Book Review : When Death Draws Near

Today’s book review comes to you from my 15 year old son, Jacob.  After I read the book, he read it and then his brother Peter did as well.  I asked Jacob to share his thoughts, and here they are.

when death draws

Hey everyone, this is Jacob and today I am writing a review on a novel called When Death Draws Near. This is a story about a forensic artist named Gwen Marcey. She is between jobs, and has recently recovered from breast cancer, when she accepts a temporary job in a small Kentucky town. Her job is to make a sketch of a serial rapist. But this is no simple task, as all of the victims have disappeared. Soon after she is joined by her teenage daughter, she accepts a second assignment- going undercover in a serpent handling church. She is motivated by a large reward if she detects any illegal activity, which she desperately need since it appears that her cancer has returned. But as she soon discovers, danger can come from anywhere, even from where she least expects. Can she find out what is going on, and convince anyone else of the truth, before she becomes a victim herself?

I really liked the snake handling church part of this book, I thought it was interesting, and I learned a lot from that aspect.  I had never heard of something like that, so it was pretty weird to learn about that part of Christianity. I had also never read a book about a forensic artist, so it was neat to learn a little about what they do.

I also enjoyed the characters in the book. They drew me in, and held my attention the whole time. I found myself suspecting some people who were actually in the right, and I enjoyed the interaction between Gwen and her daughter. Their interaction was one of my favorite parts, as they learned to respect each other.

In the end I definitely enjoyed the whole book. I loved the story line, and the story’s setting was a well thought out one in my opinion. There was a definite Christian theme through out, but it was not too over powering. There was a little bit of romance, but being a guy, it was my least favorite part. That being said, it was a very small part of the book, and was not a major part of the story.


I hope you enjoyed Jacob’s opinion of the book, I thought he did a great job!!  Thanks for reading!!

More about the book :

Death has always been part of Gwen Marcey’s job. But when faced with her own mortality, everything takes on a different hue.

Forensic artist Gwen Marcey is between jobs and homes when she accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky. The Eastern Kentucky town, located deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, has been plagued by a serial rapist and a series of unexplained deaths. Before Gwen can develop a composite drawing, the latest witness vanishes, just like all the previous victims.

Turning her attention to sketching the face of an unidentified body, she discovers a link between his death and a Pentecostal serpent-handling church. Serpent-handling is illegal in Kentucky, and the churches have gone underground to avoid the authorities and continue to worship as they believe. Gwen is offered a handsome reward to infiltrate the renegade members, a reward she desperately needs as it seems her breast cancer has returned.

Joined by her digitally-obsessed, Generation Z daughter, Gwen goes undercover to a nineteenth century revival, planning to draw the faces of the snake handlers so they can be identified and arrested. Instead she uncovers a murderous plot and a


NOTE : We did receive a free copy of When Death Draws Near, in exchange for an honest opinion.

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