My Sister's Grave (Tracy Crosswhite Series #1)

My Sister's Grave (Tracy Crosswhite Series #1)

by Robert Dugoni

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ISBN-13: 9781477825570
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2014
Series: Tracy Crosswhite Series , #1
Pages: 410
Sales rank: 33,053
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Robert Dugoni is the critically acclaimed and New York Times–bestselling author of the David Sloane series: The Jury Master, Wrongful Death, Bodily Harm, Murder One, and The Conviction. Murder One was a finalist for the Harper Lee Award for literary excellence. Dugoni is also the author of the bestselling standalone novel Damage Control, and his nonfiction exposé, The Cyanide Canary, was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year selection. Dugoni’s books have been likened to Scott Turow and Nelson DeMille, and he has been hailed as “the undisputed king of the legal thriller” by The Providence Journal.

Visit his website at www.robertdugoni.com, and follow him on Twitter @robertdugoni and at www.facebook.com/AuthorRobertDugoni.

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My Sister's Grave 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Bloggabook More than 1 year ago
I wish there were more stars to give than five. This book deserves seven or eight. From page one, a griping tale. No matter what side you are on, parent, sibling, or bystander you are rooted to this story. It holds you till the end. This stands apart in the genre right now for both storytelling and story itself. It's hard to write any kind of review without presenting spoilers, and I won't do that to such a suspenseful story as this. Each chapter is like a knife in the heart. Ever turn of event is enough to have you wincing in fear. You'll hug someone tight after this one is all over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by this author. I would read more of his.
Scov More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down and loved every minute of it!! Robert Dugoni takes the thriller to a new level!!
2_Irish_Girls More than 1 year ago
“I am not afraid of the dark.” What was interesting about this book was the character development. I was fond of everyone and trusted no one. I couldn't commit to a theory on what really happened because the nature of the townspeople kept me guessing clear until the end. As for Tracy's friends and colleagues, I hope to meet them again in another book. I liked the team she worked with. I could picture them all sitting in a bullpen in my local PD, wearing bad suits and complaining about the coffee. “After twenty years, Sarah might finally get justice, and Tracy might finally get answers.” Oh man, I loved, LOVED the Crosswhite sisters. They instantly made it to the top of my heroine list. Honestly, I loved each character in this book. They were dynamic and at times felt as though they were jumping off the page. I felt connected everyone. Tracy Crosswhite was a breath of fresh air. She was strong, clever and relentless. I connected with her instantly. The bond she shared with her sister and the way she devoted her life to her drew me in. During the flashbacks of the sisters as children, I actually cried a few times. They had a powerful bond, as many sisters do and the story did that bond justice. “It could be so cruel, hope. But for twenty years it was all she’d had to hold on to, the only thing to push back the darkness that lingered on the periphery, searching for every opportunity to enshroud her. Hope.” The flow of this book was excited and consistent. I never got bored and with each turn of the page, I was more and more desperate to join Tracy in her search for the truth. The last 20% had me on the edge of my seat and I HAD to finish the book. The research that went into this book was impressive. It was well planned and executed. The forensics were discussed in a manner that never lead my mind to wander. The legal proceedings were realistic and exciting. “I tell my students it’s not the result that’s important. It’s the evidence. If the evidence is suspect, so is the result.” I rode a roller-coaster of emotions while reading. I was heartbroken, scared, excited, hopefully, anger, sleepy, dopey and doc. I couldn't stop reading. I was hooked and the rush of the story kept me glued to my couch for hours. If you like a cold case whodunit with layers of mystery, this is the book for you. And I would like to take a moment to give a shout out to the two guys who stole the scene: Sherlock and Rex! Here’s to you boys! 5 stars and a bottle of Jameson for this compelling thriller! Cheers! 
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
