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Ten Years Later... Jillian Atford is a successful psychologist with a lavish office in Center City Philadelphia. Despite overcoming past trauma and anguish, she cannot shake loose from the feeling that her newest client reminds her of someone. Lyla Kyle, an accomplished artist, lives a rather quiet life–except for nights when she lures married men into her tangled web and mu Ten Years Later... Jillian Atford is a successful psychologist with a lavish office in Center City Philadelphia. Despite overcoming past trauma and anguish, she cannot shake loose from the feeling that her newest client reminds her of someone. Lyla Kyle, an accomplished artist, lives a rather quiet life–except for nights when she lures married men into her tangled web and murders them, all in a never-ending quest to avenge her mother. Yet, the nightmares of her mother’s death prove unrelenting, leading her to seek professional help. Jason Brighthouse Jr. is a young Philadelphia police officer who lives in his father’s shadow and is troubled by the constant ridicule that surrounds his ambition. As he sets out to make peace with his colleagues, he remains confident that the key to their respect lies in his ability to connect the recent spate of suspicious deaths to a certain dark-haired temptress. In a turn of events, he justifiably takes a man’s life while off-duty. Mandatory leave requires him to obtain psychological clearance prior to returning to the force. As current circumstances bring them together and the truth of their pasts unfolds, who will be left standing? Three lives. Three deaths connect them. The present unites them.


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Ten Years Later... Jillian Atford is a successful psychologist with a lavish office in Center City Philadelphia. Despite overcoming past trauma and anguish, she cannot shake loose from the feeling that her newest client reminds her of someone. Lyla Kyle, an accomplished artist, lives a rather quiet life–except for nights when she lures married men into her tangled web and mu Ten Years Later... Jillian Atford is a successful psychologist with a lavish office in Center City Philadelphia. Despite overcoming past trauma and anguish, she cannot shake loose from the feeling that her newest client reminds her of someone. Lyla Kyle, an accomplished artist, lives a rather quiet life–except for nights when she lures married men into her tangled web and murders them, all in a never-ending quest to avenge her mother. Yet, the nightmares of her mother’s death prove unrelenting, leading her to seek professional help. Jason Brighthouse Jr. is a young Philadelphia police officer who lives in his father’s shadow and is troubled by the constant ridicule that surrounds his ambition. As he sets out to make peace with his colleagues, he remains confident that the key to their respect lies in his ability to connect the recent spate of suspicious deaths to a certain dark-haired temptress. In a turn of events, he justifiably takes a man’s life while off-duty. Mandatory leave requires him to obtain psychological clearance prior to returning to the force. As current circumstances bring them together and the truth of their pasts unfolds, who will be left standing? Three lives. Three deaths connect them. The present unites them.

30 review for Blood in the Paint

  1. 5 out of 5

    Peter Germany

    I received an Advance Review Copy of Blood in the Paint, which I read in four days. This is a well written and compact story that will have you turning the pages rapidly as you progress through the story of the three main characters. This story is detailed, but not heavy handed with technical jargon. There's a real sense of authenticity thorough out and I found the characters very genuine. The story did pull at my emotions in a way that only a well written story can. I have already read the preq I received an Advance Review Copy of Blood in the Paint, which I read in four days. This is a well written and compact story that will have you turning the pages rapidly as you progress through the story of the three main characters. This story is detailed, but not heavy handed with technical jargon. There's a real sense of authenticity thorough out and I found the characters very genuine. The story did pull at my emotions in a way that only a well written story can. I have already read the prequel novella, Blood in the Past, but it's not necessary to read it to enjoy this novel. I would recommend it though. Jordanna East shows here that she can write an intelligent, intriguing and addictive story.

  2. 4 out of 5

    K.T.

