Review: After He Died by Michael J Malone @michaeljmalone1 @OrendaBooks


Release date: July 30, 2018

Publisher: Orenda Books

Genre: Psychological Thriller


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 not all that he seemed…

When the two women eventually meet, a series of revelations challenges everything Paula thought they knew, and it becomes immediately clear that both women’s lives are in very real danger.

Both a dark, twisty slice of domestic noir and taut, explosive psychological thriller, After He Died is also a chilling reminder that the people we trust the most can harbour the deadliest secrets…

I’m so pleased to be one of the stops on the blog tour for After He Died today!


I’m beginning to realize that the ever so talented Malone is the rare type of author who reinvents himself with each new book and I am so very impressed with this keen ability he possesses. I’ve now read his last three releases and have really liked all three and am truly blown away by how unique and compelling all of them are.

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 seemed that the more Paula went searching for answers the more danger she was in, and I cared about this woman. Right from the moment you’re introduced to her character you’re empathetic because she’s a new widow and then she receives a cryptic note from a young woman saying her husband isn’t who she thought he was. Of course my first thought was that he was a stereotypical cheating husband with a possible double life, but I should’ve known better. Malone didn’t take the easy way out, instead he led me down a twisty and winding path full of intrigue, betrayals and deceit that left me breathless.

That’s where I cease discussing the plot because this one is best discovered on your own. It’s the best combination of simmering tension and extremely fast pacing that kept me reading late into the night. Something about his writing style always consumes me, he gets under my skin and I’m not satisfied until I’ve finished the book. Speaking of satisfying it had a totally gratifying conclusion and proves yet again that Malone is an author that’s not to be missed.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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