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Stolen art. A New Mexico archaeological dig. An abandoned dog. And a secret that’s worth killing for. Evelyn McTavish’s world came crashing down with the suicide of her fiancé. As she struggles to put her life back together and make a living from her art, she receives a call that her dog is about to be destroyed at the pound. Except she doesn’t own a dog. The shelter is ada Stolen art. A New Mexico archaeological dig. An abandoned dog. And a secret that’s worth killing for. Evelyn McTavish’s world came crashing down with the suicide of her fiancé. As she struggles to put her life back together and make a living from her art, she receives a call that her dog is about to be destroyed at the pound. Except she doesn’t own a dog. The shelter is adamant that the microchip embedded in the canine with her name and address makes it hers. Evelyn recognizes the dog as one owned by archaeologist John Coyote because she was commissioned to draw the two of them. The simple solution is to return the dog to his owner—but she arrives only to discover John’s murdered body. As Evelyn herself becomes a target, she crosses paths with undercover FBI agent Sawyer Price. The more he gets to know her, the more personally invested he becomes in keeping her safe. Together, they’re desperate to find the links between so many disparate pieces. And the clock is ticking. “Over the years, Carrie has mastered forensic art, fine art, and her own brand of offbeat humor. As a novelist she combines these skills with another: puzzle writing––scattering puzzle pieces all over her fictional universe and then dropping them into place in twists, surprises, revelations, and side-pocket whimsy until the big picture emerges, never too soon, always on the brink of disaster.” —Frank Peretti


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Stolen art. A New Mexico archaeological dig. An abandoned dog. And a secret that’s worth killing for. Evelyn McTavish’s world came crashing down with the suicide of her fiancé. As she struggles to put her life back together and make a living from her art, she receives a call that her dog is about to be destroyed at the pound. Except she doesn’t own a dog. The shelter is ada Stolen art. A New Mexico archaeological dig. An abandoned dog. And a secret that’s worth killing for. Evelyn McTavish’s world came crashing down with the suicide of her fiancé. As she struggles to put her life back together and make a living from her art, she receives a call that her dog is about to be destroyed at the pound. Except she doesn’t own a dog. The shelter is adamant that the microchip embedded in the canine with her name and address makes it hers. Evelyn recognizes the dog as one owned by archaeologist John Coyote because she was commissioned to draw the two of them. The simple solution is to return the dog to his owner—but she arrives only to discover John’s murdered body. As Evelyn herself becomes a target, she crosses paths with undercover FBI agent Sawyer Price. The more he gets to know her, the more personally invested he becomes in keeping her safe. Together, they’re desperate to find the links between so many disparate pieces. And the clock is ticking. “Over the years, Carrie has mastered forensic art, fine art, and her own brand of offbeat humor. As a novelist she combines these skills with another: puzzle writing––scattering puzzle pieces all over her fictional universe and then dropping them into place in twists, surprises, revelations, and side-pocket whimsy until the big picture emerges, never too soon, always on the brink of disaster.” —Frank Peretti

