Seattle Detective Tracy Crosswhite chose law enforcement as a career because of what happened to her younger sister, Sarah, twenty years ago. She disappeared one night on her way home from a shooting event they both attended. Tracy doesn’t believe the man they convicted of killing Sarah, Edmund House, was the right one because of issues with the evidence. When Sarah’s remains were finally found in the Cascade Mountains near her hometown of Cedar Grove, Tracy returns to finally get justice for her sister.
Sarah’s disappearance and presumed death not only changed the course of her family’s life but the character of the whole town. Most of the story is told from Tracy’s point of view but her comparisons of the present day and past characteristics of the town presented a stark contrast that I felt emotionally. That was a crucial aspect as Tracy sought to overturn House’s conviction so the case could be properly investigated. House’s past rape conviction made him an unsympathetic “victim” and that made the situation even more contentious. Tracy’s childhood friend Dan O’Leary is now an attorney who agrees to take it on after he sees the evidence conflicts but the two of them seem to stand alone.
This had a bit of everything I like in a mystery, including riveting courtroom drama, which I’m particularly drawn to when it’s done well as it is here. Tracy is smart and resourceful, having to go up against local law enforcement and her own brass. She manages politics adeptly and has strong investigative skills. I must admit that I was completely surprised by the ending, even though there were enough clues to prepare me. But they were subtle and nuanced, never quite conclusive. I’m also loving the narrator who’s a great storyteller. I’ll definitely be listening to the rest of this series. While Sarah’s mystery was solved, there are many open questions about what’s next for Tracy. I couldn’t put this one down.
Release Date: November 1, 2014
Series: Tracy Crosswhite #1
Narrator: Emily Sutton-Smith
Audio Length: 11 hours, 49 minutes
Publisher: Brilliance Audio