by Carrie Stuart Parks
September 12 - October 7, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
After a difficult childhood, Samantha Williams craves simplicity: jigsaw puzzles, lectures at the library, and the students she adores in her role as an elementary art teacher in the dusty farming community of LaCrosse, Washington.
But when an SUV crashes into the school where she teaches, her entire world is upended. She manages to keep all of the children safe, but her car isn’t so lucky. Oddly, her purse—containing her driver’s license, credit cards, and other identification—is missing from the wreckage.
After authorities discover that the driver in the school accident was shot seconds before the crash, Samantha quickly becomes entangled in increasingly strange events that have her looking over her shoulder.
Samantha has long tried to forget the tragedy of her past, but the twisting maze she discovers between the murdered driver, a deadly secret government project, and an abandoned town can't be ignored. Those involved are determined to keep these secrets buried, and they’ll use any means necessary to stop Samantha’s search for truth.
Praise for Fallout:
"An intriguing story based on events around a part of Washington. Tight timeline with tons of action. Twists and turns that will keep readers engaged and guessing. I enjoyed this book and recommend it to those who want a whisper of romance included with the mystery."
This is another good inspirational novel of suspense from Parks. While previous novels have featured forensic artists, this one is a bit different. The heroine is an artist but teaches kids. While she does get the opportunity to do some forensic work, it is not the thrust of the plot. The novel started with a suspenseful scene but I felt it took a while for the plot to develop to the point of my being engaged. There is plenty of action that follows and it wasn't until nearly the end the reason for it all became clear.
For me, the strength of the novel was the setting of eastern Washington, near the Hanford Nuclear Facility. Living in nearby Idaho, Parks has done a great job describing the small towns, the Palouse, the Snake River, and more.
I love it when an author is reliable in presenting the historical facts woven into the story. Such is the case with Parks. She notes in an Afterward, virtually all she wrote about the Hanford Nuclear Facility is accurate. Readers not only get an interesting mystery but some history about actions during the Cold War.
This is a good novel for readers who like an unusual setting and a plot originating in government actions during the Cold War. The characters are developed well, with a number of quirky or rather unusual ones in need of healing from past trauma. There is a good faith message included and just a hint of romance. I have read all of Parks' novels, have liked them and will be looking for her next one.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Published by: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: September 13th 2022
Number of Pages: 336
ISBN: 0785239855 (ISBN13: 9780785239857)
Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | ChristianBook | Goodreads
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Carrie Stuart Parks is a Christy, multiple Carol, and Inspy Award–winning author. She was a 2019 finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence in mainstream mystery/suspense and has won numerous awards for her fine art as well. An internationally known forensic artist, she travels with her husband, Rick, across the US and Canada teaching courses in forensic art to law-enforcement professionals. The author/illustrator of numerous books on drawing and painting, Carrie continues to create dramatic watercolors from her studio in the mountains of Idaho.
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