My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“Well-researched” is the term that comes to mind when I reflect on Free of Malice. While reading, I learned much about legal, mental health professional, and law enforcement approaches to assault and self-defense. Interestingly enough, the thriller explores vicitms’ rights and where those rights intersect and/or conflict with an attacker’s rights—and those of any innocent bystanders. As one character expressly communicates, the issue isn’t as cut and dried as one might think. And it’s certainly not like what’s represented on procedural TV shows.
From start to finish, Free of Malice impressed me. Its plot wasn’t quite what I expected from a book of this genre. As such, the premise felt very unique: more intellectual and methodical than action-packed. Frankly, I relished the change of pace; both content and theme gave me a lot to think about.
Conflict and tension are at an all-time high in Free of Malice as everyone becomes a suspect. Add in a likeable, smart main character and probing questions that keep readers turning pages, and the result is a well-rounded novel with real staying power.
So, if you’re in the mood for a thoughtful read with the “whodunit” factor, be sure to put this one on your TBR!