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Quicksand of Memory by Michael J. Malone

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Orenda Books
Source: Random Things Tours
Rating: 4/5
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About The Book

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

“Family is thicker than blood”.
I’ve always wondered about this quote; and I think this story puts it from a very interesting perspective. When you are doing something that your conscience says that is bad but your family wants you to do, who should you follow? I know that this is not an easy answer and seeing all the troubles the poor characters of this story had lived, much more. But in the end, it’s us against the world, so no one will complain if what we did was bad, it will be in our conscience forever.
If you haven’t read anything previously from the author Michael J. Malone, you should do it right now, the stories are always intriguing and realistic, you want to hug the characters even when you know that they are acting wrongly, because life is never black and white but made of a spectrum full of grey.
There are quite a few main characters in this story; or at least for me, because even if Luke and Jenna are the ones that maybe have the focus, the “stalkers” can’t be ignored or forgotten, they have their own story to tell. 
Don’t take this book as an easy read; it’s sad, painful and bitter; greatly created to keep you discovering layers and layers of secrets and twists. Some of them are easy to predict, some of them not, but for me what mattered more of this book were the characters. Neither of them had an easy childhood, and now as adults they are still struggling, will they have at least a little bit of peace at the end? Of course you’ll have to read the story if you want to know all the truth!
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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.