Woman in Shadow by Carrie Stuart Parks




Carrie Stuart Parks combines her expertise as a forensic artist with her ability to craft 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—her first clue that something is amiss. Then when a cabin on the edge of town is engulfed in flames and problems at the ranch escalate, Darby finds herself immersed in a chilling mystery.

A town on fire.

A serial arsonist sends taunting letters to the press after each fire. As a forensic linguist, this is Darby’s area of expertise . . . but the scars it’s caused her also the reason she’s trying to escape from her life.

A growing darkness.

As the shadows continue to move in, the pieces of the town around her come into sharper focus. Can she 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.

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads


Carrie Stuart Parks is a Christy, multiple Carol, and Inspy Award–winning author. She was a 2019 finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence in mainstream mystery/suspense and has won numerous awards for her fine art as well. An internationally known forensic artist, she travels with her husband, Rick, across the US and Canada teaching courses in forensic art to law-enforcement professionals. The author/illustrator of numerous books on drawing and painting, Carrie continues to create dramatic watercolors from her studio in the mountains of Idaho.

Catch Up With Carrie:

BookBub - @CarrieStuartParks
Instagram - @CarrieStuartParks
Facebook - @CarrieStuartParksAuthor

Or Join the Conversation on Twitter - #CarrieStuartParks


What a page turner! This is not a book you want to skim through. There was something happening on almost every single page. I loved and connected with Darby right away. She was my kind of girl. I loved her personality, she was a tad sarcastic/snarky, which is so me. LOL Even suffering through PTSD and a disability she still had spunk. She didn't let her fear debilitate her. Yes, sometimes she was hesitant, or... thoughtful about it, but she didn't totally hold back. It was like she knew her limits and and she "went for it" when ever she felt it was right.

Bram - LOVED! Great character. He was law enforcement with a sweet side.  :-) The dogs are also a big part of this story. Now I am  not a dog person (I'm a cat person) but I did fall in love with the dogs. And I especially loved the connection that Darby had with them.

And last, but certainly not least - I learned so much from reading this! It was fun being entertained and yet learning at the same time - volcanoes (I didn't know much about volcanoes at all), forensic linguist (very interesting), art (love this part because this is my thing!).

This was not my first time with this author. I read - Relative Silence and it was fantastic! See my review for that one - HERE This is definitely an author that I will be following.

If you are in the mood for an interesting, fun, character driven story with a little (or a lot) action on every page - you might want to pick this one up!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Partners in Crime Tours -  Thank You!!

Tour Participants:

These are the stops on the tour as of July 3 and are subject to change.


  1. I love these kinds of reads like Eve Duncan thanks for your thoughts.

  2. What a lovely review! Thank you.
    Best wishes,

    1. Thank you Carrie! I love reading your books and look forward to the next one!

  3. Wow!! I love this review! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts :)


Post a Comment

Popular Posts