A Brush with Death.
A Brush with Death
JS Books Publishing
9781733177504, $14.99, PB, 399pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: It all started innocently enough when New Orleans painter Kira McGovern mixed some of her mother's cremated ashes into her oil paints. Entering an altered state, she channeled key moments of her mother's life into a breathtaking memorial work of art. Her new business, Canvas of Life, was begun, and commissions rolled in.
But things get strange when Kira meets Sean Easton, a Midwestern rancher, hiding a secret of his own. Both are unprepared for the horrific terrors that emerge with every brush stroke from an unexpected new commission. Even as the pair fall for each other, the evil in the painting grows more malevolent. Soon, the awakened entity isn't satisfied to just flood Kira's dreams with blood and murder. It wants her as its next victim.
Can Kira and Sean unmask the horror (and stop Kira becoming its next possession) before it's too late?
Critique: With a unique storyline about an evil presence longing to commit murder and an artist's canvas that becomes its portal into the human world, author Jody Summers' new novel, "A Brush with Death" is a deftly crafted and page-turning thriller blending of romance and the supernatural. While especially recommended for community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "A Brush with Death" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $2.99).