Just Evil (Evil Secrets Trilogy, #1)
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Just Evil (Evil Secrets Trilogy #1)

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For forty years the double murder of an elderly couple in the Hollywood Hills remained unsolved and all but forgotten. No one cared. But a stranger, bent on revenge, is out to change all that.

Kit Griffin has finally overcome a painful childhood at the hands of her mother, former actress Alana Stevens. No longer living in the grasp of the cold, tyrannical woman, Kit has fo...more
Kindle Edition, 411 pages
Published December 3rd 2011
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Jill Hidy
I hardly slept for a week while reading this book because I couldn't put it down! Just Evil held my attention from beginning to end and I fell in love with all the characters. There are so many twists and turns and just when I thought I figured out the mystery, another curve ball. I love reading a book that challenges my imagination and has the ability to draw me into the story. There is never a boring moment in this book and as you peel away the layers of the mystery, it only gets more intense....more
Malcolm
Not since reading Shubumi and Nicolai Hel in the ’80s has an assassin captured and held my interest more. The romance adds to the depth of the plot, which goes back forty years and two evil women. This could almost be compared to a contemporary Game of Thrones in which the family’s evil dynasty and infighting flows throughout the book. All in all an excellent read.
Rosalie Pope
I loved this book and Vickie's ability to develop her characters is amazing. I couldn't put the book down.
Lisa Miller Chandler
Just Evil by: Vickie Mckeehan is such a roller coaster I can not read fast enough. I do not ever review books I have not finished (unless saying I was not able to because half thru nothing had happened.... NOT THE CASE HERE!). I am only 85% finished, but I have to say something. I CAN NOT believe there are so many twists & turns. I have not read a book this truly exciting in a while. Kit is being accused of the murder of her evil, abusive mother, but then her mother's friends (powerful lawye...more
Zed Whisper
*I was given an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Wow. I'm not much of a mystery/thriller reader but this was one exception I am glad I stumbled across. There was so much going on in this story, taking me from surprise again and again and again. I can't reveal too much except that I am so glad this is a series because I cannot wait to read the next story.

The more I read about how Alana mistreated her daughter Kit, I felt a pang of sadness, anger and fear because Vickie got thi...more
Wanda Hartzenberg
A brilliant read for the genre.
From a stunning cover to a an enticing plot the book had me hooked.
Kit should have the perfect life. She is young, beautiful and her mother is stinking rich. The catch is -- her mother hates her and this hate translates to Kit being a murder suspect once her mothers body is found.
But her mother is not the only person dying. People Kit knew all her life is dropping dead...
Kit is dreaming as well, a dream about an old house and two elderly people, in the dream they g...more
Alex Kelly
The Evil Trilogy is the story of three best friends, who grow up together in Beverly Hills under the dark clouds of murder, drugs and abuse. Just Evil is the story of Kit who thinks she has reached her ultimate goal of escaping her mother’s cold grasp. Until a mysterious stranger and a lost love drags her back into the sins of her mother.

Kit and Jake reach out to you and soon you’re laughing and crying with them. When the characters jump off the page, you know you have found an excellent book to...more
Sherry Fundin
Kit Griffin was the last one. She was blond and tan, and worth the drive in the rain. How could she go from Beverly Hills to the small fishing village of San Madrid? He went inside the bookstore out of curiosity. As he stood talking to Kit, he saw the painting. The artist had given the painting to Kit, Baylee and Quinn, when they moved in together. When he asked about the painting, Kit couldn’t help but wonder why the stranger was so interested in it.

The authors use of He instead of a name for h...more
Lauren Kilinc

A sexy thriller!
What a great read! Poor kit really got a rubbish deal growing up didn't she? I really enjoyed reading this book! A great mix between murder mystery, character story and horror! The whole book is well written, the characters are real, raw and damaged which made it believable, and the murder scenes are not too gory which I liked. There are adult scenes in the book but I thought they were very well done and in keeping with the story of a new romance blossoming. I loved the twist and...more
Douglas Meeks
Ok, I admit I was wrong, the first few pages of this book made me think it was gonna be so dark and depressing I could never finish it. I will tell you that only lasted for a few pages and then it launched into a romance driven, murder mystery, with a touch of paranormal just to make everything perfect.

