Painted Walls - book review
Painted Walls was written by Megan Mitcham. It is Bureau Novel 2. This post was organized by N K Author Services. I was provided with a copy in exchange for my honest book review. All opinions are my own.
About the book:
The Blood-Red Killer, America’s most notorious serial killer, tucked Supervisory Special Agent Ava Shepherd into bed every night with a bedtime story and a kiss on the cheek.
Thirty years after his apprehension, Ava—still running from his memory—becomes the prime suspect for a murder eerily similar to the ones her father committed all those years ago. Shattered by the accusation, Ava reluctantly accepts former flame Special Agent Kenneth Hunt's assistance in clearing her name.
Kenneth is on the mend, and though their fling is ancient history, the bruises Ava left on his heart throb in her presence. He’ll help her, but she’ll have to play by his rules.
When the body count and undeniable heat rise, Ava must face the demons of her past and present—or be consumed by them.
There is definitely some romance in Painted Walls... but it is more of a suspense/thriller. I didn't read the first book in the Bereau series, but this is absolutely a stand-alone story, so no worries if you haven't read the first book (For All To See).
I loved the way the story developed. Starting out with Ava as a child, and her mother discovering her father is a serial killer... and then moving to 30 years later. Ava has worked her whole life to remove herself from who she came from. To suddenly be under suspicion for a series of murders (copied from her father) just blows her life apart. I don't know how children of serial killer, or people wrongfully accused of murder, keep their sanity. I think I would be a ball in the corner under either circumstance. But Ava? She's this strong, brilliant special agent. While she does have her human breakdowns... Keen (Kenneth) seems to be able to get her to put her head on straight. They really are perfect for each other... and learning of their past relationship fit really well through the story.
It will be interesting to see where the story goes next... because it was definitely left with a lead-in for a next book.
About the author:
Megan was born and raised among the live oaks and shrimp boats of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where her enormous family still calls home. She attended college at the University of Southern Mississippi where she received a bachelor's degree in curriculum, instruction, and special education. For several years Megan worked as a teacher in Mississippi. She married and moved to South Carolina and began working for an international non-profit organization as an instructor and co-director.
In 2009 Megan fell in love with books. Until then, books had been a source for research or the topic of tests. But one day she read Mercy by Julie Garwood. And Oh Mercy, she was hooked!