Monday, August 2, 2021

Woman In Shadow

 Title: Woman In Shadow

Author: Carrie Stuart Parks

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Genre: Suspense 

Source: Net Galley

My review:

 Targhee Falls, Idaho

"Why are those dogs barking?" I pointed across the wooden picnic table toward two obviously upset canines yelping nearby.

From the first line, I was drawn into this story. While it seems innocent enough, dogs barking, it turns out to be a significant part of the story. The most unexpected part of this entire story was the humor that Darby gives to each scenario, whether in her spoken words or her thoughts.  I was snickering within the first few pages and had several laugh-out-loud moments. 

I found this book to be fast-paced, incredibly well-written, and I couldn't put it down. There is a lot of mystery, intrigue, twists and turns, and a maniac killer on the loose. This one kept me guessing to the end, which I loved. I do not enjoy books as much when it is easy to figure out who the bad guy is. I would not recommend this to the faint of heart as there is more than enough death, some that will keep you reeling from the shock of it.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a great who-done-it novel, that is fast-paced, a quick read, and includes a satisfying ending.

Thank you to Thomas Nelson and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book. I was not required to publish a favorable review but was more than happy to do so. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Award-winning author Carrie Stuart Parks combines her expertise as a forensic artist with her talent for crafting a gripping story in this page-turning web of light and shadow.

A woman off the grid.

Darby Graham thinks she’s on a much-needed vacation in remote Idaho to relax. But before she even arrives at the ranch, an earthquake strikes. Then a barn on the edge of town is engulfed in flames and strange problems at the ranch begin to escalate, and Darby finds herself immersed in a chilling mystery.

A town on fire.

More fires erupt around town, and a serial arsonist sends taunting letters to the press after each. As a forensic linguist, this is Darby’s area of expertise . . . but the scars her work has caused her are also the reason she’s trying to escape her life.

A growing darkness.

As the shadows continue moving in, pieces of the town around her come into sharper focus. To make it out alive, Darby must decide if she can trust the one man who sees her clearly.

Praise for Woman in Shadow:

“Unique, witty, and hilarious, Carrie's voice shines throughout Woman in Shadow. The perfect mix of intrigue, mystery and danger, this is most definitely a book for my keeper shelf.” —Dani Pettrey, bestselling author of the Coastal Guardians series


  1. This sounds great. What a wonderful review! I lived in Idaho a few years back, so this would definitely appeal to me.

    1. It was soooooo good. I was looking for excuses to go back to it until I finished it :)

  2. This does sound good! I can't wait to read it. :)

    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It was great!