Review: In Her Tracks (Tracy Crosswhite #8) by Robert Dugoni - .Red Wine & Books

Monday, May 3, 2021

Review: In Her Tracks (Tracy Crosswhite #8) by Robert Dugoni

   


Print Length: 340 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (April 20, 2021)

From Goodreads.com:  What family secrets are behind two disappearances? Seattle detective Tracy Crosswhite is determined to uncover the truth in the latest installment of New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni’s heart-stopping series.

Returning from an extended leave in her hometown of Cedar Grove, Detective Tracy Crosswhite finds herself reassigned to the Seattle PD’s cold case unit. As the protective mother of an infant daughter, Tracy is immediately drawn to her first file: the abduction of a five-year-old girl whose parents, embattled in a poisonous divorce, were once prime suspects.

While reconstructing the days leading up to the girl’s disappearance, Tracy is brought into an active investigation with former partner Kinsington Rowe. A young woman has vanished on an isolated jogging trail in North Seattle. Divided between two critical cases, Tracy has little to go on except the treacherous deceptions behind a broken marriage—and now, the secrets hiding behind the closed doors of a deceptively quiet middle-class neighborhood.

To find two missing persons, Tracy will have to follow more than clues, which are both long cold and unsettlingly fresh. Given her own traumatic past, Tracy must also follow her instincts—to whatever dark and dangerous places they may lead.

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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Don't let the fact that this is book number eight in the series deter you from reading if you are new to the series. Each book, while making mentions of things that happened in the past does so in such a way that it is easy to follow without being confused. 

That being said, this one felt slower than me, and that might be due in part to Tracy's new role in the cold case file and the cold case of a vanished five-year-old girl. I understand that this comes into play later on, but I feel like the time spent focusing on that case would have been better spent adding more details to the main case so that it felt smoother. I also didn't care for the way that particular thread was tied off - I agreed with Tracy's reasoning, but it seemed a waste of time in my opinion. 

When it comes to the active investigation she found herself a part of, I feel like a lot of people will take offense to the way one of the characters was treated. The reader is told that he is "slow" and it is obvious from the way he is written that he suffers from a developmental disability. Time and again, his older brother abuses him and degrades him for it, however I felt it went to show not only the cruelty the brother was capable of, but also just how vulnerable disabled people can be if left in the wrong hands.  

I will say there was a bit of a oh heck moment near the end of the story that I didn't see coming, but that is one of those little things I have come to expect from this author, and am rarely disappointed. 

Having said all that, I do believe this will appeal to those who enjoy well written police procedural novels and/or are prior fans of this series. I can't wait for the next installment in this series! 

DISCLAIMER:  I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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                                                                             In Her Tracks  is available from Amazon.com

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