Formula of Deception A NovelBy Carrie Stuart Parks
Published by Thomas NelsonAverage Blogger Rating: 4.22 Stars
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?
What others are saying:
“I love Carrie Stuart Parks’s skill in writing characters with hysterical humor, unwitting courage and page-turning mystery. I hope my readers won’t abandon me completely when they learn about her!” —Terri Blackstock, USA TODAY bestselling author of If I Run, If I’m Found, and If I Live
Murphy's twin sister. Dallas, is missing. Her boyfriend, Collin Hunter, turned out to be a serial killer. Is it possible Dallas is still alive?
Murphy went to Kodiak, Alaska, in disguise, in the last known town she lived in, hoping to find her sister . It had been Murphy who had led the police to him. She still bore the evidence of his wrath!
Using her art major, she lied to the police when they needed a forensic artist. How long will it be before they discover the truth?
As the plot unfolds, Murphy finds herself in real danger from more than one source. She cannot trust anyone! Who can she turn to.?
As the trauma increases, so do her nightmares. Is there any reality to these disturbing dreams?
Several people seem interested in her...Many are ending up dead!
This mystery/Suspense tale will keep the reader "on the edge of his/her seat" until the very end of the story! There are several unexpected "twist". The only problems I had with this novel was:(a) It is a stretch" to apply the Title to this story. However, it does, weakly, "fit". The Book Cover is okay, though.
(b) The ending was slightly weak. The drama steadily built, very dramatically, but then ended quickly.
(c) A few brief occasions when Murphy was reflectively thinking, it was slightly confusing to the reader. As the story progressed, it became clearer-the character and the scenes were both portrayed well.
I offer a Four Star rating.
*This was gifted me with no requirement for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Carrie Stuart Parks is Christy, Carol, and Inspy award-winning author, an award-winning fine artist, and internationally known forensic artist. Along with her husband, Rick, she travels across the US and Canada teaching courses in forensic art to law enforcement as well as civilian participants. She has won numerous awards for career excellence. Carrie is a popular platform speaker, presenting a variety of topics from crime to creativity.