Abington Press ISBN 9781401690434
Adult Rating: 5
Forensic artist Gwen Marcey is recruited to reconstruct the faces of recently unearthed victims at Mountain Meadows, Utah (the location of an 1857 massacre perpetrated by a group of militant Mormons). When her work is vandalized beyond repair, and a young woman is killed in a ritualized murder, Gwen realizes there is more at stake than a simple victim identification case. Then evidence of a cover-up surfaces, and Gwen must take on the entire Mormon church to find the truth.
Author Carrie Stuart Parks is an FBI-trained forensic artist, and her background lends accuracy to the plot details and authenticity to the protagonist. The intricacies of the Mormon beliefs, which have the possibility of being confusing to the reader, are effectively explained through a combination of dialogue and description. The plot twists and fast pace of A Cry From the Dust provide page-turning suspense. Contains episodes of violence and graphic description.
Linda Matchett, CLJ