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The fourth book in the Shaye Archer series by New York Times best-selling author Jana DeLeon.

College student Tara Chatry is certain something bad has happened to her best friend Ethan Campbell. The smart, geeky student has disappeared, and when Tara tries to get the police involved, they dismiss her concerns, convinced Ethan is just another college student off on a bender.

Shaye Archer hasn't even been back in New Orleans for a full day when Tara knocks on her door, asking for help. Shaye isn't prepared to jump back into her old job, but knows if she doesn't help Tara, no one else will. As she works to find Ethan, she discovers that he's not the only victim. A serial killer is at work playing a deadly game, and Shaye rushes against the clock to save Ethan before it's too late.

©2017 Jana DeLeon (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • shelley
  • 03-12-2017

Solve the clue and save yourself!

I've reached the end (so far) in this series and do not want to wait for another. This is book four in the Shaye Archer series, I would recommend reading this series in order as each book builds on the previous and relationships develop and become more intimate.
In this book a young woman approaches Shaye because a close friend of hers (Ethan) has gone missing. He's a geeky college student studying accounting. He doesn't drink, smoke or do drugs. When she goes to the police they blow her off and tell her he's probably off on a bender. She knows he wouldn't do that and asks Shaye for help. What Shaye uncovers initially appears to be a prank. Someone abducted a college student and sent Ethan a text with a strange message to solve the clue & save the girl. If he doesn't she'll die and he'll be next. The girl's body is found a few days later. Then Ethan disappears and another person gets a similar text.

As in her other books, Jana DeLeon steers the reader to an obvious suspect and then springs the real perpetrator on you. This person is not unknown through out the book, just someone you would never guess could be a killer.
The other thing DeLeon does is leave you with a cliffhanger that stays with you long after you have finished the book. Don't you just hate waiting to find out how that gets resolved?
Julie McKay does an excellent job narrating.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book and the entire series.
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  • Wayne
  • 26-12-2017

Great suspense mystery series set in NOLA!

Private investigator Shaye Archer is a very wealthy young woman who can choose the cases that interest her without regard for the client's ability to pay. She is also the victim of a horrible crime that has left her with partial amnesia. Wicked is the 4th novel in the series. All four were released in audio format one month ago. The 5th novel in the series titled Unseen was released two weeks earlier in ebook and paperback formats, but not in audio. I hope Unseen will be released soon in audio format.

All four Shaye Archer novels released so far in audio are solid 5 star suspense mysteries with outstanding narration by Julie McKay. This series has my highest recommendation.

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  • Betty
  • 22-04-2018

Narrator ruined it.

I couldn't get past the 2nd chapter. The narrator was stilted and paused in awkward places.

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  • BKJ
  • 21-04-2018

great book! incredible narration!

The Shaye Archer series just gets better and better. Can't wait to listen to the next book in the series!

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  • Valerie J. Dumond
  • 26-03-2018

Another hit!

I am so glad that I found this author. Her stories are so good and the narrator is fantastic!! Each book in this series Just gets better and better!! One of the best series I've come across!

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  • Tracy T
  • 26-02-2018

Not my favorite of the series but still good.

This was my least favorite of the series. But it was good. It seemed like a quick story. But it also felt unfinished like the next book is going to have some continuation to this story. It was NOT a cliffhanger, I just think there is more to come in the next book (being released tomorrow).

I also think we are going to get more of what happened to Shaye over those years she was held captive, so that will be interesting. That Jackson Shaye romance is heating up a bit.

I hope we get more Hustile in this next book too.

I do recommend this series for sure, its fast paced, easy to follow and flows well.

As for the narration, seriously Julie McKay STOP READING THE CHARACTERS LIKE THEY ARE ABOUT TO CRY OR ARE IN PANIC MODE ALL THE TIME! UGH it would be such a great narration if you would stop doing that. Thanks.

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  • T. McTier
  • 22-12-2017

Awesome Private Investigator Series

I’ve just finished listening to this book, which is the fourth novel I’ve read in Jana DeLeon’s Shaye Archer private investigator series. I was kept enthralled throughout the book and did not to put any of them down. If you haven’t read any of this series, I believe that you will not be disappointed. I will encourage readers, however, to read or listen to this series beginning with the first book—since subsequent books contain spoilers about their predecessors.

