Fragments of Fear
Stolen art. A New Mexico archaeological dig. An abandoned dog. And a secret that’s worth killing for.Evelyn McTavish’s world came crashing down with the suicide of her fiancé. As she struggles to put her life back together and make a living from her art, she receives a call that her dog is about to be destroyed at the pound. Except she doesn’t own a dog. The shelter is adamant that the microchip embedded in the canine with her name and address makes it hers.Evelyn recognizes the dog as one owned by archaeologist John Coyote because she was commissioned to draw the two of them. The simple solution is to return the dog to his owner—but she arrives only to discover John’s murdered body.As Evelyn herself becomes a target, she crosses paths with undercover FBI agent Sawyer Price. The more he gets to know her, the more personally invested he becomes in keeping her safe. Together, they’re desperate to find the links between so many disparate pieces.And the clock is ticking.“Over the years, Carrie has mastered forensic art, fine art, and her own brand of offbeat humor. As a novelist she combines these skills with another: puzzle writing––scattering puzzle pieces all over her fictional universe and then dropping them into place in twists, surprises, revelations, and side-pocket whimsy until the big picture emerges, never too soon, always on the brink of disaster.” —Frank Peretti

Fragments of Fear Details

TitleFragments of Fear
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 23rd, 2019
PublisherThomas Nelson
ISBN-139780785226130
Rating
GenreMystery, Suspense, Fiction, Thriller, Contemporary, Christian

Fragments of Fear Review

  • Matt
    January 1, 1970
    First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Carrie Stuart Parks, and Thomas Nelson Fiction for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.One can usually expect something intense when Carrie Stuart Parks is writing, spun with the uniqueness of her forensic expertise. I did not feel as much of that here with her one-off novel and wish for more of the series that pulled me in while teaching me all about forensic artists. Evelyn McTa First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Carrie Stuart Parks, and Thomas Nelson Fiction for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.One can usually expect something intense when Carrie Stuart Parks is writing, spun with the uniqueness of her forensic expertise. I did not feel as much of that here with her one-off novel and wish for more of the series that pulled me in while teaching me all about forensic artists. Evelyn McTavish is suffering, having just buried her fiancé. ‘Tavish’ to many who know her around her New Mexico home, has to find some normalcy in her life. When she receives an odd phone call from the local dog pound, Tavish is pulled into the middle of a series of events that could put her in much danger. Somehow identified as the owner of an acquaintance’s dog, a man who soon appears murdered in his own home, Tavish must try to get answers while dodging those who would seek to hurt her. As the story progresses, more becomes known about the larger story and how Tavish may have stumbled into the middle of things inadvertently. All she thought she knew goes up in a puff of smoke, leaving more confusion. As the tension ramps up, no one is safe and any hope of a peaceful solution goes out the window. In a piece that left me feeling very distance and detached, I pined for the Parks from her past novels. While I may have missed out on much by not feeling connected to the story, I cannot offer a strong recommendation, but do hope readers will look to her past work for something I would highly suggest checking out soon.Sometimes authors have hit or miss moments, much like a well-rounded readers who travel through the world of fiction and non-fiction over long periods of time. I know that I enjoy Carrie Stuart Parks and her writing, but felt as though there was something missing from this piece. Tavish is an interesting woman with an artistic background, but I never found myself able to fully connect with her. She seems to have found herself in the middle of a larger mystery and by doing so, she struggles to find which way is up. It could be that the story rushed by and I never ‘caught on’ to her as a character, but it was almost as though I was waiting for the big Tavish reveal to hook me. Others found their place throughout the story and kept me wanting to find just a little more to pull me into the piece, but I was sadly unable to latch on. The premise, from what I ascertained, was decent, though the mystery did not get to the depths I had hoped it might. I know that established authors with strong series are sometimes judged based on that as a yardstick, which is surely what I am doing here, but I cannot help myself. I needed more and while I may be in the minority, as a reader, my own opinion matters as much as the major reviewers and slew of those on Goodreads or other sites. I can hope that this was an anomaly for me and that we will return to the powerful and addictive novels before too long. Kudos, Madam Parks, for the effort, as I know there was much that went into this piece. It was likely not my cup of tea, which surely happens. Not all readers can be enamoured all the time!Love/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/...
