Hot Best Seller

Formula of Deception

Availability: Ready to download

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 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?


Compare

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 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?

30 review for Formula of Deception

  1. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Carrie Stuart Parks, and Thomas Nelson for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review. Moving away from her Gwen Marcey series, Carrie Stuart Parks intrigues readers with this standalone novel that is sure to send chills up the spine. Murphy Andersen is hiding in plain sight in rural Alaska, worried that the serial killer likely responsible for her sister’s disappearance might soon find First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Carrie Stuart Parks, and Thomas Nelson for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review. Moving away from her Gwen Marcey series, Carrie Stuart Parks intrigues readers with this standalone novel that is sure to send chills up the spine. Murphy Andersen is hiding in plain sight in rural Alaska, worried that the serial killer likely responsible for her sister’s disappearance might soon find her. Creating a backstory so as not to alert anyone, Andersen sells herself as a forensic artist and has been brought in by the Kodiak Police Department to sketch some memories of a dying man. These sketches are to represent five bodies the man found a decade ago on a remote island. When Andersen and a crime technician make their way to the apparent crime scene, weather works against them and they narrowly escape with their lives. Soon thereafter, people with whom Andersen has recently had contact end up murdered and her home is torched. Might this all be coincidental or is there someone trying to send a message? As Andersen remains convinced that she will get to the bottom of her sister’s disappearance, she is also working this cold case, where she discovers potential ties to a World War II extremely covert mission. While she is worried that her identity and past may soon be revealed, Andersen cannot be deterred from doing all she can to solve these two Alaskan mysteries. A well-paced thriller that keeps the reader’s attention. Recommended for those who enjoy a police procedural with a twist! I have long enjoyed Parks’ forensic artist series, as it tackles crime fighting from a unique perspective and helps educate the reader on some of the major aspects of the author’s other career. This move away from the series allows Parks to expand the foundation of her writing, adding a younger and less jaded protagonist. Murphy Andersen proves to be an interesting character, though the intensity of her backstory is diluted as she tries to help with the cases at hand. Parks has done well to introduce a number of interesting supporting characters, many of whom complement Andersen well, though not as well as some of those Parks has created in her aforementioned series. The plot has some interesting aspects—a serial killer, five mystery bodies, a military mission— but I found the entire experience not to be as intense as I might have liked. I was able to read the book with ease, though found myself lacking a connection to much on the page. It might also be some of the psychological aspects and internal conversations that Andersen seems to have, but I felt it lacked the punch Parks usually brings to her novels. The premise is sound and the historic happenings, be they real or fabricated, offered the reader something interest to ponder as they make their way through this piece. Kudos, Madam Parks, for a decent addition to your writing repertoire. While not my favourite piece, I can still see some of your high-calibre writing that hooked me a while back. Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/ A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    Formula of Deception is set in Alaska is filled with international intrigue, historical twists, and a broken heroine who is compelling.This novel is perfect for those who love a suspense that will keep you guessing as you turn the pages. I can't tell if it's the first in a series or a stand alone, but I was tugged through the story with a force that kept me wishing for just a few more minutes. It has pacing, a fascinating historical twist set in WWII so you know I loved it, and a heroine I just Formula of Deception is set in Alaska is filled with international intrigue, historical twists, and a broken heroine who is compelling.This novel is perfect for those who love a suspense that will keep you guessing as you turn the pages. I can't tell if it's the first in a series or a stand alone, but I was tugged through the story with a force that kept me wishing for just a few more minutes. It has pacing, a fascinating historical twist set in WWII so you know I loved it, and a heroine I just wanted to protect. A great story.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Wow, heart pounding suspense with a complex plot! A young woman whose goal in coming to Alaska was to solve her sister's disappearance, Murphy Anderson finds herself in deep with no one to trust. Using her artistic skills and fine sense of details, she poses as a forensic artist, and finds herself in more danger than ever. This book is a well told tale, intricately spinning together the threads of a cold case, present day murders, and an anti-heroine on the run. Using the interesting history of t Wow, heart pounding suspense with a complex plot! A young woman whose goal in coming to Alaska was to solve her sister's disappearance, Murphy Anderson finds herself in deep with no one to trust. Using her artistic skills and fine sense of details, she poses as a forensic artist, and finds herself in more danger than ever. This book is a well told tale, intricately spinning together the threads of a cold case, present day murders, and an anti-heroine on the run. Using the interesting history of the Kodiak and Aleutian islands region around WWII, the story has a realistic feel that makes it even more thrilling. Surprising twists develop as she uncovers the truth behind the cold cases and the tension ratchets up. Some side characters add a few lighter moments and some faith too. Loved Vesper and her family, 'Uncle' especially, and Bertie. Highly recommend for suspense fans looking for a great stand alone story with no romance. (An e-book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: Formula of Deception Author: Carrie Stuart Parks Pages: 320 Year: 2018 Publisher: Thomas Nelson My rating: 5 out of 5 Stunning! Yes, that is the appropriate way to describe this author’s writing of suspense with many twists and turns in the plot. Yet, the ending of this particular story really caught me off guard! A friend of mine has read her earlier works and was telling me time and again how truly amazing the tales were in the novels. I thought I would get to them one day. Well, today is tha Title: Formula of Deception Author: Carrie Stuart Parks Pages: 320 Year: 2018 Publisher: Thomas Nelson My rating: 5 out of 5 Stunning! Yes, that is the appropriate way to describe this author’s writing of suspense with many twists and turns in the plot. Yet, the ending of this particular story really caught me off guard! A friend of mine has read her earlier works and was telling me time and again how truly amazing the tales were in the novels. I thought I would get to them one day. Well, today is that day! I was engaged in the story line from the first page and thought for sure I would figure out the mystery and all before the end of the book. However, having never read this author’s writing, I was not in any way prepared for just how the book ended! I loved the look backward into the history of what was going to impact the present and the future! Murphy Anderson is a character who really was complex and seemed desperate throughout the story line. Murphy wasn’t who she claimed to be, but she needed the money the forensic artist work brought. What Murphy hadn’t counted on was the multiple attempts on the lives of those around her and then narrowing down to her having to face the past again. Yet, it isn’t the past we read in the beginning of the book. Confused yet or intrigued? Either way, readers are going to love sitting down and traveling the labyrinth the novel has within the covers. I plan on going back now to read her three other books and can’t wait to see what will come next from this woman’s pen! Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo.... Also follow me on [email protected], Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Formula of Deception is an engaging, entertaining book full of surprises and suspense. The entire time I read the book I did not want to put the book down. There are many twists and turns to the plot and several things occurred that surprised me (I did not see it coming). The main character of this book is Murphy Anderson, who is an artist working with the local police. As I read about Murphy’s character and as things were revealed about her, I liked her character more and more. I enjoyed some o Formula of Deception is an engaging, entertaining book full of surprises and suspense. The entire time I read the book I did not want to put the book down. There are many twists and turns to the plot and several things occurred that surprised me (I did not see it coming). The main character of this book is Murphy Anderson, who is an artist working with the local police. As I read about Murphy’s character and as things were revealed about her, I liked her character more and more. I enjoyed some of the secondary characters as well. Their stories were interesting and engaging. This suspenseful book was fantastic and I highly recommend the book! You will not be disappointed. I have read some of her other books and liked them, but this one is written so well!!! ***I was given a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. This is my honest opinion. Even though I received this copy free, I have purchased her books before.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Fiction Aficionado

