Saturday, September 8, 2018

Rebecca Reviews ~ Formula of Deception by Carrie Stuart Parks + Giveaway

***UPDATE*** 

GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED DUE TO HURRICANE FLORENCE AND EVACUATION IN MY AREA. 

Praying God's protection for all in the path of this storm!

Thanks for the interaction and great recommendations for suspense novels!!!

TRIXI is our WINNER!!!!
Trixi, I am emailing you and Rebecca.


About the Book
When her twin sister was murdered, Murphy Anderson changed her name and appearance and moved to Kodiak 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 may be back in the killer’s crosshairs.
The memory that Murphy was asked to draw was from an Alaskan hunter who discovered five bodies on remote Ruuwaq Island ten years ago, but has only shared the information with the police now that he’s dying of cancer. When they go to the island to investigate, no skeletons remain but there is evidence that the bodies may have been deliberately destroyed. But the big discovery is of a World War II Quonset hut.
As one by one the people who were at the hut die, Murphy knows there is something much deeper at stake. What happened there during WWII? And who is willing to kill to keep those secrets buried? 





Rebecca’s Review
4 STARS!!!
"You can't trust him. You can't trust anyone . . . . You have a mission."

Memories are a funny thing; some are quite trustworthy, while others may present themselves as a "formula of deception". Murphy Anderson finds herself caught in between, as bewildering flashbacks handicap her ability to recalibrate her life in Kodiak, Alaska following the heinous murder of her twin sister.

Posing as a forensic artist, Murphy is pulled beside the deathbed of another Alaskan who is forcing painful memories to the surface. Capitalizing on her artistic abilities, his trail of sketchy details leads the crime team to the remote Ruuwag Island, where a rather routine search for clues turns into a labyrinth of evidence so volatile that everyone who comes in contact is promptly eliminated.

Deemed a "soul searcher" by the natives, Murphy's unique skill for gathering details has placed her squarely in the crosshairs of those who are carefully guarding their secrets. So many questions. And so few answers. This thrilling novel by Carrie Stuart Parks has more twists and turns than an underground cave, and its readers will be awestruck when they discover how she fits it all together.

Senior Reviewer, Rebecca Maney

Rebecca is a graduate of Bryan College with a degree in Christian Education, and is currently serving at the First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, North Carolina as the Director of Children's Ministry. With nearly 28 years of experience in her field, she has had many opportunities to use her love of reading and writing in creative ways across the generations. A wife, mother of four "nearly" grown children, and grandmother to four beautiful grandchildren, Rebecca has been able to return to her love of reading and more recently reviewing, with a renewed passion for the "beauty of story".
Giveaway:

Rebecca is offering an extra copy of this book to one Stuff & Nonsense blog follower. US Only due to postage costs. Sorry, Y’all!!! It’s just so expensive to mail anything outside of the 48 contiguous states. L
The giveaway will end on Sept 13 12 due to storm evacuation. Please leave a comment and let us know how you follow the blog AND if you have read any of Parks’ books. If so, favorites? If not, recommend a good suspense thriller. Don't forget to leave your email so we can contact you if you win!!! J

~Happy Reading~



37 comments:

  1. I don't usually read suspense or mystery type books, but this one sounds really good! I may have to look into more books like this. I do follow your blog. :) jumpforjoy at gmail dot com

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    1. Hey Joy, I haven't read any of this authors books but I've heard all good things about them. I am definitely going to try one. Our library only carries one, so I am going to put in a request for this book. Thanks for stopping by and entering the giveaway! Have a blessed weekend.

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  2. Thank you so much for the lovely review!
    -Carrie Stuart Parks

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    1. I am a newbie fan of yours, but it's incredibly fun to find an author in this category that displays this kind of depth to his/her story.

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    2. Carrie, Thank you so much for taking time to leave a comment! Have a blessed weekend!

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    3. Thank you, Rebecca! I hope you enjoy them all. And thank YOU, Anne!

