Formula of Deception
by Carrie Stuart Parks
About the book:
An artist hiding from an escaped killer uncovers one of World War II’s most dangerous secrets—a secret that desperate men will do anything to keep hidden.
After the murder of her twin sister, Murphy Anderson changed her name and appearance and moved to Kodiak, Alaska, to avoid the press and publicity. But when local authorities discover she’s an artist and request her help in drawing a dying man’s memories, she unintentionally ends up in the limelight again—and back in the killer’s crosshairs.
The deathbed confessions of an Alaskan hunter have Murphy drawing the five bodies he discovered on remote Ruuwaq Island ten years ago. But what investigators find has them mystified. Evidence suggests that the bodies were deliberately destroyed, and what they uncover in an abandoned Quonset hut from World War II only brings more questions.
As one by one the investigators who were at the hut die, Murphy knows there is something much darker at stake. What happened on this island during the war? And who is willing to kill to keep its secrets buried?
I absolutely love Carrie Stuart Parks’ books! This one is not an exception. The main character is Murphy, and she’s the kind of person you can just get to know right away.
She’s in danger, someone killed her twin sister, and she’s been attempting to find him, while staying hidden/away from him at the same time. Somehow, she stumbles onto another mystery, and then people around her start dying. It’s obvious that it’s something huge!
I love this kind of sleuth–one who’s a bit amateurish, and unsure of herself in this world (the world of sleuthing, I mean…). It makes me feel like I can relate to her better than those highly trained detectives you read about in some books.
She does have a few similarities to Gwen Marcey (the heroine of the previous series from this author)–this gal is also an artist. I like the details that are woven in to this story, the ones that explain how a forensic artist works, creates their drawings, etc. I find those bits of information extremely fascinating.
Back to the story–Murphy is scared. She doesn’t know who to trust. And she’s lost so many people she knows. And it just keeps going. Every time you think she should trust in… then you get another twist to the adventure. I found the action in this story incredible. It made me want to keep reading until the end.
The only thing I didn’t quite like about the story was the ending. I kept reading last night, because I really wanted to finish it. And that is maybe wherein the problem lies (reading until the wee hours of the night, I mean…). You see, I found the ending just a bit confusing. It all happened very fast, and it was totally unexpected. More things going on than my tired brain could process…So I think that I might need to go back and re-read the last few chapters, just to see if it really went down the way I think it did…(not to mention, if I do go back and re-read, I don’t have to leave the story just yet… 😉 )
Anyhow, this was a terrific read. Suspenseful and all of that until the very end!
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About Carrie Stuart Parks
Carrie Stuart Parks is an ECPA Christy Award and multiple ACFW Carol and Inspy Award–winning author. An internationally known forensic artist, Carrie draws on her extensive experience with actual criminal investigations to write authentic, true-to-life fictional suspense. Carrie lives in Idaho and travels with her husband, Rick, across the US and Canada, teaching courses in forensic art to law enforcement professionals. She has won numerous awards for her fine art and is the author/illustrator of numerous books on drawing and painting. CarrieStuartParks.com, Facebook: CarrieStuartParksAuthor, Twitter: @CarrieParks.+
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