    ~3.5 stars~ Whoa! Just give me a minute here while my head stops spinning! This story will certainly keep you on your toes, but I think I lost my balance right at the end as all the revelations and reversals kept piling up—some of which were more believable than others. But let me start at the beginning. I love Carrie Stuart Parks’ characterisation, and this book was no exception. She invests each of her characters, no matter how important, with a unique personality—and in several cases, a helping ~3.5 stars~ Whoa! Just give me a minute here while my head stops spinning! This story will certainly keep you on your toes, but I think I lost my balance right at the end as all the revelations and reversals kept piling up—some of which were more believable than others. But let me start at the beginning. I love Carrie Stuart Parks’ characterisation, and this book was no exception. She invests each of her characters, no matter how important, with a unique personality—and in several cases, a helping of dry humour (always a win for me). I was particularly intrigued by Murphy’s character, as it became clear as the story went on that there were some psychological elements in play. I wasn’t quite sure how that was going to pan out, but her mental conversations with her dead sister were just one clue that there was something going on. The plot moved at a crisp pace and provided plenty of danger and suspense (and an increasing body count!), but I found myself sceptical of some of the conclusions Murphy was able to draw at different points in the story. Sometimes they felt just a little too convenient, or as though the evidence she had wasn’t strong enough to justify the connections she was making. And by the end, the circumstances she uncovered were almost too convoluted for me to get my head around. I think if I went back and read it again I would probably be able to make better sense of it. In fact, maybe I should have done that at the time. If someone had been telling me the story, I would have made them stop and repeat a number of things just to make sure I had it all straight! But it was one of those stories where the idea of stopping to take stock doesn’t occur to you, because you’re too busy gorging yourself on all the revelations! There were two somewhat disappointing elements, however. First, we get teased with the prospect of a romantic interest, but we hardly see him. Yes, I’m pouting. If you’re going to dangle that carrot, at least let us grab a few bites. On second thoughts, perhaps that wasn’t the best metaphor…  The other thing was the resolution of the plot surrounding the sister’s killer. I’m going to have to be REALLY careful not to let spoilers slip here, but it felt a bit far-fetched to me. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say I felt a little duped. Maybe a bit of both. That’s probably all I can say without revealing too much. With all that said, the story certainly kept my attention, so if that’s what you’re after, go for it! I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  7. 3 out of 5

