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My Sister's Grave by Robert Dugoni
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A special thank you to Amazon Publishing, Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

MY SISTER’S GRAVE by Robert Dugoni is an emotional and riveting strong character-driven suspense legal thriller, of one woman’s quest to find her sister’s real killer.

Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite, age forty-two lost her sister Sarah (four years younger), over twenty years ago, when she disappeared and still feels guilty and responsible. When a young woman’s remains are discovered, Tracy returns to her mountain hometown of Cedar Grove, WA.

When Tracy grew up in the small town, her passion was the sport of shooting, and the top competitor in the Washington State Cowboy Action Shooting (CAS) Championships --A three fun action sport utilizing a combination of pistols, rifles, and shotguns for showcasing and measuring shooting quickness and accuracy.

Twenty years ago, just after a CAS Championship when Sarah, was kidnapped and murdered, her body was never found, but a local man on parole for rape was arrested and convicted of the crime. Tracy never believed he was the real killer.

Tracy is obsessed with finding the real killer and now with a body being discovered, and with the help of Don O’Leary, now a well-known attorney and one of Tracy’s childhood friends agrees to work with her, as they try and free Edmond (currently in prison). She wants to reopen the case and track down the murderer still out there.

Flashing back from past to present, readers learn the events leading up to the tragic evening, (where we learn more about Sarah), after the championship. Tracy had asked Sarah to drive her back to the town during a storm so Tracy and her boyfriend could make their date with an evening out. The next morning the truck was discovered along a road and no Sarah. Of course, the entire family fell apart, stricken by grief and guilt with a town left shocked.

At the time, it seemed odd Edmund House was sent to prison for the apparent murder. However, now, Tracy feels she has a second chance to find her sister’s real killer. Could the guy sent to prison be a cover up or a conspiracy to throw off suspicion of the real murderer? What about the poor guy who has been serving time for a crime he did not commit. What really happened that one night so long ago?

A huge fan of legal crime thrillers, courtroom dramas, investigations, and police procedures with well-developed characters, and Dugoni delivers on all these accounts; however, what gave the novel a nice twist—a flavor of an old school hard boiled mystery (possibly due to the small town characters, as can envision the setting).

While the first part involved flashbacks to set the stage leading up to the events of the night years ago, and the remainder is where I devoured the legal, law, and the heart-pounding suspense to find the motive behind the night which changed lives.

Similar to Grisham's style- the author's writing adds personal and emotional ties to his characters and the overall story. As some of the other reviewers mentioned the villain could have been more fleshed out more; however, by doing so, would have been more on the psycho-thriller side; and feel this was not the strong point, as I would classify as more of a mystery, crime suspense legal thriller with light romance.

Look forward to reading more from this author! (nice touch with the memory of the book to his former brother-in-law) who died earlier this year.


Excited to land an ARC of upcoming: Her Final Breath (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 2) Coming 9/15/2015, as we continue with homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite, and a serial killer known as the Cowboy.
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Reading Progress

August 27, 2014 – Shelved
August 27, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
October 31, 2014 – Started Reading
October 31, 2014 – Shelved as: 2014-releases
October 31, 2014 – Shelved as: netgalley-arc
October 31, 2014 –
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October 31, 2014 – Shelved as: books-read-in-2014
October 31, 2014 – Shelved as: adult-fiction
October 31, 2014 – Shelved as: suspense
October 31, 2014 – Shelved as: thriller
October 31, 2014 – Shelved as: mystery
October 31, 2014 – Shelved as: legal
October 31, 2014 – Shelved as: law
October 31, 2014 – Shelved as: small-town
October 31, 2014 – Shelved as: romance
October 31, 2014 – Shelved as: contemporary-fiction
October 31, 2014 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Sue (new) - rated it 5 stars

Sue can't wait to read my copy

Jeanie I agree with you on Grisham. However, I thought Dugoni did well with the relationship development - past and current.

Jo-Ann Breitstein Really enjoyed your review! If I like the first Tracy (it is late so not remembering Tracy's full name) novel I can continue. ps I also took a sleeping pill so I am somewhat incoherent

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