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  • Cara Putman
    January 1, 1970
    From the moment this book arrived in my mailbox, I inhaled it. Carrie Stuart Parks has a knack for creating interesting plots, unique characters, and a setting that lives and breathes. Fragments of Fear is a fascinating story from the first chapter and will keep you up turning pages to see if Tavish and Sawyer will survive the criminals that are out to destroy them. Better yet, a light touch of faith and a brushstroke of romance are added to this suspense novel creating the perfectly balanced cr From the moment this book arrived in my mailbox, I inhaled it. Carrie Stuart Parks has a knack for creating interesting plots, unique characters, and a setting that lives and breathes. Fragments of Fear is a fascinating story from the first chapter and will keep you up turning pages to see if Tavish and Sawyer will survive the criminals that are out to destroy them. Better yet, a light touch of faith and a brushstroke of romance are added to this suspense novel creating the perfectly balanced creation. Just right for lovers of romantic mysteries.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    ''We have three hours to figure this out and disappear for a bit. It's hard to kill someone you can't find.'Evelyn McTavish, or Tavish, as she prefers to be called, is slowly pulling herself together after her fiancé commits suicide. Then she's called by a vet clinic to pick up her dog; only she doesn't own a dog. But this dog's microchip says she does. Hmmm. From this moment forward, things begin happening at a rapid pace: murders happen, art is stolen, and absolutely nothing is as it seems. Ta ''We have three hours to figure this out and disappear for a bit. It's hard to kill someone you can't find.'Evelyn McTavish, or Tavish, as she prefers to be called, is slowly pulling herself together after her fiancé commits suicide. Then she's called by a vet clinic to pick up her dog; only she doesn't own a dog. But this dog's microchip says she does. Hmmm. From this moment forward, things begin happening at a rapid pace: murders happen, art is stolen, and absolutely nothing is as it seems. Tavish's life is turned completely upside down. Can she even believe anyone anymore? She connects with an FBI agent, Sawyer Price, and maybe, just maybe he is who he says he is. Even is nobody else is.From the first moment, this book pulled me into the story and I read for hours at a time, finishing it in less than one day. What a mystery! This is taut, full of excitement and flies along at a rapid pace, and it is a complete surprise at the end! A clock is ticking throughout the book and so was my heart! I was gasping in disbelief. I never guessed for one minute. Not once. Absolutely loved it. Recommended. *My thanks to the publisher, Thomas Nelson, for a preview copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
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  • Erin Laramore
    January 1, 1970
    Wow - what a fun ride! This book hit the ground running and did NOT let up! I literally could not put this one down. The entire book had so many twists and turns. While I didn't have any trouble keeping track, I was left guessing until the very end. Very well written suspense with just a hint of romance. There was also a solid faith thread that was not in the least preachy, but did come through loud and clear.Evelyn McTavish (known as Tavish) has recently lost her fiance. Though she refuses to b Wow - what a fun ride! This book hit the ground running and did NOT let up! I literally could not put this one down. The entire book had so many twists and turns. While I didn't have any trouble keeping track, I was left guessing until the very end. Very well written suspense with just a hint of romance. There was also a solid faith thread that was not in the least preachy, but did come through loud and clear.Evelyn McTavish (known as Tavish) has recently lost her fiance. Though she refuses to believe it was suicide, the police do not give her any credence. While she's still grieving, she gets a call from an animal shelter to come and get her dog before they put it to sleep. Tavish has never had a dog, but she doesn't want to be responsible for an animal being euthanized, so she goes to check it out. Picking up the dog sets a whole series of events in motion that she could have never imagined. This book had a little bit of everything. An intense mystery with suspense, non-stop action, fun lovable characters, drama, great dialogue and little bit of romance. My only complaint (and this may be something that gets fixed in the final edits) was that though the book was written in 3rd person, it would shift to 1st person whenever someone was "thinking". It wasn't difficult to track - just a bit distracting. Since it didn't detract from the story at all (nor was it confusing), it did not take away any stars from my rating. I would strongly recommend for readers who enjoy inspirational mystery/suspense or romantic suspense.Special thanks to NetGalley for an advanced e-copy of this book. I was under no obligation to write a review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    Fragments of Fear is a fast-paced Christian suspense novel. Evelyn “Tavish” McTavish is an artist with a variety of problems (nail biting, anxiety, panic attacks, self-confidence issues). Tavish lives in the guest house on her mother’s estate and is an heiress thanks to her grandmother. Just before her first gallery showing, Tavish finds herself drawn into a dangerous mystery. Sawyer Price is an FBI Agent who finds himself attracted to Tavish and tries to keep her safe which is not an easy task. Fragments of Fear is a fast-paced Christian suspense novel. Evelyn “Tavish” McTavish is an artist with a variety of problems (nail biting, anxiety, panic attacks, self-confidence issues). Tavish lives in the guest house on her mother’s estate and is an heiress thanks to her grandmother. Just before her first gallery showing, Tavish finds herself drawn into a dangerous mystery. Sawyer Price is an FBI Agent who finds himself attracted to Tavish and tries to keep her safe which is not an easy task. Fragments of fear is an action packed mystery full of twists and turns. You never know what is going to happen next. Tavish finds herself out of her comfort zone and in unknown territory as she tries to unravel the clues and keep herself from being killed. I like that Tavish does not give up and she continues to dig for the truth. She learns more about herself and God whom she has ignored for most of her life. I appreciate that the mystery is wrapped up at the end with complete details. Marley was just a delight. Such a sweet, loving yet plucky dog. The romance is present, but it does not dominate the story. Fragments of Fear has unknown villains, art thefts, explosive situations, missing artifacts, microchips, a spunky Puli, a concerned FBI agent, and an apprehensive heroine.
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  • Best In Suspense - Kelly Underwood
    January 1, 1970
    Fragments of Fear is a mystery style novel, but deviates from your typical run-of-the-mill heroine. Evelyn McTavish, who goes by Tavish, is a complex character with flaws and traits that most authors by-pass. She has obsessive compulsive tendencies, issues dealing with her overbearing mother, and suffers from low self esteem. But when confronted with a series of murders, it’s clear someone wants her dead. Tavish has to break out of her self-imposed box and delve into a world completely out of he Fragments of Fear is a mystery style novel, but deviates from your typical run-of-the-mill heroine. Evelyn McTavish, who goes by Tavish, is a complex character with flaws and traits that most authors by-pass. She has obsessive compulsive tendencies, issues dealing with her overbearing mother, and suffers from low self esteem. But when confronted with a series of murders, it’s clear someone wants her dead. Tavish has to break out of her self-imposed box and delve into a world completely out of her comfort zone. Readers become engrossed in Tavish’s pursuit for justice and will root for as she tries to navigate a world that is very different than the life she’s led. The author gives an interesting perspective into the way others see Tavish versus how she sees herself. I rather enjoy novels with characters and stories lines that are complex and unique. This isn’t a typical heroine saves the day story. Readers will spend time trying to figure out Tavish. Is she a train wreck or a super hero? There is a love story, but Tavish take center stage and the romance element almost seems like an afterthought, although it does play into how Tavish views the world around her. The novel took me some time to get into, but I found Tavish to be delightful and loved to see her transformation throughout the story. There is definitely a lot of high stakes action and suspense, so if you are a fan of danger and life-or-death situations, you’ll find this an exciting read. Carrie Stuart Parks always has intriguing settings, and this takes place in the deserts of New Mexico. It’s the perfect backdrop for this mysterious plot line.
