My Sister's Grave

My Sister's Grave 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 KillersWhen 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

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[Reading] ➶ My Sister's Grave By Robert Dugoni – Ultimatetrout.info
  • Kindle Edition
  • 416 pages
  • My Sister's Grave
  • Robert Dugoni
  • English
  • 15 March 2019

10 thoughts on “My Sister's Grave

  1. says:

    I can not I can notI can not give I can not giveI can not give this book the full 5 stars I can not give this book the full 5 stars but I can give it 3.5 and round her up to 4 stars Most mystery thriller novels are fairly formulaic but while I know this, I generally don t feel it while I m reading I ve spent some time in deep meditation culling through all the reasons this could be and after communing with some book gods and spirit animals I ve come up with my top three 1 I am a maverick I cannot be held down by the confines of typicality 2 I have an incredible ability to connect with all stories Jury is still out but I ll put all my money on what s behind door number three.3 I m a pure and simple GARBAGE DETECTIVE and therefore am surprised constantly This was such a juxtaposition of formulaic and fresh for me it s hard to put into words As I mentioned, I ve never really felt the true formula of mystery novels until My Sister s Grave At times I was painfully aware of the equation and it made it impossible to ignore and engross myself However, despite this I found myself surprised and delighted by the twists and turns of this story Tracy Crosswhite lost her sister Sarah 20 years ago Since her disappearance her body has never been found and a man named Edmund House rots in jail all the while Tracy feels like she never got the full story and was ignored when she presented key findings that contradicted the evidence The story pretty much starts with the uncovering of remains that turn out to be Sarah s and thus it reopens old wounds for the town and for Tracy, who lost everything the day she lost her sister This is told in third person narrative and is segmented into two parts Part one, starting with the finding of Sarah s remains and with ever increasing flashbacks to Tracy and Sarah s childhood and her subsequent disappearance Part two, I ll leave for future readers to figure out on their own so I don t spoil anything but know that it packs a punch The characters here were all, for the most part aside from the bad guys really likable and believable There really isn t any wasted time on superfluous red herrings but I still felt myself questioning everything as the story was laid out There is a lot of subtlety here and it was a nice break from the in your face ness that happens a lot in this genre I ultimately rounded up instead of down for this one because I ve been reading a lot of thrillers recently and while they re all emotional to some degree I ve not been brought to tears by any of them This surprised me with the depth of the characters, especially the relationship between Tracy and Sarah There were multiple points here that had my eyes misting and texting my own sister how much I love her This was a smartly written, slow simmering mystery that I enjoyed quite a bit It was character driven and the development here was top notch It was enjoyable and well paced and I think I ll certainly be picking up the second novel in this series down the line

  2. says:

    Twenty years ago Sarah and Tracy Crosswhite entered a shooting competition The sisters were very close and Sarah knew a secret that something good was going to happen to Tracy so she wanted her to have the perfect day She intentionally lost the shooting competition to her sister Tracy leaves with her boyfriend for their special night, warning Sarah to make sure she took the main highway home Sarah never made it home again.Sarah s disappearance destroyed Tracy s family and tore the small town apart Tracy never got over the feelings of guilt that have haunted her since then She gave up teaching and became a detective..always searching.Sarah s body then turns up in a shallow grave, Tracy returns to the small town with the same unanswered questions The man convicted of Sarah s murder Edmund House may have been framed for the crime Tracy convinces her old friend Dan, who is now an attorney to start digging for answers about the trial Everyone in town tells Tracy to let sleeping demons lie but she needs to have the truth, even if it means another trial for House This is not a bad little thriller, the author does a really good job with character development in Sarah and Tracy s characters I felt for Tracy s loss and I may have even shed one tear Shut up and don t judge me There is some smoochy smoochy in the book but it didn t distract from the story at all Booksource Netgalley in exchange for review. Spotlighted on this book is my friend Zoeytron s reviewshe is such a fun reviewer and her shelf new fangled e reader cracks me up every time I see it Because I mostly feel the same way about my kindle.

  3. says:

    My Sister s Grave introduces Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite Twenty years earlier, her younger sister, Sarah, who was then eighteen, disappeared after the two had participated in a shooting competition As Tracy went off to dinner with her boyfriend, Sarah left to drive home in the rain and was never seen again The two sisters had been best of friends and Tracy has never forgiven herself for allowing Sarah to drive home alone Twenty years later, the pain is still sharp and ultimately led Tracy to give up her career as a teacher to become a homicide detective A previously convicted rapist named Edmund House was arrested and convicted of Sarah s murder, largely on the basis of circumstantial evidence and on the testimony of the local sheriff who claimed that House had confessed to killing Sarah, even though there was no tape recording or witness to back up the sheriff s claim Tracy has never been totally convinced of House s guilt and has continued digging into the case in an effort to satisfy herself of the fact that justice either was or was not done.As the book opens, Sarah s remains are finally found by two hunters in a heavily wooded area that had previously been covered by a lake The discovery of the body raises even questions about the case against Edmund House and makes Tracy even determined to make sure that the person who killed her sister pays the price Her efforts will antagonize a good number of people in the small town where she grew up and where the crime occurred They will also place Tracy herself in a considerable amount of jeopardy.This is a very compelling story that combines the best elements of a legal thriller with that of a gripping police procedural Tracy Crosswhite makes a very engaging protagonist and the story moves at such a fast clip that it s almost impossible to put the book down once it gets rolling All in all, a very good introduction to this series.

