Malevolent Summary

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

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

Share 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.

Book Reviews


A must read5 star

Great story, had me guessing until the end. Well written and kept my interest.55


Great characters5 star

Creepy, scary good55


Surprise ending5 star

Started slow then really got going.55


Page turner5 star

I enjoyed this book from the first page. I liked the characters and their development. I can’t wait to read the next one.55


Do not read if lgbtq+ or had trauma in life1 star

Spoilers after this paragraph. The author had me enthralled for the first 2/3rds of the book. I will admit that I was excited to start this series and even talked about it to my loved ones. However, it became abundantly clear that she doesn’t know how to write trauma in a believable way. Now onto spoiler territory, you have been warned *SPOILERS* Why must the killer be abused, traumatized AND trans? Why must you introduce HIM that late into the book? Why must we rehash the trans issues with Silence of the Lambs? Also, can someone let the author know there is a psych test involved in enlisting into the military? Someone without an education, or little education, coming from a traumatic home life could not enlist. The killer also used his real name, which the characters then misgender and use the wrong name for the rest of the book, and told an embarrassingly convoluted story about how his mother hated women, for no explained reason, so he had to become a boy. This certainly did not have to be in the book at all. It’s the anger I felt after watching Sleep Away Camp. “Surprise mentally unstable trans person” will never be a good twist in any story. Ever. Be creative and find different group of people to attack. Let us also not forget to touch on how surprisingly triggering this book can be. It touches on so many different types of trauma that I am SURE some readers couldn’t even finish this book. The author hits us with every traumatic event that could happen to not just women, but children as well. All in all this book seems like it was written by one of those white ladies with “live, laugh,love” written on a wall somewhere near where they keep their wine.15


Had me at the first page.5 star

Had just finished this author’s first book in her Miss Fortune Mystery series which I essentially finished in one day. Then I started this one, which I, also, essentially finished in one day. It had me in the first couple pages. Very interesting storyline & characters. I really enjoyed reading this book. Will definitely be following this series.55


Nice5 star

Overall nice book, start to finish was👌🏾55


Awesome Book5 star

I could read this again and again. Very well written and worth every minute. Best book I’ve read in a long time55


Malevolent5 star

One of the best books I ever read. An unputdownable story. Simple, straightforward with great suspense.55


Excellent read5 star

Really enjoyed this book. The way the author really makes you feel the terror of the protagonist, like you were feeling the same terror. Very well written, suspenseful to the end. Had me on edge front he start.55

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