Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Fragments of Fear by Carrie Stuart Parks (Review)

Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Released: July 23, 2019
313 pages
About the Book:

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 fiancĂ©. 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.

My Rating & Thoughts:    

I was fully invested in this mystery. I found myself connecting to Tavish quickly, she did not come across as someone extremely wealthy but felt relatable. I wanted to know what was going on as soon as the mystery with the dog began. This kicks of the beginning of quite a few other strange happenings. I was hooked. This is suspense filled and kept me guessing. The twist at the end shocked me. We watch Tavish transform from a person dealing with panic attacks to someone who learns to depend on God and push through tough situations. There is a little bit of a romance happening but it is very light. I am not into art but I was able to follow the art related discussions fairy well. The only part I struggled with was when a character spoke Spanish, but Tavish also didn't understand what was being said. I will definitely pick up more by this author.

(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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