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Title: Fragments of Fear
Author: Carrie Stuart Parks
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: July 23, 2019
Genre: Inspirational Suspense/Thriller
Stolen art. A New Mexico archaeological dig. An abandoned dog. And a secret that’s worth killing for. Evelyn McTavish’s world came crashing down with the suicide of her fiancé. 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 owner—but 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.“Over the years, Carrie has mastered forensic art, fine art, and her own brand of offbeat humor. As a novelist she combines these skills with another: puzzle writing––scattering puzzle pieces all over her fictional universe and then dropping them into place in twists, surprises, revelations, and side-pocket whimsy until the big picture emerges, never too soon, always on the brink of disaster.” —Frank Peretti
This was such an interesting mystery to follow. With twists and turns all over the place, readers are kept on their toes while they follow Tavish, Sawyer, and the clues. Carrie Stuart Parks never ceases to amaze me with her attention to detail. From the archaeological site, to the crystals Tavish wore around her neck, there were so many aspects that she needed to pay attention to and research. Plus, her background as a forensic artist is evident in her writing, which only enhances the story in my opinion.
I will say that this story had less of a faith theme then I would have thought. The positive is that it’s a good way to reach a broader market. But with Tavish’s thoughts in the beginning regarding God, I would have assumed there would be a big growth in character and faith. Not that there wasn’t any, I think I was just expecting more. Just a personal preference here though.
Readers who are looking for a fun, suspenseful puzzle to solve will devour Ms. Parks’ latest book. You’ll find a few surprises at the end, and will feel completely satisfied once you read the last few words. You may even want to look into traveling to New Mexico. I know I want to go there now!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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.
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