Fallout demonstrates what can happen when secrets from the past are unveiled, with consequences that ripple throughout an entire community.

4-STAR REVIEW: FALLOUT by Carrie Stuart Parks

About The Book

Publication Date: September 13, 2022

Her carefully crafted life is about to be demolished.

After a difficult childhood, Samantha Williams craves simplicity: jigsaw puzzles, lectures at the library, and the students she adores in her role as an elementary art teacher in the dusty farming community of LaCrosse, Washington.

But when an SUV crashes into the school where she teaches, her entire world is upended. She manages to keep all of the children safe, but her car isn’t so lucky. Oddly, her purse—containing her driver’s license, credit cards, and other identification—is missing from the wreckage.

After authorities discover that the driver in the school accident was shot seconds before the crash, Samantha quickly becomes entangled in increasingly strange events that have her looking over her shoulder.

Samantha has long tried to forget the tragedy of her past, but the twisting maze she discovers between the murdered driver, a deadly secret government project, and an abandoned town can’t be ignored. Those involved are determined to keep these secrets buried, and they’ll use any means necessary to stop Samantha’s search for truth.



The Review

Elementary art teacher Samantha Williams had drilled her students on emergencies and active shooters, but she never imagined a scenario in which a vehicle would come crashing into the building.

Author Carrie Stuart Parks delivers an action-packed thriller in Fallout. When it is discovered that the driver suffered a gunshot wound before the accident, the investigation heats up. Add the fact that Samantha’s purse with all her identification had disappeared amidst the accident, and it’s difficult to ignore the coincidence.

While there are a few clues at the beginning that indicate Samantha has survived something awful, the author does an excellent job laying the foundation without giving anything away. The additional story arcs, including the man seeking revenge at a nuclear waste site and Clan Firinn, a therapy center for law enforcement and first responders, enhance the reading experience.

Samantha is a rather quirky character who spouts off lines from children’s books. She faces some interesting challenges in her quest for answers.

Fallout demonstrates what can happen when secrets from the past are unveiled, with consequences that ripple throughout an entire community.

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About The AuthorCarrie Stuart Parks is a Christy, multiple Carol, and Inspy Award–winning author. She was a 2019 finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence in mainstream mystery/suspense and has won numerous awards for her fine art as well. An internationally known forensic artist, she travels with her husband, Rick, across the US and Canada teaching courses in forensic art to law-enforcement professionals. The author/illustrator of numerous books on drawing and painting, Carrie continues to create dramatic watercolors from her studio in the mountains of Idaho.


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Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.



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4-STAR REVIEW: FALLOUT by Carrie Stuart ParksFallout demonstrates what can happen when secrets from the past are unveiled, with consequences that ripple throughout an entire community.