I have talked briefly of Malcolm Stone before in this post. Over the years, I have learned a great deal about his character. He has almost become reality to me. It’s interesting how the character will come to life in your head after spending time creating them and breathing life into them. I never really describe Malcolm other than his personality traits. There are tidbits of information about his physical characteristics, but mostly I allow his actions to define him.
Malcolm Stone is the youngest of the Stone children. His relationship with his siblings could be described as rocky at best. Though their relationship is not strong, his brother and sister stand by him to support him during his time of need, even though they think he is guilty of murder.
He is the black sheep of the family and likes to live by his own rules. He ran off to Europe to pursue his passion for music. While studying abroad (against the wishes of his family), he meets Jean Pierre. The two form a strong friendship and eventually when Malcolm returns home to Boston, Jean Pierre follows behind.
Once he returns home Malcolm meets Ana, and that’s when his life starts to change. At first his life seems to have taken a turn for the best. While Malcolm was younger, he was known as a philanderer, womanizer, or Casanova, but after he meets Anabelle he settles down and is set on starting a family. Instead of the perfect life it turns out Malcolm is the unlikely victim of a violent relationship. He hides the situation from his friends and family due to shame. It isn’t until Ana’s untimely death that the truth is discovered.
The story is told through Malcolm’s point of view and he will at times lie to the reader as he is lying to himself. He is a bit of an arrogant and egocentric man, but I think having a character with flaws makes him more believable. As the story unfolds you (hopefully) see the growth of this character, but you also witness his struggles and pains of daily life.