    Nora St Laurent

    Wow! What an amazing, nail biting story that kept me on the edge of my chair as I walked in the shoes of main character Murphy Anderson; a woman on the run from a serial killer and in a desperate search to locate her twin sister. She’s gone rogue to get the information needed in doing so she uncovers an incredible treasure and mystery from WWII that people would kill to get their hands on. I enjoyed getting to know Kodiak, Alaska and sketch artist Murphy Anderson. This was an intriguing story I Wow! What an amazing, nail biting story that kept me on the edge of my chair as I walked in the shoes of main character Murphy Anderson; a woman on the run from a serial killer and in a desperate search to locate her twin sister. She’s gone rogue to get the information needed in doing so she uncovers an incredible treasure and mystery from WWII that people would kill to get their hands on. I enjoyed getting to know Kodiak, Alaska and sketch artist Murphy Anderson. This was an intriguing story I couldn’t put down. It reminded me a little of the movie “A Beautiful Mind.” As the audience thinks the story is about the war and it turns out to be something completely different. This a suspenseful action, adventure story that did not get too graphic. I appreciate that. The author includes 8 discussion questions to help get your book club discussion going. This is a fascinating read and one that would work great as a book club pick. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through BookLookfor Bloggers Site. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” Nora St. Laurent TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com Book Fun Magazine https://tinyurl.com/y9lwbfrs SVP Promotion

  8. 4 out of 5

    Donna (More Than a Review)

    Formula of Deception by Carrie Stuart Parks. This was my first book by Carrie. The book opens with a scene to capture your attention. Carrie continues to sprinkle in bits and pieces of her history and the mystery to keep you guessing until the end. I did experience a short section that I felt was slow and then it picked right back up and when a bang. I did NOT figure it all out. The author did a great job of surprising me. There is a mystery from the past and the present. Murphy is an artist and Formula of Deception by Carrie Stuart Parks. This was my first book by Carrie. The book opens with a scene to capture your attention. Carrie continues to sprinkle in bits and pieces of her history and the mystery to keep you guessing until the end. I did experience a short section that I felt was slow and then it picked right back up and when a bang. I did NOT figure it all out. The author did a great job of surprising me. There is a mystery from the past and the present. Murphy is an artist and she is helping solve a mystery while she is also looking for her sister and her sister’s boyfriend. The author did a great job of intertwining two intense mysteries together. I don’t want to ruin any of the surprises so I will keep my review relatively short. I enjoyed how the woman was trying to warn her off of Jonathan by telling Murphy that he has 4 boys. One of my favorite scenes is when the boys are introduced. Violence - 3. There are several deaths throughout the book both past and present. None of them are described in graphic detail. There is also someone trying to kill her. And she is trying to find her sister or her sister’s body. Sex - 0 Language Drinking I received this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.

