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Malevolent by Jana DeLeon Book 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.

Malevolent (Jana DeLeon) Book Reviews

MalevolentI really enjoyed this book was a real page tuner excellent characters very suspenseful!!.Score: 5/5

WinnerExcellent book. Kept me wanting more and eager to find out who did it! Well done..Score: 5/5

MalevolentA fun read, fast action and any reader will be guessing how it ends from the second chapter. (Maybe earlier).Score: 5/5

MalevolentCould not put this book down. Kept me on the edge of my seat..Score: 5/5

Great story with a lot of twistsKeeps you guessing.Score: 4/5

NiceOverall nice book, start to finish was👌🏾.Score: 5/5

MALEVOLENTWhat an amazing mystery! Shifts and turns I couldn’t even imagine. I really enjoyed her characters. So real and human. Love it..Score: 5/5

Absolutely FantasticA truly great read! Suspenseful, intense and nail-biting!.Score: 1/5

MalevolentFast moving, well thought out, tight clean zigzagging plot, interesting characters..Score: 5/5

MalevolentSpellbinding read. Couldn’t stop reading until I was finished. Now I am ready for the next in the series..Score: 5/5

Had me at the first page.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..Score: 5/5

Excellent readReally 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..Score: 5/5

Surprise endingStarted slow then really got going..Score: 5/5

MalevolentI read this book in three sittings. It kept me wanting to continue to read! Loved it!.Score: 4/5

Page turner.I could not put this book down. I loved the story and the twist. The characters were very relatable,.Score: 5/5

SinisterGreat reading The writing was fantastic. Minima a.Score: 5/5

MalevolentExcellent read w interesting characters and unusual twists and turns..Score: 5/5

Great charactersCreepy, scary good.Score: 5/5

Loving these books and the author!!!!I love these books, I’ve read almost all of them and when I do I’m going to be so sad..Score: 5/5

Excellent ReadAwesome book to read while on vacation, and every page kept me intrigued until the end. I will be buying and reading the next novel ..Score: 5/5

MalevolentAbsolutely great book. Absorbing from the very first page. Totally unpredictable! Lived it. Can’t wait to get the next!.Score: 5/5

MalevolentSuper! I couldn’t put it down. read the whole book in less than 24 hours. Can’t wait to start the next book..Score: 5/5

MalevolentAwesome; already bought the second one!.Score: 5/5

A must readWow...A must read! I thought I was the one being pursued...it feels like you are right in the middle of the action. It’s a masterfully written book..Score: 5/5

MalevolentGreat story line! Kept me guessing until the end..Score: 5/5

SuspensefulFrom the first page to the last, you’ll continue to read this book until you are finished..Score: 5/5

Page turnerI enjoyed this book from the first page. I liked the characters and their development. I can’t wait to read the next one..Score: 5/5

Chilling and shockingI originally sort out my normal genre of reading “romance novel” but inadvertently stumbled upon this book. The read was chilling to my bones, filled with suspense and the ending was unexpected. I loved every aspect of it and might have a new genre to add to my collection now. I can’t wait to read the next book that follows this one..Score: 5/5

GreatLove it.Score: 5/5

MalevolentOne of the best books I ever read. An unputdownable story. Simple, straightforward with great suspense..Score: 5/5

MalevolentRiveting from page 1. Didn’t stop reading until I finished the book. Kept me guessing how the story would end and was completely surprised. Can’t wait to read more books about Shaye Archer..Score: 5/5

Many twists and turns. Surprising ending!!!!Good read!.Score: 5/5

A must readGreat story, had me guessing until the end. Well written and kept my interest..Score: 5/5

Awesome BookI could read this again and again. Very well written and worth every minute. Best book I’ve read in a long time.Score: 5/5

Must ReadBeing from Louisiana, I love stories set here. Especially mystery and thriller types. I have read every book Jana has written. I laugh out loud at her Miss Fortune series. This series is far different and I was more than pleasantly surprised. This book series shows just how talented and multifaceted Jana truly is. Many times I see the end coming. But this book truly threw me for a loop at the end..Score: 5/5

