I am super excited to share my review with you today on Blog Tour
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 the family home, John sets about packing up everything in the house. In sifting through the detritus of his family’s past he’s forced to revisit, and revise his childhood.
For in a box, in the attic, he finds undeniable truth that he had a brother who disappeared when he himself was only a toddler. A brother no one ever mentioned. A brother he knew absolutely nothing about. A discovery that sets John on a journey from which he may never recover.
For sometimes in that space where memory should reside there is nothing but silence, smoke and ash. And in the absence of truth, in the absence of a miracle, we turn to prayer. And to violence.
Shocking, chilling and heartbreakingly emotive, In the Absence of Miracles is domestic noir at its most powerful, and a sensitively wrought portrait of a family whose shameful lies hide the very darkest of secrets.
OMFG this book is absolutely freaking brilliant right from the very first page I was hooked and devoured it in one sitting. I have to admit than I did’nt read the blurb, being a fan of the author I jumped at the chance to read it. I cannot begin to decribe how much I loved this book.
Michael is one hell of a story teller pulling you in from the start and keeping you there until the very end. The story starts off very simple when we meet John Docherty when his mother settles in at a nursing home after having a stroke. John start’s packing things up at the family home and finds photo Which opens up a chain of events and a web of family secrets when we follow him on a journey looking for information about a brother he never knew he had.
The more the story unfolds the more I wanted to know. This is a very powerful story you can feel the tension and emotion through the characters. I couldn’t read this fast wanting to know what was going to happen next. And what happens next is well and truly shocking my heart went out to John.
Sensitivity is shown throughout the story with some heartbreaking scenes. All in all this book as well and truly blown my mind. I have never read anything it before, it is incredible. I cannot recommend it enough giving it all the stars.
I would like to say thank you to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite.
About the Author
Michael J. 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 can be found on twitter – @michaelJmalone1