Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Portrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks

I have read all of the Gwen Marcey novels and enjoyed every one of them. I like the characters and the plots are always entertaining yet informative. This novel concentrates on troubling events from Gwen's childhood. The current investigation reminds her of a similar crime in her past. Because of that, this novel deals more with Gwen's self discovery than I have seen in other novels in the series. At first I found this a little disconcerting. I love a strong protagonist and Gwen seemed weak, stumbling through the investigation. I almost didn't like her. As the plot progressed, however, Gwen found out more about her past. In the end she was back, the strong woman I appreciate so much.

I always like to learn something when I read a novel. Gwen was working with the tribal police in Idaho and there is much about the Native Americans, their beliefs and history.

I enjoyed the police procedure plot but I think the emphasis for this novel was more on personality development. Adversity helps us develop into the people we are today and Gwen has experienced much of it. She experiences more near the end of this novel too.

The Christianity in this novel is not blatant. There are references to Scripture, however, as well as a great lesson on forgiveness.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Carrie Stuart Parks is an award winning fine artist and internationally known forensic artist. She teaches forensic art courses to law enforcement professionals and is the author/illustrator of several books on drawing. You can find out more at

Thomas Nelson, 320 pages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

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