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  • BikeVON
  • 03-12-2017

The Shaye Avery adventure continues

It's a suspense story that is well written and entertaining! I have read each book in a few (4 – 5) hours. I recommend that you read them in order to appreciate the nuances and growth of the characters.

Shaye Avery is again helping someone who cannot get help from the usual sources. This is another child abduction case. The difference, the abductee is a college student instead of a tween or teen. Our favorite detective Vincent brushes off another person seeking help. He falls back on the usual excuse for missing college students; they are sleeping off a drinking binge, new girlfriend, dropped out of school, etc. Before Shaye has time to clean her apartment from returning home, she has a new client.

The story follows the same MO, where Shaye pull together obscure clues, which facilitates solving the mystery.

There is the usual suspense point. In Malevolent, Emma should not return to her home for forgotten piece of jewelry, In Sinister, you do not walk home in the dark when you know there is a killer loose in the neighborhood. In Diabolic, you do not go into an abandoned home without backup. Hustle and his skateboard does not count. In Wicked, you do not disregard instruction to stay in at night and call tell you It's a suspense story that is well written and entertaining! I have read each book in a few (4 – 5) hours. I recommend that you read them in order to appreciate the nuances and growth of the characters.

Shaye Avery is again helping someone who cannot get help from the usual sources. This is another child abduction case. The difference, the abductee is a college student instead of a tween or teen. Our favorite detective Vincent brushes off another person seeking help. He falls back on the usual excuse for missing college students; they are sleeping off a drinking binge, new girlfriend, dropped out of school, etc. Before Shaye has time to clean her apartment from returning home, she has a new client.

The story follows the same MO, where Shaye pull together obscure clues, which facilitates solving the mystery. There are the usual suspense points. In Malevolent, Emma should not return to her home for forgotten piece of jewelry. In Sinister, you do not walk home in the dark when you know there is a killer loose in the neighborhood. In Diabolic, you do not go into an abandoned home without backup. Hustle and his skateboard does not count. In Wicked, you do not disregard instructions, stay in at night and call when you leave the room. Each of those instances are times when the suspense reaches a crescendo due to the stupidity of one of our characters. But that keeps us turning pages and biting our nails.

There is more resistance from the police of Jackson sharing information with Shaye. But that is alright, because our girl has resources.

Shaye is much more confident in her ability to solve cases and so is Corrine. She has now taken the next step in the romantic direction. Of course, it is with our Detective Jackson. If you follow my reviews, you know that I find something in the client’s life, which is mirrored in Shaye’s. In this story, it is the acknowledge of romantic feeling between the client, Tara and the missing person Ethan, and Shaye and Jackson.

One more piece from Shaye’s pass is revealed and that is our cliff hanger.

The action of Shaye Avery novels usually centers with a surprise twist. I love that Jana does not use any of the obvious misdirections of the perpetrator that many authors use. After 3 books, I just sit back and enjoy the story.

I am hooked on two of Jana Deloren’s series, Shaye Archer and the Miss Fortune series. I recommend that you try them.

I deducted one star because Shaye put a, find my phone app on Tara’s phone, but it was never used. I thought for sure that was going to be a way for Shaye to find Tara’s location. Each of those instances is where time when the suspense reaches a crescendo due to the stupidity of one of our characters. But that keeps us turning pages and biting our nails.

There is more resistance from the police of Jackson sharing information with Shaye. But that is alright, because our girl has resources.

Shaye is much more confident in her ability to solve cases and so is Corrine. She has now taken the next step in the romantic direction. Of course, it is with our Detective Jackson. If you follow my reviews, you know that I find something in the client’s life, which is mirrored in Shaye’s. In this story, it is the acknowledge of romantic feeling between the client, Tara and the missing person Ethan, and Shaye and Jackson.

One more piece from Shaye’s pass is revealed and that is our cliff hanger.

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  • Dawn
  • 02-12-2017

Wow

Jana DeLeon has crafted an excellent new series. .This last installment had me so involved I had a difficult time pausing the story in order to go to sleep. The first thing I did when I woke up was press play to continue the audiobook. The suspense was killing me. I'm sorry to say this is the last available to download. The pairing of Jana DeLeon and Julie McKay is a winning combo. I highly recommend this book/audiobook to mystery/thriller fans. You need to listen to the books in the order written to completely enjoy the series.