    Read this in one night! Suspenseful, chilling, and dark Blood in the Paint will keep you turning the pages. Right from the start we know the murderer but what happened so many years ago which makes Lyla Kyle lure men to their murders? And what does Dr. Atford, her psychologist, know about Lyla's past that even Lyla does not know? Will Officer Brighthouse solve the murders and be made detective? The characters were rich, fully drawn and evoked both empathy and sometimes horror as we navigated the Read this in one night! Suspenseful, chilling, and dark Blood in the Paint will keep you turning the pages. Right from the start we know the murderer but what happened so many years ago which makes Lyla Kyle lure men to their murders? And what does Dr. Atford, her psychologist, know about Lyla's past that even Lyla does not know? Will Officer Brighthouse solve the murders and be made detective? The characters were rich, fully drawn and evoked both empathy and sometimes horror as we navigated the twisting mazes of their minds and their pasts. The last several chapters left me speechless as we find out just how much the past can affect the present and change the future.

  3. 4 out of 5

    R.H. Ramsey

    Lyla Kyle murders people; author Jordanna East tortures her readers with cliff hangers. Finally, the follow-up to Blood in the Past is published, and every bit as amazing, if not better than the prequel. From the first line: "Blood is red, but she always wore purple ..." we are once again immersed in Lyla's world. And in this world, we travel to the depths of Lyla's unquenchable hunger for vengeance. In Blood in the Paint, Lyla's games begin, and the way she chooses, lures, thinks of, mocks, and de Lyla Kyle murders people; author Jordanna East tortures her readers with cliff hangers. Finally, the follow-up to Blood in the Past is published, and every bit as amazing, if not better than the prequel. From the first line: "Blood is red, but she always wore purple ..." we are once again immersed in Lyla's world. And in this world, we travel to the depths of Lyla's unquenchable hunger for vengeance. In Blood in the Paint, Lyla's games begin, and the way she chooses, lures, thinks of, mocks, and despises her prey ... fascinating. Disturbingly fascinating. It is apparent that the author is not only well-versed in the psychological aspects of a serial killer, but she has taken the time to study the lingo and profession of those in the field of law enforcement. This adds so many layers, makes the scenes so believable, gives the book the realistic element that can at times become lost in blood, gore, and sex -- this novel delves deeper. Much longer than the prequel, (a novella), murder by murder, it is spine-chilling to feel so close to the scenes and reasoning behind the killings -- in detail. It is also quite interesting to switch back to the minds of the officers. Going back and forth from sympathy for a killer, as we know from the first book why she does what she does; but we are deeply involved in the personal life of Officer Brighthouse, and we are reacquainted with Jillian. It can be hit and miss with murder mysteries and thrillers, as I do not like being able to predict the endings of books I read. (Or movies I watch.) This thriller has many unexpected, edge-of-your-seat moments, as main characters, supporting characters, victims, do not always do exactly what's expected. I suppose acquaintances, security guards and hiding places are not always as trustworthy as a serial killer would like for them to be. Coming face to face with the past, internalizing these tense scenes where movements, things as simple as the way someone swallows -- all dissected -- leaving us on the edge of a cliff all over, again. This was my favorite thing about BITP: the intense moments where I found myself completely losing track of time, feeling as if I wanted to laugh at myself for grimacing, as the quick-paced twists and turns were absolutely crazy. ... Namely, a certain elevator scene, which I will not spoil and give away. There are softer moments, in quite contrast to the cold, harshness of the killings. The author's way with words is like a lull in the dark. The glimpses of warmth shown in Lyla were a bit of a shocker. All of these things are cohesive, seamless. So seamless, that I cannot wait to read the next piece of this brilliantly constructed puzzle. "... She shuffled forward, continuously planting her hands on the wall for balance, and leaving a trail of blood-red blossoms in her wake ..."

