#BookReview ‘Madeleine’s Kiss’ by Pete Gilboy. Confession as artistic creation.

Hi all:

This is another one of the books I picked up in Net Galley based on the comments and the intriguing description.

Here it is:

Madeleine's Kiss by Pete Gilboy
Madeleine’s Kiss by Pete Gilboy


“I didn’t do anything to Madeleine. I’m a noted professor, for God’s sake! Of course I Iiked her. How could I not? She was so sweet and southern-charming and girlish. Innocent and crazy, and delightful to be with.

“I helped Madeleine, that’s all. Yes, I know she’s missing now, but I can explain that. I can explain everything. I can even explain the devastating kiss, and what happened right afterward. I think it’s actually beautiful what happened to Madeleine. I didn’t hurt her at all.

“But even my lawyer didn’t believe me. That’s why I’ve to say it all right here.

“This is the story of what really happened to Madeleine.”

Here is the description in Amazon:


Madeleine is missing.

Adam Snow says he didn’t do it.


Now, as he awaits the jury’s verdict, Adam Snow

reveals the truth about Madeleine.

. . .

“Uniquely Gripping”

“Riveting and eye-opening”

“This won’t be your usual mystery or thriller read.”

— Midwest Book Reviews

And here my review. A word of warning, I go on a bit.

Thanks to Net Galley and to Dogear publishing for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Choosing the point of view a story is written from must be one of the most difficult decisions, when it comes to writing. There are some books that one suspects may not have worked if written in any other way. And sometimes we wonder if others wouldn’t have worked better if someone else had told the story. And oh, the horror, the horror of the inconsistent point of view.

I have always been intrigued/fascinated by narrators. And that most interesting and talked about of all, the unreliable narrator. To my mind, even if you have the most detached of scientifically-minded experts telling you a story, there will always be something personal in the telling.

But like Adam Snow, the narrator of Madeleine’s Kiss, I digress. This novel is a first person narration; we could even call it a confession. Adam is a History of Art university professor. From the beginning we know he is on trial, and his trial has something to do with a girl he calls Madeleine (her real name is something we never get to know. Among many other things.)

The Madeleine the narrator tells us about is a fascinating creature. Perhaps deranged, with a huge imagination, or, as she believes, quite special. She is on a journey to try to find another woman, Rosa Lee, a long-lost relative, and another fascinating character, whose story we only know through fragments, incomplete documents, and stories that might be real or not. How and why Adam gets involved in her journey forms much of the body of the story.

Adam’s voice is at times self-deprecating, at times defiant, but always fully aware of what others might think of his version of the story. He intersperses his recollections of the actions with comments about the past (as a justification for how and why he does things), about what is going on currently, and with works of art (his favourite artist is Georges Seurat) that open each chapter.

Although Adam appears to be an example of the saying “those who can’t, teach”, he is enough of an artist to create a story, beautifully written, to justify his predicament. If we believe him or not it’s up to us, although perhaps ultimately irrelevant. He is not the most sympathetic of characters, but his way to tell the story intrigues us enough to makes us want to keep reading until the end.

The novel reminded me in certain ways of We Must Talk about Kevin although I felt much less personally involved and there is no final great revelation. And if the narrator in Kevin might be completely unaware of her biases (even manipulation) when telling the story, there is no doubt that Adam knows full well what the readers might think.

Peter Gilboy creates a fascinating novel where facts are the least important part of the story and where an artist is born, even if not, perhaps, a painter.

This is not a whodunit kind of thriller, but rather an imaginative novel, not fast-paced, but a great psychological portrayal and a game of cat-and-mouse, but not with the possible victim, but with the readers.

Peter Gilboy is an author to watch out for.

Here are the links:

Peter Gilboy, author
Peter Gilboy, author

This is Amazon’s page for Pete Gilboy. There isn’t a lot of information although it mentions two other sites:

His website:

And his blog:

Thanks so much for reading, and if you’ve found it interesting, like, share, comment and CLICK! I hope I’ll be back with you live soon!


By olganm

I am a language teacher, writer, bookworm, and collaborator at Sants 3 Ràdio (a local radio station in Barcelona, where I returned in 2018), who lived in the UK for 25 years and worked for many years as a forensic psychiatrist there. I also have a Ph.D. in American Literature and an MSc in Criminology. I started publishing my stories, in English and Spanish, in 2012 and now have over twenty books available in a variety of genres, a blog (in English and Spanish), and translate books for other authors (English-Spanish and vice versa). In 2020 obtained the CELTA certificate as a language teacher, and offer Spanish and English classes. Writers and readers both in English and Spanish are my friends, colleagues, and allies, and after living in the UK for over twenty-five years, have returned home, to Barcelona, Spain, searching for inspiration for my stories. I also love owls and try to keep fit following fitness YouTube videos.
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42 replies on “#BookReview ‘Madeleine’s Kiss’ by Pete Gilboy. Confession as artistic creation.”

It sounds like it might be a tad confusing, or at least require an “investment” of focus & time. But I agree the concept is interesting.
I hope you’ve had a great holiday. Wish you safe journey home. Hugs!


Thanks Teagan. I still have some days left here but I should be back in Barcelona next week. I like to alternate between more demanding and easier going books…:) Looking forward to catching up on your serial…♥


Thanks David. Not back yet, only taking a chance to update when I can. But should have more regular access to internet from next week. I hope you’re well.


Thanks Janet. I guess I’ve confused people with my post. I’m not really back yet, no regular access to internet until mid next week. I hope you’re well and look forward on catching up.


Thanks so much, Pete. Yes, people always like to try and guess or understand the logic of extreme behaviours. Probably the most popular genre with romance. 🙂


Thanks Laurie. I’m away with my mother. We went to the village where my Dad was born to take his ashes and have a ceremony there. Due to be back in Internet land next week and in the UK shortly after. I hope you’re well.

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No worries Olga. Finally put Dad to rest then. It certainly helps with the healing process. Looking forward to your return. Me? I’ve had a rough trot this last couple of months. You know how it is.


Yes, I know what you mean, Laurie. I hope things will look up in time. One day at a time, I guess.
It’s been quite weird being here after so many years. But I’ll share a bit about the place soon. I’m sure you’d find many photo opportunities. Thinking of you.

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You never forget Olga, it just gets a little easier over time. It must be very different for you being there. I think I’d find a photo opportunity anywhere. 🙂 You’ve been on my mind for a while now.


I, too, am fascinated with point of view and know that much of the magic of a novel rests on how adept the author is at finessing whatever POV is chosen.

I recently read a book that sounds, at least in POV and cat-and-mouse-with-the-reader, similar to this one. The book still haunts me. I really loved the 1st person narration and the author (Suzanne Rindell) handled it masterfully. The book is The Other Typist. I know you are swamped, but keep the book in mind. It’s well worth the read!

Are you back yet?


I’m taking note of your recommendation, Lorna. I agree with you that point of view makes a huge difference and it is one of the biggest tests of a writer’s skill (and talent, as choosing is tricky).
I should be back in internet land next Tuesday or Wednesday (fingers crossed!). I’ll be back to the UK on the 17th, and my mother is coming with me for a few days. Have a lovely weekend.


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