Portrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks ReviewPortrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks
Published by Thomas Nelson on August 8th 2017
Genres: Christian, Suspense
Pages: 320
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My Rating: four-stars

About this Book

An unsolved case. A tempest of memories. The future’s at stake—and time is running out...
Gwen Marcey has done a good job of keeping the pain of her past boxed up. But as she investigates the case of a missing child in Lapwai, Idaho, details keep surfacing that are eerily similar to her childhood traumas. She doesn’t believe in coincidences. So what’s going on here?
No one knows more about the impact of the past than the Nez Perce people of Lapwai. Gwen finds herself an unwelcome visitor to some, making her investigation even more difficult. The questions keep piling up, but answers are slow in coming—and the clock is ticking for a missing little girl. Meanwhile, her ex-husband back home is threatening to take sole custody of their daughter.
As Gwen’s past and present collide, she’s in a desperate race for the truth. Because only truth will ensure she still has a future.


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I was excited to get Portrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks. This is a new to me author and I’ve been in the mood for a mystery, so this seemed like a great book to try. While I enjoyed aspects of the book, I had some trouble getting through it. Let me share them with you.

This is book 4 in the series, while I don’t think that was a huge issue, I’m guessing there is a storyline that has been carried through the books that I missed by starting with this one. That said, I was able to get enough from the story that it didn’t really matter.

The biggest issue I had with the book, and what made me struggle to get through it, were the descriptions of the characters, particularly the male ones. This book felt like it was written for a female audience and made it awkward to read at times. Many of the male characters were described by their appearance in a way that was stereotypical and lacked depth.

I don’t have any real issue with this other than it made it hard for me to read the book. I felt awkward and out of place at times in the story. The storyline and mystery were interesting. Many of the chapters ended on cliff hangers, which made me want to continue reading, despite what I mentioned above.

I wouldn't say this is a bad book. I just don't think it was for me. The mystery aspect of the story was engaging. I'm just disappointed that there were aspects that detracted from an interesting and suspenseful storyline.

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