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This book was actually the first one I read from Lisa Jackson in the Bentz/Montoya serious and I was hooked on the work of Lisa Jackson for life at the start of the first page ( )
  Max_E._Stone | Jul 13, 2016 |
Review: “Malice” by Lisa Jackson. I read a few of the reviews about this book. Some pro, some con. I found it fantastic. Every reader has their own opinions and I feel justified recommending this book.

One set of twins die as they turn twenty-one, twelve years later another set of twins, about to turn twenty-one, found died. Is it a copycat or the same killer? Then at the very same time as the last twins were murdered then four other single murders happened. Eight murders in all. Were these also done by the same hand? It was suspenseful, a thriller, many crimes to unravel and many murders to connect to a serial killer that is seen and disappears as a ghost in the night. So many mysteries to chase and no ability to find who is behind them.

There is an ex-wife, as a suspect, but she was buried twelve years ago. The ex-husband (a cop) started getting himself in trouble obsessing over seeing her and following her around California. He was one of the cops who investigated the first twins murders which was placed in the cold pile. There were always issues and situation that kept me reading because I too was obsessed in knowing the what, when, who, where and how’s of the story and mystery character. As far as I’m concern the Author carried all the suspense to the end. The story never gave away any close hints to who was the serial killer. Being the reader I was surprised, in awed at some of the events that took place. Even at the end when things started coming together the Author finally fills in the characters in question and ends with a dramatic ending…..Why one of the Tags on the book is ‘romance mystery“, I don’t understand. The only romance was small tidbits in the mind of a couple of characters….it was completely a suspenseful, mysterious murderous combining thriller……
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
This was a pretty good story, but towards the end it started to drag a bit trying to draw out the suspense as far as it could take it. After endless pages of Bentz wringing his hands and worrying over his wife, I had to look ahead finally and see "whodunit". Some of the story line didn't seem very believable, but I kinda of rolled with it for the sake of the story. I won't get too descriptive here so as not to give anything away, but it's an okay book. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
New Orleans detective Rick Bentz is recovering from an accident in a hospital when he smells the scent of gardenias, the same perfume that his first wife, Jennifer, wore. Opening his eyes he sees her in the doorway blowing him a kiss. But Jennifer died twelve years ago. Once released from the hospital Jennifer starts appearing unexpectedly while remaining at a distance. Rick follows a trail of information back to Los Angeles seeking answers into the unexplained appearance of Jennifer while trying to reassure his present wife, Olivia.

Maybe it’s because I listened to the audio version, but the story seemed overly long, with too many instances of Jennifer appearing, too many coincidences, too many unexplained happenings. By the time of the big revelation I knew the answer and when it came to the final disc I was wishing to story would finish. I haven’t read anything else by this author and I’m not sure I will.
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  punxsygal | Jan 16, 2016 |
It’s the way this book is written that makes it such a dreary experience reading it. ‘Rock hadn’t returned. They hadn’t even fought about it again. He’d just left. [new paragraph] Refused to answer her calls. [new paragraph] Until today. [new paragraph] By then it was too late. [new paragraph] She’d already met her lover again. As much an act of retribution as desire. Fuck it.’ I’m not sure if the stop/start sentences and paragraphs are Jackson’s efforts at drama, stream of consciousness or simply her inability to sustain longer sentences, but the novel never leaves its shallow course.

Endless repetition bulks out a highly unlikely and unengaging plot. Jackson also manages to come up with some odd sentences, something her proof-reader should have picked up but then maybe they did pick up 99% of the errors. Here’s an example. After Bentz had bought some biscuits and cheese, he decides to seek out Jennifer’s old friends but Jackson puts it this way: ‘He would start trying to track them down while munching on the oily crackers and processed cheese’. ( )
  evening | Jun 5, 2014 |
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Culver City, a Suburb of Los Angeles
Twelve Years Earlier


So you're not coming home tonight, is that what you're getting at?"
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The scent is unmistakable – gardenias, sweet and delicate, the same perfume that his beautiful first wife, Jennifer, always wore. Opening his eyes in the hospital room where he’s recovering from an accident, New Orleans detective Rick Bentz sees her standing in the doorway. Then Jennifer blows him a kiss and disappears. But it couldn’t have been Jennifer. She died twelve years ago...

Once out of the hospital, Bentz begins to see Jennifer everywhere. Could she still be alive? But it was Bentz who identified Jennifer’s body after her horrible car wreck, and there had been no question in his mind that it was her crumpled form behind the wheel, her clothes, her wedding ring. He’s never doubted it – until now. He can’t tell his new wife, Olivia, about the sightings or his secret fear that he’s losing his mind. But Olivia is also hiding a secret...

When a copy of Jennifer’s death certificate arrives in the mail, emblazoned with a red question mark, Bentz follows the postmark trail to Los Angeles, returning to the painful memories he’s tried so hard to forget, and straight into a killer’s web.

Someone’s been waiting patiently, silently. Someone who knows exactly what happened that night twelve years ago and has been anticipating Bentz’s every move. Soon it will be Bentz’s turn to suffer for his sins. But he won’t be the only one made to pay the ultimate price. For a diabolical killer has now made Olivia the prime target...

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When a copy of his first wife's death certificate arrives in the mail, emblazoned with a red question mark, New Orleans detective Rick Bentz follows the postmark trail to Los Angeles, returning to the painful memories he's tried so hard to forget, and straight into a killer's web that catches Bentz as the prime suspect.… (more)

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