Review: Fallout by Carrie Stuart Parks

This book is the first for me by this author and although the premise of the story was interesting, I had trouble connecting with the main characters. I also struggled to follow all of the various backstory events and felt like I had to take a big leap of faith in order to see how everything came together in the end.

It was interesting to find out what had truly happened in the past and how that was related to the present day events. And the author did a good job of showing how there can be fallout from many things in life, whether it be true nuclear fallout or the resulting turmoil and stress to individuals who have gone through traumatic events.

I will probably try reading another book in the future by this author, as I have heard many great things about her novels. This one just wasn’t the right fit for me.

(3 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


Samantha Williams’s carefully crafted life is about to be demolished as thoroughly as her art classroom when a careening SUV smashes into the school.

In the dusty farming community of LaCrosse, Washington, art teacher Samantha Williams manages to save her students when an SUV crashes into the school. Her car isn’t so lucky. Oddly, her purse—containing her driver’s license, credit cards, and other identification—is missing from the wreckage, forcing her to rely on the kindness of strangers. Never one to trust easily, Samantha is thrust into a world far different from her simple life of jigsaw puzzles, children’s books, and lectures at the library.

One of the strangers who befriends her is a reporter from Spokane who is in town investigating two sets of skeletal remains that were recently discovered. When authorities discover that the driver in the school accident was shot before the crash, Samantha quickly becomes enmeshed in strange events, which turn ominous with the discovery of blackmail, murder, an abandoned town, and a secret government project.

Samantha has long tried to forget the tragedy of her past, but the links here can’t be ignored. Yet these are secrets that others are determined to keep buried, and they’ll use any means necessary to stop Samantha’s search for truth.



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 variety of topics from crime to creativity.


About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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5 Responses to Review: Fallout by Carrie Stuart Parks

  1. Cindy Davis says:

    Oh, I hate to hear that! I am finishing her Gwen Marcey series, the first book is “A Cry from the Dust,” it’s a great series!

    • Brittany says:

      Well, maybe I will try A Cry from the Dust. I have heard others say that it is a really great book! Sometimes a book just doesn’t work well for someone for a variety of reasons and I am thinking that might be the case here for me with Fallout. I really enjoy stories with both suspense and forensics.

  2. carylkane says:

    Brittany, Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I also enjoyed her Gwen Marcey series.

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