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Blog Tour: A Song of Isolation – Michael J Malone*

Film star Amelie Hart is the darling of the silver screen, appearing on the front pages of every newspaper. But at the peak of her fame she throws it all away for a regular guy with an ordinary job.

The gossip columns are aghast: what happened to the woman who turned heads wherever she went?

Any hope the furore will die down are crushed when Amelie’s boyfriend Dave is arrested on charges of child sexual abuse.

Dave strongly asserts his innocence, and when Amelie refuses to denounce him, the press furore quickly turns into physical violence, and she has to flee the country. While Dave is locked up with the most depraved men in the country and Amelie is hiding on the continent, Damaris, the victim at the centre of the story, is also isolated – a child trying to make sense of an adult world…

Breathtakingly brutal, dark and immensely moving, A Song of Isolation looks beneath the magpie glimmer of celebrity to uncover a sinister world dominated by greed and lies, and the unfathomable destruction of innocent lives… in an instant.

Michael Malone is a prize-winning poet and author who was born and brought up in the heart of Burns’ country. He has published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland and Markings.Blood Tears, his bestselling debut novel won the Pitlochry Prize from the Scottish Association of Writers.

His psychological thriller, A Suitable Lie, was a number-one bestseller, and the critically acclaimed House of Spines, After He Died and In the Absence of Miracles soon followed suit.A former Regional Sales Manager (Faber & Faber) he has also worked as an IFA and a bookseller.

Michael lives in Ayr.

My thoughts:

This was very good, dark and shocking at times but ultimately redemptive and hopeful. Examining what happens after someone is convicted of a terrible crime and the impact on their loved ones, a different perspective than perhaps expected.

But then Dave is innocent, so the suffering he and his family endure should never have been theirs. Victims of a manipulative and jealous conspiracy, their lives are forever changed.

Amelie, hounded by the press, flees to Bordeaux, her ancestral home, in search of peace and anonymity, never giving up on Dave.

But only when the truth is shockingly revealed can they truly recover.

Gripping, moving and powerful, this is another excellent novel from Michael Malone and Orenda Books, worthy of a space on every shelf.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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