Friday, August 5, 2016

When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks

When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks

Forensic artist Gwen Marcey is between jobs when she accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky—a small town facing big-city crime. But before Gwen can finish her first drawing of the serial rapist who is on the loose, the latest witness vanishes. Just like all the others.
Gwen suspects a connection between the rapist and the “accidental” deaths that are happening around town, but the local sheriff has little interest in her theories. When her digitally-obsessed teenage daughter joins her, Gwen turns her attention to a second assignment: going undercover in a serpent-handling church. She could get a handsome reward for uncovering illegal activity—a reward she desperately needs, as it seems her breast cancer has returned. But snakes aren’t the only ones ready to kill. Can Gwen uncover the truth—and convince anyone to believe her—before she becomes a victim herself?
In a thrilling race against time, When Death Draws Near plunges us into cold-case murders, shady politics, and a den of venomous suspects.

My Thoughts:
Following A Cry From The Dust & The Bones Will Speak, When Death Draws Near is book number three in A Gwen Marcey Novel collection. Easy to read as a stand alone, this was my first CSP novel. I would classify this novel as a suspense mystery although there is a minor thread of romance strung in there to make all the hearties happy.

Having not read the previous Gwen Marcey novels, I was introduced to Forensic artist and main character, Gwen Marcey, immediately as unique character. Unlike most heroines owning the pages of mystery/suspense/romance novels-Gwen Marcey is not your typical twenty-to-thirty something who's kicking butts and taking names. No, instead you have a woman who's divorced with a rebellious teenage daughter and is facing a critical health crisis all while financially, spiritually, and physically struggling. However, Gwen Marcey isn't a flat character. Ms. Parks does a great job bringing out authentic emotion when the character is faced with a life changing phone call.

There is a heavy religious element to this story due to the plotline and Ms. Parks offers plenty of research to further develop the plot twists but for me it just seemed to slow down the action of the story as I found myself skimming to get to the good parts. However, it didn't stop me from finishing the book in six hours!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. You can purchase your copy of When Death Draws Near HERE.


  1. Natalie, thank you for the great review!

    1. You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by! 😊


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