My Sister’s Grave

Posted December 5, 2014 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

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My Sister's Grave Book Cover My Sister's Grave
Robery Dugoni
Thomas & Mercer
11/1/14
410

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.

“I am not afraid of the dark.”

What was interesting about this book was the character development. I was fond of everyone and trusted no one. I couldn’t commit to a theory on what really happened because the nature of the townspeople kept me guessing clear until the end. As for Tracy’s friends and colleagues, I hope to meet them again in another book. I liked the team she worked with. I could picture them all sitting in a bullpen in my local PD, wearing bad suits and complaining about the coffee.

“After twenty years, Sarah might finally get justice, and Tracy might finally get answers.”

Oh man, I loved, LOVED the Crosswhite sisters. They instantly made it to the top of my heroine list. Honestly, I loved each character in this book. They were dynamic and at times felt as though they were jumping off the page. I felt connected everyone. Tracy Crosswhite was a breath of fresh air. She was strong, clever and relentless. I connected with her instantly. The bond she shared with her sister and the way she devoted her life to her drew me in. During the flashbacks of the sisters as children, I actually cried a few times. They had a powerful bond, as many sisters do and the story did that bond justice.

 

“It could be so cruel, hope. But for twenty years it was all she’d had to hold on to, the only thing to push back the darkness that lingered on the periphery, searching for every opportunity to enshroud her. Hope.”

 

The flow of this book was excited and consistent. I never got bored and with each turn of the page, I was more and more desperate to join Tracy in her search for the truth. The last 20% had me on the edge of my seat and I HAD to finish the book.

The research that went into this book was impressive. It was well planned and executed. The forensics were discussed in a manner that never lead my mind to wander. The legal proceedings were realistic and exciting.

“I tell my students it’s not the result that’s important. It’s the evidence. If the evidence is suspect, so is the result.”

I rode a roller-coaster of emotions while reading. I was heartbroken, scared, excited, hopefully, anger, sleepy, dopey and doc. I couldn’t stop reading. I was hooked and the rush of the story kept me glued to my couch for hours.

If you like a cold case whodunit with layers of mystery, this is the book for you.

And I would like to take a moment to give a shout out to the two guys who stole the scene: Sherlock and Rex! Here’s to you boys!

5 stars and a bottle of Jameson for this compelling thriller! Cheers!

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