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    Fragments of Fear is a thrilling and intricately woven suspense novel. With endless twists and loads of action, it is a novel that continued to keep me guessing and marvelling at the unexpected strength of the main character. Fragments of Fear is the first novel I have read by Carrie Stuart Parks and I was impressed with her storytelling and mastery of the suspense details.Evelyn McTavish, Tavish to her friends, is rocked when her fiancé dies by suicide. A surprise visitor at the graveside servi Fragments of Fear is a thrilling and intricately woven suspense novel. With endless twists and loads of action, it is a novel that continued to keep me guessing and marvelling at the unexpected strength of the main character. Fragments of Fear is the first novel I have read by Carrie Stuart Parks and I was impressed with her storytelling and mastery of the suspense details.Evelyn McTavish, Tavish to her friends, is rocked when her fiancé dies by suicide. A surprise visitor at the graveside service further shakes Tavish’s confidence in herself. Her art isn’t exactly making the waves she thought it would, she hates her accounting job and she still lives under her mother’s roof - even if it’s a guesthouse. When she receives a call saying her name and number was in the microchip of a lost dog, she stumbles into a world of stolen artefacts, drugs, and murder. When the killer’s target is turned her way and the police label her as crazy and don’t believe her story, Tavish sets out to find out what’s really going on.Tavish is an unlikely heroine. She is not exactly self-confident, has zero experience solving crimes and taking on bad guys, but she never gives up. Even when everyone writes her off, doesn’t believe her or calls her crazy. Even when she has been shot at, blown up and left for dead. Tavish, despite having no detective experience, is pretty good at investigating. I liked that this is a citizen-driven investigation and while she and FBI Agent Sawyer cross paths and work together at some points, they don’t unrealistically team up or are unnecessarily thrown together. Parks leaves the characters, Tavish in particular, to find their own way and answers, which I found refreshing. There are so many threads in Fragments of Fear. I like a good, thick plot and that is exactly what you get with this story. Along with all the action and life endangerment, there are threads of drug crime, art crime, artefact theft, murder, family drama complications, cons, and mysterious coverups, as well as a touch of romance and discovery of faith. Fragments of Fear is a detailed and well planned suspense novel, which I greatly enjoyed.The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library
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  • Dan Curnutt
    January 1, 1970
    Evelyn McTavish is having a bad day, maybe a bad week, definitely a bad month. Her fiancée has committed suicide and she is left devastated. Her anxiety disorder is running rampant and she is unable to deal with all that is happening. Then she gets a call. The animal shelter says her dog is there and she needs to come get it. But she doesn’t have a dog. But the chip in the animal definitely comes back to her as the owner.The dog belongs to John Coyote. Why does her name appear in the paperwork. Evelyn McTavish is having a bad day, maybe a bad week, definitely a bad month. Her fiancée has committed suicide and she is left devastated. Her anxiety disorder is running rampant and she is unable to deal with all that is happening. Then she gets a call. The animal shelter says her dog is there and she needs to come get it. But she doesn’t have a dog. But the chip in the animal definitely comes back to her as the owner.The dog belongs to John Coyote. Why does her name appear in the paperwork. That is the first of many strange happenings. Evelyn decides to take the dog to John and find out what happened. Only that is where the mysteries get deeper. When she arrives John is dead, murdered. Then a policeman shows up but not to help, but to take John’s body away and dispose of it.Evelyn is seen and chased. Now the race is on to discover what is truly happening. Take into account that Evelyn is wealthy and timid and full of anxiety and you have quite a story. But she will work hard to find the truth and during this time come to know more about herself and more about a God that she has ignored most of her life but now realizes she might need.I enjoyed the book greatly and thought that it was developed well, the characters were well written and there were enough twists and turns to keep the action flowing.Enjoy
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  • Diane Higgins
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! It captured my attention from the first page to the very end. I have read all of Carrie Stuart Park's books, so far, and this is definitely one of my favorites. It had some twists and turns and kept me guessing until the very end.This book follows Evelyn McTavish, who goes by Tavish. It starts out that Tavish is attending her finances funeral. Everyone says he committed suicide, but she doesn't believe it. Then she gets a call to come pick up her dog, but she doesn't have a do I loved this book! It captured my attention from the first page to the very end. I have read all of Carrie Stuart Park's books, so far, and this is definitely one of my favorites. It had some twists and turns and kept me guessing until the very end.This book follows Evelyn McTavish, who goes by Tavish. It starts out that Tavish is attending her finances funeral. Everyone says he committed suicide, but she doesn't believe it. Then she gets a call to come pick up her dog, but she doesn't have a dog! Yet her number is on the dog's chip. So, there starts the mystery that Tavish is trying to solve. There is a little romance thrown in also. I definitely recommend this book. It has all the suspense of a thriller yet it is a clean read...which I love! Carrie Stuart Parks is one of my favorite authors, and I am always looking for new books by her!I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley for my honest opinion.
