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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
  • 03-12-17

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
  • 26-12-17

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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  • corina hopkins
  • 09-08-18

Shayne Archer,my hero

if only we all had a Friend like Shaye. she's always there when you need her. She's always willing to give 100%.even if it means risking her own life.
Great read,as usual. if your Shay Archer fan you will love this book.

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  • Barbara
  • 07-08-18

Awesome! Kept me engaged and links previous books.

Awesome! Kept me engaged and links previous books. And it leaves a wanting to hear the next book.

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  • rimalaw
  • 04-08-18

Action Packed and Enjoyable, Though a Little Predictable

So I’ll start by saying I love love Jana DeLeon’s books. I’ve read many of the different series including my faves the Fortune series. The Shaye Archer series has also won my heart. I’ve read them all so far in order. I would read them all again, including this one because I enjoy the character development and the continuing storyline woven throughout the series. The mystery in this book is good. There is a good amount of action and the women here are strong (even when portrayed as some type of victim). However, I was a little disappointed that I knew who the villain was as soon as they entered the scene, and never once thought otherwise. Others didn’t seem to say so in the reviews, so maybe I’m just extra alert. But for me it was obvious from the start.
That being said, I still enjoyed watching the story unfold and the dramatic pursuits that followed. A few out of character actions by Shaye and this books main new character which made me say why, since while those actions moved the storyline, they were not in character with the personality traits and actions of that person. Normally I give Jana 5 in everything, but here I’m docking a point for the above critiques. I would still read and listen to this book again because I enjoyed it, and so would anyone as these books are suspenseful, action packed, filled with characters you love, and interesting enough that I finish them in a day even with work.
I also love that they are not too dark for suspense books, and don’t leave you feeling gloomy and sad. I appreciate that this storyline was a little less complicated, because the ending in the last book was painful, the subject heavier, and the surprises made me a little sad.

I truly am so glad I first stumbled across Jana in the Mother in Law Ghost series, then Fortune, and here I am.

Finally, I enjoy the narrator a lot, but she made Terra (Tara) constantly sound like the world’s biggest basket case, so I would tone down the hysteria panic-filled voice a little in the scenes that’s it was not so necessary.
Please read in order as there is an ongoing storyline, and make sure you include Wicked in your Audible library, you won’t regret it!

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  • Betty
  • 22-04-18

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
  • 21-04-18

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
  • 26-03-18

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
  • 26-02-18

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
  • 22-12-17

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.