30 review for Fragments of Fear

  1. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Carrie Stuart Parks, and Thomas Nelson Fiction for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review. One can usually expect something intense when Carrie Stuart Parks is writing, spun with the uniqueness of her forensic expertise. I did not feel as much of that here with her one-off novel and wish for more of the series that pulled me in while teaching me all about forensic artists. Evelyn McTa First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Carrie Stuart Parks, and Thomas Nelson Fiction for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review. One can usually expect something intense when Carrie Stuart Parks is writing, spun with the uniqueness of her forensic expertise. I did not feel as much of that here with her one-off novel and wish for more of the series that pulled me in while teaching me all about forensic artists. Evelyn McTavish is suffering, having just buried her fiancé. ‘Tavish’ to many who know her around her New Mexico home, has to find some normalcy in her life. When she receives an odd phone call from the local dog pound, Tavish is pulled into the middle of a series of events that could put her in much danger. Somehow identified as the owner of an acquaintance’s dog, a man who soon appears murdered in his own home, Tavish must try to get answers while dodging those who would seek to hurt her. As the story progresses, more becomes known about the larger story and how Tavish may have stumbled into the middle of things inadvertently. All she thought she knew goes up in a puff of smoke, leaving more confusion. As the tension ramps up, no one is safe and any hope of a peaceful solution goes out the window. In a piece that left me feeling very distance and detached, I pined for the Parks from her past novels. While I may have missed out on much by not feeling connected to the story, I cannot offer a strong recommendation, but do hope readers will look to her past work for something I would highly suggest checking out soon. Sometimes authors have hit or miss moments, much like a well-rounded readers who travel through the world of fiction and non-fiction over long periods of time. I know that I enjoy Carrie Stuart Parks and her writing, but felt as though there was something missing from this piece. Tavish is an interesting woman with an artistic background, but I never found myself able to fully connect with her. She seems to have found herself in the middle of a larger mystery and by doing so, she struggles to find which way is up. It could be that the story rushed by and I never ‘caught on’ to her as a character, but it was almost as though I was waiting for the big Tavish reveal to hook me. Others found their place throughout the story and kept me wanting to find just a little more to pull me into the piece, but I was sadly unable to latch on. The premise, from what I ascertained, was decent, though the mystery did not get to the depths I had hoped it might. I know that established authors with strong series are sometimes judged based on that as a yardstick, which is surely what I am doing here, but I cannot help myself. I needed more and while I may be in the minority, as a reader, my own opinion matters as much as the major reviewers and slew of those on Goodreads or other sites. I can hope that this was an anomaly for me and that we will return to the powerful and addictive novels before too long. Kudos, Madam Parks, for the effort, as I know there was much that went into this piece. It was likely not my cup of tea, which surely happens. Not all readers can be enamoured all the time! Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/ A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    From the moment this book arrived in my mailbox, I inhaled it. Carrie Stuart Parks has a knack for creating interesting plots, unique characters, and a setting that lives and breathes. Fragments of Fear is a fascinating story from the first chapter and will keep you up turning pages to see if Tavish and Sawyer will survive the criminals that are out to destroy them. Better yet, a light touch of faith and a brushstroke of romance are added to this suspense novel creating the perfectly balanced cr From the moment this book arrived in my mailbox, I inhaled it. Carrie Stuart Parks has a knack for creating interesting plots, unique characters, and a setting that lives and breathes. Fragments of Fear is a fascinating story from the first chapter and will keep you up turning pages to see if Tavish and Sawyer will survive the criminals that are out to destroy them. Better yet, a light touch of faith and a brushstroke of romance are added to this suspense novel creating the perfectly balanced creation. Just right for lovers of romantic mysteries.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    ''We have three hours to figure this out and disappear for a bit. It's hard to kill someone you can't find.' Evelyn McTavish, or Tavish, as she prefers to be called, is slowly pulling herself together after her fiancé commits suicide. Then she's called by a vet clinic to pick up her dog; only she doesn't own a dog. But this dog's microchip says she does. Hmmm. From this moment forward, things begin happening at a rapid pace: murders happen, art is stolen, and absolutely nothing is as it seems. Ta ''We have three hours to figure this out and disappear for a bit. It's hard to kill someone you can't find.' Evelyn McTavish, or Tavish, as she prefers to be called, is slowly pulling herself together after her fiancé commits suicide. Then she's called by a vet clinic to pick up her dog; only she doesn't own a dog. But this dog's microchip says she does. Hmmm. From this moment forward, things begin happening at a rapid pace: murders happen, art is stolen, and absolutely nothing is as it seems. Tavish's life is turned completely upside down. Can she even believe anyone anymore? She connects with an FBI agent, Sawyer Price, and maybe, just maybe he is who he says he is. Even is nobody else is. From the first moment, this book pulled me into the story and I read for hours at a time, finishing it in less than one day. What a mystery! This is taut, full of excitement and flies along at a rapid pace, and it is a complete surprise at the end! A clock is ticking throughout the book and so was my heart! I was gasping in disbelief. I never guessed for one minute. Not once. Absolutely loved it. Recommended. *My thanks to the publisher, Thomas Nelson, for a preview copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Can she trust anything...or anyone? Carrie Stuart Parks is definitely one of my go-to, must-read, favorite authors. All I have to do is see her name on the cover and I know I am going to seriously love the book. Her brand of suspense/thriller, sometimes with a dash of romance, is right up my alley. And I simply love her no nonsense writing style. Needless to say, I've been pretty excited about reading Fragments Of Fear since I first heard about it several months ago. And, oh, I was so NOT disappo Can she trust anything...or anyone? Carrie Stuart Parks is definitely one of my go-to, must-read, favorite authors. All I have to do is see her name on the cover and I know I am going to seriously love the book. Her brand of suspense/thriller, sometimes with a dash of romance, is right up my alley. And I simply love her no nonsense writing style. Needless to say, I've been pretty excited about reading Fragments Of Fear since I first heard about it several months ago. And, oh, I was so NOT disappointed! It was everything I had hoped for and more! Sorry, but I just had to gush a little there. I wasn't kidding when I said that she is one of my favorite authors. Anyway... Fragments Of Fear was an excellent read. It's a taut psychological thriller slash romantic suspense novel and I was totally engrossed in the story right from the start. One of the things that Carrie Stuart Parks does well, aside from painting vivid mental images of the characters and settings, would be the psychological element. Seriously, you feel every bit of Tavish's emotional roller coaster as she seeks the truth, and a little justice, while being gaslighted and terrorized by some very nasty bad guys. Carrie Stuart Parks brings the New Mexico landscape alive, from the elegant art world to a dusty archaeological dig, in Fragments Of Fear. It's a story that I really enjoyed and would definitely recommend. (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)

    This was such an interesting mystery to follow. With twists and turns all over the place, readers are kept on their toes while they follow Tavish, Sawyer, and the clues. Carrie Stuart Parks never ceases to amaze me with her attention to detail. From the archaeological site, to the crystals Tavish wore around her neck, there were so many aspects that she needed to pay attention to and research. Plus, her background as a forensic artist is evident in her writing, which only enhances the story in m This was such an interesting mystery to follow. With twists and turns all over the place, readers are kept on their toes while they follow Tavish, Sawyer, and the clues. Carrie Stuart Parks never ceases to amaze me with her attention to detail. From the archaeological site, to the crystals Tavish wore around her neck, there were so many aspects that she needed to pay attention to and research. Plus, her background as a forensic artist is evident in her writing, which only enhances the story in my opinion. I will say that this story had less of a faith theme then I would have thought. The positive is that it’s a good way to reach a broader market. But with Tavish’s thoughts in the beginning regarding God, I would have assumed there would be a big growth in character and faith. Not that there wasn’t any, I think I was just expecting more. Just a personal preference here though. Readers who are looking for a fun, suspenseful puzzle to solve will devour Ms. Parks’ latest book. You’ll find a few surprises at the end, and will feel completely satisfied once you read the last few words. You may even want to look into traveling to New Mexico. I know I want to go there now! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hallie Szott

