Malice by Jennifer Jaynes @jenniferjaynes7 #bookreview #thriller

Title: Malice

Author: Jennifer Jaynes

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Publication Date: September 25, 2018

Page Count: 288

My rating: 5 stars

About the book:

The perfect life becomes the perfect nightmare in a twisting novel of psychological suspense from #1 USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Jaynes…

Dr. Daniel Winters is living a fairy-tale life. He has a beachfront home in Malibu, a career as a respected pediatrician at a thriving Los Angeles practice, and a gorgeous new wife, Mia. For a man whose past was rife with mental illness, addiction, and thoughts of suicide, it seems too good to be true.

Then Daniel learns that a fellow pediatrician and his family were found slaughtered in their home. It’s just the first chip in the facade of Daniel’s perfect life. Little by little, everything starts to fall away. At work, his career becomes at risk when he’s asked to remain silent about a dangerous new drug. At home, Mia has gone from an affectionate newlywed to a mysterious woman carefully hiding secrets—and possibly a lover.

Then, another doctor is found dead, and as Mia’s behavior becomes increasingly suspicious, Daniel begins to wonder: Is paranoia getting the best of him…or has his fairy-tale life become a nightmare worse than he could have ever imagined?


Confession time. I’ve read a couple of Jennifer Jaynes previous books and absolutely loved them so seeing her name on this one I didn’t even bother reading the blurb and just grabbed it. I don’t know if not having a clue what I would begin reading was a good thing but obviously by my rating I made the right choice.

So anyway… about the book in case no one else is as daring as I am and doesn’t just jump in blind. Daniel Winters is a successful pediatrician who has just returned from his honeymoon with his beautiful new bride. It doesn’t however take long for the perfect feeling Daniel had been enjoying to disappear.

Upon returning to his practice Daniel finds the other doctors have began prescribing a new drug to their patients and pushing it aggressively. However, as Daniel begins to realize the drug is not what it seems and more research has him really concerned. And if work wasn’t stressful enough Daniel also begins to question his new bride who seems to be keeping things from him.

Now the first thing I noticed was the exact reason I jumped at reading this book, it took all of a few paragraphs to become intrigued and the farther I got the more intense and engaging the book becomes. The author does a wonderful job in the thriller genre making a reader question everything and everyone while hanging onto every word. And to top it all off I could honestly see this happening in real life which makes it all the more intense. So yes, when it’s said and done just grab a copy and try this one for yourself.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the author:

#1 USA Today and internationally bestselling author Jennifer Jaynes graduated from Old Dominion University with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences and holds a certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She made her living as a content manager, webmaster, news publisher, medical assistant, editor, publishing consultant, and copywriter before finally realizing her dream as a full-time novelist. Jennifer is the author of six thrillers, including DisturbedThe Stranger InsideNever Smile at StrangersDon’t Say a Word, and Ugly Young Thing; and the children’s book I Care About Me. When she’s not writing or spending time with her husband and twin boys, Jennifer loves reading, cooking, and studying nutrition. Visit Jennifer at

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6 replies

  1. Wow, another 5 star review from a blogger I trust. I also read a couple of her other books and I agree, there is no slow lead up, you jump right into the story which I loved. It especially hooks me if it is probable and could really happen. Great review Carrie, I will have to jump into this one.

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