THE PAINTED LADY
(Published August 5, 2015)
Even the strangest things happen for a reason.
Miles Greene once spent his days creating beautiful works of cinematic art, all the while treasuring the deepening love for his wife, Stephanie. Currently his days are filled with the mundane as Miles, a recent widower, hides away in his ground-floor apartment, leaving his once successful art career - and his drive to carry on - to complete indifference. With the sudden appearance of a mysterious woman in his building, Miles quickly realizes he is no longer in control of his destiny as forces beyond his control begin to influence his future. The path that unfolds in front of Miles may offer redemption at its end, but it promises a confrontation with the past, as well as coming to terms with the demon hiding within Miles and the burden of guilt he has carried all these years.
"This gothic-scented tale of grief in the aftermath of tragedy will keep you guessing until the end where the lines are drawn between reality, medication, and the supernatural intervention of an artist's muse. I look forward to the next Joseph Falank novel."
- SHEILA BANNING, Author of Terroir
"An emotionally haunting tale that beautifully builds suspense. You won't be dissapointed in this slow burning summer read that pulls at your heart strings."
- KATHRYN MATTINGLY, Author of Olivia's Ghost, Journey, The Tudor
"Without providing spoilers, I can say there is a trove of beautifully crafted scenes: a marriage proposal on a wind-swept beach, a beer and wing spiked conversation with an easy going brother in law, a cryptic visitor that might be supernatural, a sleeping tablet-induced nightmare that might not be a nightmare. It's all very early Stephen King...ish It's a story no one would ever want to actually live through yet Mr. Falank turns this chilling scenario into a satisfying page-turner...."
- JOHN MALIK, The Huffington Post, Author of Doughnuts for Amy