A killer with a penchant for torture has taken notice of forensic expert Gwen Marcey . . . and her daughter.
When Gwen Marcey’s dog comes home with a human skull and then leads her to a cabin in the woods near her Montana home, she realizes there’s a serial killer in her community. And when she finds a tortured young girl clinging to life on the cabin floor, she knows this killer is a lunatic.
Yet what unsettles Gwen most is that the victim looks uncannily like her daughter.
The search for the torturer leads back in time to a neo-Nazi bombing in Washington state—a bombing with only one connection to Montana: Gwen. The group has a race-not-grace model of salvation . . . and they’ve marked Gwen as a race traitor.
When it becomes clear that the killer has a score to settle, Gwen finds herself in a battle against time. She will have to use all of her forensic skills to find the killer before he can carry out his threat to destroy her—and the only family she has left.
|Contributor(s)||Carrie Stuart Parks|
|About the Contributor(s)||Carrie Stuart Parks
Carrie Stuart Parks is a Christy finalist as well as a Carol award-winning author. She has won numerous awards for her fine art as well. An internationally known forensic artist, she travels with her husband, Rick, across the US and Canada teaching courses in forensic art to law enforcement professionals. The author/illustrator of numerous books on drawing and painting, Carrie continues to create dramatic watercolors from her studio in the mountains of Idaho.
|Publish Date||Aug 11, 2015|
|Series||A Gwen Marcey Novel|
- Review by PositiveGrace.com
Carrie Stuart Parks is a forensic artist and teaches law enforcement professionals. All her background and experience come into play in The Bones Will Speak, the second Gwen Marcey novel.
Gwen, working from home after life interfered with her career, has a nice life near the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana with her daughter, Aynslee, and her Great Pyrenees dog, Winston. Winston has a penchant for digging up and bringing home the most unusual things, but the object that tops all is a skull filled with bugs. If there’s something Gwen hates more than Winston’s trophies—right, bugs. Gwen calls the sheriff, who is not sure Gwen has not lost her mind. Typical Gwen, she is off to investigate on her own.
From the female skull to another female victim who looks much like Aynslee to a series of untoward accidents, Gwen comes to the realization that the killer is targeting her and her daughter. And off they go in a race to discover who the killer is before he can claim any more victims. Throw in a divorced husband, a savvy friend, and a prospective romance and you’ve got all the ingredients necessary for a neck chilling, spine-tingling murder mystery. Four stars.
As mentioned, Carrie is a forensic artist who has written/illustrated many books on drawing. She is a breast cancer survivor and began to write fiction as she was battling the disease. Her mentor was best-selling author Frank Peretti—she obviously learned much of her craft from that master of the macabre. Carrie is in remission from her cancer and continues to encourage other women following that path. She can be found on Facebook at CarrieStuartParksAuthor.
Thomas Nelson gave me an Advance Reader’s Copy of The Bones Will Speak, but I was in no way obligated to write anything other than an unbiased review. (Posted on 3/1/2017)
- Review by Nellie Dee
I impatiently watched my mail box in anticipation of the arrival of this book and was instantly engrossed. This is a great CSI-type story which keeps the reader turning pages and guessing who-dun-it from beginning to end. It's a race from the very beginning when it becomes evident that Gwen is a target. The inclusion of road blocks and typical political law enforcement frustrations brilliantly kept me involved.
I enjoyed the inclusion of some humor in the pages as well with the typical mother-daughter relationship issues and the bantering between best friends. It was a natural and necessary inclusion which did not disrupt the flow of the read but allowed the characters to be real and more beloved to the reader.
There really wasn't anything I didn't like about this book unless you consider that I was frustrated by the fact that Mattie laid in a hospital room. As the only victim who could give information which might help identify the killer, no one was sent to get a statement or information from her. But then, that's typical good story stuff. O.K., maybe it was a little annoying that Gwen had to be the lone ranger, but again, that's what makes good story.
The Bones Will Speak was a hit with this reader and I would recommend it to all my friends who love forensics and thrillers.
Thank you to BookLook Bloggers who provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review. I was not required to give a positive review and the views expressed are my own. (Posted on 8/10/2015)