Book Reviews

Portrait of Vengence

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An unsolved case. A tempest of memories. The future’s at stake—and 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 doesn’t believe in coincidences. So what’s 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 coming—and the clock is ticking for a missing little girl. Meanwhile, Gwen’s ex-husband is threatening to take sole custody of their daughter.

As Gwen’s past and present collide, she’s in a desperate race for the truth. Because only truth will ensure she still has a future.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

4 Stars

I always get a little nervous trying out “new to me” authors. Especially when I don’t know if I will be jumping into the middle of a series or not. I can honestly say, that I had no problem jumping into this 4th Gwen Marcey novel by Carrie Stuart Parks—in fact, I hope to eventually go back and catch up on the previous three.

When I first started the book, I wasn’t sure if I would like it though. There was something about Gwen’s character that just didn’t quite jive with me. Going back, I cannot quite pinpoint what it was. But, a few chapters in, either her character just grew enough that I began to understand her more of the case she was trying to solve caught my interest.

I will say that this is one of those books that I would not recognize as “Christian” novel typically, however it is a very clean book. There is very little mention of God or faith in the book. But, there is no language or sexual content. There is some violence and blood in the book but nothing beyond what I would expect of a suspense and mystery novel.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and it is one that I am comfortable recommending. And like I mentioned at the beginning of this review, I hope to read the previous three Gwen Marcey books and will certainly be keeping an eye out for future novels by Carrie Stuart Parks.

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