1. Fragments of Fear
    Fragments of Fear
    Carrie Stuart Parks
    Thomas Nelson / 2019 / Trade Paperback
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  1. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Pros and Cons
    July 22, 2019
    BeccaRae
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    *3.5 stars*

    From cover to cover, Fragments of Fear was a total page turner! I was instantly wrapped up into Tavish's world and could palpably feel the suspense as the drama unfolded. It's a psychological suspense novel that gets inside your mind and will kick your thoughts into overdrive. Did a murder actually happen or was Tavish's mind really playing tricks on her? Which characters are truly the good and bad guys? Where does her mother truly fit into the puzzle? There were answers I simply needed to know and thus my nose was in the book until the very end.

    Although I was fully captivated by the action and suspense in this novel, I have to admit that the faith element was rough for me. Tavish started out saying she wasn't religious but also wore a necklace symbolizing her belief in the power of crystals. The only time she expressed interest in calling out to God was when she was being chased and was asking for His help in escaping. There really needed to be another strong Christian character to have more dialogue with especially since there was only one verse she called to remembrance from her grandmother in the past. It felt like God was minimized to a wishmaker and so I really struggled with that aspect.

    If you're looking for a page-turning psychological suspense then this is one I could easily recommend. I needed more from the faith element, but the story itself held my attention and kept the pages turning rapidly. I'm curious what the author will come up with next.

    *I received a copy of this book from the author. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    great book!
    July 20, 2019
    Reenie
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book shows again why Carrie Stuart Parks is on my "must-read author" list. The story starts out with a crazy twist that has Evelyn McTavish questioning what she thought to be true. And it keeps building as crazy things pile up one after another. Even her own mother questions her sanity. But as the danger builds, Evelyn begins to wonder if her mother has her own reasons for wanting her discredited.

    Evelyn holds up surprisingly well even though she is having the worst month of her life. She is given a huge gift in FBI agent Sawyer Price as he is one of the few people who believe her. The focus and action go all over...from archaeology to modern art to nano-chip technology. Parks weaves it all together in dramatic fashion. The danger builds; the action is relentless. There are surprising twists. It's a great read. I'd highly recommend it.

    Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing me with a complimentary e-copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
  3. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A new heroine it took me a while to like
    July 19, 2019
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Fragments of Fear - eBook.
    It took me a while to get to the point of liking this novel. Parks goes in a new direction, away from the series featuring the forensic artist I thoroughly enjoyed. The heroine in this novel is also an artist but that is where the similarity ends.

    Tavish is insecure and has anxiety attacks. She is so different from Parks' previous heroine it took me quite a while to get caught up in the plot. The plot is complex but everything comes together in the end. I like that Parks uses her knowledge of art in her novels. I learned about negative space in this one and how it can be used in art.

    The spiritual message included is subtle but I liked how it was presented. I ultimately came to like Tavish and how the book ended. I really like Parks' writing style and will be looking for her next novel, whoever the main character might be.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    unexpected twists in the plot
    July 8, 2019
    Gretchen Garrison
    I think I have read all of Carrie Stuart Parks' books, and this one might be one of my favorites. There were many twists that I did not see coming at all. I really liked the theme of facing who we are and who we are called to be. The only possible downgrade (which obviously did not reflect my rating) was the fact that the main characters' relationship did not seem to reflect the actual time that they spent with each other. How they related to each other at the end did not fit the storyline. But other than that, I found it to be a very enjoyable read!
  5. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fragments of Fear
    June 30, 2019
    Butterflyreview
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Evelyn McTavish's world came crashing down with the suicide of her fianc. As she struggles to put her life back together and make a living from her art, she receives a call that her dog is about to be destroyed at the pound. Except she doesn't own a dog. The shelter is adamant that the microchip embedded in the canine with her name and address makes it hers.

    Evelyn recognizes the dog as one owned by archaeologist John Coyote because she was commissioned to draw the two of them. The simple solution is to return the dog to his ownerbut she arrives only to discover John's murdered body.

    As Evelyn herself becomes a target, she crosses paths with undercover FBI agent Sawyer Price. The more he gets to know her, the more personally invested he becomes in keeping her safe. Together, they're desperate to find the links between so many disparate pieces.

    And the clock is ticking.

    The minute I started reading I was hooked. I didn't want to put it down. There were a lot of characters thrown at you in the beginning of the book. But once I had them figured out it was easier to follow the story line. All the different characters were part of the mystery and were needed. Some that I thought were just thrown in there were part of the big picture. The only negative thing I would say about the book is the very end. Sawyer and Tavish ran into each others arms and proclaimed their love for each other. They were only with each other for a few times in a span of several days. I think it would have made more sense to have them want to explore they feelings they are starting to have rather than proclaim their love.

    I recommend this book to all who enjoy a good mystery.

    I was given this book by Thomas Nelson Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.
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