  9. 3 out of 5

    Jamie

    Oh book reviews – sometimes you’re hard to write! This one wasn’t a hit for me. After thinking on this for a while, I figured out what missed the mark: The book had too many lines cast out. There was the personal drama Murphy was going through, the mysterious prologue, the current crimes she was helping to investigate, and more as the truth was ultimately revealed. While there were some intriguing bits, it started to lose its credibility towards the end. I also thought some developments were rush Oh book reviews – sometimes you’re hard to write! This one wasn’t a hit for me. After thinking on this for a while, I figured out what missed the mark: The book had too many lines cast out. There was the personal drama Murphy was going through, the mysterious prologue, the current crimes she was helping to investigate, and more as the truth was ultimately revealed. While there were some intriguing bits, it started to lose its credibility towards the end. I also thought some developments were rushed and that always makes it hard for me to connect with characters. I admit, I often compared this to Gwen Marcey’s stories (the main character in Parks’ previous novels), and it didn’t match those reading experiences (which is a hard thing to do because I LOVE those novels and Gwen is hilarious). So, while the history was interesting, this one didn’t quite live up to my expectations. (Thank you to BookLook Bloggers for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    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, th 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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "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 t "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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    Parks is one of my favorite mystery and suspense authors. That her main character is a forensic artist is a good basis for great plots. Imagine my surprise at a new heroine in this novel. Murphy is not actually a forensic artist although she claims to be one. She is really on Kodiak Island in Alaska to find out what happened to her missing sister who she fears was dating a serial killer. There were aspects of the plot I really liked and others that left me unsatisfied. I like that Murphy gets to Parks is one of my favorite mystery and suspense authors. That her main character is a forensic artist is a good basis for great plots. Imagine my surprise at a new heroine in this novel. Murphy is not actually a forensic artist although she claims to be one. She is really on Kodiak Island in Alaska to find out what happened to her missing sister who she fears was dating a serial killer. There were aspects of the plot I really liked and others that left me unsatisfied. I like that Murphy gets to help with the forensic work on a cold case. A fisherman on his death bed reveals he had found several bodies on a small island ten years ago. What Murphy and the state forensic expert find relates to World War II. I learned about the Japanese invading Alaska, trying to distract the Americans from Midway. I also learned about Custer's Cutthroats and their work in thwarting the Japanese army. The novel also had an intense psychological aspect to it. All is not as it seems nor is everyone who they claim. There were many twists and turns to the plot, many relating to the psychological aspect. At times I felt a little jerked around and definitely deceived. I am just not so sure all of those psychological twists work. I really like Parks' writing style. She has a way of having tension run continually through the plot. I do recommend this novel to readers who enjoy learning about WW II in Alaska and forensic art while being entertained with a mysterious cold case and a suspenseful current mystery. I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    Formula of Deception is the first book after the Gwen Marcey series. I understand why the author moved in another direction. At the same time, I really loved Gwen and her meddling best friend. Now that I've cleared the air on that... Murphy Anderson is the main character in Formula of December. She's likable and the facts about her past surface layer by layer. I enjoyed that approach of slowly sharing her story. At the same time, I was confused at some points about what she was remembering. There Formula of Deception is the first book after the Gwen Marcey series. I understand why the author moved in another direction. At the same time, I really loved Gwen and her meddling best friend. Now that I've cleared the air on that... Murphy Anderson is the main character in Formula of December. She's likable and the facts about her past surface layer by layer. I enjoyed that approach of slowly sharing her story. At the same time, I was confused at some points about what she was remembering. There were many twists and turns in the story and I definitely didn't figure out the details until they were unveiled. My gratitude to publisher Thomas Nelson for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.

  14. 3 out of 5

    Gloria

    Formula of Deception is a great mystery with many twists and turns. The story takes place in Kodiak, Alaska where artist Murphy Anderson takes a job as a crime scene artist with the local police department. She has been asked to draw a crime scene that a dying Russian man stumbled upon ten years ago when he found five bodies on the remote island of Ruuwaq. But it soon becomes apparent that someone is trying to stop the crime from being exposed. In the middle of working on her drawing the Russian Formula of Deception is a great mystery with many twists and turns. The story takes place in Kodiak, Alaska where artist Murphy Anderson takes a job as a crime scene artist with the local police department. She has been asked to draw a crime scene that a dying Russian man stumbled upon ten years ago when he found five bodies on the remote island of Ruuwaq. But it soon becomes apparent that someone is trying to stop the crime from being exposed. In the middle of working on her drawing the Russian and his caretaker are killed. Murphy is in Kodiak to find out what happened when her twin sister was murdered by her boyfriend, serial killer Clinton Hunter. Murphy is using her middle name and has changed her look so that she won't be recognized. After the Russian and his caretaker are killed, people around Murphy start being murdered or injured. Then she finds out that Hunter has escaped prison. Someone is leaving notes that appear to be from him. Maybe he is the one killing people and is trying to get to her. But there is also something going on with the island where the bodies were found-something that dates back to World War II and is tied to people in Kodiak as well as the government of the US and other countries during the war. Murphy doesn't know who to trust as people around her are killed. This is a tale that is winding and full of surprises. It is a very interesting story that is hard to put down as the story unwinds and the truth is exposed by layers. Another great mystery by Carrie Stuart Parks. I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. All opinions stated are mine only.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    Murphy Anderson is hiding out in Kodiak, Alaska when her unique skills get her drawn into a mystery. When people around her keep dying, she knows she needs to figure out what really happened on Ruuwaq Island before the police start to think she’s involved! Parks has done it again! This is a fabulous suspense novel. It covers a lot of ground including a serial killer, nazi germany, biological weapons, forensic art and more and weaves them together seamlessly. The plot is full of action and danger Murphy Anderson is hiding out in Kodiak, Alaska when her unique skills get her drawn into a mystery. When people around her keep dying, she knows she needs to figure out what really happened on Ruuwaq Island before the police start to think she’s involved! Parks has done it again! This is a fabulous suspense novel. It covers a lot of ground including a serial killer, nazi germany, biological weapons, forensic art and more and weaves them together seamlessly. The plot is full of action and danger and there are lots of twists and deceptions that left me rethinking what certain people had said or done before. It was fascinating. Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing me with a complimentary e-copy of this book. I was not required to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  16. 3 out of 5

