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Gwen Marcey investigates a case of a missing child in Lapwai, Idaho. Details keep surfacing that are similar to her childhood traumas. Meanwhile her ex-husband back home is threatening to take sole custody of their daughter. The clock is ticking for the lives of both little girls.
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
Series: Gwen Marcey
"Rich characters, a forensic artists eye for detail, and plot twistsCarrie Stuart Parks hits all the right notes!" Mary Burton, New York Times bestselling author
An unsolved case. A tempest of memories. The futures at stakeand time is running out . . .
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 doesnt believe in coincidences. So whats 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 comingand the clock is ticking for a missing little girl. Meanwhile, Gwens ex-husband is threatening to take sole custody of their daughter.
As Gwens past and present collide, shes in a desperate race for the truth. Because only truth will ensure she still has a future.
Carrie Stuart Parks is a Christy finalist as well as a Carol award-winning author. She has won numerous awards for her fine art as well. An internationally known forensic artist, she travels with her husband, Rick, across the US and Canada teaching courses in forensic art to law enforcement professionals. The author/illustrator of numerous books on drawing and painting, Carrie continues to create dramatic watercolors from her studio in the mountains of Idaho. Visit her online at CarrieStuartParks.com, Facebook: CarrieStuartParksAuthor, Twitter: @CarrieParks.
'Parks takes readers on another crime-solving spree with forensic artist Gwen Marcey. . . Parks has created an intriguing female sleuth with depth, courage, and grit. The well-developed characters are complemented by a unique setting.'
tumcsecTuscaloosa, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5plot twists to keep you guessingDecember 1, 2017tumcsecTuscaloosa, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Lots of twists and turns in this suspense/murder mystery. Some I suspected into the telling, others totally floored me. It held my interest throughout.
A missing child case brings Gwen Marcey into the investigation as a forensic artist. Her terrible childhood past seems to have similarities to the current one. But they couldn't be related, right?
The author being an actual forensic artist herself made the telling so much more realistic and I learned things about this career I had no idea about.
If you enjoy suspense with twists that come out of nowhere, you'll love this novel. This is my first novel by Carrie Stuart Parks but it won't be my last.
I received this complimentary book from the publisher but was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise.
Jennybug524 Stars Out Of 5A Series You Cannot Put Down!November 28, 2017Jennybug52Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 54 1/2 stars- Carrie Stuart Parks does not disappoint in this latest Gwen Marcey novel. This is book 4 in the series and can be read as a stand alone but I think reading the previous 3 books first gives you a much more complete picture of Gwen and her story. The relationships between the various characters is explored in different ways throughout the series so they seem like old friends by this book.
In the previous books we never learn much about Gwens past. She is very private and never opens up about her childhood. I love that this book finally allows us to learn more about her background. I really enjoy the engaging mystery in each novel but also the incredibly fascinating blend of American history and fiction. I found myself reading just one more chapter too many times to count. It was very interesting to learn about the Nez Perce Indian tribe and the struggles they experienced. Its also fascinating to learn more about the world of forensic art. I enjoy how the author describes how she reconstructs and sketches faces. This is a great series and a great story and I would highly recommend them both.
I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
Just Commonly4 Stars Out Of 5Rich and hauntingNovember 16, 2017Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Portrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks is the 4th novel of the Gwen Marcey series. Unfortunately, I have not read any of the previous installments, though the good thing is I don't feel like I've missed anything. The bad thing? I haven't read the rest of the series. Being my first book of this author's, I didn't know what to expect. I just know that I love that cover and it has a haunting feel to it that I can't let go. And boy, the story was just as haunting, or maybe more as the cover.
With unmistakeable psychological personification within its characters' development, readers will be unsure what to expect next. However, I did pick the villain out quite early on, but it was with uncertainty. Characters were quite developed, at least the main characters, but many of the side / supporting characters felt unfinished. It is possible they played a bigger role in the previous installments.
In all, Portrait of Vengeance is filled with rich characters and a suspense that haunts you through the night, wrapped in a pretty package of a cover and an equally spectacular title.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent ThrillerOctober 21, 2017IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5A Portrait of Vengeance is the fourth Gwen Marcey novel, following When Death Draws Near, The Bones Will Speak, and A Cry from the Dust. Each novel centres on a crime or series of related crimes, with an underlying thread about Gwens relationship with her teenage daughter (not good) and her ex-husband (even less good).
But Portrait of Vengeance was unique in that it gave some of Gwens own personal history. This gave an insight into the person she has become, and showed us what she has overcomenot just the breast cancer and divorce we learned about in the earlier novels, but something of her childhood and upbringing.
As Gwen investigates the disappearance of a native American child from a small town in Idaho, she finds details which are similar to her own childhood memories. Is the person behind this disappearance the same person who destroyed her childhood? And what happens when the memories dont make sense.
I dont want to say too much, because its impossible without giving away spoilers. If youve read the previous Gwen Marcey novels, youll want to read thisits the best yet in terms of both the characters and the suspense. If you havent read any Gwen Marcey novels yet, and you enjoy Christian thrillers from authors such as Colleen Coble, then youll want to read thisbut you might want to start with When Death Draws Near.
Recommended for those who enjoy fast-paced thrillers with great characters. Thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
Michelle5 Stars Out Of 5Detailed Mystery with an Exciting PlotOctober 12, 2017MichelleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Portrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks is the latest book in the Gwen Marcey series. In this book, forensic artist Gwen asks to be assigned to a case that is eerily similar to one she survived as a child. Gwen discovers a pattern of murders where a child goes missing and the murder itself is done with a hatchet. Soon, the mystery deepens and she finds herself in serious danger as the killer turns his sigts on her. This was the first book that I read in this series, but I was able to pick it up and was drawn in immediately. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries and thrillers. It was way too exciting at times and hard to predict. I cant wait to read other books by this author! I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.