    The death of her fiance and a startling revelation at his funeral turn Evelyn “Tavish” McTavish’s life upside down. A few weeks later, while attempting to reright her life and successfully pursue her art, she becomes enmeshed in something she doesn’t understand. Somehow, it involves a dog, a murder, her mother’s stolen art, an archaeological dig, and a whole lot of unanswered questions. Her life, her sanity, and her reputation are on the line as she determines how these pieces fit together. And i The death of her fiance and a startling revelation at his funeral turn Evelyn “Tavish” McTavish’s life upside down. A few weeks later, while attempting to reright her life and successfully pursue her art, she becomes enmeshed in something she doesn’t understand. Somehow, it involves a dog, a murder, her mother’s stolen art, an archaeological dig, and a whole lot of unanswered questions. Her life, her sanity, and her reputation are on the line as she determines how these pieces fit together. And it is a fast-paced, thrilling ride. I love stories like Fragments of Fear, where the main character sees something, but when someone else goes to investigate, all the evidence is gone. Questions like “What’s really going on?” and “How will she prove she’s not crazy?” keep me reading like mad to get to the end. Let me tell you, as the pieces quickly come together, it’s a satisfying one. Though I do wish the romance had been a tad more developed (for most of the novel, Tavish and Sawyer do not even interact), Fragments of Fear is an overall exciting, delightful suspense read. I definitely recommend it to any reader in need of some thrills and chills. This review is also posted on Hallie Reads. I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    I don't think my heart-rate is back to normal yet. What an incredible suspense! I listened to the audible version and nearly got heatstroke because I have this rule that I have to be doing something while listening to a book so I stayed out in the garden way longer than I should have just so I could keep listening! But it turned out okay because then I got to recover by languishing on my fainting couch with a cool cloth on my forehead listening to more of this incredibly unputdownable book. Hones I don't think my heart-rate is back to normal yet. What an incredible suspense! I listened to the audible version and nearly got heatstroke because I have this rule that I have to be doing something while listening to a book so I stayed out in the garden way longer than I should have just so I could keep listening! But it turned out okay because then I got to recover by languishing on my fainting couch with a cool cloth on my forehead listening to more of this incredibly unputdownable book. Honestly, I'm not sure I can even describe how good this novel is. The suspense elements about drove me crazy -- if I wasn't hyperventilating, I was trying to puzzle out what on earth was going on! What an intricately sinister plot! Lots of surprises in store for the enterprising suspense reader. Kinda puts me in the mind of Terri Blackstock's If I Run series -- has that same kind of desperate vibe only it's all wrapped up in one book. Evelyn (prefers to be called Tavish) is recovering from some heavy life stuff. She's broken and vulnerable and is desperately searching for peace. But between a domineering mother and past events that have brutally battered her confidence, she's pretty much a wreck when we first meet up with her. And when the crazy things start happening, no one takes her seriously. Including the police. Talk about frayed nerves and nails bitten to the quick! Parks kept me on the raw edge of reader angst right to the very end. In a case of fight or flight, Tavish always chooses to fight. She doesn't do it well at first. Sometimes she's so hesitant it's painful but she has an inner core of strength that won't let her back down and I love that about her. She's determined to discover the truth -- no matter where it might lead. In the process she learns a lot about herself and discovers how to live out Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." Her journey from lost soul to claimed daughter is inspiring! And there's a spectacular dog! A Puli -- the first I've ever encountered in either fictional or real life! Parks knows how to write in 'dog'. I think she might be a dog whisperer! Loved Tavish's connection with this lovable mutt that soon turns into an unbreakable bond. These two have each other's back -- all the time. A spectacular edge-of-your-seat suspense that comes complete with some light romance.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Erin Laramore

    Wow - what a fun ride! This book hit the ground running and did NOT let up! I literally could not put this one down. The entire book had so many twists and turns. While I didn't have any trouble keeping track, I was left guessing until the very end. Very well written suspense with just a hint of romance. There was also a solid faith thread that was not in the least preachy, but did come through loud and clear. Evelyn McTavish (known as Tavish) has recently lost her fiance. Though she refuses to b Wow - what a fun ride! This book hit the ground running and did NOT let up! I literally could not put this one down. The entire book had so many twists and turns. While I didn't have any trouble keeping track, I was left guessing until the very end. Very well written suspense with just a hint of romance. There was also a solid faith thread that was not in the least preachy, but did come through loud and clear. Evelyn McTavish (known as Tavish) has recently lost her fiance. Though she refuses to believe it was suicide, the police do not give her any credence. While she's still grieving, she gets a call from an animal shelter to come and get her dog before they put it to sleep. Tavish has never had a dog, but she doesn't want to be responsible for an animal being euthanized, so she goes to check it out. Picking up the dog sets a whole series of events in motion that she could have never imagined. This book had a little bit of everything. An intense mystery with suspense, non-stop action, fun lovable characters, drama, great dialogue and little bit of romance. My only complaint (and this may be something that gets fixed in the final edits) was that though the book was written in 3rd person, it would shift to 1st person whenever someone was "thinking". It wasn't difficult to track - just a bit distracting. Since it didn't detract from the story at all (nor was it confusing), it did not take away any stars from my rating. I would strongly recommend for readers who enjoy inspirational mystery/suspense or romantic suspense. Special thanks to NetGalley for an advanced e-copy of this book. I was under no obligation to write a review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    I have adored Carrie Stuart Parks's writing since I picked up her first novel. I'm really glad to have another Christian suspense author to enjoy. So many Christian play it safe by writing romantic suspense, but those lean toward the romance side as more of a plot tactic. But Parks is definitely not like that. She writes suspense that grips me in the first chapter and doesn't let go. In Fragments of Fear, the plot had me guessing a couple time of where I thought the story would head to, but Par I have adored Carrie Stuart Parks's writing since I picked up her first novel. I'm really glad to have another Christian suspense author to enjoy. So many Christian play it safe by writing romantic suspense, but those lean toward the romance side as more of a plot tactic. But Parks is definitely not like that. She writes suspense that grips me in the first chapter and doesn't let go. In Fragments of Fear, the plot had me guessing a couple time of where I thought the story would head to, but Parks would throw a curve ball in the action and take the story in a different direction. I love how each one of Parks' heroines are artist who use their ability to capture the bad guy. There was a budding romance between Evelyn and Sawyer, but I really didn't believe they fell in love as fast as Parks claimed they did by the end of the novel. While the romance really didn't fit, the suspense was well-written and captured my attention. I believe fans of Steven James, Ronie Kendig, and Lynette Eason should pick up this book or anything by Carrie Stuart Parks. I received a complimentary copy of Fragments of Fear by Carrie Stuart Parks from Thomas Nelson Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    MJSH

