Wednesday, October 19, 2016

When Death Draws Near - A Gwen Marcey Novel 3 - by Carrie Stuart Parks

About the book:

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.

My review:

This was a funny and fascinating story I did not want to put down!  I loved Gwen Marcey; she had a lot of great one-liners and was very smart so it was interesting to see her try to figure out who the rapist and the killer were and if they tied into the serpent-handling church.  Her character was unique in that she had battled breast cancer and seemed to have gotten it back again.  I liked the honesty in the story as she questioned God and her faith because of the cancer and another life-threatening situation she found herself in.  She prays and the beliefs of the serpent-handling church are also explained.  There's a hint of romance as she contemplates dating again even though she feels like damaged goods.  The plot was unique and I liked learning more about the history of the area and the church there.  I can't wait to read books one and two;  this one stood well by itself, but there were a couple incidents mentioned that I assume happened in the first two books.  I highly recommend this story if you like suspense!

I received this book free of charge from BookLook Bloggers.

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