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  • Tracey Jackson
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book. It kept me reading and not wanting to put it down. Suspenseful till the very end. Kept me guessing. I recommend this book . A must read
  • Anita Ojeda
    January 1, 1970
    Tavish (her mother insists on calling her by her given name, Evelyn Yvonne McTavish), grieves Andrew James, her fiancé’s, death alone. Her wealthy mother has more pressing business—dealing with recovered paintings rates higher than supporting her heartbroken daughter. Tavish and her mother, Helen Richmond seem to mutually disappoint each other at every turn. Helen builds business empires and Tavish just wants to explore her art. As an heiress (she inherited her grandmother’s estate), Tavish can Tavish (her mother insists on calling her by her given name, Evelyn Yvonne McTavish), grieves Andrew James, her fiancé’s, death alone. Her wealthy mother has more pressing business—dealing with recovered paintings rates higher than supporting her heartbroken daughter. Tavish and her mother, Helen Richmond seem to mutually disappoint each other at every turn. Helen builds business empires and Tavish just wants to explore her art. As an heiress (she inherited her grandmother’s estate), Tavish can do what she wants. After Andrew’s death (the police ruled it a suicide), Tavish hounds the police department, insisting that Andrew would never kill himself. When a pound calls to tell her they have her dog (she doesn’t own one), she returns the dog to its rightful owner and stumbles upon a crime scene. But because of the incident with her fiancé, she has little hope that the police probably will believe her. One bizarre event follows another as Tavish tries to figure out what’s going on. Maybe she’s losing her mind, because no one seems to believe her when she tries to tell them about the murder, the missing man, a people following her. Until she meets a guy at her gallery opening. And then stumbles across him again at an archeological dig. Agent Sawyer Price doesn’t really believe in love at first sight, but when he sees Tavish for the first time, his befuddled mind can’t spit out a coherent sentence. He thinks he must have offended her, because she leaves the gallery with tears shimmering in her beautiful eyes. He buys her drawing and manages to snag a look at her contact information. He has no idea what he’ll do with the intel. And then she shows up in the middle of the night at the archeological dig where he has worked undercover for the past eight months. She tells him a story so bizarre it could only be true (because she can’t be crazy). When he finds a tracking device in her car, it confirms his analysis. And just maybe her story and his dead-end case have something to do with each other. Carrie Stuart Parks keeps the reader guessing and on her toes as each new twist and turn unfolds. It seems as if someone wants Tavish dead, and they’ll go to great lengths to make it look like an accident. What does her mother and her stolen art have to do with the threats to Tavish’s life? As Tavish digs deeper into the mystery, she slowly comes to understand that crystals and mantras can’t save her from anxiety or harm.
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  • Faye
    January 1, 1970
    Artist Evelyn McTavish has been working to rebuild her life after the suicide of her fiance. One day she gets a call from the dog pound saying that they are going to put down her dog, the problem is that she doesn't even have a dog. She recognizes the dog as the belonging to a previous clients, so she decides to return the dog to its owner, but when she goes looking for him, she finds that the dog's owner has been murdered. Tavish finds herself a target, after witnessing incriminating events. Sh Artist Evelyn McTavish has been working to rebuild her life after the suicide of her fiance. One day she gets a call from the dog pound saying that they are going to put down her dog, the problem is that she doesn't even have a dog. She recognizes the dog as the belonging to a previous clients, so she decides to return the dog to its owner, but when she goes looking for him, she finds that the dog's owner has been murdered. Tavish finds herself a target, after witnessing incriminating events. She has always struggled with anxiety, and now with everything being thrown at her at once, she doesn't know where to turn.Her path crosses with FBI Agent Sawyer Price, and they must work together to unravel the increasingly dangerous plot at hand, before time runs out. Fast-paced and complex, I couldn't put this book down. Cliffhanger after cliffhanger, kept the pages turning. I never knew what to expect, or who to trust, stunning plot twists, and suspenseful story telling, alongside compelling character development make this book an absolute, must read!Tavish is a great heroine, instantly likable and easy to cheer for the whole way through. She grew up having everything, and knowing that something was missing, she's tried shrinks, pills, and crystals, but her mother has always warned her away from Christianity. She finds strength that she didn't know she had, and is quick thinking under pressure. Sawyer is detail oriented and excellent at his job, he feels compelled to do everything he can to protect Tavish, while putting together all the pieces of the case. A compelling, mind-bending, suspense, impossible to put down, with a multitude of shocking twists, and strong faith along the way. This is my first time reading Ms. Parks, but I'm definitely a fan now! Everything that you could dream of in a suspense novel, you won't want to miss it!I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • MJSH
    January 1, 1970
    “My hand is a positive shape. The negative space is the shape between my fingers. If I focus on the negative space, I will always draw the positive shape correctly.”Carrie Stuart Parks, once again, deftly and masterfully weaves an intense tale brimming with suspense and authenticity that begs to be read in one sitting. The author is well-known for her intricately and tightly woven plot that feels like a 5000-piece puzzle systematically snapping into place page by page and this book is classic Ca “My hand is a positive shape. The negative space is the shape between my fingers. If I focus on the negative space, I will always draw the positive shape correctly.”Carrie Stuart Parks, once again, deftly and masterfully weaves an intense tale brimming with suspense and authenticity that begs to be read in one sitting. The author is well-known for her intricately and tightly woven plot that feels like a 5000-piece puzzle systematically snapping into place page by page and this book is classic Carrie Stuart Parks. From reading her previous books, I knew to look out for the villain amongst the many secondary characters introduced during the plot, but I was (yet again) stunned at the ending. I was somewhat surprised at the book’s third person limited point of view since the author’s previous Gwen Marcey series was in first person perspective but it worked well for this book. Tavish is an heiress since the death of her grandmother, a fledgling artist, and a quirky and impulsive twenty-five year driven by anxiety, fear, somewhat overactive imagination, and compassion. Sawyer is a loyal, compassionate, loving FBI agent who runs into Tavish at a local gallery during one of her art showings. Tavish’s wealthy mother’s art is stolen then returned, Tavish’s fiancé is murdered as well as quite a few others Tavish has known, then Tavish herself is hunted down by a faceless ruthless entity, and Sawyer gets involved in the swirl of conspiracy and secrecy as he tries to protect Tavish. The romance is a small subplot but enough to keep their budding friendship and attraction interesting. If you enjoy a well-written, fast-paced suspense, you will absolutely love this book! I received a copy of the book from Thomas Nelson via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
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  • Cynde
    January 1, 1970
    The title totally fits the main character, she is afraid of everything, thinks she is fat and unattractive and chews her nails to the bone and she's rich. Her fiance has just died -apparent suicide- she believes he was murdered but the police don't agree and think she is crazy. She receives a call from an animal shelter that her dog is about to be put down but she doesn't have a dog. When she goes to check it out she finds the dog belongs to an art client of hers but she has no idea why he regis The title totally fits the main character, she is afraid of everything, thinks she is fat and unattractive and chews her nails to the bone and she's rich. Her fiance has just died -apparent suicide- she believes he was murdered but the police don't agree and think she is crazy. She receives a call from an animal shelter that her dog is about to be put down but she doesn't have a dog. When she goes to check it out she finds the dog belongs to an art client of hers but she has no idea why he registered the dogs chip to her. She goes to his house to return the dog and finds the man dead. This begins a frightening and thrilling chain of events that threatens to get her killed as she tries to find out what is going on and who to trust.This turned out to be a nail-biting thrilling race of a read and I enjoyed it immensely. It is Christian fiction approached in the most natural real-life way.
