Have I mentioned my love of crime shows? I’m sure I have…that and also the fact that I had to stop watching Criminal Minds because I was freaking myself out. If my doorbell rings, you bet I hide. Clearly you are up to criminal mischief if you show up at my house unannounced….
See, I clearly had good reasons to stop. But I’m fascinated by it all and especially how crimes are solved. I say all this because that has been one of my favorite parts of the Gwen Marcey novels. With her background in forensics, Parks has incorporated fascinating details with nonstop novels and I have loved each one!
Gwen Marcey takes death in stride. Until she’s faced with her own mortality.
Forensic artist Gwen Marcey is between jobs when she accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky—a small town facing big-city crime. But before Gwen can finish her first drawing of the serial rapist who is on the loose, the latest witness vanishes. Just like all the others.
Gwen suspects a connection between the rapist and the “accidental” deaths that are happening around town, but the local sheriff has little interest in her theories. When her digitally-obsessed teenage daughter joins her, Gwen turns her attention to a second assignment: going undercover in a serpent-handling church. She could get a handsome reward for uncovering illegal activity—a reward she desperately needs, as it seems her breast cancer has returned. But snakes aren’t the only ones ready to kill. Can Gwen uncover the truth—and convince anyone to believe her—before she becomes a victim herself?
In a thrilling race against time, When Death Draws Near plunges us into cold-case murders, shady politics, and a den of venomous suspects.
You know those books that follow a character you grow to love? I used to love the Alex Cross novels – I loved his character. This is one such series. Each one is a stand alone, but it makes it so much more fun reading all of them. You can’t help but love Gwen. She cracks me up. I know. These are thriller crime novels, but she really does. I love a character with hilarious commentary (Thelma and Louise y’all! – Sorry, you’ll only get that if you’ve read it! – I kept cracking up!) and Gwen is one such character.
I think this might be my favorite of the three. I loved the plot (with unexpected beginnings and endings), the new characters and how everything came together. Not only because it was creative, but it had me hooked the entire time. I also really liked the other characters in this story too.
I’m always learning something new (like serpent handlers!) and as with her first two novels, each group is fascinating to learn about. I also really like Gwen and her daughter, Ainsley’s, relationship and the different ways it has grown since the first book.
I’m so glad there’s another Gwen Macey novel coming out early next year! I’ll be the first to sign up!!
Have y’all had a chance to read any Gwen Macey novels?
(Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
There’s also this WAYYYY awesome giveaway happening – don’t miss out!
Plunge into forensic artist Gwen Marcey’s world, full of cold-case murders, shady politics, and a den of venomous suspects. Add Carrie Stuart Parks’ new Gwen Marcey novel, When Death Draws Near, to the top of your must-read list. Gwen accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky—a small town facing big-city crime. But before she can finish her first drawing of the serial rapist who is on the loose, the latest witness vanishes. Just like all the others. Can Gwen uncover the truth—and convince anyone to believe her—before she becomes a victim herself?
Join Carrie in celebrating the release of When Death Draws Near by entering to win an Undercover Artist Starter Set.
One grand prize winner will receive:
- A copy of When Death Draws Near
- A $30 Michael’s or Hobby Lobby gift card (winner’s choice)
- Colored pencils
- A sharpener
- A pencil case
- An eraser
- A coloring prayer book
- A coloring notecard set
- A lap desk
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 22. The winner will be announced August 23 on the Litfuse blog.