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The Bones Will Speak

(Gwen Marcey #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  476 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
Forensic artist Gwen Marcey has become the target of a serial killer who believes he's been appointed God's executioner.

In Copper Creek, Montana, Gwen Marcey is struggling to put together her life after cancer and divorce. When her dog retrieves a skull of a murder victim and leads her to the victim's grave, Gwen uses her forensic art ability to identify a serial killer. S
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 11th 2015 by Thomas Nelson (first published August 1st 2015)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I've been reading a bunch of thrillers lately...because they are awesome.

This one fell in the not so awesome category for me though.
I usually read pretty fast but it feels like I've been reading this one forever.

Gwen Marcey is a forensic artist who has recently taken a break from everything due to recovering from breast cancer, a recent divorce and it gets alluded to that she had someone try and kill her. (Probably in book one since this is a series)

Her dog brings home a human skull one day a
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Bones Will Speak is the second book in the Gwen Marcey series, but it is the first of Carrie Stuart Parks' books I've read. I didn't have any issue following along with the story and found the suspense to be gripping. The story was written very well and I liked how the villain wasn't obvious (at least to me).

The book didn't really have any romance, it was more about the characters and the killer. I enjoyed that. I also really liked Gwen's daughter and thought she was definitely brave in the
Heather Gilbert
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-reads
Once again, I tore through this book. Once again, I couldn't have predicted many of the twists. Once again, I learned something new. Somewhat gritty, but not graphic, this is a series I would recommend to all my mystery-reading friends. Now, on to the next in the series!
First in series - A Cry From the Dust was good; 3.5 stars rounded up. This second installment - The Bones Will Speak was EXCEPTIONALLY good!!!

Ramped up suspense, distinctly ominous subject matter. Carrie Stuart Park certainly has raised the stakes, carving genuine thrill in faith-based suspense.

SOLID 4 Stars . . . Looking forward to the next installment.
Caitlyn Santi
This was my first read by this author and it most definitely will not be my last! This was an excellent mystery/suspense novel! I had never read a book about a forensic artist before and I found Gwen's profession to be quite fascinating, especially knowing that the author is a forensic artist herself so she wrote a lot from personal experience. I really liked all the characters, but I think perhaps Gwen's friend Beth--with her love if all things purple and penchant for using uncommon words--was ...more
Anna At A Wondrous Bookshelf
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, crime, thriller
This is book number two of the Gwen Marcey’s series. Gwen is a forensic artist who’s recovering from a divorce and from cancer. When Gwen’s dog finds a skull of a murder victim, Gwen uses her forensic knowledge and sets out to solve the crime. I really enjoyed this story. The Bones Will Speak is an exciting, fast-paced thriller full of twists and surprises. I didn’t read book one in the series, but I thought this book stood on its own. The parts I really liked about this book was the emphasis on ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
I have to mention again how much I love Gwen Marcey - she's just such a great character! Her fascinating career, her honesty about the realities of breast cancer aftermath, her almost-snarky wit, her feistiness, her "realness" with God and with her ex and with her daughter and best friend. All of it just gets better with each new book.

In The Bones Will Speak, Gwen is up against a neo-Nazi group and trying to figure out how and why a past case has come back to haunt her. High-stakes tension, fas
In this second in this series, Gwen Marcey is lured to a vacant cabin not far from her house, only to discover a teenage girl, tied and beaten, who looks very much like her own 14 year old daughter. Gwen and law enforcement learn that the girl had been abducted, and soon discover other bodies near by, and realize they are on the trail of a serial murderer, who for some reason has let this latest victim live. Gwen soon realizes that she herself is the target of this killer's plans, although not w ...more
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
In the author's sophomore novel, the writing was tighter and the suspense much more intense than in her debut.

The Bones Will Speak is the second book of the Gwen Marcey series. In this novel, Gwen becomes the intended victim. She uses her skill with forensics to help solve the case. I didn't guess who the villain was and pages were turning to see what would happen next.

