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 an emotion packed psychological thriller which deals with the subject of child abuse. It’s in no way gratuitous or sensationalist, but written with sympathy and sensitivity.
Amelia had been a successful actress, she gave it all up for an ordinary man, with an ordinary life, Dave.
One day the police arrive at their door, a neighbour has made a complaint to them, accusing Dave of touching their young daughter inappropriately. He’s arrested and charged with child sexual abuse.
Dave insists he’s innocent, Amelia believes him, but due to the media hounding her to the extent of violence, she leaves the country to escape. Meanwhile Dave is in prison, with some really reprehensible people….and the young girl at the centre of it all, Damaris, is alone, isolated and wondering what on earth is going on.
This is a tale of lost innocence, of ruined lives and the effect an allegation of child abuse has on everybody involved, especially the victim and the accused. It’s a dark, compelling and emotional psychological drama, the exceptional writing by Michael J Malone ensures that it really will get under your skin. Just brilliant.
Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of A Song Of Isolation. . This is my honest and unbiased review.
ABOUT MICHAEL J. MALONE
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.