Review By Sherry Perkins
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Westwood didn’t reply right away. A smile twitched at the corner of his mouth, as if he enjoyed making Riley squirm. After he’d milked the silence for as long as he could, he finally answered, “People say he’s undead.”—Art of Death
With that, you know you’re in for a paranormal romp. “Art of Death” is a novel by Bob Appavu, an illustrator and writer of speculative fiction, suspense, thrillers, mysteries and paranormal romance. Appavu is also known for her webcomic series “Demon of the Underground.”
“Art of Death” is an engaging paranormal novel with characters who have readily recognizable lives including the push and pull of relationship dynamics, career snags, and trust issues. Just when you think you have a firm hold on that, along come the undead and their adoring but fanatical minion whose introduction hints at the edge of your seat action to come.
There is a clever passing nod to “The Picture of Dorian Grey,” and the introduction of a group called Lychgate, a watchdog for the supernatural. Lychgate also provides the opportunity for additional paranormal stories and intrigue following this novel. The story action is suspenseful, and the love story certainly adds to the suspense but I would have liked to see the main character, Riley, be a little less complacent about the ritualistic killings and paranormal mystery linked to several men new to his life. Appavu’s knowledge of art enhances the action without being distracting and in many ways, it sets the mood not only for this book but hopefully for more to come.
“A four-star paranormal romance thriller about a struggling artist’s model, a renowned painter and more than one should-have-seen-it coming plot twists.”