    “My hand is a positive shape. The negative space is the shape between my fingers. If I focus on the negative space, I will always draw the positive shape correctly.” Carrie Stuart Parks, once again, deftly and masterfully weaves an intense tale brimming with suspense and authenticity that begs to be read in one sitting. The author is well-known for her intricately and tightly woven plot that feels like a 5000-piece puzzle systematically snapping into place page by page and this book is classic Ca “My hand is a positive shape. The negative space is the shape between my fingers. If I focus on the negative space, I will always draw the positive shape correctly.” Carrie Stuart Parks, once again, deftly and masterfully weaves an intense tale brimming with suspense and authenticity that begs to be read in one sitting. The author is well-known for her intricately and tightly woven plot that feels like a 5000-piece puzzle systematically snapping into place page by page and this book is classic Carrie Stuart Parks. From reading her previous books, I knew to look out for the villain amongst the many secondary characters introduced during the plot, but I was (yet again) stunned at the ending. I was somewhat surprised at the book’s third person limited point of view since the author’s previous Gwen Marcey series was in first person perspective but it worked well for this book. Tavish is an heiress since the death of her grandmother, a fledgling artist, and a quirky and impulsive twenty-five year driven by anxiety, fear, somewhat overactive imagination, and compassion. Sawyer is a loyal, compassionate, loving FBI agent who runs into Tavish at a local gallery during one of her art showings. Tavish’s wealthy mother’s art is stolen then returned, Tavish’s fiancé is murdered as well as quite a few others Tavish has known, then Tavish herself is hunted down by a faceless ruthless entity, and Sawyer gets involved in the swirl of conspiracy and secrecy as he tries to protect Tavish. The romance is a small subplot but enough to keep their budding friendship and attraction interesting. If you enjoy a well-written, fast-paced suspense, you will absolutely love this book! I received a copy of the book from Thomas Nelson via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Fragments of Fear is a fast-paced Christian suspense novel. Evelyn “Tavish” McTavish is an artist with a variety of problems (nail biting, anxiety, panic attacks, self-confidence issues). Tavish lives in the guest house on her mother’s estate and is an heiress thanks to her grandmother. Just before her first gallery showing, Tavish finds herself drawn into a dangerous mystery. Sawyer Price is an FBI Agent who finds himself attracted to Tavish and tries to keep her safe which is not an easy task. Fragments of Fear is a fast-paced Christian suspense novel. Evelyn “Tavish” McTavish is an artist with a variety of problems (nail biting, anxiety, panic attacks, self-confidence issues). Tavish lives in the guest house on her mother’s estate and is an heiress thanks to her grandmother. Just before her first gallery showing, Tavish finds herself drawn into a dangerous mystery. Sawyer Price is an FBI Agent who finds himself attracted to Tavish and tries to keep her safe which is not an easy task. Fragments of fear is an action packed mystery full of twists and turns. You never know what is going to happen next. Tavish finds herself out of her comfort zone and in unknown territory as she tries to unravel the clues and keep herself from being killed. I like that Tavish does not give up and she continues to dig for the truth. She learns more about herself and God whom she has ignored for most of her life. I appreciate that the mystery is wrapped up at the end with complete details. Marley was just a delight. Such a sweet, loving yet plucky dog. The romance is present, but it does not dominate the story. Fragments of Fear has unknown villains, art thefts, explosive situations, missing artifacts, microchips, a spunky Puli, a concerned FBI agent, and an apprehensive heroine.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Donna (More Than a Review)

    Fragments of Fear by Carrie Stuart Parks was a truly enjoyable read. I enjoyed this story and the mystery around it to the point I read it in less than 24 hours. Tavish was a mess and I like my heroines to have their life together. However you could not help but like her. The scenes with her and the dog were hilarious. Tavish has lost her grandmother and her fiancé. She deals with anxiety and uses all kinds of methods to try and calm herself. From biting her nails to crystals. Let me mention this Fragments of Fear by Carrie Stuart Parks was a truly enjoyable read. I enjoyed this story and the mystery around it to the point I read it in less than 24 hours. Tavish was a mess and I like my heroines to have their life together. However you could not help but like her. The scenes with her and the dog were hilarious. Tavish has lost her grandmother and her fiancé. She deals with anxiety and uses all kinds of methods to try and calm herself. From biting her nails to crystals. Let me mention this is a Christian story but is not mentioned much throughout the book. Tavish suspects that her fiancé was murdered when the police think it is a suicide. Then she sees another murder and the police do not believe her. She meets Sawyer (loved that scene) who I really liked as a character. He is an FBI agent finishing an undercover job when they meet and he starts helping her. And best of all he believes her. Lots of action in the book. My favorite parts were watching Tavish develop and come into her own. Sexual content – none Violence – deaths, a body appears to have been tortured but no details, kidnapping, shooting, Language and drinking - none

  13. 5 out of 5

    Caitlyn Santi

    I read this author's second novel (The Bones Will Speak) back when it released, and loved it, but hadn't yet gotten around to reading any of her other books. As soon as I saw this cover I knew I wanted to read this book (I mean come on, the lettering is gorgeous and the whole cover just screams awesome, suspenseful thrill ride!) and then when I read the description I was totally sold, and so I jumped at the chance to request a review copy! Oh, wow! It was indeed an awesome, suspenseful thrill ri I read this author's second novel (The Bones Will Speak) back when it released, and loved it, but hadn't yet gotten around to reading any of her other books. As soon as I saw this cover I knew I wanted to read this book (I mean come on, the lettering is gorgeous and the whole cover just screams awesome, suspenseful thrill ride!) and then when I read the description I was totally sold, and so I jumped at the chance to request a review copy! Oh, wow! It was indeed an awesome, suspenseful thrill ride, I couldn't put it down and read it start to finish in a little over a day! I love heroines that are strong, but also flawed and real, so it makes perfect sense that I instantly liked Tavish. Even though our socio-economic backgrounds are very different, I could relate to her in so many ways, and I felt myself learning, growing, and gaining a new perspective on things right alongside her! This book was SOOOO good, super suspenseful, and action packed from beginning to end! For a majority of the book I had no clue what the criminals were trying to hide, and that was totally okay with me because it kept me turning pages faster and faster to see what the next twist would be! I am a big romance novel fan, and while there is a bit of romance in this book it is a very light thread, the book is much heavier on the suspense/mystery side of things than the romance and I actually totally loved that, it was perfect for this particular book and made for a very refreshing change of pace! Oh, and Marley! I'm a huge animal lover and I absolutely adored Marley the dog, she was so sweet and her presence just added that perfect little something to the story, as well as many humorous moments that made me literally laugh out loud! I love this author's writing style and wit, and how she can write an amazing, spellbinding, completely gripping thriller, but at the same time she knows just when to lighten things up with a touch of humor! Overall, I loved everything about Fragments of Fear and HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT! I loved every moment I spent reading it and hated to see it end! I am very much looking forward to this author's next book, and I plan to get a copy of her previous book, Formula of Deception and read it very soon! (5 Stars!) I received a copy of this book through the CelebrateLit Team. Which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Fragments Of Fear by Carrie Stuart Parks is the most marvellous contemporary Christian murder suspense. I read it with heart racing as the action hotted up. Carrie Stuart Parks drew me in from the start as I questioned, along with the main character, exactly where the truth lay. The novel is about truth and lies, reality and fantasy, authenticity and fakes – not everything is as it seems. The main character questioned events, trying to piece together the truth. Likewise I did the same. The action Fragments Of Fear by Carrie Stuart Parks is the most marvellous contemporary Christian murder suspense. I read it with heart racing as the action hotted up. Carrie Stuart Parks drew me in from the start as I questioned, along with the main character, exactly where the truth lay. The novel is about truth and lies, reality and fantasy, authenticity and fakes – not everything is as it seems. The main character questioned events, trying to piece together the truth. Likewise I did the same. The action was fast paced, as the crimes and body count rose, so did my heart rate. There was always the question of trust – apart from God who else was trustworthy? Carrie Stuart Parks has created realistic, believable characters. Her lead character was a remarkable mixture of strength and vulnerability. Her mental strength overrode any physical weakness as she spoke positively to herself. Her poor body image belied her beauty within. Recovering from loss, there seemed to be nowhere to turn. I loved the inclusion of a slopping kissing dog called Marley. Due to a comprehensive description I was able to picture him in my mind. I loved his loyalty and unconditional love. He could be seen as a motif for the love of Jesus. Jesus walks closely by us, loving us unconditionally. There was the theme of homelessness. Good people strove to help their plight. There were some very kind hearts. The saddest quote in the book came from a homeless woman: “To the world we’re invisible. They look through us, not at us.” May we have eyes that see and hands that help all people. Fragments Of Fear was absolutely fabulous and completely gripping. I could not solve the crime and hung on to Carrie Stuart Parks every word to the very end. This is certainly a cracking suspense that you do not want to miss. I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Best In Suspense - Kelly Underwood

