Malevolent: Shaye Archer Series, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 22 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 28, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #13,714 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#317 in Women Sleuth Mysteries
#1,305 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,235 in Women Sleuths (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on November 27, 2018
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I actually listened to it on Audible and that version was even better!
Shaye Archer is a brand new private detective. Her first client believes she is being stalked... by her dead husband. Okay, that got my attention! I won't give away spoilers, but all I can say is that as soon as you figure out who the stalker is, I'd be willing to bet you are wrong. So many twists and turns!
The story comes to a conclusion but there is more to learn about Shaye and her history. Yes, I'm going to read the next book because I really want to know more!
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When it started i thought that it could be a good book.
How wrong I was!!
The plot seemed simple enough. A Stalker story where we have to guess who it is.
But not in this book, it got itself so twisted about that the author had to introduce new characters and a laughable sub story of illicit affairs and unwed births like something from the early 1920's in the last 20 pages of the book! And then the story got so stupid that it started to give me an headache.
Spoiler** The old realtor woman is really a woman that wants to be a man that looks like an ex soldier!! YEP that's how stupid this story is.
Save yourself hours of your life and stay well clear of this absolutely terrible piece of fiction writing that really shouldn't have been written in the first place
Emma Frederick, killed her abusive husband. The thing is he is now stalking her, leaving little momentos from her past to torment her. The police don't believe her. Everyone saw the body, the cremation. They write it all off to her abusive and traumatic past. A work colleague who knows Shae, treated her in the hospital when she was only 15. Battered and mutilated body. Recommends her to Emma. Tells her Shae will believe her a d take her case on.
The stalkers end goal? To kill Emma, but why?
The answers lie in the stalkers past and why Emma must pay for murdering her husband.
Book was well written with loads of twists and turns. Kept me guessing right up to the end. Didn't learn much about Shaes past but it was just the first in the series. Intriguing and a good old page Turner.
Loads of talk about abuse but nothing in major details.
I always judge a free download by an author I've never read before by whether I would part with my hard earned money to buy a further book by the same author. The answer is YES! I'm so keen to see how the series unfolds, I really like the main character and want to know more about her back story and how her life unfolds from this point on. I suspect that this is going to be one of those series where you can't wait for the next book to come along!
It’s a great set up for a thriller, but what make MALEVOLENT by Jana Deleon such an interesting read is how it makes no bones about its real subject: violence against women.
The private detective she hires is another young woman: our protagonist, Shaye Archer. She was found at the age of about fifteen with plenty of scars and broken bones, but no memory at all of who she was or what had happened to her. Since then, she has been through mental and physical rehabilitation and now runs her own detective agency. She isn’t specifically there to help injured females, but that’s clearly what she does.
Through the course of the book there are four other women (at least, just in case my memory is playing tricks on me and there is another one) who have violence inflicted upon them. And, so as well as a whodunnit, the book becomes about women coming together and fighting back. How if women have each other’s backs, then they don’t won’t be broken by what happens to them. They can emerge stronger and more resilient.
It’s a great message and one I’m sure resonates through this series which begins in such a strong way.
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.