Quicksand of Memory by Michael J Malone @OrendaBooks @michaelJmalone1 @RandomTTours

Book Description:

Scarred by their pasts, Jenna and Luke fall in love, brimming with hope for a rosy future. But someone has been watching, with chilling plans for revenge … An emotive, twisty, disturbing new psychological thriller by the critically acclaimed author of A Suitable Lie and In the Absence of Miracles.

‘Malone is the master of twists, turns and the unexpected, with the skill to keep things grounded. So much so, that the reader can picture themselves in the very circumstances described. Superb storytelling from a master of his craft’ Herald Scotland

‘Malone is a poet; there are wonderful lyrical passages here and very skilful storytelling’ NB Magazine


Jenna is trying to rebuild her life after a series of disastrous relationships.

Luke is struggling to provide a safe, loving home for his deceased partner’s young son, following a devastating tragedy.

When Jenna and Luke meet and fall in love, they are certain they can achieve the stability and happiness they both desperately need.

And yet, someone is watching.

Someone who has been scarred by past events.

Someone who will stop at nothing to get revenge…

Dark, unsettling and immensely moving, Quicksand of Memory is a chilling reminder that we are not only punished for our sins, but by them, and that memories left to blacken and sharpen over time are the perfect breeding ground for obsession, and murder…

My Thoughts:

Luke is someone with a past. He his trying his best to move on and help others through his work. I liked Luke who he is a single parent trying to make enough for a secure future for his boy. I think events in the story will definitely have the reader thinking about what they would do in various of the characters roles. To a certain extent I could see all points of views but didn’t necessarily agree with them but then it’s easy to judge when you are not in the same shoes so to speak.

This is an author whose writing always manages to tug on my heart strings. Whilst ultimately this is a psychological thriller, the story gets under your skin and grabs onto your emotions. I started and finished the novel in the same day as I was so engrossed more so when dark secrets start to be revealed, shocking ones at that!

Quicksand of Memory captured my attention from the very first page and wouldn’t let go. I found myself in turmoil at times with my feelings for a couple of the characters as certain actions of theirs left me feeling uncomfortable yet I felt empathy for them at the same time. This was another of the author’s novels where it consumed me as his writing takes over you as it’s so wonderfully powerful and literally takes your breath away. Chillingly brilliant!

My thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

About the author:

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 psychological  thriller, A Suitable Lie, was a number-one bestseller, and the critically  acclaimed House of Spines, After He Died, In the Absence of Miracles and A  Song of Isolation soon followed suit. A former Regional Sales Manager (Faber  & Faber) he has also worked as an IFA and a bookseller. Michael lives in Ayr.

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