After He Died
Author: Michael J Malone
Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: Orenda Books
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 she 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…
Paula is rocked by the sudden death of her husband Thomas. They had been together since she was 16 and he was 19 and were weeks from their thirtieth wedding anniversary. A note slipped into Paula’s pocket at the funeral and a whispered allegation shakes her foundation. After strange behaviour from her husband’s business partner, a series of calls with only breathing on the other end of the line, and witnessing the hacking of her computer remotely, Paula begins to take the note seriously and calls the number. She doesn’t believe what Cara tells her, but they both quickly realize they are in more danger than they ever realized.
This was an intense book that I hated to put down. Paula is reeling from the losses of both her husband and her son a few years previously. Now she has to reconcile the life she’s always known with the information she is getting from others. Then the people she trusts are acting strangely and she can’t figure out why. Each scrap of answer she finds seems to lead to more questions and mysteries. And while I suspected some of what was involved, I never guessed the whole answer of “whodunit?”
This is an engrossing read that keeps the reader engaged and guessing the entire time.