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From New York Times bestselling 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 fifteen years, not even her name. Nine years later, she’s a licensed private investigator, witFrom New York Times bestselling 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 fifteen 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. ...

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ISBN : 25856666
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Number of Pages : 243 Pages
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malevolent Reviews

  • Ashley Daviau
    2019-03-16 10:17

    Review to come!

  • Monnie
    2019-02-26 09:04

    Okay, I admit it: I'm a sucker for a free book. But even when that opportunity gets dumped in my lap (or more appropriately, my inbox), I'm careful what I pick because I hate wasting my precious time on a loser. Well, I'm delighted to report that this one's a gem. Better yet, it's the first in what is billed as a three-book series, so now I can look forward to reading two more.Featured is a mid-20s private investigator named Shaye Archer, who lives and works in New Orleans. She's a mystery herself; found beaten and horribly abused around the age of 15, she was adopted by a wealthy woman and counseled by that woman's close friend, an ultra-competent psychiatrist. Still, she has no memory at all of her life up to the time she apparently escaped from her unknown captor. Heck, she doesn't even know her real name, so she chose one for herself (though where on the planet she came up with Shaye is a total mystery to me; hey, maybe it will turn out she's related to Frank Zappa or Gwyneth Paltrow).Even before she's got furniture in her small office, she gets a client. Emma Frederick, a hospital nurse, is sure she's got a malicious stalker - but since she's got no proof, the police aren't taking her complaints seriously. Worse, the stalker looks exactly like her former husband, even though it can't be him; when he turned violent and tried to kill her, she beat him to it - killing him in what the police determined to be self-defense.In part because of Shaye's own experiences, she believes that Emma really is in danger, even though they both know it can't be her dead husband. But who could it be? When Shaye begins to dig into her investigation, the stalker clearly isn't pleased; suddenly, as those close to Shaye (and Shaye herself) become targets, the race is on to get to him before he gets to them. Along the way, Shaye manages to get on the good side of a "good" cop - one who believes Emma really is in danger but can't do much because he's stuck with a near-retirement partner who doesn't have the slightest interest in rocking the boat - or for that matter, doing any real work. And here's a big surprise: The good guy also is good-looking, single and not too far from Shaye's age. The action moves along quickly - and, for those who are sensitive to such things, sometimes in rather gory detail - all the way to the end. Well, almost; I probably could have done without the last chapter, which seemed to be tacked on as an afterthought. It did, however, set the stage for the next book in the series, and I'm certainly ready to pick up where this one left off. All in all, an impressive start!

  • Linda
    2019-03-09 09:11

    This was a really promising start to a new series--complex heroine, interesting suspense, likeable characters--until the deus ex machina of an ending. There truly was no hint of the identity of the culprit until nearly the end, and I felt cheated. So a full star off of what had been a really good story for the out-of-left-field villain. I probably will read the next book in the series as the story otherwise was quite good. Let's hope the author doesn't pull the same nonsense in that one.

