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This is book two in the Shaye Archer series. I am so impressed with this series. I've never heard of Jana DeLeon before and after reading a review by Wayne for her previous book I know I would not be interested in her other books. I also know my next two book purchases will be #3 & 4 in this series.
In this book street kids are disappearing with no clues about what has happened to them. The protagonist (Shaye Archer) is approached by a teenage boy she met in book one. One of his friends is missing and no one seems to care but him. When a boy from a prominent family goes missing every one cares. This author is great at deception and leads the reader down an obvious path through 3/4 of the book then springs a twist on that throws you for a loop. This series has everything going for it, but mainly it has that taught suspense that will keep you from putting the book down.
The ending of this book left me gape jawed- absolutely Fantastic!
If you purchase this book on kindle for $5.99 the Audible version is only an additional $1.99.
Julie McKay does an excellent job narrating.
So far this series is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Sinister is Book 2 in the private investigator Shaye Archer series. If you are familiar with other Jana DeLeon series like the romance mystery Ghost-in-Law series or the fantasy romance Mystere Parish series or the cozy paranormal mystery The Happily Everlasting Series or even the wildly successful cozy mystery Miss Fortune Mysteries series, forget about them because the Shaye Archer series novels are serious suspense, and rather dark, mystery/thrillers.
In Sinister the street (homeless) kid nicknamed Hustle is back fro his appearance in Malevolent and is now trying to find his friend and fellow street kid nicknamed Jinx who is missing. Shaye Archer takes his case and finds that other street kids are also missing; there is a pattern. The suspense is intense and the action is constant in this fast paced novel. Having earlier read the paperback versions of some of Ms. DeLeon's books in her other series I would never have purchased books in the Shaye Archer series had Audible listener Shelley not reviewed Malevolent (Book 1 in the series) so positively. Sinister very, very easily meets my criteria for a 5 star rating; it is superb and it is also superbly narrated.
Shaye Archer has a fascinating life story and is a wonderfully empathetic protagonist character. Malevolent was her first case and Sinister her second. She is only 24 years old.
Finally, some who like the suspense mystery/thriller genre may also like Jana DeLeon's Miss Fortune Mysteries series. It is relatively light, humorous, and fun fare with less intense suspense. I'll review at least one novel in the series later.
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