Nothing grows in the clearing. Everything dies.
One of the things I like about Detective Tracy Crosswhite is her vulnerability and how it plays out in her cold cases. The first book deals with the disappearance and murder of her sister Sarah and with each case she is involved with is not so far from what happened to her sister. With each case Tracy feels compassion and urgency to find the truth.
When a old friend Jenny connects with Tracy about a cold-case her father Buzz had investigated 40 years ago, Tracy sees the similarities between the death of Kimi Kanasket and that of her sister. Jenny has given the police file to Tracy that covered the case and with new eyes and updated forensic know how, what will Tracy find? What was assigned as suicide death, now looks like it might be murder. Kimi’s body was found in the river but all indications show that she was alive when she fell in the river and the bruising on her body was done some where else. Further investigation leads to a “clearing” visited by young people but with a haunted past. What secrets does the clearing hold? The narration is done with Tracy tracing back what Buzz found out during his investigation to Buzz’s voice in the past. It helps the reader be there at the moment while Tracy uncovers what happened 40 years ago.
Along with this cold case as the primary plot line, Tracy is also working with her partner a current case of murder involving a family that is estranged. A husband/father with a bullet to the back. A scared teenager and a beat up wife. Each saying that they pulled the trigger. Dugoni expertly brings the two cases together with an unexpected twist.
A Special Thank You to Thomas & Mercer and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.