Book Review, “When Death Draws Near,” Carrie Stuart Parks author


When Death Draws Near: A Gwen Marcey Novel, by Carrie Stuart Parks, delivers another story involving Gwen Marcey, a forensic artist who is between jobs. The story is set in Pikeville, Kentucky, in the Appalachian Mountains.

Gwen Marcey arrives in Pikeville, Kentucky, to draw the face of an unrecognizable man found dead and to draw a serial rapist still at large.  The first drawing leads to an identification, but the rape victim disappears before Gwen can complete the drawing. When she discovers many “accidental” deaths occurring around town, Gwen suspects a connection.  Without the sheriff’s support, however, and with her teenage daughter joining her, she accepts a job investigating a snake-handling church suspected of illegal activity. Desperately in need of the reward it would bring, Gwen sets out to draw the faces of the criminals. But when she finds a connection between all of the cases, her life and that of her daughter may be in grave danger.

I enjoyed this novel.  Having lived near Pikeville, Kentucky for a short time, I found the descriptions fairly accurate. While there were no characters that stood out as particularly lovable, all of them worked together well to complete the story.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian suspense novels.


I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.


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