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  3. I follow. This book sounds great!
    smincer10(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Susanne! Rebecca has the gift of writing and always makes books sound fabulous. This one is no exception. Have a good weekend.

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  4. I have read Carrie Stuart Parks A Cry from the Dust, Portrait of Vengeance, When Death Draws near and The Bones will speak. Gwen Marcey character was awesome and relatable. Looking forward to reading this new one. Huge fan of Carrie Stuart Parks.

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    1. Forgot to put my name. Miwa.

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    2. Email is miwamoni@gmail.com

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    3. Miwa, Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Carrie's books. I haven't read any yet but see that I need to remedy that. Have a blessed Sabbath.

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    4. Miwa, you are my new favorite person! Thank you!

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  5. I follow Stuff and Nonsense. I don't have any of Park's books but I would love to read her. mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Melanie, Formula of Deception sounds intriguing, doesn't it? I think several of us will be new CSP fans after this giveaway. 😁

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  6. I follow by email. I've never read any of Park's books, but this one has been on my radar. It's so hard to pick just one fave suspense book, but I really enjoyed a retro-read entitled 'A Cry in the Night' by Colleen Coble. I love all of her books and Nancy Mehl's as well. I can't pick just one. lol
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    dianalflowers(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hey Diana, TY for the recommendations! I've read a couple of Coble's books but I don't think they were overly suspenseful, more historical. Nancy Mehl's book covers make me want to own the books just for that reason alone....they are great! Have a blessed Sabbath!

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    2. Anne, the Rock Harbor series by Colleen was pretty suspenseful...at least to me :-) Should check those out if you haven't read them!

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    3. oops, Rock Harbor Mystery series!

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    4. You, too, Anne! Thank you! And yeah, Colleen's historical novels aren't very suspenseful and not my cup of tea. But her contemporary suspense are awesome! I particularly enjoyed her Rock Harbor series as have many of her reader fans.

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    5. Oops, didn't see Trixi's comment above as I was typing. So there you have it! lol

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  7. I have read some of Carrie’s books in the past but it’s been a while. I recommend a newish author C.C. Warrens. She has the Holly Cross series. Criss Cross, Cross Fire and Crossed Off.
    paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. I follow by email/ newsletter

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    2. Hello Paula! I've not heard of the Holly Cross books but will check into them. I enjoy a good suspense. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Would love to win this book. Sounds good.
    Thereadmaster@me.com

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    1. Hi Virginia, Glad to see you. Do you have any suspense book recommendations for us?

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  9. I follow by email. I’ve read three of her Gwen Marcey novels and enjoyed all of them. Thanks for the giveaway.
    mindyhoung AT msn DOT com

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    1. Hey MJSH, Good to hear from you again. I'm going to have a long list of books to work through. 🙌

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  10. I've not read any of Carrie's books, but have read some great reviews on them! For me, you can't go wrong with Dani Pettrey, Irene Hannon, Colleen Coble, Dee Henderson, Lynette Eason, or Terri Blackstock. There are a few more out there as well, but too many to list here :-)

    Thank you for the giveaway chance! I follow by email.

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Ooh, yeah! I forgot to mention Lynette Eason and Irene Hannon! Having two gsons over this weekend has the tendency to fry one's brain. ;-)

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    2. Hey Trixi, I am in 💯% agreement with you about Dani Pettrey's books. Wow. I am on the final book in her Chesapeake Valor series. And of course the other authors you mentioned are some of my favs too! So many great books to choose from. Thanks for commenting!

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    3. Diana, I would love to say my brain was fried from being around my grandchildren. 😍

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    4. I love having them and having brain fry is a natural state of being when they're here. 😂

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  11. Super review! I follow via email. I've not yet read Carrie's books.
    psalm103and138atgmaildotcom

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  12. Praying for safety for you and others in Flo's path.

    Love, & hugs ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Thank you, Rainey! We were spared after all but our family in NC will not be. Thanks for the prayers, my friend!

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