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July 10, 2017

Portrait of Vengeance {Carrie Stuart Parks}

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Gwen Marcey has done a good job of 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, her ex-husband back home 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.

My Thoughts:
Everything we thought we knew about Gwen Marcey and her past has just been shattered. When she requests an assignment that seems so familiar to her, she steps right into a trap to bring her "home" and to a man who was hurt by her so many years ago.

In this installment in the Gwen Marcey series, we really get to see deep into Gwen's soul. Her relationship with her ex-husband is toxic, her daughter is mostly out of the picture, she has given Blake the cold-shoulder, and she needs the support of her best friend more than ever. She is in a situation that only God can get her out of and we get to see her piece together the past and the present to find out who she really is.

While this was not my favorite book in this series, it is still a great read with twists and turns in every chapter. Every time I would think Gwen was close to discovering the truth something horrible would happen that would change my way of thinking. When the real Jacob was revealed I was shocked and terrified for Gwen's life.

This book can be read as a stand-alone but would be better enjoyed as part of the series it is intended to be read in.

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