Woman In Shadow – Carrie Stuart Parks

Woman in Shadow by Carrie Stuart Parks
Also by this author: Relative Silence
Published by Thomas Nelson on July 13, 2021
Genres: Fiction, Suspense
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four-stars

Award-winning author Carrie Stuart Parks combines her expertise as a forensic artist with her talent for crafting a gripping story in this page-turning web of light and shadow.

A woman off the grid.

Darby Graham thinks she’s on a much-needed vacation in remote Idaho to relax. But before she even arrives at the ranch, an earthquake strikes. Then a barn on the edge of town is engulfed in flames and strange problems at the ranch begin to escalate, and Darby finds herself immersed in a chilling mystery.

A town on fire.

More fires erupt around town, and a serial arsonist sends taunting letters to the press after each. As a forensic linguist, this is Darby’s area of expertise . . . but the scars her work has caused her are also the reason she’s trying to escape her life.

A growing darkness.

As the shadows continue moving in, pieces of the town around her come into sharper focus. To make it out alive, Darby must decide if she can trust the one man who sees her clearly.
Praise for Woman in Shadow:
“Unique, witty, and hilarious, Carrie's voice shines throughout Woman in Shadow. The perfect mix of intrigue, mystery and danger, this is most definitely a book for my keeper shelf.” —Dani Pettrey, bestselling author of the Coastal Guardians series
Full-length, stand-alone suspense novelAward-winning, bestselling authorAlso by Carrie Stuart Parks: Relative Silence, Fragments of Fear, Formula of Deception, and A Cry from the Dust
Includes discussion questions for book clubs

I’m always blown away by the detailed suspense written by Carrie Stuart Parks. What an adventure! I loved the setting. Yellowstone Park and the surrounding area is just beautiful. I had the privilege of visiting there last summer, and so I especially enjoyed reading this story that happened right there in that locale.

Darby is an all-around great heroine. I love Carrie Stuart Parks’ voice, and it takes me just a bit to figure out the heroine when I start a new book or series. But this one was just topnotch. Darby is dealing with PTSD due to scars from the past. So she agreed to go to this ranch out in the wilderness of Idaho, just to have eyes there for a friend, to try to figure out what is going on.

Not only is Darby at a way-out-of-the-way place when people start getting killed all around her, there’s also the matter of the earthquake. This story is action packed almost from the very beginning. I found myself desperately reading, turning pages as quickly as possible, just to find out what would happen next.

There is lots of mystery, murder, mayhem and a whole lot of action going on in this novel. I was kept guessing from the first page until the very end. There are clues dispersed throughout the story, but there were so many possibilities, so many false leads…I had no idea who would turn out to be trustworthy, or who might end up being the killer….

As always, and as I’ve found any novel written by Ms. Parks, Woman in Shadow is well written, tight suspense, and so much more! This is a novel that any lover of suspense will want to read.

four-stars