Breath of Malice by Karen Fenech

July 8th, 2016 Kimberly Review 35 Comments

8th Jul
Breath of Malice by Karen Fenech
Breath of Malice
by Karen Fenech
Narrator: Christina Traister
Length: 7 hours and 32 minutes
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: Publisher
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Narration: 4 cups

FBI special agent Paige Carson hoped she’d be able to start a new life in small-town South Carolina. But when a senator’s sister is murdered and a blank postcard is left next to the body, Paige realizes that a killer from her past has found her—and is sending her a very personal message.

From the moment he hired her, FBI special agent in charge Sam McKade knew Paige was hiding something. Prompted by this recent threat, she finally opens up: one year ago, she caught the eye of suspected serial killer Todd Thames. Now he’s come back to pull her into his game, whether she wants to play or not.

As the danger increases, Paige and Sam give in to their growing attraction, and he vows to protect her no matter the cost. But the murderer will stop at nothing to get to his intended prey, and the strong arm of the law—and the shelter of her new love—may not be enough to save her.

ROMANCE SUSPENSE thriller Audiobook

Breath of Malice written by Karen Fenech and narrated by Christina Traister delivered an interesting romantic suspense filled with danger and sweet moments.  With a serial killer on the loose can you ever really be safe?

When FBI agent Paige Carson catches a serial killer’s attention, she along with her special needs sister find themselves living (hiding) in a small South Carolina town. This is not their first move but Paige was hoping it would be their last. Reality soon comes crashes down when she realized the killer has found her again.

Paige works for Special Agent Sam McKade, who suspects that Paige has been hiding something. When Paige realizes the threat has returned she takes a chance and opens up to Sam. Together they work the case and confront the attraction they feel for each other.

The mystery and suspense in Breath of Malice kept me engaged as Fenech delivered several nail-biting twists. Fenech did a great job of sharing Paige’s fear and terror brought on by this twisted villain. I struggled a little with Paige as a person. Some of the decisions she made both in the case and with her sister irked me. While, the author allowed me to understand I disagreed. This may have affected the romantic aspect of the story for me.

The serial killer Thames was the perfect villain and the way he torments Paige will make your skin crawl. He seems to be everywhere and know everything! I love this type of edge of your seat threat. The entire storyline regarding his career and subsequent stalking was nicely developed.

The relationship that developed between Sam and Paige fell flat for me, even if I found them well suited. Normally I am ok with insta-love in romantic suspense, but in Breath of Malice there was not enough air to fan the flames, Sadly I did not become caught up in their chemistry. There were moments that were sweet and felt genuine but that sizzle was missing.

Christina Traister narrated and I enjoyed listening to her. She gave each character a unique voice and set the tone of the story. I would definitely consider books narrated by her.

Breathe of Malice was a good, quick, engaging listen but not necessarily one I will remember a year from now.



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35 Responses to “Breath of Malice by Karen Fenech”

  1. Mandi

    Nice review Kim! But it seem like a sad cover, anw, I love the romantic suspense too.

  2. AngelErin

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one, even though the romance aspect was a miss for you. Sounds like it is a good suspense novel though. I’ll definitely have to give it a go sometime! Great review Kim!

  3. Ashley Montgomery

    I love romantic suspense because it combines my two favorite genres. Sorry the romance side didn’t hold up it’s end of the deal on this one.

  4. Melissa (Books and Things)

    While it’s sad that there were problems with Paige, it does sound like the villain was “good”. 🙂 This one might make my list of thrillers even though it isn’t memorable. Still sounds like a good read/audio.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have been on a bit of a thriller/suspense kick of late and while the romance didn’t excited me, I enjoyed the thriller aspect

  5. Lorna

    This sounded right up my ally until you said the romance fell flat for you. And not liking her as a character that much is another minus for me. Sorry it wasn’t a better read for you!

  6. Cyn

    This sounds like an interesting suspenseful read! That’s too bad the romance/connection fell a little flat, but I do love a good, well-written villain (despite them being kind of scary, haha). Lovely review, Kim!

  7. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I always enjoy a good romantic suspense novel. Too bad their connection fell flat, but the rest of it sounds tempting. Thanks for sharing.

  8. kindlemom1

    This does sound good and I like that it made you on edge. Great review Kim and Happy Friday! I hope you have a wonderful weekend.