This week I went with a suspense/mystery book, I know surprise, surprise, I can’t help it they are my weakness along with anything covered in chocolate. I picked Deathscape by Dana Marton and after finishing the book I came to the conclusion that it is your typical mystery storyline with a little bit of romance thrown in there.
The story starts off from the killer’s point of view, Marton does a good job of pulling the audience in right away, and the readers soon realize that the killer is about to take his next victim, Detective Jack Sullivan. As soon as Jack is about to fall into the killer’s trap the readers are left hanging and the point of view switches to one of the main characters, Ashley Price. After a near-death experience while ice skating at the reservoir by her home, Ashley finds herself compelled to paint visions of the dead. After already establishing a name for her abstract works this is definitely not something she is familiar with or enjoys. Late one evening Ashley feels a headache coming on against her will and knows what is about to happen, one of her visions. As Ashley begins painting she soon realizes that the area is all too familiar and that the man in the painting is still very much alive. Ashley rushes to the scene from her painting and finds the victim, Jack Sullivan, is buried alive. Ashley is able to dig him out, but grateful is the last thing Jack is feeling towards Ashley. Jack believes that Ashley is somehow involved with the serial killer and he will do whatever it takes to put Ashley behind bars. Jack has been tracking this certain serial killer, Brady Blackwell, ever since Jack’s sister, Shannon, became one of Blackwell’s many victims. Yet throughout all this turmoil Jack finds himself drawn to Ashley and the more time he spends with her the more he finds himself falling for her. Jack starts to see that Ashley couldn’t be capable of committing such a crime. Jack is soon faced with a hard decision, does he trust Ashley and take her word about the visions or is he walking into yet another trap with the infamous Blackwell.
As the pages kept turning I found myself admiring Ashley Price’s character more and more and it’s not just because she has an amazing first name. Ashley has been through so much in her life, she got pregnant by a man that refuses to acknowledge he is the father, she had an ice skating accident and was miraculously brought back to life, she now has these visions of the dead and can barely keep things together with her own life so now her father feels the need to keep Ashley’s daughter with him until Ashley gets things back on track. Yet despite all these difficult setbacks Ashley has been through she is determined to get the strength to move past all of this and get her life back.
Jack Sullivan’s character is your typical manly man character and personally I find nothing wrong with that, I feel like we could use more of those these days in fiction and in the real world. Jack has had a rough life after losing his sister to the killer Blackwell and he has been completely obsessed with this case since it happened. As the story progresses you really see how much this case has consumed Jack’s life and you want nothing more than for him to solve it so he can heal and start to move on with his life.
The story was a little predictable when it came to the romance part, broken man meets extremely broken girl and they find themselves needing each other to heal, I have read it before. I still enjoyed watching the romance grow between these two. Now for the mystery part of the book, the readers are introduced to numerous characters towards the beginning of the story that could be potential suspects and a few times the narration shifts to the killer’s perspective and you know that the killer is someone you have already met in the book. Of course in the back of my mind I knew the most obvious person wouldn’t be the killer so I was thinking of the least suspicious person and unfortunately I was still wrong on whom the killer turned out to be. I am going to go ahead and sadly mark off FBI agent from my possible career list.
Overall I enjoyed Deathscape, it wasn’t a nail biting mystery book, but it still had me pulled in and staying up late to finish it. Marton did a good job of creating two very lovable characters, writing a good solid storyline and keeping the mystery alive about who the killer was.
Good job Marton, I will be sure to check out your other books in the future!