An exceptionally great book! Tracy Crosswire still doesn’t believe the evidence given at the trial of Edmund House for the murder of her sister, Sarah, was the truth and she won’t listen to advice from others to leave things alone. Sarah disappeared twenty years ago and Tracy still wants to know the truth about what happened to Sarah, whose body was not found at that time. Tracy has been collecting evidence for all those years trying to discover the truth, so much so that she gave up teaching to become a homicide detective with the Seattle Police Department, tracking down killers for her living.  When Sarah’s remains are found, Tracy is determined to find out what happened to her. By doing this Tracy uncovers evidence, gets help from an childhood friend who knew both girls and is now a lawyer and puts everyone involved into danger. This is a brilliantly told story of sisterly love determined to find the truth and real justice for a beloved sister, regardless of the danger inherent in opening up the past in this manner. The characters well portrayed, warts and all, in a manner that makes them truly believable. The plot is totally engaging and highly entertaining. You are given clues throughout that enable you to foresee some things but then there are twists and turns that throw you off the scent again. This is a roller coaster ride, totally enthralling, fantastically written and a tremendous treat for any fans of crime and murder stories, an exceptionally great book. I’ll certainly be looking out for other books by this author! Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley too  for letting me read this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
Twink More than 1 year ago
I picked up Robert Dugoni's first novel way back in 2006 and have enjoyed every one since. His latest release is My Sister's Grave. The last time Tracy Crosswhite saw her sister Sarah was twenty years ago. And although a man was convicted for her murder without a body, Tracy has never believed he was guilty. In fact, it's the reason she became a cop. When Sarah's remains are found, Tracy sees this as an opportunity to reopen the case and find the real killer. Old secrets don't like to be uncovered though...... The whodunit in My Sister's Grave is well plotted, with a nice little twist. (Although I must admit I did have this sussed out before the final reveal.) Setting the book in a small town really worked, making the storyline believable. Because in every small town, there's a sheriff who has his own ideas of how things should be run, right? Tracy was a great lead character - tough and determined, but with a vulnerable side. Her loyalty and love for her sister Sarah are palpable. Although we never meet Sarah in present day, the flashbacks and reminiscences of other characters really brought her to life. Pairing Tracy up with old childhood friend (and lawyer) Dan was perfect and lent a personal secondary plotline to the story. Dugoni's writing is easy and engaging. I was immediately caught up in the story from the first pages. There are twists and red herrings to keep you guessing until the final pages. And that final reveal is action packed, guaranteeing a 'stay up until I'm done' read. Dugoni was first a writer, then a lawyer and finally settled on novelist. His background is apparent in all of his novels, successfully combining the legal and crime genres (with a touch of romance thrown in.) All in all, a good entertaining read. This is the first of a new series - and I would definitely pick up the next.
Zot79 More than 1 year ago
Feels more like a real-crime documentary than complete fiction Robert Dugoni turns from writing legal thrillers to police procedurals with his usual storytelling aplomb. As with David Sloane, his cop, Tracy Crosswhite, is personally and emotionally tied up in the case. Her sister Sarah disappeared years ago and her body has just been recovered. But the physical evidence doesn't quite match what was used to convict the man in prison for Sarah's murder. And Tracy still feels responsible for what happened to her younger sister. The author creates an especially rich world of characters, places and situations that always feel real. Flashbacks are sparingly and deftly used to reveal and add depth without holding the story back. Everything moves along quite quickly. Clues to solving the mystery unspool naturally. Characters react realistically. I have enjoyed every book I've read by Dugoni. I can't recommend this one highly enough. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book through Amazon's Kindle First program.
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
Thrilling! I don’t even know how to write a review that would do justice to this book.  It was a nail biting, edge of the seat, read.  I picked it up every chance I could.  I even took it with me to an appointment my husband had!  Good reading! My emotions were all over the place.  My goodness I was right there.  The author really knew how to develop his characters.  All I can say is, Wowser! I really thought I had this one figured out.  I even told my husband I did.  Boy oh boy was I ever wrong.  The last few chapters really shocked me.   I won this book from Goodreads and was happy to read/review it.  The opinions expressed are mine alone. I do want to add one thing.  I found some of the language offensive.  I do not plan to ding this author because of it.  It is still a 5 star book!
