Carrie Stuart Parks latest book, Fragments of Fear is one that pulls you in. You are not likely to be a passive bystander with this book!
Tavish the grieving artist will take you with her to places you would not expect, and with determination that surprises even herself.
I’m not sure how it all works, but Celebrate Lit book tours are great fun to be a part of!
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About the Book: Fragments of Fear
Book: Fragments of Fear
Author: Carrie Stuart Parks
Release date: July 23, 2019
From award-winning author Carrie Stuart Parks comes a new novel with danger that reaches from a New Mexico Anasazi archaeological dig to micro- and nano-chip technology.
Evelyn Yvonne McTavish-Tavish to her friends-had her almost perfect world in Albuquerque, New Mexico, come to a crashing end with the suicide of her fiancé. As she struggles to put her life back together and make a living from her art, she’s given the news that her dog is about to be destroyed at the dog 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.
Tavish recognizes the dog as one owned by an archaeologist named John Coyote because she did a commissioned drawing of the two of them months earlier. The simple solution is to return the dog to his owner, but she arrives only to discover Coyote’s murdered body.
After meeting undercover FBI agent Sawyer Price the mystery deepens as more people start disappearing and Tavish becomes a target as well. Her only solution is to find the links between microchip technology, an Anasazi site in the desert, her fiancé’s death, a late-night radio show, and the dog. And the clock is ticking.
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Meet Carrie Stuart Parks, The Author
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.
More from Carrie Stuart Parks
Using Art to Solve Crime: Techniques Used by Forensic Artists
Since 1981, I’ve been a forensic artist—an amazing feat since I’m only . . .um. . . well, younger than that. In those years, I’ve seen some shifts and trends, but some things have never changed. Despite the overwhelming prevalence of computers in almost every other field, they have never been able to replace a trained forensic artist. Artists have an amazing toolbox of techniques we use to gather the information we need to help solve crime.
- The pencil. Any forensic artist worth her weight in graphite knows the power of the lowly pencil and a sketchpad. Law enforcement would love a photographic image of the suspect, but all we have to work with is memory…and memory is faulty. The more the image looks perfect, the more imperfect it is for helping to identify a suspect. We want the drawing to just suggest a likeness and eliminate those not similar.
- Now that we brought up the subject of memory, a forensic artist needs to understand how memory works. The average witness will remember between four and five facial features. When they describe the person they saw, they will do so from their strongest memory to their weakest memory, from most important to least important. We listen carefully to the order of facial features.
- Whole vs Parts. We don’t look at faces as individual parts, although a particularly outstanding nose or Marty Feldman eyes might catch our attention. We will remember the face as a whole, with the proportions of the face an unacknowledged part of that. Forensic artist prefer to use reference photographs where the whole face is viewed.
Want more? Check out the rest of my article at The Strand Magazine
An impressive storyline!
This mystery was impossible to put down. Possibly a part of that was the familiar setting, having spent a number of years in Albuquerque. But mostly because it was that good.
Themes of isolation and not knowing who to trust made the story rich and the drama intense.
I could relate to Tavish’s insecurity after several tragedies. The emotional baggage from those losses was heavy.
Her self-doubt is completely understandable in the story, and also relatable. I’d be doubting myself too if half of what happened to her, happened to me.
*note, the insecurities and self doubt DO NOT make this book depressing. They add a layer to the drama that is invaluable.
There was also genuine frustration with several relationships. When your relationship with your mother leaves anyone with the impression she might be crooked enough to have you murdered, well, something’s not right!
I was inspired by Tavish as she had to make choices, to be resourceful and resilient in the face of more than anyone would choose to experience.
This was my first book by Carrie Stuart Parks. Overall, I laughed plenty, questioned motives, wanted to shake a character or two, and can’t wait to pick up another by this author.
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Carrie Stuart Parks Giveaway
To celebrate her tour, Carrie Stuart Parks is giving away a copy of her book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click this link to enter.
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Until Next Time, Love God, Love Books, Shine The Light!!