Title: Portrait of Vengeance (Gwen Marcey #4)
Author: Carrie Stuart Parks
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Gwen Marcey has finally gotten a full-time job, although she is on probation for four weeks until she can earn her first paycheck. She volunteers to take a case that really doesn’t appear to need a forensic artist, but is eerily like events from Gwen’s past. She arrives in Idaho at the Nez Perce Reservation to begin helping the local police force in a double homicide. Two parents of been brutally murdered and their 4-year-old daughter has gone missing. As Gwen works the case, she begins having flashbacks of memories from her own childhood and thinks that maybe what happened in her past could be linked to what is going on now. This is a hard sell to the local police chief. When Gwen starts to follow leads on her own case instead of the double homicide case, the chief lets Gwen’s boss know that she has missed some interview appointments and is distracted.
Gwen and her best friend Beth who has come along to act as Watson to Gwen’s Sherlock research cases from surrounding states that have a similar set of circumstances. What they uncover leads them to believe the killer is someone Gwen knows and he/she is wanting Gwen to find out his/her identity. Gwen also is trying to solve the mystery of her past. As she gets closer to the truth, more attempts on her life are made. Gwen refuses to give up, but will her refusal cost her life?
I have thoroughly enjoyed this entire series and would highly recommend it to anyone! I find the writing style of the author easy to follow and the main character real and down-to-earth. The author really brings her artistic nature to the story in her descriptions using the names of lots of colors I’ve never heard of, but expanded my knowledge in that matter. Gwen is a survivor. She never gives up. She digs and digs until she finds the truth. She is willing to risk her life and knows to Whom her life is devoted to. Her faith has played an ever-increasing role in her life and I liked watching that aspect of her character mature. I love Gwen’s sense of humor and her friendship with Beth. I’m always excited when I see a new book in this series is coming out, so grab some of the excitement and get ready for plenty of action and suspense!
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