Michael J Malone

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Quicksand of Memory

book | Fiction | Dec 2021
UK → Orenda Books (Ed. Karen Sullivan)

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.

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…


Kate Cooper manages the translation rights for Quicksand of Memory


A tense, immersive thriller that kept me guessing.

Ian Rankin

Beautiful, lyrical prose takes the reader through a perfectly constructed, often harrowing tale

Denzil Meyrick

A beautifully written tale, original, engrossing and scary ... a dark joy

The Times

Malone is a massive talent ... get on board now so you can brag you were reading his books long before the rest of the world

Luca Veste

A complex and multi-layered story - perfect for a wintry night

Sunday Express

Malone is the master of twists, turns and the unexpected, with the skill to keep things grounded

Herald Scotland

Michael J. Malone surprised readers with a series of punch-in-the-gut twists and he achieves this again here

The Scotsman

A terrific read ... I read it in one sitting

Martina Cole

A fine, page-turning thriller

Daily Mail

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