PORTRAIT OF VENGEANCE
Portrait of Vengeance is Parks' best novel yet. The deep character development and personal struggles that Gwen Marcey goes through are fascinating. The flashbacks, questioning and exploring of her past are intriguing, and keep readers guessing to the very end. Parks does a wonderful job in creating mystery, leaving clues without giving anything away. Portrait of Vengeance is an intense novel that takes readers through the struggles one woman faces to come to terms with her past as a way of saving the future.
When Gwen Marcey is called to Idaho to investigate a gruesome double murder/kidnapping, the crime scene hits too close for comfort. Gwen has flashbacks to her teenage years, when she walked into a very similar scene at her own home. As Gwen investigates this double murder and desperately searches for the missing 4-year-old girl, she quickly realizes that the key to solving the current crime lies in her past. The clock is ticking, and Gwen is frantically trying to figure out what happened to her as a child, before time runs out for the child she is trying to save. (THOMAS NELSON, Aug., 320 pp., $14.99)