Best thriller everMalevolent is the best thriller I’ve ever read, and that is saying something given how much I read. The characters of Shaye, Emma, and Jackson are complex and interesting. The plot is carefully sculpted with just enough terror, just enough hope, just enough red herrings, just enough eeriness. My previous favorite, Loves Music, Loves to Dane by Mary Higgins Clark is awesome, but this book is better. I highly recommend Malevolent..Score: 5/5

Great bookI was a little concerned after reading some of the reviews but this was a very good book. I enjoyed the story and was surprised by the ending. Thought I had figured out who did it (had two choices) but wasn’t either person I thought. Even thinking I knew the answer to who done it the story was still interesting and creepy like a thriller should be. Some of the other reviews seem alittle nit-picky to me, and over analyzed, read the story and if you enjoy thrillers you will enjoy this book. If you don’t like abusive or unsettling situations then maybe you shouldn’t be reading thrillers. I’ve read other thrillers with much more nasty and descriptive situations than this one and I think that is the nature of the story. Something nasty is happening and someone’s got to figure it out. Overall, a very very good book, hard to put down.Score: 5/5

MalevolentWell written page turning suspense to the end.Score: 5/5

MalevolentThis book had all the twists and turns that kept you wondering where it was taking you. A great read I recommend it if you want something that will keep you turning pages well into the night..Score: 5/5

MalevolentI really enjoyed reading this!!!!!.Score: 5/5

A great bookWhat would you do if you were being stalked by your dead husband and no one believed you? Call Shaye Archer a young and bright private investigator who is probably the only person who could understand the evil you truly face. Malevolent is a great thriller that I just couldn’t put down. From the first chapter till the very end it had me wondering who the killer truly was. Loved this story and can’t wait to read more about Shaye Archer.Score: 5/5

I couldn’t put it down!The writing flowed so well. I couldn’t put this book down, it got more and more exciting and I was on the edge of my seat. I loved the characters and am looking forward to finding out more about Shaye’s past..Score: 5/5

Amazing!!Amazing!!.Score: 5/5

MalevolentThis book had me hooked from the start. Didn’t want to put it down and totally shocked at the ending. Masterfully done👏👏.Score: 5/5

A great mysteryI have always loved to escape with books...especially mysteries. Ms. DeLeon has carved a permanent space in my reading repertoire following my introduction to Shaye Archer the heroine in her page turning novel, Malevolent. With NOLA being of my favorite settings, I can't wait to return in another one of her mysteries!.Score: 5/5

MalevolentScary story. Read the book in 2 days. A lot of psychology throughout to analyze. Sad to think some people’s lives had this much hurt in them..Score: 4/5

Great!I liked this book right away, but it got better and better as I read. The ending was a shock, but made sense of the baffling clues along the way. Now I can’t wait to read the next two books!.Score: 5/5

Do not read!This was a complete waste of time. Ending inconsistent with the earlier chapters of the book. And we are supposed to know who the stalker is how??.Score: 2/5

Do not read if lgbtq+ or had trauma in lifeSpoilers 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..Score: 1/5

MalevolentAwesome read more twists and turns than a rollercoaster and just when you think you have it, you don’t. Try it you’ll surely like it!.Score: 5/5

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Great bookCan’t wait to read more!.Score: 4/5

MalevolentReally enjoyed the story with the different twists. Was not expecting the ending..Score: 4/5

MalevolentA twisted mind blowing thriller that pulls you in....be prepared to read this book in one go as you won’t be able to put it down until it’s finished. Definitely will be reading this series!.Score: 5/5

MalevolentGood plot, really liked it.Score: 3/5

Heart Stopping...A great read that just sucks you in from beginning to end that is all but impossible to put down in between. Left me biting my lips at what was going to happen next!.Score: 5/5

