Quicksand of Memory by Michael J Malone @RandomTTours @OrendaBooks

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 Memoryis 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…

Quicksand of Memory is a darkly mesmerising novel with wonderfully flawed characters and Michael J Malone uses his beautifully poetic writing style to build up tension and evoke unexpected emotions as events unfold. Luke is a single parent doing his best to be a good dad, bringing up his ex-partners son after her death. Luke has had a tough time in the past and made mistakes, mistakes he isn’t proud of but is trying to move on from and be a decent parent. Into his life comes Jenna, who has also had a past she wants to move on from, and her and Luke fall in love. But the past always has the habit of coming back and causing problems and someone doesn’t want Luke and Jenna to be happy…

This is a book that will make you question your preconceived ideas about the characters within. It’s a chilling read and heartbreaking in its intensity at times. It’s difficult not to judge the actions taken by people within the storyline but I found myself with an unexpected empathy at times and an emotional connection with characters I thought I shouldn’t like! And that’s testament to the skill of the author in their portrayal of revenge in everyday lives-we all make mistakes but surely it’s how we deal with them and move onwards that counts? It isn’t just bad people who do bad things and Malone likes to challenge his readers to put themselves in another’s shoes to see things from a different angle.

Quicksand of Memory is a compelling read, the plot grabs you and drags you headfirst into the pages and then the characters keep you there. It’s disturbing yet poignant, simple but with the complexity of guilt and miscommunication. A thoughtful, beautifully written book.

Michael J. Malone was born and brought up in the heart of Burns’ country, just a stone’s throw from the great man’s cottage in Ayr. Well, a stone thrown by a catapult, maybe.

He has published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland and Markings. 

BLOOD TEARS, his debut novel won the Pitlochry Prize (judge:Alex Gray) from the Scottish Association of Writers and when it was published he added a “J” to his name to differentiate it from the work of his talented U.S. namesake.

He can be found on twitter – @michaelJmalone1

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