"A likable heroine, a deadly conspiracy, a white-knuckle climax - Brenda Hill's With Full Malice has it all!" Michael Prescott, New York Times bestselling author of Stealing Faces "The premise of Hill's third is certainly arresting, and the story holds your interest." Kirkus Reviews "From its opening chapter to its stunning conclusion, WITH FULL MALICE is a thought-provoking, first-rate novel." The Big Thrill International Thriller Writers 4 Stars - Compelling Page-Turner "Hill draws the reader into a chilling tale of suspense." RT Book Review Magazine
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Newspaper food critic Madison Young lives a safe, controlled life in Yucaipa, a quiet California town below Big Bear, afraid of the dark, afraid to take chances. Since the night her parents were murdered, she's haunted by the killer's threat to return for her. But she's forced out of her sheltered world when a paroled sex offender is shot execution-style, and her out-of-town editor needs her to cover the story. Reluctantly interviewing a witness, Madison jots down one word, one seemingly insignificant word that will link to a chain of murders across the country, and to a secret society, a vast and deadly organization whose tentacles invade her own life. She traces clues, shocked when they reveal a connection to the man who slaughtered her parents, horrified when warnings to stop the investigation become deadly. When her editor dies mysteriously and a family member is threatened, Madison discovers no one is who they seem, and few can be trusted. With the Society closing in, she turns to family friend, San Bernardino homicide detective Dexter Quinn, to unravel the deceit before she runs out of time. Together, they discover a terrifying adversary--one who'll stop at nothing to protect the Society's secrets.
I'm Brenda Hill, a California-based author, editor, and writing coach.
I love things that go bump in the night whether they're serial killers or other strange creatures. I've written about those pesky people who intrude on our lives with deadly force - Ten Times Guilty, With Full Malice, Beyond the Quiet. I'm still writing about those pesky people/creatures, but this time they're in a slightly different form.
The House on Serpent Lake is a ghost/love story - with a slight twist.
Raised in the South, I live in the Inland Empire of Southern CA, but long for cool ocean breezes, the forests and clean air of the northern areas of the States, but can do without mosquitoes and horseflies. The bonus? My son and his family. So here I stay.
"She aimed for his heart and pulled the trigger. Blood sprayed from a blackened hole in his shirt and he staggered backward. The pistol recoiled, but she stepped forward and fired a second time, knocking him off his feet. Bending over his sprawled form, she fired again, putting a round through his temple." - With Full Malice (Five Star Mystery Series)
This is the second Brenda Hill novel I've read. I enjoyed this one even more - it's not quite as intense as Ten Times Guilty and the reading is effortless, the writing more assured.
Hill's strength is her character development. The author explains it best when she says she writes about women in crisis, celebrating the inner strength women sometimes forget they possess. And it's this growth that we see with Maddy Young, haunted by the murder of her parents when she was only six years old and the promise the killer made to return for her. I cared as much for Maddy as her grandmother and Detective Dexter Quinn did.
Maddy Young, a food reporter in Yucaipa, California, is aiming to review a restaurant when she witnesses a murder. Turns out the murdered man was a no-good career criminal who had managed to elude justice for years and years. Maddy, who witnessed her own parents' murder, is traumatized.
This fast-paced, fascinating book keeps the reader on his/her toes, and I have to admit to a feeling of moral ambiguity by the time it comes to an end. That's not to say all the loose ends aren't tied up, because they are. Read the book, and you'll know exactly what I mean. Wonderful read!
Brenda Hill writes mystery stories that pertain to women of all ages who are or have been going through many different difficult situations in their lives. Subjects that traumatize women from child hood and up through their adult lives'.
Ms. Hill's mystery's catch your attention immediately which keeps a reader turning page after page after page. Her character descriptions are spot on which makes you feel like you know these characters. Brenda also implements how important family members are when a crisis takes place and they step up to the plate and do whatever is necessary to help their family member /s to recover from illogical crisis's that have changed their lives. Where would any of us be with out love? Brenda's title "With Full Malice (Five Star Mystery Series)" certainly applies in this story, as the perp murdered Maddy's parents in their home without any justifiable reason. Maddy was 6 years old hiding from this creep when siren's could be heard which stopped him from killing Maddy and he told Maddy that he would find her and then he ran off.
There are a lot of unexpected twists and turns in this story right up to the very end of the story. One twist I must share came when I was reading Ms. Hill's story in bed late at night, well let me tell you that I was reading a chapter about a Mojave green and it was intense to me so I got out of bed and instead of skipping over this page my eyes were glued to the words and I was reading fast and creeping out. YIKES !! Didn't get to sleep quickly that night.Thanks Ms. Hill :>)
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Brenda Hill captures the reader's interest from the first sentence--"If that scumbag deserved anything, it was to die." The sentiment echoes in the reader's mind after each subsequent murder of those who committed heinous crimes but are no longer incarcerated. The victim is killed outside of a steakhouse, where the protagonist, Madison Young, a food reporter for the local newspaper, is eating. The experience is traumatic for Madison, because she witnessed the killing of her parents when she was six years old. Dexter Quinn, the detective who had originally investigated her parents' murder and become a family friend, arrives at the scene. Together, he and Madison begin a harrowing journey to unravel the mystery of an avenging group called The Ruby Red Society.
Hill explores the ambivalent emotions that many have when justice is not served. She engages the reader page after page with her intricate plot. With Full Malice is storytelling at its best.
I had really high expectations after seeing all the 5 star reviews. I was highly disappointed. The character development was poor: Madison, traumatized by her parents' murders 20 years ago lapses into a coma for days after she found out her parents' killer was being released. Immediately upon awakening though she skips off to the prison to confront the killer herself. While standing at the bus stop with him, he is shot right in front of her, and she barely blinks. The whole "society" thing was outlandish and ridiculous. I wouldn't waste my time reading this book, let alone my money.