First Line Friday — Woman in Shadow

27 Aug

Happy Friday! One of my favorite authors, Carrie Stuart Parks, released a new novel this summer — Woman in Shadow. I downloaded it from NetGalley, and I really need to find time to read it. If you have read it, please let me know why I should move it to the top of the old TBR stack. It won’t take much convincing 😉 .

Here are the first two lines:

Why are those dogs barking? I pointed across the wooden picnic table toward two obviously upset canines yelping nearby.

A woman off the grid.

Darby Graham thinks she’s on a much-needed vacation in remote Idaho to relax. But before she even arrives at the ranch, an earthquake strikes. Then a barn on the edge of town is engulfed in flames and strange problems at the ranch begin to escalate, and Darby finds herself immersed in a chilling mystery.

A town on fire.

More fires erupt around town, and a serial arsonist sends taunting letters to the press after each. As a forensic linguist, this is Darby’s area of expertise . . . but the scars her work has caused her are also the reason she’s trying to escape her life.

A growing darkness.

As the shadows continue moving in, pieces of the town around her come into sharper focus. To make it out alive, Darby must decide if she can trust the one man who sees her clearly.

Carrie Stuart Parks is an award winning artist, writer, speaker, and law enforcement instructor. A Certified Forensic Artist, she met her husband, Rick, in the romantic hallways of the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Together they formed a dynamic and successful team in their fine and forensic art, working on major national and international cases and creating exquisite watercolors and stone carvings. They travel internationally, teaching forensic art to a variety of participants: from the Secret Service to the FBI, from large law enforcement agencies to the smallest two-man departments in their one-week classes. They are the largest instructors of forensic art in the world. Carrie has won numerous awards for her innovative teaching methods and general career excellence and is a signature member of the Idaho Watercolor Society.

Carrie’s Gwen Marcey series chronicles a forensic artist from Montana and is loosely based on Carrie’s forensic cases. She began her fiction writing career while battling breast cancer. Mentored by NY Times bestselling author, Frank Peretti, Carrie’s debut novel, along with her subsequent novels, have been met with critical acclaim. 

8 Responses to “First Line Friday — Woman in Shadow”

  1. Nicole Santana August 27, 2021 at 1:50 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading Secrets in the Mist by Morgan L. Busse. This is a new-to-me author and genre. So far, it’s pretty engaging. I’m just beginning chapter 13 so I’ll share a line from there.
    “Theo spent the month collecting everything he could on the subject.”
    Hope you have an excellent weekend!

    • rbclibrary August 29, 2021 at 6:04 am #

      Glad you are enjoying a new author!

  2. Paula Shreckhise August 27, 2021 at 3:30 pm #

    That was a spectacular book. The first I’ve read by Carrie but it won’t be the last!
    Got this in the mail today.

    My first line is from a book coming out on the 31st
    Carved in Stone by Elizabeth Camden:
    April 1900. New York City
    How could a man buy a new suit with a dizen eggs?

    • rbclibrary August 29, 2021 at 6:04 am #

      You have a lot more great reading ahead!

  3. Danielle Grandinetti August 27, 2021 at 6:16 pm #

    Sounds intriguing!

    My first line is from Undercurrent of Secrets by Rachel Scott McDaniel:

  4. policeartist August 30, 2021 at 11:37 am #

    Aaaah, thank you so much!

    • rbclibrary August 30, 2021 at 2:16 pm #


  5. Cindy Davis September 3, 2021 at 10:02 am #

    I enjoyed this book and hope you did as well 🙂

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