This was my first read by this author and it most definitely will not be my last! This was an excellent mystery/suspense novel! I had never read a book about a forensic artist before and I found Gwen's profession to be quite fascinating, especially knowing that the author is a forensic artist herself so she wrote a lot from personal experience. I really liked all the characters, but I think perhaps Gwen's friend Beth--with her love if all things purple and penchant for using uncommon words--was quite possibly my favorite of this cast, but they truly were all so well written. I'm not going to lie, this is a very chilling story, if you have a weak stomach you may want to skip this one. But it was amazing how complex the mystery was--and yet I was still able to follow everything without a problem, while I had many guesses as the villain's identity, they kept changing all the way through until it was finally revealed who the villain was, let's just say I was sufficiently stumped which is not an easy thing for an author to do! Brava, Carrie Stuart Parks! I found myself hooked by this story from page one, I was overwhelmed by a desire to see what would happen--so much so that I read this book from cover to cover in about 24 hours--which kept the pages flying! While there are obviously few similarities; while reading this book I found myself thinking that Gwen kind of reminded me of a female version of Patrick Bowers (The Bowers Files by Steven James are one of my favorite series!)
So I would recommend this book to anyone who likes chilling suspense/thrillers, particularly the Bowers Files!
Overall I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of this author's work in the future!
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