  4. 4 out of 5

    Richard Leonard

    Lyla Kyle is an artist. Her favourite subjects are married men who cheat on their wives. She paints them. She paints and sculpts many things but she is particularly fond of and protective of her works featuring those philandering men. She paints them using shades of red mixed with their blood. Blood she drew from their dying bodies. Jillian Atford is a successful psychologist with a past she’d rather put behind her, to say the least. Soon realising one of her clients is connected to her regrettab Lyla Kyle is an artist. Her favourite subjects are married men who cheat on their wives. She paints them. She paints and sculpts many things but she is particularly fond of and protective of her works featuring those philandering men. She paints them using shades of red mixed with their blood. Blood she drew from their dying bodies. Jillian Atford is a successful psychologist with a past she’d rather put behind her, to say the least. Soon realising one of her clients is connected to her regrettable past, she finds herself spiralling uncontrollably toward a major crisis. Officer Jason Brighthouse, a Philadelphia patrol cop, wants to prove he has his late father’s detective intuition and while checking out a reported dead body in a car park, feels something very inconsistent with an accidental death and decides he must test the strength of his inherited skills. Jordanna East allows the reader deep into the minds of each of these characters, to understand the psychology behind their motivations, allowing an empathy to develop for each of them. It was difficult to pick a side, leaving me to root for all three, despite their indiscretions. This novel is riddled with scenes that left me thinking “How on earth will he/she get out this situation?” East does a superb job in creating realism in a world where many OMG moments occur, leaving the reader wondering what could possibly come next. And what does come next is exciting, believable and edge-of-your-seat thrills. Finishing up with some scenes of heart wrenching sadness, triumph and satisfaction and a neat twist leaving many question marks, Blood In The Paint presents a compelling invitation to read its sequel, Blood In The Paper. 5 Stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Surowitz

    In the first book, we watched Lyla Kyle go from a semi-normal (albeit eerie) woman to a revenge-crazed psychopath. Now we have the joy of watching her commit one murder after the other — and we’re secretly dancing with glee every time she doesn’t get caught. As the body count rises to a number Sweeney Todd would commend, a sick feeling sets in. Oh yeah, we’ve been rooting for the bad guy. Someone needs to get in there and stop her. How about Officer Brighthouse? He’s smart, plucky and looking to In the first book, we watched Lyla Kyle go from a semi-normal (albeit eerie) woman to a revenge-crazed psychopath. Now we have the joy of watching her commit one murder after the other — and we’re secretly dancing with glee every time she doesn’t get caught. As the body count rises to a number Sweeney Todd would commend, a sick feeling sets in. Oh yeah, we’ve been rooting for the bad guy. Someone needs to get in there and stop her. How about Officer Brighthouse? He’s smart, plucky and looking to prove himself. His boyish charm brings in some much needed levity at just the right times to keep the drama and anxiety from feeling overbearing. And his problems with his wife keep him from feeling like just another paperback detective. He has more going on than just his pursuit of a beautiful murderess. And if we’ve learned anything from the last book, bad things are on the way if someone’s marriage is in a rocky place. Perhaps the most impressive feature of this thriller is the tension between Jillian and Lyla. If you read the last book, you know their relationship could go up in flames at any second. For new readers, don’t worry. You’ll catch up right away. This would not be a Jordanna East novel without some punches to the gut — and Ms. East does not pull her punches. It’s one delightfully maddening twist after another, and you won’t want to put it down.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tamar

    I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Blood in the Paint is a psychological thriller novel by author Jordanna East. The book switches between three characters—Lyla Kyle, Jillian Atford, and Jason Brighthouse Jr.—and their tragically intermingled lives. As the story progresses from one crazy scenario to the next (murder, betrayal, psychotic outbursts and behaviors), Ms. East shows readers that she is not afraid to “kill her darlings,” and for this, there are unexp I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Blood in the Paint is a psychological thriller novel by author Jordanna East. The book switches between three characters—Lyla Kyle, Jillian Atford, and Jason Brighthouse Jr.—and their tragically intermingled lives. As the story progresses from one crazy scenario to the next (murder, betrayal, psychotic outbursts and behaviors), Ms. East shows readers that she is not afraid to “kill her darlings,” and for this, there are unexpected twists and turns in the plot. This makes for an unpredictable story that grabs your emotions and makes the characters seem very, very real. Also, the writing style is fantastic. I think Ms. East has nowhere to go but up in her writing career. The book world should keep an eye out for this new-ish voice in psychological thrillers.