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  • Naomi Shores
    January 1, 1970
    I love it! This story starts with an abandoned dog that leads to an archaeological dig and stolen art. Admittedly there isn't as much of the forensic in this book as in most of Carrie's books but the characters pull you into the story and you can't wait to see where it goes and if the heroine is crazy like everyone thinks she is or if what is happening to her is reality. The action was fast paced and the villain is totally unexpected. Carrie Stuart Parks has become one of my new favorite authors I love it! This story starts with an abandoned dog that leads to an archaeological dig and stolen art. Admittedly there isn't as much of the forensic in this book as in most of Carrie's books but the characters pull you into the story and you can't wait to see where it goes and if the heroine is crazy like everyone thinks she is or if what is happening to her is reality. The action was fast paced and the villain is totally unexpected. Carrie Stuart Parks has become one of my new favorite authors.
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  • Kara
    January 1, 1970
    I was surprised how this book begins with a character, Tavish, who isn't a Christian, attending a funeral with mentions of chanting, horoscope, reincarnation and wearing a crystal all in the first few chapters. How she depends on that crystal was kind of annoying for much of the book, her nail biting habit also had me cringing. I really didn't like Tavish until she meets Sawyer Price on the dig and I kept thinking, "Tavish needs to have a serious change of heart before this story ends." Well, I I was surprised how this book begins with a character, Tavish, who isn't a Christian, attending a funeral with mentions of chanting, horoscope, reincarnation and wearing a crystal all in the first few chapters. How she depends on that crystal was kind of annoying for much of the book, her nail biting habit also had me cringing. I really didn't like Tavish until she meets Sawyer Price on the dig and I kept thinking, "Tavish needs to have a serious change of heart before this story ends." Well, I got my wish :) The start of the book doesn't so much grab your attention as much as it grabs you by the neck, slaps you with its harsh reality or makes a unique threat to keep turning the pages or else you'll regret it. It just FEELS ABRUPT! Thankfully, it gets better as Tavish determines to find the truth, learn what the scripture means on her grandma's headstone, save Marley the dog (totally agree about the movie references with dogs Tavish mentions in the narration), and hopefully learn that her mother isn't evil.Marley was my favorite character in this book, awesome dog that definitely pulled on my heartstrings throughout the story! That flooding scene broke my heart, yikes!It's crazy what Tavish endures to discover the truth in this story and SURVIVE. Only Sawyer has faith and prays when they first meet, but I'm glad Tavish has a change of heart and learns what that scripture means, how she risks everything to save those she cares about, and how being a size 14 does NOT slow her down! This book didn't impress me to start off with, but I was very satisfied with its conclusion.
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  • Jodie Wolfe
    January 1, 1970
    My ReviewCarrie Stuart Parks has a gift for writing fast-paced, action filled, on-the-edge-of-your-seat books that has the reader longing for more. As usual, I read her latest book in a short amount of time. She has a way of crawling into her heroine/hero and making them come to life on the page. I eagerly look forward to reading her next book. Well done, Carrie.~While this book was provided for free, I was under no obligation to supply a favorable review. The pleasure was mine. (2019)
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  • Dianna (SavingsInSeconds blog)
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Thomas Nelson publishers. Opinions shared are mine. When I was approved for the egalley Fragments of Fear, I dropped everything and started reading it. Carrie Stuart Parks is one of my favorite authors and I just couldn't wait to dive into her world of behind-the-scenes crime investigation. This book is very different from her others, both in terms of the characters and the plot. I wanted to like it, but had to force myself to finish it. I wasn't I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Thomas Nelson publishers. Opinions shared are mine. When I was approved for the egalley Fragments of Fear, I dropped everything and started reading it. Carrie Stuart Parks is one of my favorite authors and I just couldn't wait to dive into her world of behind-the-scenes crime investigation. This book is very different from her others, both in terms of the characters and the plot. I wanted to like it, but had to force myself to finish it. I wasn't the right reader for this book, I guess. Tavish as her friends call her, was the main character of Fragments of Fear. She was insecure and socially awkward, offering money to everyone who became confrontational with her. Her saga continued to become more and more far-fetched as the story went on. I like to experience a little bit of "suspension of disbelief," but this was just too much. Additionally, there was a repetitive recap of the clues in her mystery. Each time a new character became involved, we had to go through the entire scenario again. Whew! The romantic element of the book was the thing that put me over the edge. It just didn't fit in this story, and was too much, too soon. Apart from the storyline, my egalley had many formatting issues. A print copy of this book might make it easier to read. Because of this, it took me a month to finish a book that I expected to stay up reading all night!