I look forward to the next novel in the series.
Aug 14, 2016 marked it as to-read
Hooray! Got this in a Goodreads giveaway. I'd been thinking about buying it and got home from a death in the family to find it waiting in my mailbox. :) Now to add it to my reading schedule...
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Carrie Stuart Parks, and Thomas Nelson for providing me with a copy of this book, which allows me to provide you with this review.

Without having read Parks' previous novel, I felt unsure how to approach this second book in the series. Gwen Marcey is a forensic artist, working piecemeal for the local sheriff , but is unable to make ends meet. While out with her dog, they discover a skull and eventually a body that bears an uncanny resemblance to
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!!! My heart is still pumping too fast as I just finished reading this book. Wow!!! Carrie Stuart Parks certainly just took me on one helluva journey. A serial killer who is killing girls that resemble Gwen's (the main character) daughter is just part of the action going on here. My first suspect, while he was squirrelly enough, was WRONG! As well as my second. You just don't see this ending coming. And the ending? For those weak of heart, put on your blood pressure monitor and definite ...more
Donna Maguire
Love, love, loved this book. I found it really hard to put down and really enjoyed it. Been a while since I read such a good page turner, I couldn't wait to get to the end and then felt sad when I got there as I'd finished the book! I really liked Gwen's character and back story and I think it helped give the story the body it needed to flow. I guessed twice who was responsible and got it wroth boths - that doesn't normally happen for me, so I enjoyed it all the more. A fab read. I received a co ...more
Kelly Bridgewater
II love books that have a synopsis that mentions a serial killer. I know that sounds morbid, but that means that the body count will be high and that there should be plenty of action written in the story to capture my attention. In Carrie Stuart Parks second novel, The Bones Will Speak, Parks does exactly what I wanted. She is a great fit for the suspense genre.

Since Gwen Marcey is a forensics expert who reconstructs faces from the victim’s memory or from a skull, the story gripped my attention
Lisa Johnson
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Bones Will Speak (Gwen Marcey #2)
Author: Carrie Stuart Parks
Pages: 327
Year: 2015
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Gwen Marcey is back to stretching every dollar and looking for a job as the county law enforcement agency jobs have dried up. She discovers another forensic artist has taken all the jobs and Gwen is hot under the collar over that! She lets her dog out for a walk and he brings back a grisly trophy. The next day, Gwen tries to find out where he made his find and he leads her to a near
Janka H.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"The addictive and not boring Christian thriller" - does it sound like an oxymoron? Well, but it is true in this case (as it is in several other cases, too).

But I give it to you, my doubting Thomas - to write a good thriller is a tough job. You need some believable tension, a hero you feel some emotions for (and I am not speaking about attraction/love, but even the more difficult stuff - in thriller you must fear for your hero, his/her safety and wellbeing!), a fearful villain/a couple of them
Gail Welborn
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
***Suspenseful & chilling 'clean read' mystery demands to be read in 1 sitting***

In The Bones Will Speak, book two in the "Gwen Marcey" suspense series, the author uses both fact and fiction to pen a riveting account of a man "with a penchant for torture." The faith-based fiction story features murder, a serial killer, a lovable dog named Winston, a forensic artist named Gwen, her best friend Beth and Gwen's fourteen-year-old daughter Aynslee.

