A Song of Isolation by Michael J. Malone
About The Book
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…
I’ll start this review saying that I respect and trust the people working with children, I think their job is really difficult and sometimes it’s impossible to be impartial. But (oh yes, there’s a but!), at the same time, as in any job, there are great people and others who have seen so much that their judgement is usually too quick and don’t wait for proofs, and sadly, this can lead to misunderstandings. Because once you accuse an adult of child abuse, their stigma will remain forever; if they are guilty they should be in prison but what if they were innocent?
This is a poignant and deep story, to make the reader think about their judgements and beliefs and that’s why I always love Michael J. Malone books, it makes you understand the perspective of the characters and try to change your point of view, always with a moving and interesting story.
In this case we will have three voices; Amelie, Dave and Damaris. Amelie, the pretty actress that now lives a normal life with her boyfriend Dave. Dave, who has been accused of molesting her neighbour Damaris, and Damaris who is the centre of attention but feels more isolated than ever. You can think that this is a story you’ve already read, but believe me, you don’t. Because the main core of the story is the abuse, yes, but at the same time the isolation that people who are involved in the case feel; each one with their own truth and no one that can truly believe them. This story made me feel sad for all the characters, each one with their own pain and need to be listened, but at the same time the feel that no one is really listening to what they are saying, simply taking their own judgements without knowing completely the truth.
This is a superb book, painful and bitter, but a read that you’ll never forget. Ready for “A Song of Isolation”?
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