Book Review: Woman in Shadow

Evocative Small-Town Thriller

Woman in Shadow
A novel by Carrie Stuart Parks
List price: $16.99

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The small town of Targhee Falls, Idaho has a problem. A serial arsonist has been taunting the sheriff and someone else is hell-bent on sabotaging the remote guest ranch nestled into the wilderness outside of town. That’s where Darby Graham comes in.

After a leave of absence from law enforcement following a horrific accident that resulted in part of her lower leg being amputated, Darby’s detective skills are put to the test when she is assigned to go undercover and investigate the “oddities” happing at the ranch. The oddities in question range from busted pipes to accidental deaths that seem anything but accidental.

There is more than one criminal at work and Darby must outwit all of them. When a rockslide closes the road to the ranch trapping everyone on the property with a killer, Darby is forced to go for help. Does an amputee have the stamina to survive in the wilderness while being pursued by a killer? The short answer is yes, and the ending will surprise you.

Being an Idahoan herself, the author perfectly captures the feel and imagery of rural Idaho. Woman in Shadow is Christian fiction, but it doesn’t get bogged down in dogma or become overly moralistic. The book is first and foremost a thriller. As for the Christian aspect, it’s merely part of Darby’s character arc and plays well with the soul searching she inevitably undergoes after experiencing trauma and an amputation.

I’m giving this book two thumbs way up!

About the Author:

Carrie Stuart Parks is a multi-Christy, Carol, Golden Scroll, and Inspy award-winning author in addition to numerous other awards. She’s currently penning her tenth novel for HarperCollins Christian/Thomas Nelson. An internationally known forensic artist, she teaches courses in forensic art to law enforcement professionals across the US and Canada. Carrie is a popular speaker and presenter and has been the Special Guest at the Writer’s Police Academy, Early Bird Special Presenter along with Frank Peretti at the American Christian Fiction Writers, Keynote at the Oregon Christian Writer’s Conference, as well as presented at ThrillerFest, Daphne Du Maurier’s Kiss of Death, Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference, and numerous other conferences. As a professional fine artist, her paintings hang in a number of corporate and private collections. She has written and illustrated best-selling non-fiction art books for North Light Publishers.

Carrie will be in Moscow, Idaho presenting a workshop at the Palouse Writers Festival on Saturday, June 18, 2022 and will be available to sign books at the Books & Brews event that evening. Register for her workshop and see all the festival details here: 2022 Palouse Writers Festival – Palouse Writers Guild