    Tammy G.

    To me Carrie Stuart Parks is the Alfred Hitchcock of books. I try to never read her stories at night. Murphy Anderson has changed her name and her appearance and moved to Kodiak, Alaska since someone murdered her twin sister. She has avoided press and publicity until the local authorities find out that she is artist and request her help to draw a dying man's memories. Well, this puts Murphy right smack in the limelight and the killer is on her trail once more. But this is a most unusual case. Once To me Carrie Stuart Parks is the Alfred Hitchcock of books. I try to never read her stories at night. Murphy Anderson has changed her name and her appearance and moved to Kodiak, Alaska since someone murdered her twin sister. She has avoided press and publicity until the local authorities find out that she is artist and request her help to draw a dying man's memories. Well, this puts Murphy right smack in the limelight and the killer is on her trail once more. But this is a most unusual case. Once Murphy has drawn the five bodies that the Alaskan hunter found on the remote Ruuwaq island there are only questions. This quite an interesting read with tons of suspense. And at times there are more questions than answers in this case. It's quite a challenge for the armchair detective to figure out what this case is all about and how it is all connected. *This book was provided for review by BookLook*

  17. 3 out of 5

    Robert Jones

    Whoever thought Carrie Parks would bring a true thriller like this. Formula of Deception is a non-stop rollercoaster that will take you from ground zero, to cloud nine in a heartbeat. Just when you thought, it was going to be any old novel, Carrie Parks throws in several twists and turns. This novel follows the story of Murphy Anderson, a young artist on the run from her murderous ex-boyfriend who is still looking for her sister. This story was seriously to good to put down, from page to page. So Whoever thought Carrie Parks would bring a true thriller like this. Formula of Deception is a non-stop rollercoaster that will take you from ground zero, to cloud nine in a heartbeat. Just when you thought, it was going to be any old novel, Carrie Parks throws in several twists and turns. This novel follows the story of Murphy Anderson, a young artist on the run from her murderous ex-boyfriend who is still looking for her sister. This story was seriously to good to put down, from page to page. So spoilers here, but let me tell you this, it’s always the person you least expect, that will turn out to be a problem. WW2 was just the beginning, everyone always has there secrets, I can’t wait to read more from Murphy Anderson.

  18. 5 out of 5

    LAWonder10

    Murphy's twin sister, Dallas Carrie Parks, is missing! A serial killer, Clinton Hunter, was her last boyfriend. Is it possible Dallas could still be alive? Murphy would never give up searching until she knew for sure! Disguised, she went to Kodiak, Alaska, the last known place her sister lived. She desperately needed to search for clues of what actually happened. Murphy's face was disfigured with a long line from her forehead, over her eye, and down one cheek as a result of calling the police on Hu Murphy's twin sister, Dallas Carrie Parks, is missing! A serial killer, Clinton Hunter, was her last boyfriend. Is it possible Dallas could still be alive? Murphy would never give up searching until she knew for sure! Disguised, she went to Kodiak, Alaska, the last known place her sister lived. She desperately needed to search for clues of what actually happened. Murphy's face was disfigured with a long line from her forehead, over her eye, and down one cheek as a result of calling the police on Hunter before she escaped....a call resulting in his incarnation. The police in Kodiak, were short-handed and needed a forensic artist to do a composite sketch. Murphy was an artist, so let them believe she worked for another police force. Murphy finds herself in danger from several sources. Is there anyone she can trust? The nightmares are increasing. Could any of the nightmares be real? Her talents are needed by various individuals, but people all around her are ending up dead! This tale will keep the reader "on the edge of his.her seat" until the very end of the story!There are many unexpected "twists". The ending was complete, yet felt a little weak after such a dramatic "build up".Also, while M Murphy was "reflecting", it was slightly confusing but in the end, the "reflections" all "came together". The story plot idea was very clever. *This was gifted me with no expectations of a positive review. This is my honest review. ​

