A young widow, who committed justifiable homicide against her husband after he turned into a crazed stalker, hires a private detective when she is stalked again. The stalker this time? Her husband, seemingly from beyond the grave.

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.

My debut novel, THE WANNABES – which has been out of print for a little while – is now available for free. A supernatural thriller of beautiful actresses and deadly ambition in London town, it’s well worth your time. You can get your copy here!

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