Book Review: Malicious By James Raven

18948375‘Cover your webcams…or suffer the consequences.’ He calls himself the Slave Master. He spies on women through their computer webcams. Then he blackmails those who unknowingly reveal their secrets to him. His last victim was brutally murdered. Now he’s targeting the cop in charge of the investigation. To him she’s the perfect prey–because she has secrets of her own.

Anyone who thinks it’s safe to use a computer should read this book. It’s a cracking thriller and it highlights a scary issue that I knew nothing about. A female detective with a sordid secret becomes the ‘webcam slave’ of a ruthless hacker who has taken control of her laptop. The plot is totally original and unravels with lightning speed after another woman’s body is found in a park. The writing is crisp and the characters sharply drawn. As good as the author’s previous novels and well worth five stars, Amazon review.

I loved this book. My favorite lines: 1) My name is Robyn Tate and I have a confession to make: I have a dirty little secret. I call it that because I can’t think of a better way to describe it. 2) “He likes you. I can tell. And he respects you, which is just as important.”

The Slave Master, a serial killer, had nine slaves–women addicted to online porn or cheated on their husbands/boyfriends on a webcam. In the privacy of their own home, they pleasured themselves without realizing a hacker could turn on their webcam at any time. Charlotte Slater was his first murder victim.

Robyn was a police detective, so she and her partner tried to solve the case. Unbeknownst to the police department, Robyn had a secret–she’s addicted to online porn and is one of the “slaves.” The inner-turmoil she felt was very interesting. The secret was destroying her life.

I appreciated Robyn as a character. I liked that the author made her average looking instead of a bombshell. It made the story feel more real. And, I liked getting inside her head. This is the first time I ever read about women in favor of online porn. Usually it’s the men. I liked getting that female perspective of having a naughty secret.

I loved the mystery. I had two suspects, and I was wrong on both accounts. There were plenty of red herrings and suspense. The most chilling scene for me–when Robyn’s therapist got murdered in his office. I shuddered at the intensity of the Slave Master taunting the detective, Robyn. He was relentless.

James Raven was great with plot. All the scenes flowed easily and quickly. The story moved along with a lot of action instead of slowing down with info dumps, so I was motivated to read to the end, finding out who the serial killer truly was.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

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Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Malicious By James Raven

    • Hey Alexandrina,

      Yeah it is a creepy cover 🙂 I always look at book covers like movie posters. If the image looks exciting, then I’ll read the blurb and take it from there…By the way, how’s your writing going?

      Keep smiling,
      Yawatta

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