    Fragments of Fear is a mystery style novel, but deviates from your typical run-of-the-mill heroine. Evelyn McTavish, who goes by Tavish, is a complex character with flaws and traits that most authors by-pass. She has obsessive compulsive tendencies, issues dealing with her overbearing mother, and suffers from low self esteem. But when confronted with a series of murders, it’s clear someone wants her dead. Tavish has to break out of her self-imposed box and delve into a world completely out of he Fragments of Fear is a mystery style novel, but deviates from your typical run-of-the-mill heroine. Evelyn McTavish, who goes by Tavish, is a complex character with flaws and traits that most authors by-pass. She has obsessive compulsive tendencies, issues dealing with her overbearing mother, and suffers from low self esteem. But when confronted with a series of murders, it’s clear someone wants her dead. Tavish has to break out of her self-imposed box and delve into a world completely out of her comfort zone. Readers become engrossed in Tavish’s pursuit for justice and will root for as she tries to navigate a world that is very different than the life she’s led. The author gives an interesting perspective into the way others see Tavish versus how she sees herself. I rather enjoy novels with characters and stories lines that are complex and unique. This isn’t a typical heroine saves the day story. Readers will spend time trying to figure out Tavish. Is she a train wreck or a super hero? There is a love story, but Tavish take center stage and the romance element almost seems like an afterthought, although it does play into how Tavish views the world around her. The novel took me some time to get into, but I found Tavish to be delightful and loved to see her transformation throughout the story. There is definitely a lot of high stakes action and suspense, so if you are a fan of danger and life-or-death situations, you’ll find this an exciting read. Carrie Stuart Parks always has intriguing settings, and this takes place in the deserts of New Mexico. It’s the perfect backdrop for this mysterious plot line.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    Fragments of Fear is a thrilling and intricately woven suspense novel. With endless twists and loads of action, it is a novel that continued to keep me guessing and marvelling at the unexpected strength of the main character. Fragments of Fear is the first novel I have read by Carrie Stuart Parks and I was impressed with her storytelling and mastery of the suspense details. Evelyn McTavish, Tavish to her friends, is rocked when her fiancé dies by suicide. A surprise visitor at the graveside servi Fragments of Fear is a thrilling and intricately woven suspense novel. With endless twists and loads of action, it is a novel that continued to keep me guessing and marvelling at the unexpected strength of the main character. Fragments of Fear is the first novel I have read by Carrie Stuart Parks and I was impressed with her storytelling and mastery of the suspense details. Evelyn McTavish, Tavish to her friends, is rocked when her fiancé dies by suicide. A surprise visitor at the graveside service further shakes Tavish’s confidence in herself. Her art isn’t exactly making the waves she thought it would, she hates her accounting job and she still lives under her mother’s roof - even if it’s a guesthouse. When she receives a call saying her name and number was in the microchip of a lost dog, she stumbles into a world of stolen artefacts, drugs, and murder. When the killer’s target is turned her way and the police label her as crazy and don’t believe her story, Tavish sets out to find out what’s really going on. Tavish is an unlikely heroine. She is not exactly self-confident, has zero experience solving crimes and taking on bad guys, but she never gives up. Even when everyone writes her off, doesn’t believe her or calls her crazy. Even when she has been shot at, blown up and left for dead. Tavish, despite having no detective experience, is pretty good at investigating. I liked that this is a citizen-driven investigation and while she and FBI Agent Sawyer cross paths and work together at some points, they don’t unrealistically team up or are unnecessarily thrown together. Parks leaves the characters, Tavish in particular, to find their own way and answers, which I found refreshing. There are so many threads in Fragments of Fear. I like a good, thick plot and that is exactly what you get with this story. Along with all the action and life endangerment, there are threads of drug crime, art crime, artefact theft, murder, family drama complications, cons, and mysterious coverups, as well as a touch of romance and discovery of faith. Fragments of Fear is a detailed and well planned suspense novel, which I greatly enjoyed. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own. Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)

    This was such an interesting mystery to follow. With twists and turns all over the place, readers are kept on their toes while they follow Tavish, Sawyer, and the clues. Carrie Stuart Parks never ceases to amaze me with her attention to detail. From the archaeological site, to the crystals Tavish wore around her neck, there were so many aspects that she needed to pay attention to and research. Plus, her background as a forensic artist is evident in her writing, which only enhances the story in m This was such an interesting mystery to follow. With twists and turns all over the place, readers are kept on their toes while they follow Tavish, Sawyer, and the clues. Carrie Stuart Parks never ceases to amaze me with her attention to detail. From the archaeological site, to the crystals Tavish wore around her neck, there were so many aspects that she needed to pay attention to and research. Plus, her background as a forensic artist is evident in her writing, which only enhances the story in my opinion. I will say that this story had less of a faith theme then I would have thought. The positive is that it’s a good way to reach a broader market. But with Tavish’s thoughts in the beginning regarding God, I would have assumed there would be a big growth in character and faith. Not that there wasn’t any, I think I was just expecting more. Just a personal preference here though. Readers who are looking for a fun, suspenseful puzzle to solve will devour Ms. Parks’ latest book. You’ll find a few surprises at the end, and will feel completely satisfied once you read the last few words. You may even want to look into traveling to New Mexico. I know I want to go there now! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dan Curnutt

