Book Review: After Michael by Betty O’Rourke

after michael

“Fiona’s eyes turned to the other people in this small, select group, then paused. Who was that young woman standing behind and slightly to Colin’s right? She knew everyone else gathered here; close friends and neighbours of Michael and herself, but she was quite sure she’d never seen this young woman before.”

When Fiona Latimer learns that her husband Michael has died of a sudden heart attack alone in his London flat, she is shocked but not devastated. She and Michael had led increasingly separate lives in their last few years. At the funeral, two people arrive unexpectedly, each of whom will have a great deal of influence on future events. There is Anthea, a girl who knows more about Michael than she will admit, and Simon, a man from Fiona’s past whom she now realises she should have married instead. Gradually, the secrets of Michael’s past are uncovered, and when the final, shocking betrayals are at last revealed Fiona discovers her life with him was not at all what it had seemed.

Enjoyable easy read.There were a couple of scenes that I felt could have been handled better – for instance, when Eleanor tells Fiona about her brother, a whole reminiscence scene is played by both women, giving a whole load of information that was unnecessary…at that point. I felt a lot of that information could have been dripped fed or was unnecessary. These were supposed to be best friends, and they had never talked about not visiting families before?!

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