Paint Me a Picture by Patsy Collins

Paint Me a Picture is a character development story set in Portsmouth, England.
 Mavis Forthright carefully rehearses her jump from Portsmouth’s Round Tower. She’s existed for over five decades. Lived hardly at all. Will end her misery with a few second’s fall into the cold sea. Except she’s not quite ready to die. A half day’s delay to try a bacon sandwich from the cafe won’t matter; Mother’s no longer there to disapprove.

She delays another day to lend Janice a book. Then a week to use her new paints. A month. Until the end of term. Mavis makes new plans: to live, to create paintings full of emotion, perhaps even make friends.

As if to balance her survival a number of people connected to Mavis die. At first that doesn’t matter. They’re people she dislikes. Mavis continues painting, tending her garden, feeding the birds and keeping her home properly clean, without additional concern. Then people who’ve been kind to Mavis are killed or injured. That shouldn’t happen.

Why are people dying? Is it because of charming Norman who’s back from her past, or is that strange boy Jake her mistaken guardian angel? Perhaps Mavis herself is to blame. She must learn the truth, stop the deaths and protect those she’s learned to care about before she can enjoy the new life she’s making for herself.

review extracts – ‘an intriguing page-turner. Mavis is someone I came to love, not despite but because of her ‘difficult’ side!’ 

When I woke up wondering what would happen to Mavis, after having started the book the evening before, I knew the author had succeeded in bringing her main character to life.’

 ‘I can’t help feeling we all know a Mavis.’

 ‘Uncovering the truth is an enjoyable and intriguing meander through the mind of a very delightful three dimensional character.’

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