  7. 5 out of 5

    A.J. Race

    Almost a year ago now I read Jordanna's marvelous prequel 'Blood in the Past' and I instantly fell in love with the wickedly delicious Lyla Kyle and at long last I can say the bitch is back! Blood in the Paint is a mesmerizing continuation into the lives of characters since their debut in Blood in the Past. Once more I found myself cheering on Lyla Kyle and frustrated by the exhausting antics that were Jason Brighthouse. There were more than a few times in which I found myself practically yellin Almost a year ago now I read Jordanna's marvelous prequel 'Blood in the Past' and I instantly fell in love with the wickedly delicious Lyla Kyle and at long last I can say the bitch is back! Blood in the Paint is a mesmerizing continuation into the lives of characters since their debut in Blood in the Past. Once more I found myself cheering on Lyla Kyle and frustrated by the exhausting antics that were Jason Brighthouse. There were more than a few times in which I found myself practically yelling at the book and rolling my eyes at Jason Brighthouse's obsession with Lyla (however right he may have been). And once again I can't wait for the next book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Guin

    Having read “Blood in the Past” the prequel to this series I was waiting with baited breath for this title from Jordanna East and she did not disappoint. “Blood in the Paint” is filled with intense suspense all the way to the end. How could three lives unknowingly intertwine and leave such chaos? I am going to be in story/book withdrawal until her next book “Blood in the Paper” is published. I have now added Jordanna East to my list of all time favorite suspense/thriller authors along side of Je Having read “Blood in the Past” the prequel to this series I was waiting with baited breath for this title from Jordanna East and she did not disappoint. “Blood in the Paint” is filled with intense suspense all the way to the end. How could three lives unknowingly intertwine and leave such chaos? I am going to be in story/book withdrawal until her next book “Blood in the Paper” is published. I have now added Jordanna East to my list of all time favorite suspense/thriller authors along side of Jeffery Deaver and James Patterson.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Y. Correa

    Lyla Kyle is gorgeous, intelligent, sensual, articulate and psychopathic. Due to her need for absolution, she goes after married men whom she suspects are cheating on their spouses and kills them. She's cunning, conniving and alluring. No one can get past her feminine wiles. Not even the cop that has sworn to capture her. I read the prequel to this story which is titled Blood in the Past. I truly loved seeing the story behind the story play out in that one. After having read the prequel I was anx Lyla Kyle is gorgeous, intelligent, sensual, articulate and psychopathic. Due to her need for absolution, she goes after married men whom she suspects are cheating on their spouses and kills them. She's cunning, conniving and alluring. No one can get past her feminine wiles. Not even the cop that has sworn to capture her. I read the prequel to this story which is titled Blood in the Past. I truly loved seeing the story behind the story play out in that one. After having read the prequel I was anxiously awaiting the release of Blood in the Paint. This story was written well, and meticulously weaved together. The prose were presented playfully and one can tell that the author has a way with word. My favorite line was most definitely the first one: “Blood is red, but she always wore purple.” Blood in the Paint is more a Psychological Thriller, than an actual Murder Suspense. If you're looking to read a book filled with blood and gore, this is not the book for you. However, if you're more into mental stimulation and intrigue, you're going to love this story. While the story line in and of itself was not necessarily unique or unusual, the presentation was practically immaculate. I did find one or two typos, but nothing that would take away from the enjoyment of the story. Whatever I did find was minimum. I recommend it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Fiona Wilson

