Formula of Deception

An artist hiding from an escaped killer uncovers one of World War II’s most dangerous secrets—a secret that desperate men will do anything to keep hidden.
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?

My Review

When I read the summary for this book I was intrigued. I wanted to read this book. The author does a good job with the location setting for this story in the Alaskan wilderness. It really helped to set the right mood for this book. In regards to the main character, Murphy, she was nice. I found her personable. Yet, I never fully embraced her or the rest of the characters in this story. Thus as I have stated previously, it does not matter how well a story is written if the characters are flat, than, the story will suffer.

This was the case with this book for me. I was reading it. In fact, this was a quick read for me but I found that I was really only going through the motions a lot of the time. Nothing was truly sticking with me and therefore, I found myself struggling to connect to the story. Although, there is something there in this book. If I could have connected with the characters better my feelings towards this book were have been stronger.

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About Carrie Stuart Parks

Carrie Stuart Parks is an ECPA Christy Award and multiple ACFW Carol and Inspy Award–winning author. An internationally known forensic artist, Carrie draws on her extensive experience with actual criminal investigations to write authentic, true-to-life fictional suspense. Carrie lives in Idaho and travels with her husband, Rick, across the US and Canada, teaching courses in forensic art to law enforcement professionals. She has won numerous awards for her fine art and is the author/illustrator of numerous books on drawing and painting., Facebook: CarrieStuartParksAuthor, Twitter: @CarrieParks.

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Carrie Stuart Parks’ TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, August 20th: Book by Book
Tuesday, August 21st: What is That Book About – spotlight
Wednesday, August 22nd: Splashes of Joy
Thursday, August 23rd: @thecaffeinated_bibliophile
Friday, August 24th: Blooming with Books
Monday, August 27th: Cheryl’s Book Nook
Tuesday, August 28th: Empowermoms
Thursday, August 30th: Fiction Aficionado
Tuesday, September 4th: Mystery Suspense Reviews
Wednesday, September 5th: Write Read Life
Thursday, September 6th: By the Book
Friday, September 7th: All of a Kind Mom
Monday, September 10th: Jathan & Heather
Tuesday, September 11th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, September 12th: Christian Chick’s Thoughts
Monday, September 17th: Peppermint Ph.D.
Thursday, September 20th: View from the Birdhouse
Friday, September 21st: The Lit Bitch


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