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  • MaryAnn Bell
    January 1, 1970
    From award-winning author Carrie Stuart Parks comes a new novel with danger that reaches from a New Mexico Anasazi archaeological dig to micro- and nano-chip technology.Evelyn Yvonne McTavish-Tavish to her friends-had her almost perfect world in Albuquerque, New Mexico, come to a crashing end with the suicide of her fiancé. As she struggles to put her life back together and make a living from her art, she’s given the news that her dog is about to be destroyed at the dog pound. Except she doesn’t From award-winning author Carrie Stuart Parks comes a new novel with danger that reaches from a New Mexico Anasazi archaeological dig to micro- and nano-chip technology.Evelyn Yvonne McTavish-Tavish to her friends-had her almost perfect world in Albuquerque, New Mexico, come to a crashing end with the suicide of her fiancé. As she struggles to put her life back together and make a living from her art, she’s given the news that her dog is about to be destroyed at the dog pound. Except she doesn’t own a dog. The shelter is adamant that the microchip embedded in the canine-with her name and address-makes it hers. Tavish recognizes the dog as one owned by an archaeologist named Pat Caron because she did a commissioned drawing of the two of them months earlier. The simple solution is to return the dog to his owner, but she arrives only to discover Caron’s murdered body. After meeting undercover FBI agent Sawyer Price the mystery deepens as more people start disappearing and Tavish becomes a target as well. Her only solution is to find the links between microchip technology, an Anasazi site in the desert, her fiancé’s death, a late-night radio show, and the dog. And the clock is ticking.My Thoughts: This is an interesting suspense mystery novel. The author has a whimsical way of writing, that puts a little humor into the storyline. When the story begins, we have a young woman at the funeral of her fiance, then finds herself with a dog she doesn't really want and then discovers that it's the owner has been murdered. No wonder Tavish had so many panic attacks. I really enjoyed this novel. It kept my attention from the beginning and did not disappoint me throughout the story. I enjoyed this novel, the one point I did like about this novel, is that the main character does come to Christ, and learns to overcome her fears by leaning on God.I look forward to more from Carrie Stuart Parks.⭐⭐⭐⭐
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  • Randi Sampson
    January 1, 1970
    When I pick up a mystery or suspense book, I look forward to the mystery... of wondering who did it and how it all went down. From the very start, this book certainly had that going for it! The action started right from the first chapter and didn't stop until the very end. In the beginning though, it really had me as the reader questioning what was really going on. We 'see' what our main character Tavish sees, of course... but as the evidence disappears and given her already fragile mental state When I pick up a mystery or suspense book, I look forward to the mystery... of wondering who did it and how it all went down. From the very start, this book certainly had that going for it! The action started right from the first chapter and didn't stop until the very end. In the beginning though, it really had me as the reader questioning what was really going on. We 'see' what our main character Tavish sees, of course... but as the evidence disappears and given her already fragile mental state... you can't help but wonder... is this REALLY going on? Is it all in her head as the police believe? How does it all go together? That air of mystery kept me turning the pages to find out the truth. Nothing is quite what it seems, as information is slowly revealed- a fragment at a time- throughout the story. And I couldn't get enough! There is just a hint of romance in this one, which I believe fans of the romantic suspense genre can appreciate... but the mystery is really the primary focus here. As a Christian novel, of course there is some mention of God, but likewise, it's not in your face about it. As a Christian reader, I appreciated seeing that aspect of faith... but I believe that non-Christians could still enjoy this as a good, clean read without feeling as though they are being preached to as well.This is the first book that I had personally read from Carrie Stuart Parks. From my understanding based on thoughts from other reviewers, it seems as though this one might be rather different than her previous works that tend to deal more in forensics. Again, having not read anything else from her in the past, I cannot compare but I can say I really enjoyed the style of her writing and look forward to checking out more from her in the future. **I received a complimentary copy for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own.
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  • Prairie Sky Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    “Stolen art. A New Mexico archaeological dig. An abandoned dog. And a secret that’s worth killing for.” This summer, get ready for a story that will keep you reading until the wee hours of the morning, frantically flipping pages as the danger escalates and a tangled web of deception begins to unravel. “Fragments of Fear” is the newest Thomas Nelson release by Carrie Stuart Parks, and is definitely a thrill ride from start to finish. As the second book I’ve read by Carrie Stuart Parks, “Fragments “Stolen art. A New Mexico archaeological dig. An abandoned dog. And a secret that’s worth killing for.” This summer, get ready for a story that will keep you reading until the wee hours of the morning, frantically flipping pages as the danger escalates and a tangled web of deception begins to unravel. “Fragments of Fear” is the newest Thomas Nelson release by Carrie Stuart Parks, and is definitely a thrill ride from start to finish. As the second book I’ve read by Carrie Stuart Parks, “Fragments of Fear” is an incredibly fast-paced story that weaves romantic suspense with thought-provoking themes about faith, humility, and trust. All this is tied together with top-notch writing that brings the story to life with (sometimes terrifying) reality. When our heroine jumps at a noise around the corner, you will too! I really appreciated how “Fragments of Fear” was more than just danger, action, and drama - there was emotion and inner growth, as well. I really came to care about the characters, including the spunky, innocent little dog that is at the center of a diabolical chain of events. It is important to note that this is not a book to jump into if you are not already comfortable with the Romantic Suspense genre. Why? Frightening situations abound, multiple people are murdered, and unknown villains constantly seem to be breathing down the neck of the protagonist in very realistically-scary scenes. BUT, if you do enjoy the genre and are looking for something that is more than just scary, but has some substance to it as well, I highly recommend “Fragments of Fear”. I received an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book from HarperCollins Canada, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • DMaddox
    January 1, 1970
    There were so many things I enjoyed about this book. Tavish's life was out of control and she was a mess at the beginning. Missing her recently decreased grandmother, reeling from her finance’s supposed suicide, feeling unloved by her mother, and afraid her art was never going to sell, Tavish had plenty to deal with. Then she gets a call to pickup her dog from the pound - but Tavish doesn’t have a dog! She argues with the pound but finally relents and gets the dog when they tell her to get her t There were so many things I enjoyed about this book. Tavish's life was out of control and she was a mess at the beginning. Missing her recently decreased grandmother, reeling from her finance’s supposed suicide, feeling unloved by her mother, and afraid her art was never going to sell, Tavish had plenty to deal with. Then she gets a call to pickup her dog from the pound - but Tavish doesn’t have a dog! She argues with the pound but finally relents and gets the dog when they tell her to get her today or she will be euthanized that night. She recognizes the dog immediately as belonging to a man who recently commissioned her to do a portrait of him and the dog. When she tries to find the owner, she finds him murdered. Things only get worse for her from there. I believe her relationship with the dog is the first step in her journey to a better life. But things get worse before they get better - she discovers more murders and then there are attempts on her life. The story is full of suspense, twists, and surprises up until the very end. By the end, Tavish has matured and grown into a more self-confident woman with a bright future. A little romance adds to the adventure also. Ms Parks pulls all the pieces together into a tense and fun read. I will read more books by this author.In full disclosure, I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own."
