Rick Bentz wakes up in the hospital
smelling his dead wife’s perfume, the scent of gardenias.
And she is standing in the hospital room door blowing a kiss
at him. How is this possible? What is going on with his
When more unaccountable events continue
to happen, including the murders of people who knew his late
wife Jennifer, Rick Bentz starts to investigate and ends up
becoming the link between the murders and the prime suspect.
Lisa Jackson is a writer with the
ability to not just grab and keep a reader, but also the
ability to make the reader go back again and again for a
larger taste of her worlds and her characters. However, that
said – and I am a reader who loves Ms. Jackson’s books –
Malice fell short of her usual style. Was it a
good book? Yes. Was it as good as I expected from Ms.
Jackson? No. Malice is a well-drawn thriller
with plenty of twists and turns. I second-guessed myself on
who the killer was, which did make it more enjoyable for me.
That said, where Malice fell short for me was
in a detail that links Malice with previous
books of Ms. Jackson’s. Specifically, her characters have
become like family to me and I felt let down that Rick and
Olivia, his current love, were treated the way they were in
this book. Malice can be read as a standalone
but the series is better read in order.