The Book Resort, June 30, 2009 (view all comments by The Book Resort)
Lock the doors... Check the windows... Keep a light on... Make that lights on... Let me make sure the deadbolt is in place... just in case... Chocolate!!! Oh, chocolate... it soothes all & fortifies the spirit.
Shhh... it also keeps the evil doers away.
*Gulp* Why do I keep doing this? Why do I keep spooking myself the way I do? Why? Why? Why??? 'Cause it's good, old-fashioned, creepy suspense delivered by Lisa Jackson.
A vindictive ex-wife seems to emerge from the dead to stalk her ex-husband, Former LAPD detective Rick Bentz, in this creepy, enthralling, spine~tingling suspense novel from bestseller Lisa Jackson.
Rick Bentz has worked hard to bury his past & to rebuild his life. He now has a blissful marriage, a career with the New Orleans police, & a new outlook on life, but the past is never buried, now is it?
Lisa Jackson amplifies the disturbing plot by inserting the viewpoint of a character whose dripping venom for Rick infuses an intense carnage.
What was that? Did you hear something? Hello? Hello? Where the heck is Rick Bentz when I need him?
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Wendy Robards, June 9, 2009 (view all comments by Wendy Robards)
After the questionable death of his ex-wife Jennifer, Homicide detective Rick Bentz slides into alcohol abuse and is devastated when he is involved in the shooting death of a twelve year old boy and unable to solve the horrific murder of twin girls. He leaves Los Angeles and takes a job in New Orleans where he gets his life back on track and marries Olivia, an independent and beautiful woman.
Fast forward twelve years.
While recovering from bruised spinal cord and upon waking from a coma, Bentz has a vision. He sees Jennifer - not once, but several times; and then he gets a manila envelope with recent photos of her and a copy of her death certificate with a red question mark written on it. Shaken, Bentz returns to California and quickly becomes embroiled in the old department politics while fresh bodies start turning up…all connected to him.
Lisa Jackson’s fast paced and newest thriller Malice hit the stores in April. The plot unfolds quickly and readers do not have to wait long for the thrills. This book is all about plot - not a disappointment to readers of this genre.
Although I enjoyed the novel (and it was a very quick read for me), it was not without its faults. There were quite a few typos in my finished copy which always annoys me. Also, at times the plot felt a bit contrived - things were not always believable, and the ending was wrapped up pretty neatly. In fairness to Jackson, this type of genre fiction seems to play on the edges of believability with the evil characters being really bad, the benevolent characters being really good, and the plots being a bit exaggerated. That said, Jackson writes this type of story as good as any, having written more than 75 novels and with more than 10 million copies of her books in print.
Malice is good escapism reading - a fast moving plot, lots of dialogue, and menace around every corner. For readers who like to curl up with a book of suspense and let their palms sweat, Jackson’s book is sure to please.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"A vengeful ex-wife appears to have returned from the dead to stalk her ex-husband in this gripping thriller from bestseller Jackson (Absolute Fear). Former LAPD detective Rick Bentz has rebuilt his life with a happy marriage and new career with the New Orleans police 12 years after divorcing his unfaithful first wife, Jennifer, who subsequently died in a car crash. After 'a freak accident in a lightning storm' that left his temporarily paralyzed, Rick starts seeing Jennifer's ghost. When Rick receives an anonymous package mailed from Culver City, Calif., containing recent photos of a woman resembling Jennifer, he goes to California to investigate. In L.A., the Twenty-one killer, who strangles identical twins on their 21st birthday, resurfaces. Rick's last unsolved L.A. case involved victims of this serial killer. Jackson heightens the creep factor by including the viewpoint of a character whose hatred for Rick for past wrongs inspires another extreme killing spree." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
From #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author Jackson comes a gripping, edge-of-the-seat tale of deception and betrayal, as New Orleans detective Rick Bentz is forced to confront the ghosts of his past--and a killer's twisted vengeance.
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