About the Book
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 they 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…
With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. You have to admire an author who never writes the same type of novel. The three that I have that have been published by Orenda are all completely different and all highly recommended.
This particular book is difficult to review because I can’t really mention the plot. The less you know the better. So I will concentrate on the back story and the way that certain parts made me feel.
Most of the novel focuses on Paula struggling after the sudden death of her husband which followed the murder of their only son a few years earlier. Everything about her grieving process was believable. Insomnia, heavier than usual drinking and trying to understand why it appears that her husband wasn’t who she thought he was. There was a part of her grieving that affected me quite deeply. For those who have read it, it took place on a beach on Bute, for those who haven’t get some tissues.
Cara is not present as much but she still has an impact. Not just with the way that she has added to Paula’s torment but also with her career. The difficulties that the people who do her type of work face on a daily basis. The differences between the two worlds is vast. Not only due to financial reasons but also friendship and loyalty. Paula might have had no money worries but unlike Cara and the people she knew she had no friends to support her.
But as well as the grieving and betrayal there is some good humour. a few phrases I had to use the kindle dictionary for but the message came through regardless.
Another fantastic novel from Orenda that I’m sure will be popular.