- Dana Marton
- Release Date
- October 2012
- Book 1 of Broslin Creek Series
After a near-death experience, artist Ashley Price is compelled to paint visions of the dead, and fears she's gone crazy. Then she paints a man buried alive and, recognizing the surroundings, she rushes to save him.
Instead of being grateful to her for rescuing him, Detective Jack Sullivan accuses her of being in league with a serial killer. He swears he will put her behind bars. Except, the more time he spends with her, the more he falls under her spell. Can he trust her, or is he walking into another deadly trap?
Book Review by Steffi (reviewer)
Aug 16, 2013 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
87 people found the following review helpful
I have goose bumps and Dana Marton is the reason. DEATHSCAPE is the first book in her Broslin Creek Trilogy series. This book is a spine-chilling suspense that will leave you on the edge of your seat.
Painter Ashley Price nearly died but she was brought back to the living. Since then, she struggles with anxiety attacks and, worst of all, visions of vicious murders which she feels compelled to paint. Detective Jay Sullivan is hunting a serial killer but, in a moment of weakness, the killer targets him and Jay almost dies.
Ashley's visions save him but he is not as grateful as expected. For years, Jay has been obsessed with his sister's killer, who is responsible for the random killings in Broslin Creek as well. When Ashley might be his next target, Jay has to confront his feelings and find a way to protect the woman he has come to care for.
DEATHSCAPE starts off with an incredibly intense and suspenseful scene in which we find out about the viciousness of the serial killer Jay is hunting. I was immediately drawn into the story and invested in the characters. I loved that, in this story, the heroine is the vulnerable, dark and troubled character instead of the hero. Ashley has a complicated past and she is only slowly gaining back her confidence and finding a way back into a regular life. Her young daughter is living with Ashley's father because her anxiety attacks make it impossible to care for her.
Dana Marton keeps this part of the book very realistic while combining it with the slightly paranormal aspect of Ashley's visions. The author creates a perfect balance between real and fantasy, sweet and light moments as well as intense, dark emotions. It makes DEATHSCAPE an intriguing read and keeps up the tension until the very end.
I do have to say that the story has a slow start after a very strong first scene. I would have loved more murder cases in the book, to have the mystery aspect of the story in the foreground throughout the novel and not only towards the beginning and end.
The ending is very unexpected; there are many suspects throughout the story but the identity of the killer is almost impossible to guess. DEATHSCAPE has a sweet and satisfying ending but I would have liked to spend more time with Ashley and Jay all the same. I hope they make an appearance in Deathtrap, the second installment in the Broslin Creek trilogy. I'm very curious about the second book's hero, Bing, who plays an important role in the first book.
DEATHSCAPE is a great start of a promising suspense series by Dana Marton. Lovers of romantic suspense who like to solve puzzles and appreciate the twists and turns of a good mystery romance will enjoy this book.
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