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In the Absence of Miracles
In the Absence of Miracles

In the Absence of Miracles

FICTION

300 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: EPUB, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $20.95)

Publication Date: March 2020

ISBN 9781912374793

Rights: US & CA

Orenda Books (Mar 2020)

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Overview

A young man discovers a family secret that turns his world upside down in this dark, emotive, shocking psychological thriller 

A young man discovers a family secret that turns his world upside down in this dark, emotive, shocking psychological thriller   'Beautiful, lyrical prose takes the reader through a perfectly constructed, often harrowing tale' Denzil Meyrick   'Engrossing, hard-hitting – even shocking – with a light poetic frosting. Another superb read!' Douglas Skelton John Docherty's mother has just been taken into a nursing home following a massive stroke and she's unlikely to be able to live independently again. With no other option than to sell the family home, John sets about packing up everything in the house. In sifting through the detritus of his family's past he's forced to revisit, and revise his childhood. For in a box, in the attic, he finds undeniable truth that he had a brother who disappeared when he himself was only a toddler. A brother no one ever mentioned. A brother he knew absolutely nothing about. A discovery that sets John on a journey from which he may never recover. For sometimes in that space where memory should reside there is nothing but silence, smoke and ash. And in the absence of truth, in the absence of a miracle, we turn to prayer. And to violence.Shocking, chilling and heartbreakingly emotive, In the Absence of Miracles is domestic noir at its most powerful, and a sensitively wrought portrait of a family whose shameful lies hide the very darkest of secrets.   'A chilling tale of secrets, lies and the ultimate betrayal' Theresa Talbot . 'Emotional. Brave. Dark. Raw. Utterly beautiful' Louise Beech   'Challenging and emotional, In the Absence of Miracles enthrals as it corkscrews to a shocking, yet ultimately rewarding end' LoveReading    'Malone's latest is an unsettling, multi-layered and expertly paced domestic noir drama that delves into one family's dark secrets, shame and lies' Culture Fly   'Malone is a poet, there are wonderful lyrical passages here and very skilful storytelling. Some issues are not spoken about enough, Malone raises a couple of those issues and sensitively but realistically addresses them in this novel' New Books Magazine   'Moving, chilling, gut-wrenching and completely engrossing. This might be my first Malone book, but it certainly won't be my last' Emmas Bookish Corner  'In The Absence Of Miracles is a breathtakingly good book; powerful yet tender and an emotional master class in how to write about harrowing and difficult issues. An absolute must-read' Hair Past a Freckle  ''In The Absence of Miracles' may be a dark, harrowing and destructive read, yet it is also a compelling, emotive, poignant and relatable story which describes the journey of locked away emotions, hidden agendas, as well as the miracle of learning how to protect yourself, even if you never realised you had to. An incredible read that will stay with me for a long time to come' The Writing Garnet   'Domestic noir at its darkest' Books Life & Everything   'A very emotional and devastating read. As the story nears its conclusion, you will find your feelings being tossed around like a tennis ball in a tumble dryer … I know I felt richer for having read it. Another brilliant read' Jen Meds Book Reviews   'Michael J Malone will capture the heart & soul of many readers with this his latest novel. It is affecting. It is dark. It is disturbing' Swirl and Thread  

Reviews

"Vivid, visceral and compulsive." —Ian Rankin on After He Died "A moving and plausible portrait of a deeply troubled marriage." —Publishers Weekly on A Suitable Lie

"an intelligent psychological novel that's both thought-provoking and heartbreaking." — Foreword Reviews

Author Biography

Michael J. Malone has published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland and Markings. His debut novel Blood Tears won the Pitlochry Prize from the Scottish Association of Writers. His other books include A Suitable Lie, When I Was Punk, House of Spines, and After He Died.