­čôÜMalignant by Michaelbrent Collings


Posted on October 31, 2021 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 7 Comments

­čôÜMalignant by Michaelbrent Collings delivered a twisted tale of revenge that not only kept me guessing, but had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.


­čôÜMalignant by Michaelbrent CollingsTitle: Malignant
Author(s): Michaelbrent Collings
Published by Written Insomnia Press on 25 October 2021
Pages: 300
Genre(s): Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Suspense
Source: Author
Format: eArc
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Global bestseller and multiple Bram Stoker Award and Dragon Award Finalist Michaelbrent Collings brings you his most thrilling tale yet!

When armed commandos storm an elite boarding school, the police think itÔÇÖs a plot for ransom, or an attempt to extort favors from the teensÔÇÖ powerful parents. But the men, led by a killer who calls himself ÔÇśÔÇśTeacher,ÔÇŁ have much darker plans in mind. Teacher intends to give a lesson unlike any taught before. Written on flesh, inked in blood. A lesson about... monsters. The bell has been rung, the lesson begun. And the lesson is this: The monsters are real, and to them... you are just a plaything.

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From the moment I read the introduction, I expected ­čôÜMalignant to take me on an intense journey. It did not disappoint. The level of intensity went beyond my expectation. This is one of those books where itÔÇÖs best for the reader to go in blind. I have read several thrillers since the start of the year, but none like this one. From the moment I began reading, I was hooked, and this was before the actual story began.

­čôÜMalignant is told through the eyes of ace reporter Connie Kendall. The author, with his descriptive writing style, pulled me into the story. I felt every emotion the characters experienced. Their fears, pain, sadness and despair. Some scenes literally sent chills down my spine. I tried putting the book aside a few times, but it proved difficult, despite the gruesomeness of some scenes.

Teacher intrigued me. I wondered at his motives. The most macabre story of revenge I have read. Teacher came to teach and taught he did. ItÔÇÖs a lesson no one would soon forget. I know I will not be forgetting this story soon.

I may not agree with his actions, but grief can lead to irrational actions, which is what happened in this case. His emotional turmoil led to diabolical actions.┬áI wondered what lesson teacher was trying to impart. ­čôÜMalignant had me guessing a mile a minute, but then I realized I was wasting time trying to figure it all out. Teacher had no plans to reveal his hand until he was good and ready. He left me in the dark just like he did the reporters and law enforcement officials.

As the story progressed, the reasoning behind his actions became clear. At that moment I understood his reasons and I could not help but empathize with him. If placed in a similar position, I donÔÇÖt what I would do. I can safely say I know I would not have had the guts to do what he did.

­čôÜMalignant touched┬áon topics that┬áhave been plaguing society for a while. It was dark, chilling, gruesome and shows how dark and desperate the human heart can be. We see how people in high positions abuse their power because of greed. The story further shows the domino effect of a single act of evil.

This was my first Michaelbrent Collings book and I look forward to reading more of his work. Love chilling. twisted and dark stories of revenge then ­čôÜMalignant would be perfect for your library.

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About Michaelbrent Collings

One of the most versatile writers around, Michaelbrent Collings is an internationally bestselling novelist, produced screenwriter, and multiple Bram Stoker Award finalist. While he is best known for horror (and is one of the most successful indie horror authors in the United States), he has also written bestselling thriller, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, humor, young adult, and middle grade works, and Western Romance. In addition to being a bestselling novelist, Michaelbrent has also received critical acclaim: he is the only person who has ever been a finalist for a Bram Stoker Award, a Dragon Award, a RONE Award, and a Whitney award: and he and his work have been reviewed and/or featured on everything from Publishers Weekly to Scream Magazine to NPR. He is also a frequent guest at comic cons and on writing podcasts like Six Figure Authors, The Creative Penn, and Writing Excuses.

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