Tracy Crosswhite has spent 20 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.
©2014 Robert Dugoni (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
This is a great book and read by someone with a nice voice. I don't know why other reviews don't like it, as they aren't saying much as to why. It's a thriller! Nice to have on during commutes. I found myself staying in the car and wanting to hear the rest of the chapter.
Having seen this repeatedly recommended for me, I finally succumbed to the Kindle Unlimited with Narration of this book.
The narration is clear without distraction. The voices are distinct. But interestingly, the narration was not the one aspect that carried this book. Nor was it the characters. (I’m not sure exactly what was lacking, but I did not get emotionally involved or connected with any of the characters.)
It was the mystery. The dogged determination of a sister who spends 20 years digging into what happened to her little sister, fascinated me.
So much detail into the mystery helped me follow the trial and the people completely and drew me into a world where I just had to know.
I recommend this as a great weekend listen and challenge the next readers to guess the truth before the end comes.
I enjoyed Tracy sharing memories of her sister, learning how much they loved each other. Tracy never gave up looking for his sister and was very determined to learn the truth of what happened to her.
There were a few dull moments, but for the most part I was entertained throughout the book. I liked that there were several twists that could have led to various outcomes. I went back and forth on who I thought the murderer was a few times, so it wasn't completely clear-cut.
Very good narrator. (Another book that could really use both male and female readers, but all in all it wasn't a bad listen.$
Yes! There is a chant that the sisters said with each other and it is first revealed in flash-backs. It is an important part of the plot toward the end of the book, and it reinforced how much the sisters cared for each other.
This is the first book in the Tracy Crosswhite series. I have download the second book, although I haven't had a chance to listen to it yet. I am looking forward to see how Tracy gets on with her life.
Retired teacher and interpreter. I read classic and contemporary fiction, as well as Mystery/Suspense/Horror, Fantasy&Sci-fi.
To be honest, I didn't really think I was going to like this book, but I've been burning out on epic fantasy and wanted something completely different...
This is a thriller. A murder mystery with, at its heart, a kidnapping and murder thought solved 20 years earlier, but which had forever changed the small town where it had taken place.
And a family, a happy loving family completely devastated by the loss of their talented and daring younger daughter.
I wound up listening to it in one long sitting while in bed with pneumonia and quite enjoyed it. The characters are likable, the plot twists were interesting and unlike many of these books which have endings that dissolve into frantic shoot out scenes, this one stayed suspenseful and readable to the end.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
My Sister's Grave introduces Tracy Crosswhite, a Seattle police officer whose younger sister went missing 20 years ago. She has been working on the case in her western Washington home town for 10 years. A man had been convicted of first degree murder despite no body having been found. The book opens with the body being found after 20 years. In the interim Crosswhite's dad had committed suicide and her mother was also gone. Crosswhite is convinced that the man had been convicted of first degree murder based on planted evidence and the body supports her suspicion. The novel continues through several twists and turns to a surprising ending.
My Sister's grave is well written and well narrated. The second book in the Tracy Crosswhite series (which I will review soon) was released two months ago (the title is Her Final Breath). The third book in the series, In the Clearing, will be released on May 17, 2016.
This series has real promise. I highly recommend My Sister's Grave.
This book is, first of all, very well-written for its genre. The author pays attention to every detail, as a good mystery book must do.. I had trouble getting interested in the first few chapters, but from then on I couldn't put the book down. The last part of the book is very much a surprise. I definitely recommend this author for mystery lovers.
For comparison, I believe it is more interesting and better written than The Girl on the Train.
If you like a good cold case murder/mystery... You will enjoy this book. It has a great storyline, good flow, and was well performed. Not too much or too little information, and I was nearly moved to tears in a couple of areas. I really enjoyed it!
A couple of things bugged me here. One, from the beginning, Dugoni intersperses chapters where old Cascade County townsfolk are conspiring to cover up the murder. The act of doing this puts the audience ahead of Tracy. So we know more than she does.
About half of this book centers around a court proceeding. I've read better. Think of Lincoln Lawyer by Connelly. The evidence here is too contrived. Actually, the court scene, the mystery, the story behind the old codgers, the revenge, its all flat. There was one point where I felt like I was listening to the ultimate horror cliche. The cliche where a dumb blonde goes into a dark evil place and the audience is yelling "No, No, don't go in there".
The reason this book is not a total disaster is that Dugoni can write a clipping contemporary thriller. His prose is not exceptional along the lines of Cormac McCarthy, but its on par with James Patterson or John Grisham or just a step below. If you don't mind a mind boggling plot, this book might be good enough for you to give it a shot.
"Loved the narration"
The story was pretty standard I thought, nothing unique, a little slow in places, but overall not bad, worth a listen if this is your kinda thing. He narration was really good. She did a lot of voices throughout and made them all different!
I listen to quite a lot of audiobooks as I do a lot of driving. I have to say, this is the first book in ages that the narrator hasn't spoiled my enjoyment of the story.
It was a fairly predictable plot, but sometimes that works well. I found a few parts rather slow - mainly because you knew what was coming up.
I thought the romance was unnecessary. Why do authors think that a story has to have a love plot? It would have been far better if she was just helped out by an honourable old mate than by someone who was obviously trying to get her into bed.
"A bit predictable but still a good listen."
Fine for car journeys while doing something else. works well as an audio book. Movie ending.
"A pleasant surprise"
I stumbled upon this book by chance and so glad I did. great engrossing story with several likeable characters. Will definitely be checking out more.
"A good read"
Enjoyed listening to it....on audio. Characters were well thought of and assembled. Good narration. Good tone of voice used
"very much enjoyed the story."
very much wanted to know the truth, a couple of times throughout the book I thought I knew what had happened, turned out I didn't!
The story was well written and nicely narrated too.
I will definitely be listening to more from this author and narrator too.
glad I stumbled across another gem.
"Good but ..."
Overall I enjoyed this recording. The narrator is excellent. The plot and characterisations are good. But as with so many novels in the last couple of decades some good editing would have made the book even better. To my mind some sections in the middle could have gone without it being detrimental to the narrative.
I loved this story excellently written and well narrated. Hope to try more books by the same author.
"Really enjoyed this"
I am delighted to have found a new to me author, I really enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting and likable (or not, as required), the story was good, kept me guessing and I have immediately ordered the next two in the series.
Nicely narrated too.
This is Really good listening. A Good pacy story and read by an excellent narrator.
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