Kit and Jake are a perfect couple and the "bad guys" in this novel are too numerous to mention but are all done very well and more to come in the other two novels in this story which I plan to buy...more
April Alvey
Wow Another awesome book by Vickie McKeehan. This book takes us to the murder of actress Alana Stevens and the prime suspect is her only daughter Kit. As the investigation grows it shows child abuse and a cold hearted killer looking for revenge. Kit is wanting nothing more than to prove her innocence and to keep away for the man who left her years ago after his own wifes murder. Jake is doing everything he can to clear kit and to make her love him again and this time he isnt taking no for an ans...more
Tammy
This my friends is a perfect example of how to write a thrilling romantic suspense! With rich well written main characters and beautifully scripted side characters , throw in some deliciously done bad guys and a mystery character. This is a recipe for a BRILLIANT character driven novel.
The mystery was ripe full of suspense and drama. Twists and turns abound as we are slowly given the back-story that helps drive this fabulous novel. The romance angle was also very well done. Not a lot of cornbal...more
Ricky Mcroy
I haven't read another romantic suspense novel like this. Romantic suspense novels usually have great built up to romantic tensions and sex scenes, or have great action and suspense, but not both. Vickie McKeehan delivers both in "Just Evil." This was a great read that kept me riveted and guessing all the way to end. You'll fall in love with the rich characters Vickie McKeehan has created.
Carrie (Book Fairy) Fort
This book was a page turner that kept you wondering what would happen next! I will be honest IT is not my normal read but, the cover was just to amazing not to know what was behind it. I was glad that I decided to give it a try. Some much going on but, not so much that you get lost! If you want a good thriller then this is for you!
Pamela Q.
This starts off really spooky. It actually starts off with contrast, a rainy California and the book builds into the mystery very well. Halfway the mystery drops and drags out before it picks up again.
Kit and Sam are the two main characters, but the other characters are done well. This is a series, since she's going to focus on the love life of the other two friends Quinn and Baylee, so you have plenty of sub plots running through.
Don't be surprised because you just have a hint of who the murd...more
Autumn
So I was going to give this book a 4 1/2 star rating only because one of the main characters within the book seemed to be holding some things back and I didn't know if there would be a book two in the works. So glad that I read the sample of the next book because now I do know there is a book two.
I loved the romance, along with the mystery surrounding what was going on. You have Kit who is now getting her life back together not only from her horrible childhood but more from the man who broke he...more
John Podlaski
Just Evil was another free book offer that I downloaded to my Kindle a few weeks ago. I just love Amazon's promotion, which allows authors to get their books into the hands of readers who may not normally read that genre. The book description and first few chapters pulled me in and held my interest throughout.

Kit Griffin is suspected of killing her abusive, wealthy mother, and the two detectives assigned to this case are relentless in their efforts to prove she did it. Two of her close female fr...more
Rich Weatherly
Vickie McKeehan’s, Just Evil starts on a fast clip and never lets up. This mix of mystery, suspense and romantic thriller weaves a tight plot with twists and turns along the way. There is never a boring moment.

Kit’s abusive mother, Alana Stevens foists untold terrors upon Kit. During her childhood, Kit learned to survive through close friendships with peers who help her through difficult times. Just as Kit seems to be starting a normal life while operating a successful coffee shop and bookstore...more
Heidi
This is a must read for people who love mystery, suspense and just a bit of romance. Although this book took me a bit longer to read then usual, I really did enjoy the characters and how they developed as the story progressed. The hidden "revenger" is an amazing character and although it is grisly what he does, you can't wait to find out who he is and why he does it. Of course in all good trilogies the first book ends with a humdinger of a cliff hanger which makes you want book 2 NOW!!! The plot...more
Gareth
Cleverly-plotted mystery/suspense:

A roller-coaster of mystery, suspense, and intrigue. Just Evil is littered with secrets and devious events, all backdropped by a methodical serial killer’s secret agenda to brutally punish the powerful family whose power and control have reigned uncontested for 4 decades.

Kit is a vulnerable young woman, and the target of too many antagonists – and that includes the police themselves. Relying on her support-network of friends and her lover, Jake, she is constantl...more
Christoph Fischer
"Just Evil" by Vickie McKeehan is the story of Kit Griffin, the owner of a coffeeshop / bookstore. When her unloving mother gets murdered Kit becomes one of the prime suspects due to the strained relations between mother and daughter. At the same time former love interest Jake Boston comes back into Kit's life. As more murders happen in the Hollywood community Kit and Jake do some investigating on their own, during which Jake learns more about Kit's terrible childhood and finally manages to come...more
Valerie Mcqueen
Just Evil by Vickie Mckeehan

Rating 5*****

This book was provided free from the author in exchange for honest literary review.