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Formula Of Deception - Wow did Ms. Parks outdo herself. This story is thrilling, agonizingly mysterious, calculating and downright breathtaking from the ride you are on - you have it all - the who, what, where, when and why - who and why is what you are so longing looking at each page trying to find out just who and just why. The author has brilliantly made the characters full of life and what is most of all important - full of Faith. The characters are complicating real. They were brought to li Formula Of Deception - Wow did Ms. Parks outdo herself. This story is thrilling, agonizingly mysterious, calculating and downright breathtaking from the ride you are on - you have it all - the who, what, where, when and why - who and why is what you are so longing looking at each page trying to find out just who and just why. The author has brilliantly made the characters full of life and what is most of all important - full of Faith. The characters are complicating real. They were brought to life from the very beginning. You have Murphy Anderson - who is an artist - but tries to convince others that she is a forensic artist.- has a secret - one that could harm those around her - will she ever share? Will she even care that her life is in danger? Is seeking the one hiding as smart as she thinks it is? The reason why she does all this is for a very serious - life changing reason. While she portrays herself as a Forensic Artist she is hired by The police in the town she just moved to - she starts working in a cold case as well as trying to deal with this secret she has that causes severe repercussions on those she know. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. if you would like to read more of my Christian book reviews go to christianlybookreviewers.blogspot.com

  20. 3 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Breathe now, you won't be able to later... As soon as I saw that Carrie Stuart Parks had a new book coming out I knew that it would be a must-read for me, I didn't even read the blurb to find out what it was about until I already had a copy on my Kindle. When Formula Of Deception arrived on my Kindle I couldn't resist, it was futile, despite a number of books being higher on my TBR pile, I just couldn't help myself, I HAD to read this book right NOW. Formula Of Deception was everything I could hav Breathe now, you won't be able to later... As soon as I saw that Carrie Stuart Parks had a new book coming out I knew that it would be a must-read for me, I didn't even read the blurb to find out what it was about until I already had a copy on my Kindle. When Formula Of Deception arrived on my Kindle I couldn't resist, it was futile, despite a number of books being higher on my TBR pile, I just couldn't help myself, I HAD to read this book right NOW. Formula Of Deception was everything I could have hope for and more, lots more. I loved it!!! Carrie Stuart Parks' no-nonsense, straightforward, rather blunt, writing style captured me from the first book of hers that I read and each succeeding title only furthers my appreciation of her talents. Formula Of Deception was delightfully chilling, spine-tingling, and even a little eerie in places. Merging a seventy year old mystery, terrifying secrets, and some modern people that will stop at nothing to get what they want, Carrie Stuart Parks takes her readers on a wild ride they won't soon forget. I just couldn't seem to turn the pages fast enough with this book and now I am left, waiting, desperately waiting, for the next book from this author... (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Urban