    I was asked by the author to review this as I had enjoyed her first book, a prequel to this one. I bought the book and it has been on my TBR list for a while. I am so annoyed in myself that I let this one slip to the bottom of a long list because it was a great read which totally held my attention throughout. I absolutely loved this story. The authors novella Blood in the Past introduces the reader to the possibilities of what is to come, so would be a must read in my opinion before reading this I was asked by the author to review this as I had enjoyed her first book, a prequel to this one. I bought the book and it has been on my TBR list for a while. I am so annoyed in myself that I let this one slip to the bottom of a long list because it was a great read which totally held my attention throughout. I absolutely loved this story. The authors novella Blood in the Past introduces the reader to the possibilities of what is to come, so would be a must read in my opinion before reading this one. I love a good thriller, especially one which by the end has me still gasping for more. This is one of those books. The way the lives of the main characters intertwine is so well written. There are also new characters who it eventually transpires are also involved. The author has put in so many twists and turns within the pages that you are left wondering what could be next at times! Every character is believable, every part of the story is as important as any other, and by the end of it everything has come together. Or has it? You are left with an ending which had me as silent as those mentioned on the page! What the author has produced is extremely well written, kept me engrossed for several days, and has me desperate for more! If you like a good thriller with plenty of twists and turns check out this authors books. You won't be disappointed.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    I really enjoyed this book. It gave me a great escape when I needed it. A female serial killer makes for a novel premise, but while Lyla kills her share of men, the actual killings are not too graphic which I appreciated. I'd rather a book focus on the psychology behind a killer's motives, not the act itself, which this book wisely does. It also cleverly intersects the lives of three individuals: Lyla (the killer), Jillian (a psychologist), and Jason (a cop gunning to be a detective). To get a b I really enjoyed this book. It gave me a great escape when I needed it. A female serial killer makes for a novel premise, but while Lyla kills her share of men, the actual killings are not too graphic which I appreciated. I'd rather a book focus on the psychology behind a killer's motives, not the act itself, which this book wisely does. It also cleverly intersects the lives of three individuals: Lyla (the killer), Jillian (a psychologist), and Jason (a cop gunning to be a detective). To get a better understanding of the history behind these three people's symbiotic relationship, read the prequel, "Blood in the Past" (though it's not necessary to do so; the story is clear on its own). All in all a great read, and the ending left me eager for the next book in the series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sally Jenkins

    Jordanna East gives us an unusual main character - a female serial killer, Lyla Kyle, who takes delight in tempting married men on a date and then she kills them in cold blood. Lyla is not likable but I kept turning the pages because I was desperate to know what was going to happen to her as the net closed in. The plot weaves together the lives of three people who share a connection to a house fire ten years earlier (read Blood in the Past to find out about that) and the story is cleverly constru Jordanna East gives us an unusual main character - a female serial killer, Lyla Kyle, who takes delight in tempting married men on a date and then she kills them in cold blood. Lyla is not likable but I kept turning the pages because I was desperate to know what was going to happen to her as the net closed in. The plot weaves together the lives of three people who share a connection to a house fire ten years earlier (read Blood in the Past to find out about that) and the story is cleverly constructed and compelling. The ending is unexpected and paves the way for Jordanna's next book - I'll definitely be looking out for it!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Monica Porta

    Blood in the Paint is a story that reads like an episode of a TV show. When you think the main character, Lyla, has reached the very bottom of what she is capable of doing, something happens that propels the plot forward and into a spiral at the same time. Blood in the Paint is centered around Lyla, the serial killer whose actions are governed by hate, revenge, and eventually by the most basic of instincts: survival. But, both Jillian and Jason from the prequel are present, although unwilling ac Blood in the Paint is a story that reads like an episode of a TV show. When you think the main character, Lyla, has reached the very bottom of what she is capable of doing, something happens that propels the plot forward and into a spiral at the same time. Blood in the Paint is centered around Lyla, the serial killer whose actions are governed by hate, revenge, and eventually by the most basic of instincts: survival. But, both Jillian and Jason from the prequel are present, although unwilling actors in Lyla's world. Great read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nina Irwin

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dhea Santana

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ileandra Young

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chavela B.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lynda Dickson

  20. 5 out of 5

    Raven ShadowHawk

  21. 5 out of 5

    Laura Thomas

  22. 5 out of 5

    Janice

  23. 5 out of 5

    Aubrea Summer

  24. 4 out of 5

    Meera

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Davidson

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amy Holiday

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sherice Elizabeth

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Ibanez

  29. 4 out of 5

    C. Miller

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christine

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