by Carrie Stuart Parks
Her carefully crafted life is about to be demolished.
After a difficult childhood, Samantha Williams craves simplicity: jigsaw puzzles, lectures at the library, and the students she adores in her role as an elementary school art teacher in the dusty farming community of LaCrosse, Washington.
But when an SUV crashes into the building where she teaches, her entire world is upended. Samantha manages to keep the children safe, but her car isn’t so lucky. Oddly, her purse—with her driver’s license, credit cards, and other identification—is missing from the wreckage.
After authorities discover that the driver in the accident was shot seconds before the crash, Samantha quickly becomes entangled in increasingly strange events that have her constantly looking over her shoulder.
Samantha has long tried to forget the tragedy of her past, but the twisting connections she discovers between the murdered driver, a deadly secret government project, and an abandoned town can’t be ignored. Those involved are determined to keep these secrets buried, and they’ll use any means necessary to stop Samantha’s search for truth.
Fallout is another intriguing suspense novel by Carrie Stuart Parks.
I love suspense, and Carrie Stuart Park’s stories rank pretty high on my list of ‘must read suspense’ novels. I really enjoyed this story, but it isn’t a new favorite.
Samantha is the main character, and the story opens with a car ramming into the portable classroom in which she teaches art. Everything goes downhill from there.
It isn’t obvious right away that Samantha is in fact the targeted person. Things point to other people being a target. But why? And who is behind these terrible attacks?
There are bones of dead bodies being moved around, and then discovered. Shooting. Murders.
Samantha has no idea what it all means.
Until…she starts allowing herself to bring back memories of her childhood. Memories that she has buried in the back recesses of her mind, for a very long time.
I enjoyed the suspense, I never knew what to expect next.
What I didn’t like quite as much was the fact that I found it a bit hard to wrap my mind around what all exactly was going on. There is a lot of action. And there is lots of history and backstory brought in, as a way to explain what all is going on.
This story was meticulously planned out and carefully written, it is very detailed and has lots of action. I recommend it for anyone who loves a good suspense novel.
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