  4. says:

    It s been a good year for this crime fiction fanatic I have read some really good books in this genre and this is no exception My Sister s Grave has a really interesting plot and grabbed me from the word go, I read up to the 80% mark in one sitting, then sadly had to sleep, but finished it when I woke up Not one minute of boredom whilst reading this 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.You know the term let sleeping dogs lie yes, well Tracy should have done this But despite warnings to leave the case alone, Tracy won t rest until she sees the investigation into her sister s death reopened She doesn t believe the evidence presented and with the help of her friend lover blast from the past lawyer, the can of worms is indeed opened up again It s got one of those plots where you really can see some things coming, but they are planted to be that obvious because even the reveals are interesting and contain a few things you would not expect I liked that I liked that I was tipped slightly off kilter a few times The build up to the finish of this book is gradual, with tension mounting and events rolling out until nothing can stop where it is heading And it ain t pretty The characters are really well written, I loved Tracy s loyalty and love for her dead sister, admired her for not giving up on seeking answers I want her to be my sister, I know at least if I got murdered, my sister would not rest until the truth was out there I digress slightly into fantasising about not being an only child anyIt s just a really good book, it s highly entertaining and keeps you alert and wanting , you will want to power through pages to get to the final outcome I freaking loved the last few chapters, I was out of my seat and cheering for some characters and yelling at others One of my memorable crime fiction reads of 2014 Awesome sauce.I am not afraid of the dark,I am not afraid of the dark,I am not afraid.Check out of my reviews, book giveaways, book talk and at copy of this book was given to my thanks to the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, many thanks.

  5. says:

    Well now. You re not a crazy person, Tracy Obsessed, maybe Tracy Crosswhite still looks over her shoulder in the direction of her sister s murder twenty years ago You never get over the death of a loved one and you can never quite cross the bridge That bridge is paved with the stones of so many unanswered questions and no physical remains.Tracy and her sister, Sarah, were inseparable until the night of her disappearance Gone Vanished Out of sight But the tragedy lingers and takes its toll The family dynamics change forever Tracy re invents herself from chemistry teacher to a Seattle detective leaving the likes of her small town of Cedar Grove in the rearview mirror.Her experiential background leaves an unsettled feeling about how the murder case was handled by the local police Although Edmund House was convicted of the crime, Tracy is not sure that justice prevailed She is convinced that there is to what meets the eye here The memory of it all is suffocating her mind, heart, and soul And the only road to peace is to tread down its pathway once again.I like my mystery thrillers smart and aboveboard with no eyerolling adventures that take you in an illogical free fall off a deluded cliff You all know what I m talking about.Robert Dugoni creates his lead character as an intelligent, no nonsense, analytically reasoning female Just the way I like it And here s the bonus Dugoni knows his way around a courtroom The dialogue reflects just that He reaches into corners untapped and left behind in the shadows His characters are well developed and the coffee cup doesn t overflow with unnecessary bogus information There is plenty of deep seeded emotion here without leaving sticky footprints behind Just the facts, mam, just the facts.I m sold on this series and am looking forward to the rest of them in this Dugoni Dynasty Simply good writing and a solid storyline You ve got my attention, Dugoni On to the next

  6. says:

    Twenty years ago, Tracy Crosswhite s sister went missing Since then, Tracy has become a detective Though a convicted rapist was found guilty of her sister s death, a body was never found, and Tracy has never felt certain that Edmund House was actually the killer When a body is found, Tracy returns to the small town in Washington state where she grew up and works with a friend from college who is now a lawyer to go over the court case again and find any holes in it in an effort to make sure they have the right killer.The characters are likeable and the ending is filled with satisfying twists and turns.

  7. says:

    Tracy Crosswhite loses her sister, Sarah, who disappears without a trace, when they were young Tracy uses this watershed of an event to enroll as a homicide detective When someone is caught as the killer of her sister, Tracy doesn t believe he did it, for reasons of her own.Sarah s body is discovered and that sets the ball rolling for the appeasement and peace of mind for Tracy, and closure too Recently I ve been reading lots of first books in their series where the victim is someone very close to the main character These type of books are heavily attractive as a standalone effort.I liked this book It grew on me I liked Tracy s near and dear people The courtroom scenes are well enacted I ve got no complaints, really The author is spot on in his details of the cases Tracy handles Of course, the murderer is found, Of course, Tracy gets closure, but the ride is well worth the read.

