When Death Draws Near

August 2nd, 2016. Filed under: Tuesday's Tempting Reads.

When Death Draws Near

By Carrie Stuart Parks

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 there, Gwen turn her attention to a second assignment: going undercover in a serpent-handling church. She could get a handsome reward for uncovering illegal activity there—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?


Gwen finally has some work in small town Kentucky. She’s a forensic artist and is trying to capture the image of the snake of a serial rapist, but all the witnesses just keep vanishing. Maybe all the “accidental” deaths around town are connected to this low life.

With little to go on and no cooperation from the sheriff, there’s no money coming in. Then an offer of a large reward has her going undercover in a church who’s into snake handling. Maybe some of the deaths are connected to this church.

Gwen ends up literally wading through snakes while trying to get to the bottom of all those deaths. But the deaths continue and she finds it difficult to figure out who the good guys are in this town.

This book will get the adrenaline working big time. Thank you, Carrie Stuart Parks, for keeping me up late at night turning pages. I’m really looking forward to Portrait of Vengeance.


***A special thank you to litfuse for providing a review copy.***


Carrie Stuart Parks is an award-winning fine artist and internationally known forensic artist. She teaches forensic art courses to law enforcement professionals and is the author/illustrator of numerous books on drawing. Carrie began to write fiction while battling breast cancer and was mentored by New York Times best-selling author Frank Peretti. Now in remission, she continues to encourage other women struggling with cancer.

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