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From New York Times best-selling author Jana DeLeon, the first in a new thriller series.

Everyone wondered about Shaye Archer's past. Including Shaye.

Shaye Archer's life effectively began the night police found her in an alley, beaten and abused and with no memory of the previous 15 years, not even her name. Nine years later, she's a licensed private investigator with a single goal - to get answers for her clients when there aren't supposed to be any.

And maybe, someday, answers for herself.

Emma Frederick thought her nightmare was over when she killed her abusive husband, but someone is stalking her and tormenting her with mementos from her past. With no evidence to support her claims, the police dismiss her claims as post-traumatic stress, but Shaye is convinced that someone is deliberately terrorizing Emma...playing a cat and mouse game with only one goal in mind.

To kill Emma.

©2015 Jana DeLeon (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 12-01-17

Plot twists and suspense!

I think of cozy mysteries and humor set in Louisiana when Jana DeLeon is mentioned. Malevolent is set in Louisiana, but it is a psychological mystery/thriller rather than a light, fun, and humorous cozy mystery. It is also a solid 5 star novel with excellent narration.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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If you like The Fixer series GET THIS!!

I really like this new to Audible series. Our heroine is Shea Archer. She can't remember her abusive past but can read about it in the newspaper. She is plagued by nightmares, afraid of the dark and hopes to learn the truth one day. Adopted by her foster mother the second half of her life turned out pretty good. This book is the first in the series and it is EXCELLENT!
Shea is now a private investigator and gets hired for her first job. A woman killed her abusive husband in self defense and now he's stalking her and trying to kill her. This is not a supernatural story. Shea is hired to find out who this man is.
The book is an edge of you seat suspense. Shea is a very believable character with flaws. The book leads you to one suspect and I thought I had it all figured out but the end throws on a totally unexpected twist. My thoughts of easy predictability went right out the window!
I can't say enough about this book. You can purchase this book for FREE on Amazon and then it is only $1.99 on Audible!
Julie McKay does a great job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !
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21 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Love, Love, Love this Series!

This is the first book I’ve read by Jana Deleon. I’m so glad I it shot. Malevolent is the 1st book in this series. It took me several chapters to figure out how I felt about it and I almost gave up but I’m so glad I finished the book. This is a series that order matters! In this book, one of the characters is very freaked out by a stalker. A newly established PI is hired to figure out the identity of the creeper. At first I thought the performance was over dramatic, but halfway into the story I was fully captured and found myself listening late into the night. Four days later and I’m on book 3 in the series. If you like Karen Slaughter or Lisa Gardner you’re going to love this series. The characters are well developed and easy to fall in love with. Julie McKay is a fanatic voice performer and a great match for this series by Jana Deleon. I’m finding each book is very than the last.

P.S. You might find it best to pickup the book from Amazon. I bought the audible version for $1.99 after buying the Kendal ebook version on Amazon for $5.99.

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WOW......Need I say more. This is a must-read!!

You must read this novel. You won't be able to put it. The charactes are written where you fall in love with them & want to read more. I bought this as an audiobook and really enjoyed listening to the narrator. I can't wait to read or listen to more of this author. It is a must-read book.

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Love the story - Narration lackluster

I really loved the story. The twist at the end was not what I expected. However, the narrator's voice was awkward. I want to listen to the next book. But I can't listen to that voice again right now.

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  • Tracy T
  • Jacksonville, FL USA
  • 02-14-18

Good Book, Robotic Narration.

This was a good book. I really enjoyed it. It started out with a bang for sure. It stayed good too. There was excitement and things happening all the way through. No filler nonsense.

The story line and plot was good. Wow was this bad guy a psycho!!!!! Made for a great story though. I really liked Shaye's character and look forward to more of books in this series.

Someone compared this book to The Fixer by T.E. Woods. NOT! Although, I liked this book a lot there is NO comparison to Lydia Corriger or The Fixer story. The Fixer is amazingness!

If you haven't read The Fixer Series you should.

Anyway, back to this book, it is very good.

As for the narration, it was kind of annoying and robotic. A struggle at first but then you kind of get used to it, only because the story is good. Julie McKay needs to work on her narrations and voices.

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Exciting

Wow! What a ride! So many plot twists, but I never saw the final twist coming. The characters were well developed, and I like them so well, I am going to buy more books in the series.

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Excellent book

First book by this author I read, and won’t be my last. The author managed to capture my attention in every chapter, I couldn’t put it down.

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Best book I’ve read in awhile!!

This book is AWESOME! I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, and Shay’s mysterious past only amplifies the readers curiosity and desire for more!
I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

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A gripping, suspenseful side of Jana Deleon

Would you listen to another book narrated by Julie McKay?

She was not the best choice. If I have one complaint it is only that her narration is flat and almost robot-like when she isn't doing voices and accents. I wish someone else had been chosen.

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I have read practically everything Jana DeLeon has written and this is my new favorite!! Much, much darker and more suspenseful than anything else she has ever written, this book kept me guessing until the end. I could not stop listening once I started. I highly recommend this for any fans of DeLeon that are also ok with darker, gorier material.

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  • Simon
  • 11-29-17

Enjoyable Thriller That Turns on the Reader

A new series for Audible with another rather different lead to enjoy. Shaye Archer has a twisted and mysterious past which looks set to unravel through the series like many others we've seen before. Less usual is that she is a young female PI setting up for business on the streets of New Orleans. I quite enjoyed her as a character, she's feisty, intelligent but naturally makes mistakes occasionally too.

After an intriguing prologue which sets a tense scene for the central story the whole thing moves along briskly and the tension builds nicely. A woman is being stalked after killing her ex-husband for reasons she can't fathom. She hires Archer to investigate!

If Archer is let down by anything though it is the rather wooden supporting cast among the minor characters. They seem rather too easily impressed and just a little bit too accommodating in terms of how they interact with the young PI. The final reveal when it comes appears from way out in left field coming perilously close to a Scooby Doo ending - you'll see what I mean!

The narration by Julie McKay at first jarred to these Anglophile ears, strongly accented and with a strange cadence that emphasised a lot of the last syllables in a sentence. However, I think I'm quite adaptable and once I got into the rhythm of it I found it very enjoyable. Those who perhaps are a bit more selective with their narrators might want to listen to the audio sample first.

Refreshingly there are no or at least virtually no swearwords which made a change. I don't mind them but you can indeed write thrillers without cussing it seems. Don't be fooled though, this is a wolf in sheep's clothing because after about half way it does start to cut up rough and the body count rises rapidly.

In summary this is a relatively short, brisk and enjoyable thriller and Archer is an interesting lead. It's not perfect though with the rather easily impressed and wooden minor characters and that touch of Scooby Doo at the end. I think I'm probably intrigued enough by Archer to maybe go further in the series in the future - for those even more enthusiastic there are another three books already available at the time of writing this review!

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  • kate
  • 12-29-17

Engaging story

The narration by Julie McKay is agonising. The affectation of the long drawn out slur of words drove me crackers but the story was good enough to continue to the end....but only just.

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  • Suzy GM
  • 12-02-17

Brilliant!

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Different from what I normally read but I loved it. Can’t wait for the next one.