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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 an ECPA Christy Award and multiple ACFW Carol and Inspy Awardwinning author. An internationally known forensic artist, Carrie draws on her extensive experience with actual criminal investigations to write authentic, true-to-life fictional suspense. Carrie lives in Idaho and travels with her husband, Rick, across the US and Canada, teaching courses in forensic art to law enforcement professionals. She has won numerous awards for her fine art and is the author/illustrator of numerous books on drawing and painting. 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.'
Stephie4 Stars Out Of 5Exellent fast-paced book!January 17, 2018StephieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This the first book I have read by Carrie Stuart Parks. I really enjoyed book #4 in the Gwen Marcey series. I will have to go back and read the first three books.
This book held my attention from the first few pages. There is lots of mystery and suspense in the book. The author uses her past experience of being a FBI trained certified forensic artist to write her books. She has a lot of experience since she worked at the FBI and it really shows in her detailed and very put together book. You will not want to put this book down once you start reading it!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. No positive review was required. My opinion is honest and is my own!
Angela BycroftOwhango, New ZealandAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Thrill Ride From Start to FinishJanuary 11, 2018Angela BycroftOwhango, New ZealandAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If youre looking for a fast moving, edge of the seat, suck in a breath (it might be your last) thrill ride - then this book might just be for you.
I havent had a chance to read the preceding titles in the Gwen Marcey series but this still worked just as well as a stand alone - although judging from the quality of this one, it wont be long before I pick up the previous books. It was that good.
Forensic artist (not a vocation you see in many books) Gwen Marcey volunteers to assist local law enforcement to apprehend a potential serial killer who murdered the parents of a small girl and then appears to have kidnaped her following the murders. Add to that the fact that he used an axe to do it and you can imagine the scene only too well.
Journeying to the small town and seeing many similarities to her own history, Marcey immediately feels like the outsider that she is and unwelcome at that. But the dishy police chief may make it a little more tolerable.
Portrait of Vengeance may at first glance look like a cozy mystery but it soon morphs into something much more dramatic and horrific without become macabre. There were several instances of Oh my!!! - wasnt expecting that at all and did that JUST HAPPENED???
If you love to be surprised and to find a book that makes putting it down simply impossible then look no further.
I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher as part of the Thomas Nelson/ Zondervan Fiction Guild. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
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.