“Taut, twisty…Malice displays the skilled Jackson at her best yet.” --The Providence Journal
The perfect moment is here at last. The humiliation and pain he put her through is about to be repaid. Soon Rick Bentz will know the torment of losing the person he loves most—and better yet, he’ll have to watch…
“Gripping…Jackson heightens the creep factor.” --Publishers Weekly
Since the accident that nearly claimed his life, New Orleans detective Rick Bentz has been on edge. That must explain why his mind is playing tricks, making him think he sees his first wife, Jennifer. His dead wife. He can’t bring himself to tell his new wife, Olivia, about the sightings, or his fears that he’s losing his sanity. To find answers, he has to return to Los Angeles, where Jennifer died. And it’s there that the murders begin…
“Plenty of clever plot turns…the suspense builds from the beginning.” --Fresh Fiction
Each victim is linked to Jennifer’s past, and each corpse points to Bentz as the prime suspect. But the worst is yet to come. Because now Olivia is missing, and the only way to save her is to uncover the terrifying truth about a woman he never really knew—and a hatred that runs deep enough to kill…
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(Saturday, February 27, 2010)
Reviewer: Cheryl Koch
Detective Rick Bentz has come out of his coma and is back at home now, after being stuck by a tree in the prior novel Lost Souls. Something isn't right about Rick. He has changed. He says that while in the hospital that he was visited by his ex-wife, Jennifer. The funny thing is that Jennifer died twelve years ago. She committed suicide and drove her car straight into a tree.
Detective Montoya hands a package to Rick. It was delivered to Rick at the police station. Inside the package are some photographs of Jennifer and a death certificate. The photos are recent. It seems someone is sending Rick a message that Jennifer is alive. The postmark on the package is from California. Even though Rick knows someone is playing a sick joke on him, he still heads out for California.
Rick starts to see Jennifer everywhere. Also, two twin twenty-one year old girls are murdered. Murders are nothing new but the thing about this murder is that is similar to the last case Rick ever worked while in California. That case was never solved.
Olivia is worried that Rick is chasing ghosts and nothing good will come of it. Plus she has something she wants to tell Rick and it is eating her up inside with guilt.
I liked that this story picked right up from Lost Souls. In Malice, the premise of the story line was that Detective Bentz receives a package what contents that made him think his ex-wife Jennifer is alive. What I enjoyed was that I got to know a little more about Detective Bentz and his past. Also a different location was refreshing from New Orleans to California. The pace of this book reads pretty fast. Lisa Jackson once again proves why I like reading her books.
Courtesy of Cheryl's Book Nook Blog