When Death Draws Near

When Death Draws Near.jpgAuthor: Carrie Stuart Parks

Series: Gwen Marcey Novel #3

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Release Date: August 2, 2016

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

Snakes! Why did it have to be about snakes?

Forensic artist Gwen Marcey has just taken on a case in Pikeville, Kentucky to help sketch a composite of a serial rapist. However, upon arriving in Kentucky, which is vastly different than her native Montana, she is quickly brought in to see a murder victim who has been found recently.  There is very little left of his face, but he appears to have been a victim of a snakebite.  She is then taken to the rape victim, who appears to not want to be bothered at the moment.  The next day she is gone.  Frustrated, she works on her sketch of the deceased man and the police successfully determine who he is.  But then strange things start to happen to her.  She’s almost run over by a black pickup truck.  She gets a threatening phone call telling her to leave.  Then a timber rattlesnake shows up in her hotel bed.  The sheriff then moves her to a friend’s home.  The sprawling summer estate of a politician houses more than just her.  In fact, it might even house a killer and a rapist.  Can Gwen solve the crimes before it is too late?

This was my first Gwen Marcey story, but I was impressed. There was some back history that I didn’t know about, but it didn’t hinder the story for a moment.  In fact, it made me want to go back to see what I had missed.  This book can easily be a standalone novel, so don’t let the fact that it is a third in a series stop you from giving it a try.

This is a story of a strong female lead character that often feels weak, as many people can surely relate. However, she finds the strength to persevere through her trials with God’s help.  She also makes a great connection with her estranged daughter during this book, which leads me to believe that there is some drama between the two characters in the previous two books.

The suspense was really good throughout the book. Early on, I thought I had it figured out.  In truth, I had half of it figured out, but not the way I had thought.  She definitely had a really good twist there at the end that I didn’t see coming.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest and thorough review. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

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