Kit has made an enjoyable life for herself. Going on her own at 16, she fought her way through college and now owns her own coffee and bookstore. Her simple life changes forever when her superstar mother is murdered on Mother's Day.
For some reason, Kit becomes a suspect in the murder. Then before she knows it another murder has happened in the circle of her mother's friends...more
Lynne Lowe
I was exploring the free ebooks on Amazon and discovered this little jewel. The story grabbed me from the first page! It's an exciting, fast-moving mystery, and it's book one in a trilogy. I've put a couple of the books I've been reading on hold. This one is to good to be true! I'll be purchasing books two and three at this rate. I love coming across new authors (at least new to me).

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A rewrite I wrote for my Amazon.com review (3/21/13):

I was exploring the free ebooks on Amazon and...more
Vickie McKeehan
Apr 09, 2012 Vickie McKeehan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
REVIEW by Mav S. Farhan of Coffee Time Romance and More

Just Evil was given Coffee Time Romance and More's highest rating plus a CTRR award.

“Kit Griffin, child of a former actress Alana Stevens, suffered inexplicable horrors by the hands of none other than her own mother. Finally free of her grasp, she has managed to open her coffee and bookshop business to live a life in a small town with a handful of people she considers family.
Jake Boston is a CEO of a multi-million dollar company he built fr...more
Melissa Williams
I was given this book by the author for an Honest review!

I fell hook,line and sinker in love with Just Evil the moment I picked it up. I love the characters and the storyline stays constant. There is no no down time while reading I could not wait to turn the page to find out what was going to happen next. Loved Kit throughout the story and looked up to her for her strengths and even her weakness made me wish I was as strong as her with all she had to face.

Kit-Struggles with the nightmares of thi...more
D.G. Torrens
I was drawn into Kit Griffin's world immediately! The way the author has set up the scenes throughout this novel is truly clever, she has you eagerly turning the next page with great anticipation. This book is so well written and full of suspense... Kit is implicated in a murder and the detectives have got their grip on her unwilling to let go. Three friends from childhood, unexplained murders, a romance and some very unexpected twists. Just when you think you have the story sussed the author th...more
Kevin Hammond
This one starts out with a nice even pace and the bad guys are looming but, and not spoiling anything, it isn't quite what you think. Each character has a well crafted plot and some degree of a twist to their own tale. Those twists and enveloped neatly into a larger plot so you do have a really great evolving story. my feeling is, that even after the first book, we still have a long way to go with these little sub plots and back stories.
The even pacing carries all the way through until we come a...more
Nannette Thomas
Evil is here

this book is a great reader. plenty of evil and a romance with plenty of suspense to keep you turning the pages
Black Butterfly
May 09, 2013 Black Butterfly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ADULTS
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: GOODREADS
WHAT A GREAT START TO THIS SERIES. THIS WAS A GREAT BOOK! SO MUCH SUSPENSE, MYSTERY, GREAT STORYLINE, CHARACTERS, SWEET ROMANTIC COUPLE AND REALLY NICE LOVE SCENES (NOT HOT, HOT BUT NICELY DONE). THE BOOK SHOWS THE LONG LASTING EFFECTS OF CHILD ABUSE. PROVES ABUSE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY SITUATION, IT CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE. IT DOESN'T DISCRIMINATE FROM THE SUPER RICH, TO MIDDLE CLASS OR POOR, IT KNOWS NO BOUNDERIES, LEAPS ACROSS ALL AND NO RACE IS LEFT OUT. PEOPLE (THINGS REALLY NOT HUMAN) WHO ABU...more
Sarah
Excellent read. I just happened to grab it because it was free on Kindle and I am so glad that I did. I even bought the other two so that I have them to finish the trilogy.

The book had romance, twist, surprises and a mystery that I think will go on throughout the rest of the trilogy. The only thing I did not like was the "mouthy kisses" is made me think of a kid talking back to their parents so that took a bit away from the romance parts for me.

I would suggest this book to anyone who that this a...more
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Vickie writes romantic suspense. She's the author of three distinctive, very different series of books, The Evil Trilogy, the Pelican Pointe series, and the Skye Cree novels.​ She's just finished her ninth book, The Bones Will Tell, the second story in the Skye Cree saga.

Vickie loves to write and enjoys getting two people together where she mixes in a good mystery or suspense guaranteed to challen...more
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