A Taste for Malice is the second book in the DI Ray McBain series by Michael J. Malone. (Blood Tears is the first and the third is scheduled for release in November 2014.)
I came up with a one word description of this book after reading the first chapter and am sticking by it now that I’ve finished the book: brilliant.
Malone’s characters are real–with all their kindnesses, cruelties, and quirks. And although this crime novel doesn’t have a single dead body in it, the tension continues ratcheting upward, causing you to hold your breath as you’re sure you know what’s going to happen next … only it doesn’t.
That’s it for me. I’m going back to my original assessment: brilliant. You should be adding this to your summer reading list. NOW!
DI Ray McBain is back at work and on filing duty. Desperate for something to do, a pair of old files intrigue him. In the first a woman pushes her way into a vulnerable family. The children adore her. At first. Then she has some ‘fun’, which soon becomes torture and mental cruelty. Then she disappears. Meanwhile, in Ayrshire, another young family is relieved when a stranger comes into their lives to help them out. McBain makes the link, but nobody is interested in what he has to say. Is it even the same woman?
Published by Five Leaves Publications