    Evelyn McTavish is having a bad day, maybe a bad week, definitely a bad month. Her fiancée has committed suicide and she is left devastated. Her anxiety disorder is running rampant and she is unable to deal with all that is happening. Then she gets a call. The animal shelter says her dog is there and she needs to come get it. But she doesn’t have a dog. But the chip in the animal definitely comes back to her as the owner. The dog belongs to John Coyote. Why does her name appear in the paperwork. Evelyn McTavish is having a bad day, maybe a bad week, definitely a bad month. Her fiancée has committed suicide and she is left devastated. Her anxiety disorder is running rampant and she is unable to deal with all that is happening. Then she gets a call. The animal shelter says her dog is there and she needs to come get it. But she doesn’t have a dog. But the chip in the animal definitely comes back to her as the owner. The dog belongs to John Coyote. Why does her name appear in the paperwork. That is the first of many strange happenings. Evelyn decides to take the dog to John and find out what happened. Only that is where the mysteries get deeper. When she arrives John is dead, murdered. Then a policeman shows up but not to help, but to take John’s body away and dispose of it. Evelyn is seen and chased. Now the race is on to discover what is truly happening. Take into account that Evelyn is wealthy and timid and full of anxiety and you have quite a story. But she will work hard to find the truth and during this time come to know more about herself and more about a God that she has ignored most of her life but now realizes she might need. I enjoyed the book greatly and thought that it was developed well, the characters were well written and there were enough twists and turns to keep the action flowing. Enjoy

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kriste

    Loved Tavis! Missed Gwen :(

  20. 5 out of 5

    Diane Higgins

    I loved this book! It captured my attention from the first page to the very end. I have read all of Carrie Stuart Park's books, so far, and this is definitely one of my favorites. It had some twists and turns and kept me guessing until the very end. This book follows Evelyn McTavish, who goes by Tavish. It starts out that Tavish is attending her finances funeral. Everyone says he committed suicide, but she doesn't believe it. Then she gets a call to come pick up her dog, but she doesn't have a do I loved this book! It captured my attention from the first page to the very end. I have read all of Carrie Stuart Park's books, so far, and this is definitely one of my favorites. It had some twists and turns and kept me guessing until the very end. This book follows Evelyn McTavish, who goes by Tavish. It starts out that Tavish is attending her finances funeral. Everyone says he committed suicide, but she doesn't believe it. Then she gets a call to come pick up her dog, but she doesn't have a dog! Yet her number is on the dog's chip. So, there starts the mystery that Tavish is trying to solve. There is a little romance thrown in also. I definitely recommend this book. It has all the suspense of a thriller yet it is a clean read...which I love! Carrie Stuart Parks is one of my favorite authors, and I am always looking for new books by her! I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley for my honest opinion.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tracey Jackson

    I absolutely loved this book. It kept me reading and not wanting to put it down. Suspenseful till the very end. Kept me guessing. I recommend this book . A must read

  22. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    My Thoughts on Fragments of Fear: This book is very unique. It centers on art but then again it doesn’t. Some big takeaways from the book. Acceptance is important no matter what we look like. The negative space is real and we need to be looking for it and at it and the people who live there. Lies are all around us and hurt can come from even the closest relatives and the nicest people. What would you do to save someone you loved? If someone wasn’t who you thought they were which way would you remem My Thoughts on Fragments of Fear: This book is very unique. It centers on art but then again it doesn’t. Some big takeaways from the book. Acceptance is important no matter what we look like. The negative space is real and we need to be looking for it and at it and the people who live there. Lies are all around us and hurt can come from even the closest relatives and the nicest people. What would you do to save someone you loved? If someone wasn’t who you thought they were which way would you remember them after they died? All these questions and thoughts plus so much more went through my head while reading Fragments of Fear. Art is definitely not my thing. I know nothing about it. All the names in the book were just that to me. I couldn’t tell you which were real artists and which weren’t. But that’s not the reason I picked up this book. I chose to read this book because I’m a lover of mystery, suspense, and murder books. But I don’t want the normal ones on the shelves. I want the murder mysteries that are written by Christian authors so I don’t have to worry about content that I don’t approve of. Nothing like getting into the midst of a really good mystery only to come across questionable content and have to stop reading. This book will not make you stop reading. Instead, it’s going to make you keep reading. You might take the book to the dining table, or even possibly the bathroom because you don’t want to set it down. While I figured out parts of the book before they were revealed there were some definite wow and you’ve got to be kidding me moments. Loved them! In fact, I loved the whole book. The style of writing is unique and flows really well. Nothing disjointed here. I loved the strength that the main character comes to have. She develops strength in herself and learns who she can and cannot trust. Of course, learning brings about some wrong decisions. But her knowledge of negative space keeps her relatively safe and thank goodness she happened to mention to Sawyer about negative space as well. It’s like their own secret code! Also, have you ever heard of a bad guy with a good heart? There might be one of those in here too. And let’s not get me started on that dog. Oh, how adorable. Tavish is so lucky that sweet pup got foisted on her. Highly recommend this book and I’m going to be checking out other books by this author now as well. I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Celebrate Lit. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anita Ojeda