The serial killer, who believes he's God's execu
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Bones Will Speak is a chilling suspense novel with an unraveling plot surrounded around Gwen Marcey, a forensics artist with an enemy. The discovery of a skull leading to the discovery of even more bones, re-opens a years-closed case that turns out more complicated and deadly than originally thought. The attacks and murders of several girls who bear a chilling resemblance to Gwen’s daughter, Aynslee, make the case personal for Gwen, sinking her deeper and deeper into the danger.
The Bones Wi
Cara Putman
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an absolute page turner. Carrie Stuart Parks has quickly developed a style that goes deep into a story with multiple plot lines intersecting throughout the pages. This style makes it incredibly hard to put it down. Where the first book dove into a what if regarding Mormon history, this one dives into the neo-Nazi world with a serial killer who seems to be stalking Gwen Marcey. He's planted evidence close to her home and takes her on a scary ride that is intense and filled with suspe ...more
Linda Matchett
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had the luxury of reading this while on vacation, so was able to finish it in one sitting. The book started off with a bang and never stopped moving. I like Gwen Marcey as a protagonist. She is down-to-earth, realistic, and an interesting mix of bravery and insecurities. I enjoyed following the clues to try to determine the identity of the killer. The message of salvation, and the themes of grace and forgiveness are effectively worked into the story without hitting the reader over the head. Th ...more
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Gwen!! Loved this story!
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book had me on the edge of my seat! I can't wait to read the next one in the series!!
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Exciting plot with a cast of unique characters. There is a layer of Christian theme but it fits in with the character development in a reasonable, non-proselytizing fashion.
Roger Miller
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A page turner that is totally different than any from the genre of thriller that I have read. Excellent read and strong characters.
Angie Fehl
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

After reading and loving the first in the Gwen Marcey (*Christian crime fiction) series this past January, and shortly thereafter hearing a sequel was due for publication just a few months after that, that sequel quickly became one of my most anticipated reads for this year! I was so pumped when an opportunity came around for me to grab a copy of this one :-)

Just as in the first book, The Bones Will Speak is inspired by Parks' own true-life experiences as a forensic artist. In her autho
Sherry Ledet
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
These Gwen Marcey stories are very good light reads. She gets herself into and out of situations but they are always fun to read.
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Book Two in the Gwen Marcey Series, The Bones Will Speak, is a page turning, edge of your seat, nail-biting intense suspense filled story.
I love the unique way Ms. Parks writes in both first person and third person. In her gifted storytelling skill, she weaves together a great book, keeping the reader fully engaged from page one until the very end.
Gwen is a strong and talented woman who can never seem to catch a break. She doesn’t wallow in self-pity though, she’s tough and taking care of busi
Beckie Burnham
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I first learned of Carrie Stuart Parks from all the positive buzz her debut novel, A Cry from The Dust, garnered. That book was a hit with me, so I jumped at the chance her publisher offered to read and review book 2 in the Gwen Marcey series, The Bones Will Speak. In Gwen, Parks has created the ideal character — smart, gutsy, flawed and vulnerable. This one merits a highly recommended read from me.

A year has passed since Gwen’s deadly encounter with a home-grown terrorist group. Stronger physic
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, suspense
The Bones Will Speak by Carrie Stuart Parks is the second Gwen Marcey Novel. Gwen Marcey lives with her daughter, Aynslee in Copper Creek, Montana. Gwen is a forensic artist. She also does paintings as well. Due to budget cuts (within city and county governments), Gwen is only getting jobs on an as-needed basis. Gwen is walking her dog, Winston. Winston brings her a skull full of bugs (and Gwen cannot stand bugs). Gwen immediately calls Sheriff Dave Moore. He asks Gwen to recreate the face from ...more
Kathryn Svendsen
Things start off rapidly when Gwen Marcey’s dog brings home a human skull. The pace doesn’t slow down all through the book so you’ll need to be prepared for a fast and furious ride through this suspenseful thriller.

There is someone on the loose who is killing victims that look a lot like Gwen’s daughter. But he doesn’t just kill them – first he tortures them.

It’s obvious from reading the author’s bio that she writes what she knows as a lot of her own background is in the book. That’s a good thin
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Carrie Stuart Parks is Christy, Carol, and Inspy award-winning author, an award-winning fine artist, and internationally known forensic artist. Along with her husband, Rick, she travels across the US and Canada teaching courses in forensic art to law enforcement as well as civilian participants. She has won numerous awards for career excellence. Carrie is a popular platform speaker, presenting a v ...more

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