My Sister’s Grave (Tracy Crosswhite #1)

mysistersAuthor: Robert Dugoni

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Rating: 5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel in Series

Received from Publisher


Blurb: Tracy Crosswhite has spent twenty years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House—a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder—is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.

When Sarah’s remains are finally discovered near their hometown in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State, Tracy is determined to get the answers she’s been seeking. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark, long-kept secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past—and open the door to deadly danger.


Review: First I would like to thank the publishers for including the first two in this series along with the third, new one. I’ve been reading a lot of great arcs lately that are hard to understand contextually without having read the rest of the series. This series is so intense, and so much of the story arc is the growing relationships between the characters. It’s a story that I strongly feel should be read from the beginning on, so the reader can savor the rich details in the writing. Start at the beginning if you can!

Twenty years ago, Tracy Crosswhite lost her sister to murder…but they’d never found her body. While it had devastated the small town of Cedar Grove, Washington, it had destroyed her family. Her parents gone, her marriage a blurred memory, Tracy had spent the last ten years investigating her sister’s death while working as a cop in Seattle.

When she receives news that her sister’s body has been discovered in a shallow grave by some hunters and their dogs, Tracy rushes back to Cedar Grove only to be cautioned by the sheriff who’d actually been the responder twenty years earlier– Roy Calloway. Pushed to the edges of the investigation, kept out of it even though she was also law enforcement, Tracy continues her quest to find her sister’s killer along with help from a childhood friend who’d also returned to town–Dan O’Leary, now an attorney.

I really, really liked this book! It was suspenseful, there was a lot of emotion in the storyline about the main character’s relationship with her sister that was honestly quite gut-wrenching at times, and the ending was a slap in the face to all the theories I’d hatched while I read the book. Without using a lot of graphic, horrible details and with much less drama and build up than most,  Mr. Dugoni cut through to the elemental fear we all have when a loved one goes missing. That’s a feeling that most of us don’t have to dig too deep to find–it’s the nightmare of parents and caregivers, right? It’s a credit to this author’s talent that even though it’s a common trope in mystery novels, I’ve never felt it as keenly as I did in this book. Thanks!

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