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  • Jessica Patch
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed Fragments of Fear. Here's my breakdown:Characters: Well-crafted. Real. I related to the main character Tavish (love that nickname). She’s a bit cynical, but not in a “whiny I don’t like you” way. She’s had some hard hands dealt her in life. I also love her wit/humor. She’s a fighter, a survivor, and a searcher. I will say she finds everything she’s searching for which brings us to…Faith Thread: Carrie always has a faith thread in her books, some a little more overt than othe I thoroughly enjoyed Fragments of Fear. Here's my breakdown:Characters: Well-crafted. Real. I related to the main character Tavish (love that nickname). She’s a bit cynical, but not in a “whiny I don’t like you” way. She’s had some hard hands dealt her in life. I also love her wit/humor. She’s a fighter, a survivor, and a searcher. I will say she finds everything she’s searching for which brings us to…Faith Thread: Carrie always has a faith thread in her books, some a little more overt than others. This one is in the middle. I wouldn’t consider it preachy in any way and I think it can cross both markets, Christian readership and General Market without getting dinged for being “too Christian” or “not Christian enough”.Suspense/Thriller: I enjoyed putting the puzzle pieces together while hanging on throughout the danger scenes and there were aplenty to keep avid suspense readers enthralled as well as mystery readers who love trying to figure out what is going on and whodunnit.Resolution: Everything is wrapped up and explained in a natural way that makes sense. No ‘give me a break’ moments! At least not for me.Highlight: If you love dogs, you’ll love really all of Carrie’s books as they have a direct role, but this one features a pretty cool Puli.*I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Betti
    January 1, 1970
    Well you definitely won’t put this one down until you are finished! The fast paced action will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout wondering if the mystery will ever be solved. Evelyn or Tavish as she liked to be called is an artist with an incredible memory, which proves to be providential in the circumstances she finds herself in. Between murder, kidnapping, flash floods, gunfire and explosions, you begin to wonder who can actually be trusted and thus solve this incredible conundrum t Well you definitely won’t put this one down until you are finished! The fast paced action will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout wondering if the mystery will ever be solved. Evelyn or Tavish as she liked to be called is an artist with an incredible memory, which proves to be providential in the circumstances she finds herself in. Between murder, kidnapping, flash floods, gunfire and explosions, you begin to wonder who can actually be trusted and thus solve this incredible conundrum that includes forgeries and stolen artwork. Marley, the dog, is a great stress reliever for Tavish as well as the reader. He certainly brought a smile to my face a number of times. Marley’s unconditional love helped Tavish learn to believe in the verse left behind by her grandmother -‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding’. Proverbs 3:5This is my introduction to this author and I certainly will be looking for more. I received this ARC through NetGalley and CelebrateLit. The impressions and opinions stated are my own.
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  • Ellen White
    January 1, 1970
    FRAGMENTS..OF..FEAR.....Carrie..Stuart .ParksEvelyn found her fiancé, a meeting place he had suggested and he was in a rental car. The body unviewable, saying it was suicide, he left her no note, and he would have, saying why. Tonight was to be a celebration asking her Mother for Evelyn’s hand in marriage. Gravesite, with the fake grass, and his death seemed unreal. A mourner comes, saying she had so much she wanted to say to him., they were to be married. Asking to whom she meant, , it was the FRAGMENTS..OF..FEAR.....Carrie..Stuart .ParksEvelyn found her fiancé, a meeting place he had suggested and he was in a rental car. The body unviewable, saying it was suicide, he left her no note, and he would have, saying why. Tonight was to be a celebration asking her Mother for Evelyn’s hand in marriage. Gravesite, with the fake grass, and his death seemed unreal. A mourner comes, saying she had so much she wanted to say to him., they were to be married. Asking to whom she meant, , it was the name of her fiancé.Life for Evelyn was out of control, a grandmother had died, a fiancé, saying suicide, a job she hated, a mother did she even love her, her art would it sell. Life was mix up, and then a call for a dog, the chip had her information, but not hers. The stranger at the gravesite, saying she was dumpy, and he only wanting her money. A novel full of twists, the uncertainties would life ever be normal again. Great story, that keeps one reading to the end.Given ARC for my voluntary review and my honest opinion by Net Galley andThomas Nelson.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    I feel like our author hit so many marks of excellent writing in such unexpected yet well thought out ways. We delve into the world of microchipping which I think has always had an element of fear as to what the government could eventually do with it with us as humans- as all things, it could be used for good or bad intentions. I felt like the topic covered was really a difficult and out of the box one when we think of suspense/thriller, so I felt our author really educated us well and gave us a I feel like our author hit so many marks of excellent writing in such unexpected yet well thought out ways. We delve into the world of microchipping which I think has always had an element of fear as to what the government could eventually do with it with us as humans- as all things, it could be used for good or bad intentions. I felt like the topic covered was really a difficult and out of the box one when we think of suspense/thriller, so I felt our author really educated us well and gave us a really convincing backdrop for us to watch this once in a lifetime story unfold. There was faith and romance intertwined in all this violence and action and it all weaved together so seamlessly. This book twists, turns, jolts you, shocks you, and leaves you breathless wondering what's coming next. I certainly got the fear, and felt that all the characters were beautifully crafted, complex, and relatable. If you are looking for an unexpected suspense thriller that has a small thread of romance and faith intertwined, this one is for you.I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are entirely my own.
