My Sister's Grave

My Sister's Grave

by Robert Dugoni

Overview: 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.

Deanna Boe (03/25/19): Almost all readers enjoy a good crime story. Is this one? I am not sure. It is above average, and the first in a series. It is about a detective who lives in Seattle, but her thoughts continue to remain back in her hometown in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State. It was there her life was shaped and why she went into the profession of being a policewoman. The detective’s name is Tracy.

The story begins with Tracy and her sister, Sarah, in a shooting competition; Sarah deliberately loses. She wanted Tracy to be happy because she knew her boyfriend was going to propose to her that night. He had made reservations at a great restaurant and they were going to be late which meant Sarah had to drive herself home. Tracy tells her to take the interstate and not the county road; at this point you know exactly what is going to happen. Sarah takes the county road and ends up missing and her body is never found. It just so happens there is a man in town, Edmund House, who was just released from prison for raping a young girl who had managed to escape. Suspicion immediately falls on him, especially since his alibi is weak and his face has scratches on it. Enough evidence is put forth and Edmund is sent to prison for life.

Tracy leaves the teaching profession to join the police force and eventually becomes a detective in Seattle. She never believed the evidence that was presented against the murderer, plus they never found her sister’s body. Twenty years later the body is found. Throughout these years twenty years Tracy has felt guilty about her sister’s disappearance. If she had driven her home she would be alive today and so would her father. At the funeral Tracy’s boyhood friend, Dan, expresses to her his sympathy. She discovers Dan has returned to Washington after being a lawyer for a big firm in New York. Something clicks and Tracy decides why not show him all the inconsistencies from the trial. She believes Edmund is innocent and someone else has gotten away with the murder of her sister. Was there really a conspiracy to really cover up the murderer of her sister? The fact Tracy, a detective, is out to prove that Edmund didn’t murder her sister, is national news. Will she and Dan succeed in this? What will the results be?

The storyline does take several twists and turns. You do find yourself wondering just who did kill her sister Sarah. The fact Edmund is released as quickly as he was is hard to believe but obviously necessary to keep the storyline going at a fast enough pace. I am on the fence about this book even though other reviews rave about it.
Rating: ***

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