  • Glory
    2019-03-19 06:28

    Девять лет назад на улицах Нового Орлеана нашли девушку. Грязную, израненную, шокированную... Уже в больнице выяснилось, что она явно прошла через ад. Многолетний ад. Кости в теле были сломаны по несколько раз и, так как медицинскую помощь не оказывали, срослись неправильно. Неизвестную долго держали в плену и подвергали пыткам. Врачи определили, что ей около пятнадцати лет. Вот и вся информация. Девушка не помнила ни своей прошлой жизни, ни своего имени, ни своего мучителя. Разосланные по всей стране фото и призывы не помогли. Она словно появилась из ниоткуда. 2015 год. Шэй Арчер так ничего и не вспомнила, но каким-то чудом сумела наладить жизнь. Огромную роль в этом сыграли взявшая ее под опеку соцработник (чью фамилию Шэй теперь и носит) и замечательный психолог. Шэй прилежно училась и наконец получила лицензию частного детектива. И первое же ее дело связано с насилием над женщиной. Муж Эммы Фредерик изменился после военной командировки. Он пугал ее, бил. И в один прекрасный день Эмма муженька зарезала. Самооборона. Но через какое-то время ее начинают преследовать, и Эмма четко видит лицо сталкера - это ее погибший муж. И ублюдок точно так же насвистывает песенку про слепых мышат и явно слишком много знает о жизни Эммы. Полиция не верит, а вот Шэй Арчер берется за расследование. Которое осложняется собственными кошмарами Шэй. Она не знает, что из них вымысел, а что - пробуждающиеся воспоминания. ********************** Джана меня удивила. И в хорошем, и в плохом смысле. Сначала о хорошем: это очень напряженный и жутковатый триллер. После "cozy mystery" в исполнении автора - весьма неожиданно. На некоторых моментах сердце замирало. Плюс в романе много сильных женщин (и Эмма, и Шэй, и ее приемная мать, и подруга матери - психолог), что мне тоже понравилось. А вот мужчины как-то не впечатляют, но на это можно закрыть глаза. Описательная часть чудесная, Новый Орлеан атмосферен, история захватывает. А вот диалоги... Диалоги меня разочаровали. Слишком пафосные и напыщенные на мой вкус. Да, я поняла, что с Шэй случилось нечто страшное. И да, я могу составить мнение о героине самостоятельно. По ее словам и поступкам. А не по тому, как часто и сопливо все вокруг обсуждают ее "жуткое прошлое" и как не устают повторять, мол, Шэй такая умница-разумница-сильная-и-смелая. Спасибо. Ненавижу, когда в тексте активно давят на болевые точки и пытаются что-то навязать. Расскажите мне историю, а я уж сама решу, кого любить, а кого ненавидеть. В общем, смешанные впечатления. Иногда хотелось, чтоб все заткнулись и автор ограничилась описаниями и действиями)))Но послевкусие занятное, жду продолжение серии.

  • ♑Namita
    2019-02-22 11:13

    I absolutely loved this book. It was difficult to put it down. I so wasn't expecting the stalker. Looking forward to learning about Shaye's past and of course her future Detective Jackson Lamotte!!!

  • Coco.V
    2019-02-25 05:29

    FREE on Amazon today (11/02/2017)!

  • Corina
    2019-03-02 07:25

    Hmmm what did I think? I'm debating between 3 and 4 stars...but tending to it's a good 3.76.It was suspenseful...but I couldn't connect with the MC's and the plot seemed so forced. For example, the h was asking questions and different people were telling her things, they never ever wanted to tell anybody on earth and here comes Shaye, a very young private investigator, and the people open up at the first question asked. You know what I mean? The end was surprising, I never would have thought that way. So while it was suspenseful, gripping and nice, something was off for me.

  • Pamela(AllHoney)
    2019-03-14 10:21

    The first book in the Shaye Archer series by Jana Deleon. Shaye Archer was found nine years ago with her memory gone. Now she is opening up her own private investigation office at the age of 24. Her first client is Emma Frederick, a nurse who is being stalked by someone who looks like her dead husband. The story involving Emma Frederick is wrapped up in this book but there are questions at the end regarding Shaye Archer and her story. One that is apparently answered later in the series. This is not a romance series and, unlike Ms. Deleon's previous series I've read, this is more on the serious side without the silly humor found in Miss Fortune Mystery and Ghost-in-Law series. I love Ms. Deleon's humor but I did not miss it here. The subject matter simply didn't call for humor. I really enjoyed it and happily skip away to start the next book.

  • Sylvia
    2019-03-09 08:03

    This is an interesting murder mystery where the private investigator herself has been a victim of a horrific crime that she doesn't fully remember. This is the first of a three installment series with this investigation focused on Emma Frederikson, who is being stalked by her thought to be dead ex husband. The lead character, Shay Archer helps her get to the bottom of it and it has interesting twist which is a requirement for a good murder mystery. Looking forward to the next installment, Sinister.

