This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Amanda Siegrist, Author. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Paint by Murder by Amanda Siegrist
Also by this author: Escaping Memories, Merry Me, Protecting You, One Taste of You, One Taste of Love, The Danger With Love, One Taste of Crazy, Deserving You, Mistletoe Magic
Genres: Crime, Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 21, 2017
Publisher: Amanda Siegrist
Source: Amanda Siegrist, Author
Purchase at: Amazon
A chilling scene. A gruesome murder. Multiple stab wounds and blood drenched everywhere. It’s only a painting.
Ginny Appleby doesn’t create works of art with beauty and happiness. She paints brutality, death, and the pain hidden inside. He’ll never understand that. He’ll never understand her and why she does what she does. Her life has always been filled with terror. And if he sticks around, he’ll die.
Detective Alex Brands can’t assume anything other than Ginny is a killer. Why else would she paint such disturbing images? Why was an innocent woman murdered and the crime scene replicated just as she painted it? None of it makes sense. And his gut is silent.Until it rips through him so sharply he almost falls to his knees. She’s innocent… and in need of his protection. He’ll do everything in his power to keep her safe from a killer, even if she wants nothing to do with him. He knows what he wants. And he wants her with every breath in his body.
*Note: This is a romantic suspense short story inspired by weekly flash fiction I write. There is insta-love. Like, insta-insta-love. When they fall, they fall hard! Doesn’t that sound thrilling? You know it does! Happy reading:)
Paint by Murder was inspired by the daughters of Author Amanda Siegrist. Once a week her daughters will give her prompts for her flash fiction posts and she will choose one and write a short post, essentially a chapter, based on that prompt. This story started with the prompt “I never paint…” and voila an idea was born. Although it started out as just a blurb it quickly morphed into a short story that has murder, intrigue and some insta-love.
Detective Alex Brands is out for justice. He has his sights set on Ginny Appleby and he knows she has to be guilty. How could she not be when her paintings are as macabre as they are. What Alex did not anticipate was that this enigma of a woman would stir something inside of him, that his instincts were telling him that there was more to this woman that meets the eye. He just had to hang in there until he was able to figure out the puzzle of what she’s hiding from him, while trying not to lose his heart in the process.
Ginny’s art may be macabre to the outside world but to her she is painting her inner pain. Giving it life to free her from her turmoil that she tries so hard to forget. When she learns that there has been a murder and it is an exact replica of one of her paintings, she knows that her past has finally come back to haunt her. She knows that there will be no escape from it. As her feelings for Alex quickly take flame she realizes that her time of running has come to an end and she needs answers now. Will her failure to share the truth that haunts her be her final undoing with Alex?
I love the writings of Author Amanda Siegrist! Be it a novel or a short story. I can always count on the story keeping my attention, having humor sprinkled throughout, and some good ol’ fashioned insta-love. I adored that each chapter included the prompt that served as the inspiration for the chapter. I would read the chapter until I found the prompt and then I would chuckle to think of how she built that chapter around the phrase, or in some cases only a word. The only thing that I wanted was to understand what had taken place, truly happened, in Ginny’s life. Paint by Murder could easily be turned into a full-blown novel. It was a great short story and I am hoping that we see more of these flash fiction short stories in the future. This was an entertaining read.
*Thank you to Author Amanda Siegrist for this eARC of Paint by Murder*