May 17, 2016

Book Review: In the Clearing

Detective Tracy Crosswhite has a skill, and a soft spot, for tackling unsolved crimes. Having lost her own sister to murder at a young age, Tracy has dedicated her career to bringing justice and closure to the families and friends of victims of crime.

So when Jenny, a former police academy classmate and protégé, asks Tracy to help solve a cold case that involves the suspicious suicide of a Native American high school girl forty years earlier, Tracy agrees. Following up on evidence Jenny’s detective father collected when he was the investigating deputy, Tracy probes one small town’s memory and finds dark, well-concealed secrets hidden within the community’s fabric. Can Tracy uphold the promise she’s made to the dead girl’s family and deliver the truth of what happened to their daughter? Or will she become the next victim?

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IN THE CLEARING is the third book in the Tracy Crosswhite saga.  They are set here in my local area of Washington State and I do have to say that I really appreciate the fact that Mr. Dugoni has done his research.  While some of the towns are fictional, others such as Seattle and Redmond are very real and accurate.  

I really do like the character Tracy Crosswhite and will continue to follow this series just to keep up with her.  She does seem to have a touch with cold cases.  That being said, I didn't care for this book as much as the previous two simply because it kept jumping from the present to the past and back again.  I find that when this occurs very often that I don't feel the tension building.

While mention is made of happenings in the first two books of this series, it is not necessary to read them to enjoy this book. IN THE CLEARING is a well written novel with great characters and dialogue.  I do recommend it to my readers who enjoy police procedurals especially if you enjoy cold cases.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own


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