Claudia Wilson never quite trusted her roommate, an artist named Tom. After finding a body buried in a snow bank outside her front door, her suspicions about his eccentric behavior only worsen.
Unemployed and obsessed with the murder, she starts questioning her neighbors. She realizes how little she knows about the people who live around her, including Tom.
Tempted by love but unable to trust a man with a past in light of the murder, Claudia does everything she can to find out about the killer. The results lead her to a startling discovery.
When art and violence collide, the results can be explosive.
I had won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway [lucky me ;)] and it has been quite some time now. I finished reading it in June itself but somehow missed posting the review. As I always say, better late than never, so here it is!
The title and cover of the book had caught my attention first and then the blurb. And hence I participated in the giveaway. And I was not disappointed. 🙂
The author had included a personal note along with the book and I loved her effort in adding this personal touch in reaching out to her reader. 🙂
Painting with Fire is Ms. Jensen’s debut novel. She is a reporter and has written much about crime in the Chicago suburbs. Ms Jensen has combined murder mystery with some romance in this book. The story telling is simple and flows smoothly. Claudia, the protagonist of the story is developed nicely and the reader gets to understand nicely the kind of a person she is. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey with Claudia in unraveling the brutal murder mystery in her neighbourhood. The author did a good work of keeping up the suspense levels with a jobless Claudia using her free time and amateur skills to find out the truth, when the police was more or less not involved in the case.
One thing which could have been worked upon was the relationship of Claudia & Tom. Their romance was kind of flat for it seemed their relationship was more kind of forced because they were roommates rather than because they had romantic feelings for each other.
Final Words: Overall a good book by a debut author where the killer was nicely disguised throughout the story and was disclosed at the appropriate time.
- The book was sent to me by the author as the winner of the Goodreads Giveaway and my opinions expressed here are honest & unbiased.