A secret from a grim page of American history threatens to destroy thousands of lives.
Gwen Marcey was tops in her forensic field. Then cancer struck, her husband left, and her teenage daughter engaged in active rebellion. Gwen's best chance to start a new life was a temporary job in Utah reconstructing faces from an 1857 massacre site.
The Mountain Meadows Interpretative Center asked Gwen to reconstruct the faces of three intact bodies that were discovered from the wagon train massacre of more than 120 people by Mormon fanatics calling themselves Avenging Angels. But just as she is nearing completion on her reconstructions, things around the center turn deadly.
Gwen discovers the ritualized murder of a young college student with a stolen identity and is called on by the local police to use her forensic art skills to aid the investigation. Soon she discovers an uncanny resemblance between one of her reconstructions and the death mask of Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon church. And realizes that she's the next target of the recreated Avenging Angels who believe she has an icon from the grave.
Gwen must weave through a labyrinth of Mormon history, discovering secret societies and festering grudges in a race against time.
Will she be able to stop another massacre?
I loved this and the story was a very interesting. Would definitely recommend to people.
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I loved this and have read 3 more of her books. LOVE Them!! meant wait for more!
This is a fantastic book! This fast-paced mystery-thriller is built on a foundation of strong characters and relationships intertwined with history and current events. This book caught my eye because I saw it was using the Mountain Meadow Massacre as the backdrop for this story. Carrie Stuart Parks does an excellent job of building upon this little-known wild event from our history and spinning a current era thriller that kept me enthralled from beginning to end!!!
Full of blood, betrayal, and fanaticism. Wallows in violence and death. The plot is the vehicle for this display of religious terrorism. I do not recommend.
I loved A Cry From The Dust! I love Gwen, the main character, she is so real with problem and struggles and she loves her family and works hard to do what is right :)
In this book we get to learn a lot of Mormon history, which was very interesting! With all major religions there are splinter groups with unhealthy ideas, strange practices, and occasionally evil intentions. In this story main stream LDS plays a roll, but most of the book focuses on on a crazy splinter group whose leader is willing to steal and kill to gain wealth and power. Fortunately, Gwen is able to discover the truth and get it to the right people just in time to save the day and save her family!
Teri Clark Linden is not my favorite narrator. She does a good job and has a nice voice though. My only complaint about the recording, and I think this is partially an editing error, is that there is nothing to signify which character is speaking other than minor changes in the readers voice. This should have either been done with a small time gap between speakers or bigger changes in the sound of each characters voice.
I highly recommend this book!
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