In this breathtakingly brutal and intensely topical psychological thriller, a man is accused of child sexual abuse, and his life and that of his actress girlfriend are thrown into turmoil…
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 witch hunt 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 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.
I think we all know by now how much of a fangirl I am for Orenda Books, especially the books by Michael J Malone. Last June I started #MaloneMonday, four Mondays of reviews for the (then) four Orenda Books published by Orenda Books. I have waited 365-ish days for A Song of Isolation and boy was it worth the wait!
I was lucky enough to have received a proof of A Song of Isolation, but it became available in e-book on the 17th of July, that you can purchase directly from Orenda Book’s online store here, then paperback last month, that you can buy here.
I recently had the opportunity to be a part of the launch for this incredible novel, invited by Kelly of Loves Books Group for a Honey and Stag event, where myself, Dr Jackie Collins and fellow blogger Mary Picken had the opportunity to prove Michael about his writing and this book. You can find the video here on Kelly’s blog.
With all of Michael’s books, he takes a difficult elements that occur in society and creatively welds them into a story, whether that’s unveiling the shadowy horrors that lurks within the population or nodding to certain aspects that should be highlighted. A Song Of Isolation keeps to that brief, discussing an emotive social issue, one that echoes #MeToo throughout.
I blazed through A Song of Isolation in one day, i’d been waiting for this moment for around a year, I wasn’t going to wait any longer! In short, it is incredible, Michael’s attention to detail allows for a storyline that will pull the reader in further as the tension increases and the depth of events darkly deepens. The narratives included switches between Amelie Hart, a silver screen darling who ever one loves but all she wants is a normal life. Then there’s Dave who is the ‘normal guy’ the one that has helped Amelie to live the life that she longs for. Both their lives are set aflame when they find themselves in the middle of a witch hunt. The final component of this gasp worthy psychologically thriller is a child, Damaris, the victim of this tale, her vulnerability and confusion when thrust into the world of adults pulls at the heartstrings and sobers the reader further.
A Song of Isolation is written in a way that all the psychological puzzle pieces are just in grasp, then snatched away – this kept me utterly gripped along with the characters, storyline and sequence of events. It is written so well, incorporating the dark side of being within the celebrity world with the undercurrent of shocking sinisterism, where no aspects of one’s life can be hidden and people’s worlds can be spun upside down in one instant. Michael J Malone sensitively touches upon multiple themes from all points of views of those involved, the whole book was mesmerising, beautifully written and it’s just made me so much more of a member of #TeamMalone. Just incredible!
So there you have in, Orentober’s #MaloneMonday, now we just need to wait almost a year for the next masterpiece (I hope!) and I can’t wait! Make sure to share with us your Malone shelfies, thoughts / reviews, tag #Orentober on both Twitter and Instagram and lets share the book love!