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    It took me a while to get to the point of liking this novel. Parks goes in a new direction, away from the series featuring the forensic artist I thoroughly enjoyed. The heroine in this novel is also an artist but that is where the similarity ends. Tavish is insecure and has anxiety attacks. She is so different from Parks' previous heroine it took me quite a while to get caught up in the plot. The plot is complex but everything comes together in the end. I like that Parks uses her knowledge of ar It took me a while to get to the point of liking this novel. Parks goes in a new direction, away from the series featuring the forensic artist I thoroughly enjoyed. The heroine in this novel is also an artist but that is where the similarity ends. Tavish is insecure and has anxiety attacks. She is so different from Parks' previous heroine it took me quite a while to get caught up in the plot. The plot is complex but everything comes together in the end. I like that Parks uses her knowledge of art in her novels. I learned about negative space in this one and how it can be used in art.The spiritual message included is subtle but I liked how it was presented. I ultimately came to like Tavish and how the book ended. I really like Parks' writing style and will be looking for her next novel, whoever the main character might be.I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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  • Doreen
    January 1, 1970
    This book shows again why Carrie Stuart Parks is on my “must-read author” list. The story starts out with a crazy twist that has Evelyn McTavish questioning what she thought to be true. And it keeps building as crazy things pile up one after another. Even her own mother questions her sanity. But as the danger builds, Evelyn begins to wonder if her mother has her own reasons for wanting her discredited.Evelyn holds up surprisingly well even though she is having the worst month of her life. She is This book shows again why Carrie Stuart Parks is on my “must-read author” list. The story starts out with a crazy twist that has Evelyn McTavish questioning what she thought to be true. And it keeps building as crazy things pile up one after another. Even her own mother questions her sanity. But as the danger builds, Evelyn begins to wonder if her mother has her own reasons for wanting her discredited.Evelyn holds up surprisingly well even though she is having the worst month of her life. She is given a huge gift in FBI agent Sawyer Price as he is one of the few people who believe her. The focus and action go all over…from archaeology to modern art to nano-chip technology. Parks weaves it all together in dramatic fashion. The danger builds; the action is relentless. There are surprising twists. It’s a great read. I’d highly recommend it.Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing me with a complimentary e-copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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  • Laura Langley
    January 1, 1970
    The culture of New Mexico, fine art theft, archaegological digs, microchips, a Puli dog, and an innocent bystander accused of murder--or is she innocent? You'll find it all in Fragments of Fear, a new novel by suspense author Carrie Stuart Parks. She keeps readers engaged with an interesting story line, a likeable and believeable main character, truly bad bad guys, and edge of the seat suspense. If you're looking for a good read, this suspense novel won't disappoint, but be prepared to let other The culture of New Mexico, fine art theft, archaegological digs, microchips, a Puli dog, and an innocent bystander accused of murder--or is she innocent? You'll find it all in Fragments of Fear, a new novel by suspense author Carrie Stuart Parks. She keeps readers engaged with an interesting story line, a likeable and believeable main character, truly bad bad guys, and edge of the seat suspense. If you're looking for a good read, this suspense novel won't disappoint, but be prepared to let other things go by the wayside, because you'll have a hard time putting down Fragments of Fear. It's the perfect book for a holiday or vacation time. Just when you think you know which way the plot is headed, you'll find some surprises. If I say any more, it might spoil the read, and you don't want that! Pick up a copy of Parks' Fragments of Fear today.
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  • Leslie M.
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsI’ve read a few of this author’s past books, and I’ve always enjoyed them, so I was thrilled to read her latest. If you enjoy a good mystery, you’ll want to check this one out.The fast pace kept me engaged throughout, and I enjoyed the various twists and turns along the way. I enjoyed Marley, who livened up some of the scenes. I liked the details about the artwork, as it made this story different from many mysteries I’ve read in the past. There is a Christian angle to the story, but it’ 3.5 starsI’ve read a few of this author’s past books, and I’ve always enjoyed them, so I was thrilled to read her latest. If you enjoy a good mystery, you’ll want to check this one out.The fast pace kept me engaged throughout, and I enjoyed the various twists and turns along the way. I enjoyed Marley, who livened up some of the scenes. I liked the details about the artwork, as it made this story different from many mysteries I’ve read in the past. There is a Christian angle to the story, but it’s not overwhelming. I appreciated the fact that the romance took a backseat to the suspense. Tavish is an easy heroine to connect with and root for. The author did keep me guessing on a few plot points until near the end … and that’s always a good thing!Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy, but I wasn’t required to leave a positive review.
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