Today I am joining the blog tour for A Song of Isolation by Michael J Malone. Many thanks to Michael and Orenda Books for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Anne at Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part in the tour.
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.
A Song of Isolation is a powerful read, looking at the ripple effect of an accusation, how it affects more people than just the accused and the accuser, and how the media, in their endless hunt for gossip and scandal, can exacerbate a situation.
Malone looks at the emotional strain of life on a sex offenders unit, which actually made for difficult reading I found. I didn’t want to feel sympathy for the inmates, but as I flip-flopped between believing in Dave’s innocence and thinking he was guilty, I found myself thinking about things differently.
My hear went out to poor Amelie, so damaged by what happened in 2010, and just looking for a quiet life, but forced back into the limelight in the worst possible way. She feels like such a fragile person, and it was interesting to see how she dealt with the situation that she found herself in.
As the story moved on following Amelie and Dave, I found my thoughts drifting back to Damaris and wondering what became of her. I was both glad and sad when the story returned to her and we saw what had become of her and how damaged she was by the situation.
A Song of Isolation is a thought-provoking read, and Michael J Malone is a master at making you stop and reconsider situations from different perspectives.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.
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