  • Dalene W.
    2019-02-23 09:06

    This was a good read. I loved the twist at the end that I never saw coming. There is violence in it but still an enjoyable book. The characters were well developed and at times I felt I was right there in New Orleans. I will certainly read other books the author writes with Shaye as the main character

  • Sally
    2019-03-02 07:15

    This was a good book! It reminded me a lot of Mr Perfect by Linda Howard tho

  • Peter
    2019-03-05 07:19

    SPOILER ALERTI have always liked reading mystery and detective stories, so when I got the opportunity to read this book I welcomed it with open hands. Malevolent is the first book in the Shaye Archer series. It is a mix of not so good detective work and an even worse suspense and mystery aura.The book starts with Shaye, the main protagonist, accepting a new client at her private detective agency. We know right of the bat with what case the book will be dealing with. The case is a detective cliché, dealing with stalking due to murder. That is a bit disappointing; this topic has been covered in detective books from top to bottom already and is certainly nothing fresh. It reeks of death, as a matter of fact.As far as detective skills go - we are told at the beginning that Shaye is just starting in the whole detective business. While that prepares us for a few beginner mistakes, which is fine, it does certainly not prepare us for the apathetic detective. Shaye is made out to be a very smart woman, but her actions disprove that. While she is posing as an interior designer, she picks up the envelope left by the stalker and puts it in her bag, like a complete amateur. There is just nothing there that would make her stand out more as a detective than a random person passing by. Her solving skills are really bad, which brings me to the next point.Shaye caught the wrong guy. Rings a bell? Yes, another familiar tune. Somehow all writers manage to implement catching the wrong guy in their books without fail and it is annoying. As a reader you will be able to see that before anyone else in the book does. And that does not make it a fun read whatsoever. Plot twist without any background is pointless and stupid. You will find out at the end, that the person behind the stalking is actually a character that had five lines in the whole book. It was like the author thought it would be really interesting to do that and screw with us readers. I do not mind screwing around but making the main antagonist someone that was not involved in the main story whatsoever is just dumb. You cannot even relate to that character because of that and when the moment of revelation comes you are just left unconcerned and uninterested.All in all, it is a good enough read if you have nothing else to read, and you just want to waste some time on a book that you will not remember or regret reading.

  • Lynda Kelly
    2019-03-04 10:18

    I'll definitely read the next one in this series although I do think this one went on a bit. Certain happenings could have been omitted altogether and didn't add anything to the main story itself. She also did something I noted 3 times where she doesn't explain something at first mention but did so later on. For example, talking about a chap going for a beer with coworkers, yet we didn't know what job he was in now, then this sentence, "He added a packet of the fake stuff" which was explained in a later mention as being artificial sweetener.....quite strange. There was a lot of female hysteria and tyres squealing which was all getting a little tiresome and I was lost at Shaye's grandfather saying "It's going to take a magician to sort it out". Didn't understand this at all !!I spotted a couple of apostrophe mistakes and odd words dropped from sentences like the or a, become was used in place of became then at one juncture Clara was concerned about Shaye when I think it was meant to be Emma but that whole Miss Melody story wasn't needed, in my humble opinion.Shaye's back story is interesting and I do look forward to learning more about this and also to see how things develop with Jackson the detective.

  • Gayleywayley
    2019-02-23 04:16

    Pretty good readEngaging story. Just wish there wasn't the ridiculous love twist. The ending was a bit far fetched, too. Don't know if I'll read more in the series.

  • Salha
    2019-03-09 09:12

    What a book!I can definitely say that this book got me hooked from its very beginning. The mysterious past of the MC, the awful case she gets tangled in, the development of the events that come to an end with an unexpected plot twist... This book has it all!In this book, we follow the life of Shaye Archer, a rookie Private Investigator with a foggy past. She's hired by Emma, a widow who killed her own husband and that's now being stalked by "ghosts" from the past.Throughout the whole plot I kept trying to decipher who the bad guy was, and I kept getting it wrong all the time... And I wasn't even expecting the plot twist at the end! Also, Shaye's past seems to be a bit connected with the past of other characters, because of some similarities presented. I'd really like to read the other books of the series, to see if Shaye manages to learn something about her forgotten past.

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    2019-02-25 08:06

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  • Janet
    2019-02-25 04:07

    ** spoilers**4 stars for the first 4/5 ths of the book and then 1 star for the stupid ending.I am still shaking me head. I knew it wasn't going to be fun like the Miss Fortune books and that was ok. It was interesting enough that I may want to read the rest of the series but what the heck happened with the ending??? It's like at the very end the bad guy was pulled out of a hat with a ridiculous story that went off the rails from the rest of the book. Like she had no idea and then said hmm lets do this super crazy thing. It was so confusing and just didn't flow. Not even a "oh cool didn't see that coming" or "I never would have guessed". It was "oh Hey let's just invent a whole new character that didn't really exist and make them the one". They existed but really, come on...... Seriously you like to have a ghost of a chance at guessing who it could be. Super disappointing and too weird to be even slightly plausible. And what was with the red herring of Emma's first boyfriend? Never did get back to explaining his change of haircut. Unless he shows up in the next book he will just sit as an annoyance I seriously don't get it.Especially sad as I love all her other books and buy Miss Fortune the day they come out. This was such a drag. Sigh.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-02-20 06:33