    Tavish (her mother insists on calling her by her given name, Evelyn Yvonne McTavish), grieves Andrew James, her fiancé’s, death alone. Her wealthy mother has more pressing business—dealing with recovered paintings rates higher than supporting her heartbroken daughter. Tavish and her mother, Helen Richmond seem to mutually disappoint each other at every turn. Helen builds business empires and Tavish just wants to explore her art. As an heiress (she inherited her grandmother’s estate), Tavish can Tavish (her mother insists on calling her by her given name, Evelyn Yvonne McTavish), grieves Andrew James, her fiancé’s, death alone. Her wealthy mother has more pressing business—dealing with recovered paintings rates higher than supporting her heartbroken daughter. Tavish and her mother, Helen Richmond seem to mutually disappoint each other at every turn. Helen builds business empires and Tavish just wants to explore her art. As an heiress (she inherited her grandmother’s estate), Tavish can do what she wants. After Andrew’s death (the police ruled it a suicide), Tavish hounds the police department, insisting that Andrew would never kill himself. When a pound calls to tell her they have her dog (she doesn’t own one), she returns the dog to its rightful owner and stumbles upon a crime scene. But because of the incident with her fiancé, she has little hope that the police probably will believe her. One bizarre event follows another as Tavish tries to figure out what’s going on. Maybe she’s losing her mind, because no one seems to believe her when she tries to tell them about the murder, the missing man, a people following her. Until she meets a guy at her gallery opening. And then stumbles across him again at an archeological dig. Agent Sawyer Price doesn’t really believe in love at first sight, but when he sees Tavish for the first time, his befuddled mind can’t spit out a coherent sentence. He thinks he must have offended her, because she leaves the gallery with tears shimmering in her beautiful eyes. He buys her drawing and manages to snag a look at her contact information. He has no idea what he’ll do with the intel. And then she shows up in the middle of the night at the archeological dig where he has worked undercover for the past eight months. She tells him a story so bizarre it could only be true (because she can’t be crazy). When he finds a tracking device in her car, it confirms his analysis. And just maybe her story and his dead-end case have something to do with each other. Carrie Stuart Parks keeps the reader guessing and on her toes as each new twist and turn unfolds. It seems as if someone wants Tavish dead, and they’ll go to great lengths to make it look like an accident. What does her mother and her stolen art have to do with the threats to Tavish’s life? As Tavish digs deeper into the mystery, she slowly comes to understand that crystals and mantras can’t save her from anxiety or harm.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Despite having gravitated away from them for a while now due to other reading commitments, thrillers remain among my favorite genres. Finding ones that are clean (and Christian), however, can be a challenging task, so when given the opportunity to read and review “Fragments of Fear”, I jumped at the chance. The cover certainly seemed perfect for summer, with a desert landscape in smoldering shades of orange and yellow and a woman in the foreground running and looking over her shoulder. Fittingly Despite having gravitated away from them for a while now due to other reading commitments, thrillers remain among my favorite genres. Finding ones that are clean (and Christian), however, can be a challenging task, so when given the opportunity to read and review “Fragments of Fear”, I jumped at the chance. The cover certainly seemed perfect for summer, with a desert landscape in smoldering shades of orange and yellow and a woman in the foreground running and looking over her shoulder. Fittingly, we were experiencing a heat wave when I began reading it. With “Fragments of Fear”, Carrie Stuart Parks creates a twisty mystery with some unique characters. Evelyn McTavish, who goes by Tavish, is not your typical heroine. Wealthy? Yes. Glamorous? Not so much. Since her beloved grandmother’s death, Tavish seems to have lost herself, and this feeling is only compounded by her fiancé’s suicide. She doesn’t share her grandmother’s faith, instead dabbling in a mixture of New Age customs, and yet Proverbs 3:5 seems to speak to her from her grandmother’s epitaph. When she gets a call from an animal shelter to come and pick up her dog, which is microchipped with her information even though she has never owned a dog, she is thrust headlong into a situation that becomes more convoluted and perilous by the minute. Parks leads readers down a series of trails, some of which turn out to be dead ends, keeping the plot moving forward at a constant pace and making this a difficult book to put down. No one is trustworthy, and the possibilities of what is transpiring and whether events are connected or not feed the uncertainty. The inclusion of the archaeology and especially the art elements enhances and adds dimension to the narrative. An aspect that I found particularly interesting was the fine art concept of negative space and how it can be applied to circumstances in daily life. Although I thought that the faith and spiritual components of this novel could have been more fully developed, Tavish’s religious journey was still nice to witness. This is a book that will appeal to both Christian and secular readers, with its combination of mystery, intrigue, light romance, and finding who you were meant to be. I received a complimentary copy of this book through CelebrateLit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Faye

    Artist Evelyn McTavish has been working to rebuild her life after the suicide of her fiance. One day she gets a call from the dog pound saying that they are going to put down her dog, the problem is that she doesn't even have a dog. She recognizes the dog as the belonging to a previous clients, so she decides to return the dog to its owner, but when she goes looking for him, she finds that the dog's owner has been murdered. Tavish finds herself a target, after witnessing incriminating events. Sh Artist Evelyn McTavish has been working to rebuild her life after the suicide of her fiance. One day she gets a call from the dog pound saying that they are going to put down her dog, the problem is that she doesn't even have a dog. She recognizes the dog as the belonging to a previous clients, so she decides to return the dog to its owner, but when she goes looking for him, she finds that the dog's owner has been murdered. Tavish finds herself a target, after witnessing incriminating events. She has always struggled with anxiety, and now with everything being thrown at her at once, she doesn't know where to turn. Her path crosses with FBI Agent Sawyer Price, and they must work together to unravel the increasingly dangerous plot at hand, before time runs out. Fast-paced and complex, I couldn't put this book down. Cliffhanger after cliffhanger, kept the pages turning. I never knew what to expect, or who to trust, stunning plot twists, and suspenseful story telling, alongside compelling character development make this book an absolute, must read! Tavish is a great heroine, instantly likable and easy to cheer for the whole way through. She grew up having everything, and knowing that something was missing, she's tried shrinks, pills, and crystals, but her mother has always warned her away from Christianity. She finds strength that she didn't know she had, and is quick thinking under pressure. Sawyer is detail oriented and excellent at his job, he feels compelled to do everything he can to protect Tavish, while putting together all the pieces of the case. A compelling, mind-bending, suspense, impossible to put down, with a multitude of shocking twists, and strong faith along the way. This is my first time reading Ms. Parks, but I'm definitely a fan now! Everything that you could dream of in a suspense novel, you won't want to miss it! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Suzie Waltner