MalevolentExcellent read.Score: 5/5

MalevolentThis book had me on the edge of my seat the whole entire time!!! I loved it!.Score: 5/5

Thrilling RideIt was like a nice ride on a boat that went through some rough waters and then smooth sailing. Some dark clouds appeared that would make you wonder if you’ll make it home in one piece. Then it all cleared up and you made it home alive!.Score: 5/5

Definitely a surprise endingKept me wanting to read on and on. A twist in the end. I’d recommend it..Score: 2/5

AddictiveI am addicted to Shaye Archer, I cannot put these books down..Score: 5/5

Entertaining but a bit disappointingThis book had great potential and I recommend reading it but be warned that there are no clues as to who the killer is in the end..Score: 3/5

RivetingFast paced suspense from cover to cover. An excellent plot which leaves you guessing until the very end..Score: 5/5

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Absolute thrillerLoved every single page.Score: 5/5

MalevolentGreat read....Score: 5/5

Amazing read!A story full of interesting characters with surprising twists and turns. It takes you to a dark place that you don't want to know about with disturbing and evil characters. I couldn't put the book down as it felt so real and authentic..Score: 5/5

ExcellentVery well written with twists it's impossible to see coming.Score: 5/5

MalevolentI really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the other Shaye Archer books Judith Campbell.Score: 5/5

Loved itGreat read! Cant wait to start the sequels.Score: 5/5

Another great book from Jana DeleonI really love this author. This book was a great read, thoroughly enjoyed it. Lots of intrigue and drama. Will definitely be reading the next one when it comes out..Score: 5/5

Great readThis was the first book I read by Jana DeLeon, but it certainly won’t be the last!.Score: 5/5

I really enjoyed this bookThis is the first Jana Deleon book I've read and I very much enjoyed it. The characters were well thought out and you don't have to wait until later books to get the background of the main characters. It was a good paced story and interesting. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the Shaye Archer series..Score: 5/5

Keeps you guessingOmg brilliantly written, so many twists and turns. Loved it.Score: 5/5

MalevolentBrilliant book. Couldn't put it down.Score: 5/5

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Kept me on my toesReally good read. Real page turner. Kept me guessing. Never expected the twist in the final part of the story..Score: 5/5

CaptivatingRead this book in 3 days, completely hooked from the very beginning!.Score: 5/5

My Favourite Book 😀I absolutely love this book!It is mysterious throughout the way...I never thought I would be interested in a book like this.Hats off to u Jana!I would 100% recommend this for people who love reading mysterious detective stories..Score: 5/5

Good readMakes you want to know more great book.Score: 5/5

Dark but entertainingWhat a great character Shaye is! Makes you want to read the next instalment straight away. Definitely recommend..Score: 5/5

BrilliantThoroughly enjoyed this book..Score: 5/5

Twists galore!Read in one sitting!.Score: 5/5

MalevolentGreat twist at the end.Score: 5/5

GrippingNot an original title but an accurate one, this book had me gripped and page turning (scrolling) from the start to the end. Well written, well executed and easily the quickest I've read a book this year. I'll be reading more. 👍🏻.Score: 4/5

Kept me guessingA fast paced thriller. The case concludes but the story about the main character Shaye continues.....Score: 5/5

Great book - read it in a dayExcellent plot, twists, turns, nail biter. Couldn't put it down, literally..Score: 5/5

MalevolentReally enjoyed this book I read it in 2 days couldn't put it down had me guessing all the way through. Looking forward to book 2.Score: 5/5

AmazingWhat an amazing piece! Seriously gave me chills at some points. Loved it!.Score: 5/5

MalevolentWow! What an amazing read - it is seldom I get to the end of a book without having a pretty darn good idea of ‘who did it’. But in Malevolent, I barely had a clue. With hindsight, I could imagine I had an inkling but, in reality, I didn’t. I look forward to reading more books by this exceptionally good author..Score: 5/5

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