    Formula of Deception by Carrie Stuart Parks is definitely for fans of Heather Graham, J.T. Ellison, and Brenda Novak. Carrie Stuart Parks brings a lot of excitement and danger in this thrilling read. A crime investigation leads back to a historical secret that somebody is  willing to kill to keep buried. Yet, investigators are getting closer and their death hangs into the air. As new and old victims pile up, the intensity of the situation rises. This dark Alaskan murder mystery, kept giving me c Formula of Deception by Carrie Stuart Parks is definitely for fans of Heather Graham, J.T. Ellison, and Brenda Novak. Carrie Stuart Parks brings a lot of excitement and danger in this thrilling read. A crime investigation leads back to a historical secret that somebody is  willing to kill to keep buried. Yet, investigators are getting closer and their death hangs into the air. As new and old victims pile up, the intensity of the situation rises. This dark Alaskan murder mystery, kept giving me chills. Inside Formula of Deception, I got to meet a twin of a dead woman. The twin, Murphy Anderson, goes into hiding. Staying away from a murderer, is the plan. However, Murphy is soon drawn out of hiding and back into danger. Murphy has a talent that is needed for an investigation. This now, puts her at high risk. The murderer is still killing people to keep the historical secret hidden. It's only a matter of time, before everything escalates out of control. Overall, this one was phenomenal.  I received this copy from the publisher. This is my voluntary review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    Well! The author transports the reader to Alaska where we meet Murphy Anderson, a woman in hiding and an artist. When the police request her assistance in drawing the memories of a dying man Murphy soon finds herself embroiled in an investigation that dates back to World War II. I read this book in a day! I didn't know who could be trusted! And! There were surprises and twists and turns that made this book a page turner! Someone wanted secrets from World War II buried and that person was willing Well! The author transports the reader to Alaska where we meet Murphy Anderson, a woman in hiding and an artist. When the police request her assistance in drawing the memories of a dying man Murphy soon finds herself embroiled in an investigation that dates back to World War II. I read this book in a day! I didn't know who could be trusted! And! There were surprises and twists and turns that made this book a page turner! Someone wanted secrets from World War II buried and that person was willing to commit murder to keep those secrets silent. And Then! While Murphy is busy with the investigation, she receives information that the man who killed her sister has escaped from prison! This was a new to me author and I will be reading her books in the future. Good story! I receive a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    ErinMickC

    Set in the wilds of Alaska, this book had me on the edge of my seat for the first 50%. After that point, though, it kind of lost me. I loved Carrie Stuart Park's descriptions of the scenery, the cadre of law enforcement characters she presented, and Murphy's competence as she worked her way through the mystery at hand. However, I felt like the action was almost too-fast paced. I never got a chance to really understand the numerous characters and how they all fit into the puzzle. Murphy's own mot Set in the wilds of Alaska, this book had me on the edge of my seat for the first 50%. After that point, though, it kind of lost me. I loved Carrie Stuart Park's descriptions of the scenery, the cadre of law enforcement characters she presented, and Murphy's competence as she worked her way through the mystery at hand. However, I felt like the action was almost too-fast paced. I never got a chance to really understand the numerous characters and how they all fit into the puzzle. Murphy's own motivations and feelings felt unknown beyond a general sense of fear and desperation. I'd love to read more about Murphy's life after the whole ordeal was wrapped up. More Murphy, please!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chantal

    Parks is among my favorite authors. I fell in love with her a while back and look forward to new reads. She has a way with words that draws readers in to the edge of their seats and leaves you in suspense as you flip through the pages. I finished this read in record time and loved every second of it! It's well written, easy to follow, and offers a steady pace that is appealing. Parks did an amazing job at adding intense moments that leave you with your jaw on the floor, characters who aren't exa Parks is among my favorite authors. I fell in love with her a while back and look forward to new reads. She has a way with words that draws readers in to the edge of their seats and leaves you in suspense as you flip through the pages. I finished this read in record time and loved every second of it! It's well written, easy to follow, and offers a steady pace that is appealing. Parks did an amazing job at adding intense moments that leave you with your jaw on the floor, characters who aren't exactly who they appear to be, and a story that roller coasters can't compare to! I highly recommend it!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Diane McMichael

    Great new author for me. Wow I was blown away with the first book I have read by Carrie Stuart Parks. This novel kept my head spinning trying to figure out what was going on in a good way. I didn't want to put it down and was intrigued by the story and characters. I can't wait to check out other books by this author.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Great story! There were so many twists and turns. It kept me guessing the whole time. I’m a big fan of Carrie Stuart Parks and this is another win for her.

  27. 3 out of 5

    Trish Cooper

    Wow! So...I am usually pretty good at figuring everything out about midway through a book. This one on the other hand...I didn’t see it coming :). I don’t want to give anything away, so I will just say this is a great read!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Falcone

    Wow, wow and WOW! The twists and turns take the reader on a crazy ride. You won't know who or what to believe or trust. Christian approved. You won't want to miss this amazing book.

  29. 3 out of 5

    Joy

    Another great book by Carrie. I loved the new main character! Lots of page-turning intrigue for the reader to puzzle and guess as the story progresses through the very last page. A great read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Miss Parks has written another winner! This book has lots of turns to keep you on the edge of your seat!

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.