    3.5A good thriller. I enjoy Jane Deleon as an author, though this book is darker than others I have read by her. Honestly, it creeped me out a bit, probably shouldn't have read it at night... or maybe I am just a wimp when it comes to stories like this one... i seriously jumped out of my skin at a couple parts... especially, towards the end...

  • Keri
    2019-03-20 11:33

    While I couldn't get into the Mudbug series, I really liked the first book in the Shaye Archer series.

  • Barbara ★
    2019-02-26 06:31

    Very suspenseful with a killer twist at the end. I honestly never saw it coming. I loved Shaye and Emma and look forward to seeing Jackson in future books.

  • Tracy T.
    2019-03-07 06:17

    This was a good book. I really enjoyed it. Okay robotic narration. (audible review)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.

  • Jo-Anne
    2019-03-02 03:23

    I liked this book until the last quarter, then it just got weird and hard to follow the characters. Who was stalking Emma? I must say, I was surprised to find out. It was creepy when mementos that Emma's dead husband had given her were left for her to find. It looked like her husband left them, but he was dead. So who was doing this?Shaye was the PI Emma hired to investigate. She had a mysterious past of her own. We got snippets of what her life was like but I wanted to know more about her and her past. I know she didn't remember anything but what had been done to try to get her to remember?This was a good thriller that kept my interest until the last few chapters. Then it got complicated and hard to figure out what was happening. 2.5 stars

  • Meenal
    2019-03-10 08:27

    Brilliant! The characters, plot and unfolding of each scene was terrific. Couldn't keep the book down. An absolute page turner. If you are a fan of mystery and thriller novels this is definitely your bet. The author has the reader gripped to the novel. I tried doing my office work and household chores but couldn't my mind off the book hence just landing up finishing it...

  • Whitney (Shooting Stars Reviews)
    2019-03-16 07:09

    Reviewed by [email protected] Stars ReviewsMalevolent begins when Shaye gets a new job. A women comes to her saying that her dead husband is stalking her and leaving things letting her know she is in danger. But the police don't really believe her, and Shaye does. So, she gets the chance to figure out what is going on, but it may end up being a lot more complicated than she originally thought. This book was filled with mystery, thrills, and some scary circumstances as well. I thought it was a great start to the series. It introduced the characters in a very interesting and engaging way, and I'm excited to read more. Shaye's whole life is a big mystery, and I'm super excited to find out what happens next.

  • Alisa
    2019-03-13 06:20

    This was a good start to a new thriller series. This had never come across my radar but I saw some GR friends talking about it and it was free so I figured I had nothing to lose. I liked the heroine a lot and the side characters were all interesting. The plot was creepy and I didn't see the bad guy coming. Totally surprised me. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-02-19 09:29

    This was an interesting little thriller, and could possibly be a series I continue. The main character PI has an interesting and complex backstory that I would be interested in finding more about. Pretty good!

  • Sam
    2019-03-01 10:30

    This was a surprisingly good read given that it came up for free on Amazon. Granted I may not have had particularly high expectations as the synopsis made the story sound like many other crime thrillers but it was superbly well written with plenty of back story and twists and turns without getting too complicated. The writing flows well and is easy to read, letting the story develop at its own pace leading to a shocking finale. The fact that I demolished it in one day says it all.

  • Amanda Sowers
    2019-03-12 08:15

    This was a great read. The story really sucked me in. I love a book that actually surprises me, and this one definitely did. The only down fall is now I need to buy the rest of the series because I need to know more!!

  • Lorraine King
    2019-03-04 03:05

    Another new author.........I've discovered another great new author to follow - yet again !!! No danger of me running out of reading material when there's so much literary talent out there !! Gonna read 'em all - thanx Jana !

  • Jennifer LeBlanc
    2019-03-20 06:20

    A very dark and compelling read.