About the Book:
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?
In all honesty, this book had me confused most of the time. There were too many characters (who were killed off almost as soon as they were introduced into the plot) with too many story lines that did not seem connected at all. When connections were attempted they were weak at best. Mystery/suspense books are my favorite genre because I enjoy trying to solve the mystery right along with the characters; however, Murphy seemed to jump to too many conclusions based on assumptions she made to fill in the gap without sufficient evidence from the plot to support her conclusions. Her conversations with Dallas in her head were just plain weird. And I have to say that the supposed "romance" between Murphy and Joshua felt forced and completely unrelated to the rest of the story. I was very disappointed in this one...and finished the book still scratching my head utterly perplexed.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Carrie Stuart Parks is an award winning artist, writer, speaker, and law enforcement instructor. A Certified Forensic Artist, she met her husband, Rick, in the romantic hallways of the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Together they formed a dynamic and successful team in their fine and forensic art, working on major national and international cases and creating exquisite watercolors and stone carvings. They travel internationally, teaching forensic art to a variety of participants: from the Secret Service to the FBI, from large law enforcement agencies to the smallest two-man departments in their one-week classes. They are the largest instructors of forensic art in the world. Carrie has won numerous awards for her innovative teaching methods and general career excellence and is a signature member of the Idaho Watercolor Society. For more information, visit http://www.carriestuartparks.com/.
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