Review: Portrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks

About this Book

Gwen Marcey has done a good job keeping the pain of her past boxed up. But as she investigates the case of a missing child in Lapwai, Idaho, details keep surfacing that are eerily similar to her childhood traumas. She doesn’t believe in coincidences. So what’s going on here?

No one knows more about the impact of the past than the Nez Perce people of Lapwai. Gwen finds herself an unwelcome visitor to some, making her investigation even more difficult. The questions keep piling up, but answers are slow in coming—and the clock is ticking for a missing little girl. Meanwhile, Gwen’s ex-husband is threatening to take sole custody of their daughter.

As Gwen’s past and present collide, she’s in a desperate race for the truth. Because only truth will ensure she still has a future.

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OH. MY. GOSH! This series keeps getting better and better with each book! I love Gwen! I love her never give up spirit, her love of her family and friends and her passion for justice.

One of the reasons I like Gwen is her life isn’t simple. She is struggling to maintain a job, she is a breast cancer survivor, she is dealing with a jerk of an ex-husband, it’s not pretty. Like real life.

This story answers a lot of questions for Gwen and her past. I found myself crying for her and with her. And I also cheered for her at the end of the book.

This series has been so good.  With the answer Gwen gets in this story it will be interesting to see where the author takes the series. I can hardly wait for the next one!

Disclaimer:  I did receive a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, I was not required to give a review and the opinions here are my own.

 

 

Review: When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks

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Gwen Marcey takes death in stride. Until she’s faced with her own mortality.

Forensic artist Gwen Marcey is between jobs when she accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky—a small town facing big-city crime. But before Gwen can finish her first drawing of the serial rapist who is on the loose, the latest witness vanishes. Just like all the others.

Gwen suspects a connection between the rapist and the “accidental” deaths that are happening around town, but the local sheriff has little interest in her theories. When her digitally-obsessed teenage daughter joins her, Gwen turns her attention to a second assignment: going undercover in a serpent-handling church. She could get a handsome reward for uncovering illegal activity—a reward she desperately needs, as it seems her breast cancer has returned. But snakes aren’t the only ones ready to kill. Can Gwen uncover the truth—and convince anyone to believe her—before she becomes a victim herself?

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This author is quickly becoming a favorite! Her Gwen Marcey character is so much fun. I love her tenacity. This story delved into an interesting topic with a snake handling church.

There was a lot of misdirection in this story and I didn’t figure out who was behind everything until the author revealed it. In hindsight there was a clue early on that I forgot about when the author tied it together. A mark of a good story. It was there but not obvious.

The hard part is I read the next book in the series before reading this one and that’s all I’ll say.

If you’ve read any of the first two books in the series and enjoyed them, this one is even better. The author is definitely doing a good job in developing Gwen.