alive. Widowed with a young child, after his wife dies in childbirth, he is certain that he will never again experience true love. Then he meets Anna. Feisty, fun and beautiful, she’s his perfect match… And she loves his son, too. When Andy ends up in the hospital on his wedding night, he receives his first clue that Anna is not all that she seems. He ignores it; a dangerous mistake that could cost him everything. A brave, deeply moving psychological thriller which marks a stunning departure for one of Scotland’s top crime writers.

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About the author:

Michael Malone was born and brought up in the heart of Burns’ country, just a stone’s throw from the great man’s cottage in Ayr. Well, a stone thrown by a catapult, maybe.

He has published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland and Markings. His career as a poet has also included a (very) brief stint as the Poet-In-Residence for an adult gift shop. Don’t ask.

BLOOD TEARS, his debut novel won the Pitlochry Prize (judge:Alex Gray) from the Scottish Association of Writers and when it was published he added a “J” to his name to differentiate it from the work of his talented U.S. namesake.

He is a regular reviewer for the hugely popular crime fiction website http://www.crimesquad.com and his blog, May Contain Nuts can be found at http://mickmal1.blogspot.com/

He can be found on twitter – @michaelJmalone1

My thoughts:

In the interest of honesty, I found myself struggling at the start of A Suitable Lie. I have read so many psychological thrillers/ domestic noir in recent months and I wasn’t grabbed immediately with this one. However, once I found my stride I couldn’t put it down.

I was rooting for Andy from the beginning. Such a great character, all you want is for him to have a little happiness in his life after becoming widowed. When he meets Anna, life looks so full of promise for him that it’s hard to see where anything could go wrong. Outwardly, they are the perfect couple, but therein lies the problem…

Everything looks different from the outside, and A Suitable Lie documents the free fall that can happen when there is deep-seated and long-buried issues waiting to rear their ugly head. The reader can sense it, and when it begins its impossible not to be put through the emotional ringer along with Andy and his family.

Domestic violence and abuse is awful, and real, and it can happen to anyone. It’s not easy to talk about as a victim, and it’s hard subject matter to write about. Michael J. Malone has tackled the issue with the sensitivity and tact you would expect, all the while keeping it thoroughly believable. A Suitable Lie evokes so many emotions and as a reader you will essentially run the gamut along with the characters. I defy you not to feel drained after reading it, I know I did.

If you like psychological thrillers, then this is the book for you. It is dark, powerful and highly emotive. An excellent cast of characters, with the wilds of Scotland framing the scenes, A Suitable Lie is a superb and moving account of one mans survival in a situation that nobody should have to experience.

Highly recommended.

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