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August 8, 2016

When Death Draws Near {Carrie Stuart Parks}

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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.

My Thoughts:
I read my first Gwen Marcey book a few months ago and have been anxiously waiting for this next book to release. It may actually be better than the first one I read!

Gwen is one of those women who does not let anything or anyone stand in her way of doing her job. In this book, she is faced with tracking down both a rapist and those participating in snake handling. She is hired by one of the richest men in the state who is about to make his bid for President, and she believes his intentions are good.

It does not take long for Gwen to discover she has been deceived in a very big way, and that her life is in danger. The people who hired her are not what they seem, and the people she has been hired to investigate may not be the ones in the wrong. However, her job becomes increasingly difficult when she becomes the hunted, and each step puts her closer to her death.

To make matters worse, Gwen’s daughter is once again by her side for most of the events as they play out throughout this book. Gwen will stop at nothing to protect her daughter, but it is also her daughter that keeps her motivated to live when she is about to give up and take her last breath.

Gwen is driven by three things in life: God, her daughter, and her determination to always complete her job. This drive makes Gwen Marcey a force to be reckoned with, and a character I love to have in a book. This book kept me on the edge of my seat and had my heart pounding so many times. Such a great read.

Carrie Stuart Parks is an award-winning fine artist and internationally known forensic artist. Along with her husband, Rick, she travels across the US and Canada teaching courses in forensic art to law enforcement as well as civilian participants. She has won numerous awards for career excellence. Carrie is a popular platform speaker, presenting a variety of topics from crime to creativity. 

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