Contemporary Christian Fiction

When Death Draws Near | Review & Giveaway


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When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks made me want to draw the blinds when I was home alone and check the covers before I crawled into bed. It wouldn’t say it was scary, but the crime element of the story did rattle me a little.

In A Cry from the Dust, the first book of this series, the scandal revolved around a Mormon cult. This time Gwen Marcey becomes entangled with a group of snake handling Pentecostals (hence my need to check under the covers). I think it’s risky when an author targets different sects, but it works for Parks. On another note, reading A Cry from the Dust first helped me understand the characters’ thought processes in this book. One example is how Gwen often imagines conversations with her both friend and her ex-husband–having a familiarity with these characters was key for understanding and appreciating their banter.

As a middle aged mother of a rebellious teen, breast cancer survivor, and menopause sufferer; Gwen tends to use humor as a coping mechanism. I found myself laughing at her witticisms and enjoyed Carrie Stuart Parks’s use of humor throughout the story. It seemed to serve as a pressure relief valve given the seriousness of the investigations, as well as Gwen’s personal crises. Well balanced, well written, and thoroughly entertaining — suspense fiction fans will want to add When Death Draws Near to their reading lists.

I received this book free as a member of the Litfuse blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Plunge into forensic artist Gwen Marcey’s world, full of cold-case murders, shady politics, and a den of venomous suspects. Add Carrie Stuart Parks’ new Gwen Marcey novel, When Death Draws Near, to the top of your must-read list. Gwen accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky—a small town facing big-city crime. But before she can finish her first drawing of the serial rapist who is on the loose, the latest witness vanishes. Just like all the others. Can Gwen uncover the truth—and convince anyone to believe her—before she becomes a victim herself?

Join Carrie in celebrating the release of When Death Draws Near by entering to win an Undercover Artist Starter Set.

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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 22. The winner will be announced August 23 on the Litfuse blog.

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