    Fragments of Fear Fragments of Fear begins with a funeral and a bombshell of a revelation that sets the pace for the entire book. Carrie Stuart Parks gives readers another read bursting at the seams with action, unexpected twists, and plenty of questions to be answered about what, exactly, is happening. Multiple suspects, stolen art, dead bodies, and a dog are pieces of the puzzle that just do not seem to fit together—at least not until the end when everything starts to quickly fall into place. Ev Fragments of Fear Fragments of Fear begins with a funeral and a bombshell of a revelation that sets the pace for the entire book. Carrie Stuart Parks gives readers another read bursting at the seams with action, unexpected twists, and plenty of questions to be answered about what, exactly, is happening. Multiple suspects, stolen art, dead bodies, and a dog are pieces of the puzzle that just do not seem to fit together—at least not until the end when everything starts to quickly fall into place. Evelyn McTavish (Tavish to everyone but her mother) is a character I sympathized with at first but came to admire as the story unfolded. Her self-image may be in the ditch but her tenacity and fight to expose the truth are her best characteristics. Plus, her journey to faith is authentic and well-paced. As a reader of several of Parks’s other books, I knew the romance side of things would be downplayed. So, of course, my only critique of this book is that I would have liked a little more of that interaction between Tavish and Sawyer Price. Even without that one preference, the intense and intriguing suspense is worth the time invested in reading this one. Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    I have lived in New Mexico my entire adult life and have an interest in Native Americans and archeology. Fragments of Fear contains all of those, which is what drew me to the book. Carrie Stuart Parks has written a suspenseful story that is hard to put down. I read it in just one day. Tavish is a very believable character, in spite of the fact that her mother and police do not seem to take her seriously. Tavish and the other main characters in the story are well-developed. There was at least one I have lived in New Mexico my entire adult life and have an interest in Native Americans and archeology. Fragments of Fear contains all of those, which is what drew me to the book. Carrie Stuart Parks has written a suspenseful story that is hard to put down. I read it in just one day. Tavish is a very believable character, in spite of the fact that her mother and police do not seem to take her seriously. Tavish and the other main characters in the story are well-developed. There was at least one surprise in a character that I didn’t see coming, part of good character development. With the many plot twists I found myself thinking, how much more trouble can Tavish handle. But handle it she did and the trouble drew her to God and learning to trust in him. In Fragments of Fear Carrie Parks combines her knowledge of fine art and forensic art in the plot line. Details about forgery are included that only an artist or art connoisseur would know. Carrie Parks appears to have done her homework regarding Native American art, Fine Art, and police work as she presents seemingly accurate descriptions. I would not hesitate to add Fragments of Fear to my K-12 Christian School library. It is appropriate for high school and up. I want to thank JustRead Publicity Tours for the complimentary copy of Fragments of Fear.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Donna C

    What I think you should know: Fragments of Fear is a contemporary suspense novel. Evelyn McTavish who prefers to be called Tavish is an heiress who has just lost her fiance and feels alone in the world. When she witnesses a horrible crime no one believes her, so she the investigation into her own hands. What you might want to know: The book does contain violence and murder, however the author, Carrie Stuart Parks did not include details that were not necessary. Tavish suffers from severe anxiety What I think you should know: Fragments of Fear is a contemporary suspense novel. Evelyn McTavish who prefers to be called Tavish is an heiress who has just lost her fiance and feels alone in the world. When she witnesses a horrible crime no one believes her, so she the investigation into her own hands. What you might want to know: The book does contain violence and murder, however the author, Carrie Stuart Parks did not include details that were not necessary. Tavish suffers from severe anxiety. What I enjoyed about this book: Tavish isn’t sure of her place in life and has let her opinion of herself be tarnished by others, in this book she is learning to lean on herself. FBI Agent Sawyer Price was a great character, he added an extra layers to the story, giving you a view of Tavish in someone else’s eyes. The technical art details were also a great touch giving me things to think about. The author did a masterful job of writing a story that had me intrigued from the first page to the last. Who will enjoy this book ( just to name a few): Fans of Suspense Fans of Mysteries Fans of Christian Fiction I received a complimentary copy for this book from Celebrate Lit, this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ibjoy1953 Hannabass

    MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK  I really enjoyed this fast paced thriller from author Carrie Parks. Tavish seemed to get herself in trouble everywhere she went. When she finds her boyfriend dead, the street is so bad she finds herself chewying on her fingernail, a very bad habit. And her boyfriends death leads to a string of deaths, and she can’t seem to find the connection. Then she meets FBI Special Agent Sawyer Price, who not only is a bit attracted to Tavish, he wants to help her find answers. Tavis MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK  I really enjoyed this fast paced thriller from author Carrie Parks. Tavish seemed to get herself in trouble everywhere she went. When she finds her boyfriend dead, the street is so bad she finds herself chewying on her fingernail, a very bad habit. And her boyfriends death leads to a string of deaths, and she can’t seem to find the connection. Then she meets FBI Special Agent Sawyer Price, who not only is a bit attracted to Tavish, he wants to help her find answers. Tavish and Sawyer wiggled their way into my heart from the beginning. I love the unique and interesting characters created by Ms. Parks. They all played their parts so well in each scene of this highly rated thriller. Tavish was a mixed up young lady, she wasnt a Christian, instead she depended on her Crystal’s. And the supporting characters have their own unique qualities as well. There are so many twists and turns to this story. I tried throughout the book to figure out who did what, it was all so mixed up, it seemed like everyone was guilty. I love the way this author weaves all of the characters together with the horrific issues going on, and created an ending that was a shocker in some ways. Near the end, I had narrowed the killer down to a few, but I was still shocked at the results. I love when authors keep us guessing throughout the story. Especially authors like Carrie Parks, writing such twisted scenes, bringing every character into the picture. And I appreciate that Ms. Parks shows Tavish’s life before and after she gives her heart to Jesus. If you love a good clean thriller/mystery, this is the book for you. You will love this one! A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cynde

    The title totally fits the main character, she is afraid of everything, thinks she is fat and unattractive and chews her nails to the bone and she's rich. Her fiance has just died -apparent suicide- she believes he was murdered but the police don't agree and think she is crazy. She receives a call from an animal shelter that her dog is about to be put down but she doesn't have a dog. When she goes to check it out she finds the dog belongs to an art client of hers but she has no idea why he regis The title totally fits the main character, she is afraid of everything, thinks she is fat and unattractive and chews her nails to the bone and she's rich. Her fiance has just died -apparent suicide- she believes he was murdered but the police don't agree and think she is crazy. She receives a call from an animal shelter that her dog is about to be put down but she doesn't have a dog. When she goes to check it out she finds the dog belongs to an art client of hers but she has no idea why he registered the dogs chip to her. She goes to his house to return the dog and finds the man dead. This begins a frightening and thrilling chain of events that threatens to get her killed as she tries to find out what is going on and who to trust.This turned out to be a nail-biting thrilling race of a read and I enjoyed it immensely. It is Christian fiction approached in the most natural real-life way.

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