Anna Mmm that's not quite right; Strike meets Charlotte when he is 19 and at college. The reference to Tracey is from a photo at Lucy's 30th birthday when Tracey was 'a fellow SIB officer', and 'he had been in possession of two legs'. Lucy had hoped her brother would marry Tracey, but Tracey had married a mutual friend and had a daughter. Ch9 p291 It sounds like they were dating in one of the many off moments with Charlotte. ' she had lured him away from Tracey...only to dump him'. Ch2 p210 kindle edition
Marisa I've just listened to the part where Lucy tells Strike he should have married Tracey, so you're right. I also remember earlier when Strike was talking about a picture (I think?) of some people from the army and Tracey was in the picture. He made a comment about how Tracey had married a mutual friend and had at least one kid now.
Keri I believe if you check the part where Strike goes to his sisters house for his nephews birthday party that is where he sees the picture that has Tracy in it. Yes, you are right, he was serious with another girl for a while before Charlotte or maybe somewhere in-between Charlotte (since they broke up a lot).
Christina Tracey was someone Strike had meet before Charlotte and they had a break up of some sort. You only hear about it briefly when Strike talks about the first time he met Charlotte and when Lucy complains that Strike should have never left Tracey. (Lucy's part is about 2/3 through the book, when she is speaking to Robin in the office.) So, you win! Tell your book club to pay attention ;]
Christopher When Strike is talking to Lucy, she admits that she always hated Charlotte and that he should have married Tracy. Sorry, but I can't give a page number because I'm listening to the audiobook, but it's a little more than halfway through the book.