This was a chilling but fascinating contemporary romantic suspense tale that had paranormal elements. I really enjoyed the way things were gradually revealed and it was entertaining to watch Jack's skepticism morph into an appreciation for what an unexpected resource Ashley provides. The tension mounts and the suspects multiply as the eerie events add to the clues being provided. It was delightful to see the hard-bitten Jack interact with Ashley's young daughter and the events leading up to the initial meeting between Jack and Ashley is very memorable. This was a great example of a nicely developed and suspenseful novella.
“Deathscape” by Dana Marton is the mesmerizing paranormal romantic suspense tale featuring an artist named Ashley Price who is recovering from a tragic accident that resulted in her developing agoraphobia and losing custody of her beloved young daughter. Her talent has also been affected and there is the frightening side effect that she is sporadically compelled to paint very disturbing pictures, but she never expects to become drawn into an open investigation of a serial killer. Detective Jack Sullivan has made it his professional obsession to bring the murderer to justice but never expects to be rescued by a fragile woman who seems terrified of everything. The two of them will need to overcome their emotional handicaps and get past preconceived notions if they are going to survive long enough to catch the killer.
After a near-death experience, artist Ashley Price is compelled to paint visions of the dead. 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?