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This book has been on my TBR shelf for awhile and I am so glad I finally got to it. I will not have to read the rest in this series. Tracy Crosswhite has been living with guilt for the last 20 years. After a shooting competitions, Tracy went with her boyfriend to dinner and Sarah drove Tracy's truck to go home. She was never seen again and everyone believes she is dead, however, her body has never been found. A paroled rapist in the area was arrested and convicted of killing Sarah, but the evidence never measured up for Tracy. She just wants to know what happened to her sister and where her body lies. Tracy, who had married and become a high school teacher, gave up teaching to become a homicide detective in Seattle. She wanted the tools and knowledge to investigate and find new evidence. When Sarah’s remains are finally found she is determined to use new evidence to have the case reopened. Tracy knows that the man in prison was convicted on faulty evidence. When Tracy goes home for the funeral service for Sarah, she runs into childhood friend Dan, who is now a lawyer. After looking at all the material Tracy has gathered, he agrees to file for an Evidentiary Hearing. Between dodging reporters, one she dislikes in particular, being hassled by the sheriff and dealing with budding feelings for Dan, Tracy is adamant that she is right. This book kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next. It is a combination legal thriller and crime suspense. I really enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone who likes thriller, mystery, suspense, crime stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Sister's Grave is the first installment in the Tracy Crosswhite series. It tells the story of Tracy, who quit her job as a teacher to investigate her sister's murder after she was convinced the police's investigation convicted the real killer. The plot was fast, the murder mystery was great with an ending that I did not predict. There was some romance involved, and I felt Dugoni did a good job of integrating that aspect with the rest of the story. This was a little reminiscent of the Making a Murderer real life case of Stephen Avery in Manitowoc County, WI. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading the next in the series.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
I started out backwards ...not too unusual for me. I read HER FINAL BREATH, first book in the series before this one. Happily, both books are fine as stand-alones. Tracy is a homicide detective who's been searching for her missing sister for the past 20 years. Sara disappeared when she was 18 and was never seen or heard of again. A man was arrested and sent to prison for her murder based on evidence found. That should have satisfied Tracy's need for justice, but she always felt that something was 'off'. And now she has received notice that Sara's remains have been found. So begins her journey into her past to discover just what happened to her sister. She comes to the conclusion that the man who was imprisoned was framed. Excellent story line! A homicide detective tries to free a man who was convicted of murder. This certainly doesn't endear her to her boss, nor to the people who were involved with Sara's disappearance ... and that includes her father, now deceased. Throw in the local Sheriff and County Prosecutor who harbor many secrets and it's a rocky roller coaster ride to the end. I loved the plot twist .. didn't really see that one coming. All in all, I enjoyed this one tremendously. Robert Dugoni will always be one of my favorite authors. 5 stars! My thanks to the author / NetGalley / Thomas & Mercer who supplied a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
christalvp More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by Dugoni, but I'll sure be reading more by him! I really enjoyed this suspense, and am looking forward to the next book in the series. I really liked the main character, Tracey, and I thought that the storyline was full of action and suspense. It kept me intrigued and guessing. Tracey Crosswaite's sister disappeared and was presumed murdered years ago, but Tracey has never felt quite at peace with the conviction of the alleged killer. When Sarah's body is discovered, Tracey hopes to finally get some answers. As she searches for the killer, she places herself in danger, and uncovers some long held secrets. This was a great book! I liked the writing style, the characters, setting, and the storyline. It all added up to a book I thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an ARC in return for an honest review.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Well doggies as Jed Clampett used to say, that was a good book. I don't think i breathed for at least 20 to 30 minutes during the finale. Because the story told a little bit about the past and then the next thing you know it's 20 years later, I liked that the author kept going back in history and talking about the relationship of the two sisters. It really helped to me to have a closer bond between the two girls. All the while they are trying to get an innocent man out of jail, I'm like thinking, if he's innocent, who did it then? The cops themselves? Then when the father of this guy's previous victim drives all the way from California to Washington to show a picture of what this man did to his daughter, I'm still shaking my head. But all the evidence is proving that the cops did lie. The ending threw me for a loop. I was NOT expecting that at all. I seriously had another person as the main suspect. Robert Dugoni you totally had me fooled. I loved this book and have his second one lined up and ready to read next. I cannot wait!! Oh, I highly recommend this book! I would like to thank Thomas and Mercer and Net Galley for providing me with this free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. So pysched I have "Her Final Breath" queued up to start reading next!!!!
karen014 More than 1 year ago
short & sweet AWESOME!!!!!!!
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