  8. says:

    The Hook My Sister s Grave has been on my TBR list for a long time The price was right and so was my mood The Line The epigraph Better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer SIR WILLIAM BLACKSTONE, Commentaries on the Laws of England The Sinker It s twenty years, twenty long years to wonder where the body of your sister has been buried You were the big sister, you were responsible for her and yet you put your own happiness ahead of that and let her drive home alone during a bitter, brutal winter storm You warned her to stick to the highway and avoid the dark, isolated country road to your home When your truck is found on that road, locked and empty, at first you think she s home But no, she s gone and the guilt is yours.The character outlined above is Tracy Crosswhite, now a Seattle homicide detective While working a case she receives notice that two hunters have found the remains of a body in the hills above her hometown, Cedar Grove Is this the body of her long missing sister Sarah Robert Dugoni drew me in like a spider to his web In flashbacks we come to know the Crosswhite family, particularly the bond between the sisters Cedar Grove, north of Seattle, is a small town with all that comes with that People know people, the friendships go back years and everyone takes care of their own Dugoni is a very descriptive in this chilly cold case mystery both in character development and setting Winter and all its fury come to life under his pen and he fleshes out the characters so I feel an emotional connection Some may consider the pacing slow for a mystery thriller I thought it was just right, brooding at times, thoughtful, building momentum and tension as I accelerated to its finish Dugoni has many books under his belt My Sister s Grave was intended as a standalone but fans wanted and I can see why There are now three Tracy Crosswhite police procedurals and a 0.5 that I m assuming is a prequel Tracy Crosswhite is a strong and determined woman with a potential for complexity that I d like to explore I ve already grabbed the second in the series.

  9. says:

    My interest in this series was peaked by two prequel short stories focused on Detective Tracy Crosswhite s earlier days I was really drawn to Tracy while reading The Academy, set during Tracy s Police Academy days, and knew after reading Third Watch, set during her days as a beat cop in Seattle, that I wanted of this detective Though it s not necessary to read the prequels before launching into the novels, Tracy s early relationship with her future boss, Johnny Nolasco, is very entertainingly set forth in these shorts, especially The Academy, and both short stories are rated 5 stars by me.As My Sister s Grave opens, Tracy is 42 years old and a Homicide Detective Tracy decided to become a law enforcement officer after her sister Sarah disappeared twenty years previously and was never found Tracy s ultimate goal is to find out what happened to Sarah and bring justice to her sister There is an unexpected break in the very cold case, and Tracy is determined to find out once and for all who is responsible for her sister s disappearance.This is an easy book to fly through The plot, though pretty straightforward, held my interest throughout, though there are some slower spots during the first third of the story Once the story gets rolling there is plenty of suspense and some nifty little twists to relish There is a bit of possible romance, which I never object to Most importantly, I was fooled in the end, always a plus There is courtroom action than I expected, but I was surprised to find that I really enjoyed it I must read legal thrillers as I think I ve been missing out I loved, loved, loved Tracy s character and especially delighted in how she interacts with Johnny Nolasco Tracy is actually nice She has no issues relating to others, a positive change from many of the protagonists we see in crime fiction these days Don t misunderstand she is not a wimp and definitely does not let anyone steamroll her I am stoked to read Tracy Crosswhite.My Sister s Grave is a good solid start to the series From what I ve heard from others, the novels only get better from here I plan to be on board for the full run.

  10. says:

    I wish to thank Publishing, Thomas Mercer and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review MY SISTER S GRAVE by Robert Dugoni is a great legal thriller mixed with a classic police procedural It is a gripping emotional and strong character driven suspense legal thriller, of one woman s mission to find her sister s real killer.This book was very entertaining The short chapter format briskly moves the story along The characters are well written, engaging, and the plot was believable Detective Tracy Crosswhite,42 years old, from the Seattle homicide, lost her younger sister Sarah, over twenty years ago, when she disappeared and feels somewhat responsible The sisters had been involved in the sport of shooting, and after a championship, Sarah, was kidnapped and murdered, her body was never found A local man on parole for rape, was arrested and convicted of the crime Tracy never believed he was the real killer When a young woman s remains are discovered, in a shallow grave,Tracy returns to her mountain hometown of Cedar Grove, WA Tracy is now determined to solve the mystery and find the real killer With the help of Don O Leary, a childhood friend and now a lawyer, agrees to help her.But what really happened that one night so long ago This novel will appeal to fans of legal crime thrillers, courtroom dramas, investigations, and police procedures with well developed characters, in a small town settingwith a twisted ending.I definitely enjoyed reading this novel, and had it not been for Christmas and the holidays , I would have devoured it faster.

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