I am delighted to shine a SPOTLIGHT on Michael J. Malone’s new book THE MURMURS, published by Orenda on 14th September 2023.
‘A beautifully written tale, original, engrossing and scary … a dark joy’ The Times • ‘A deeply
satisfying read’ Sunday Times • ‘A fine, page-turning thriller’ Daily Mail • ‘A complex and
multi-layered story – perfect for a wintry night’ Sunday Mirror
In the beginning there was fear.
White-hot, nerve-shredding fear.
Terrifying premonitions of deaths.
And then they started…
On the first morning of her new job at Heartfield House, a care home for the elderly, Annie Jackson wakens from a terrifying dream. And when she arrives at the home, she knows that the first old man she meets is going to die.
How she knows this is a terrifying mystery, but it is the start of horrifying premonitions … a rekindling of the curse that has trickled through generations of women in her family – a wicked gift known only as ‘the murmurs’…
With its reappearance comes an old, forgotten fear that is about to grip Annie Jackson.
And this time, it will never let go…
A compulsive gothic thriller and a spellbinding supernatural mystery about secrets and small communities, about faith, courage and self-preservation, The Murmurs is a startling and compulsive read from one of Scotland’s finest authors…
Book info: Length: 419 pages. Publisher: Orenda Books. Publication Date: 14 September 2023
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 dark psychological thriller, A Suitable Lie, was a number-one bestseller, and
is currently in production for the screen, and five powerful standalone thrillers followed
suit. A former Regional Sales Manager (Faber & Faber) he has also worked as an IFA and a
bookseller. Michael lives in Ayr, where he also works as a hypnotherapist.
`A tense, creepy page-turner´ Ian Rankin
`Malone is the master of twists, turns and the unexpected … a master of his craft´ Herald Scotland
`A fine, atmospheric chiller couched in Malone’s customary elegant prose´ Douglas Skelton
`A master storyteller at the very top of his game, Michael J. Malone weaves the most exquisite tale … mesmeric and suspenseful´ Marion Todd