Blank Canvas is a very emotional rollercoaster ride. For Two and a half years Maddie has been in the hands of a deranged guy who calls himself the painter. He kept her in a room, locked up and painted when he felt the urge. Maddie might not have suffered like anyone else and she knows she could have had it worse but she was still kidnapped and scared. His image and the memories from that time will always be with her but she is slowly coming back to herself and I think it’s a wonderful thing.
The author did a great job writing Blank Canvas and I highly recommend it. It’s full of mystery, tension, fear, being true to oneself, accomplishments, romance and family support. Maddie has been through a lot but she has a great support system and I was glad. Her family let her have her space when she needed it, they pushed a little when it came to it, they got her in therapy and Maddie had people around her she could trust.
Slowly but surely, her story came out and even though it wasn’t told to the same people, you're finally able to understand what she went through and what drives her. I also loved the fact that author lets you see a little bit of what the people around her went through when she was gone. Wesley, her sister and parents, they might not have experienced things the way she did but they were affected too when she disappeared and I have great respect for all of them.
Three years ago, sixteen-year-old Maddie Deacon was abducted on her way home from her school’s Art Showcase. Five months ago, she escaped the madman she calls The Painter. Before being taken, painting was Maddie’s life. Now, it’s her nightmare.
Maddie wants to forget her years in captivity. She’d rather spend her time getting reacquainted with her parents and her sister, not to mention her cello-playing, beautiful boy next door and childhood best friend Wesley. But paint is everywhere, and tormenting shadows linger in every portrait she encounters.
When the yearly Art Showcase once again approaches, Maddie has the chance to win a scholarship and start planning a future far away from the horrors of her past. She knows she has to make a choice–confront her memories of The Painter and overcome her fear of the canvas, or give up painting forever.
14+ due to adult situations, language