Monday, May 23, 2016

Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson

From the publisher:
Evie Blackwell loves her life as an Illinois State Police detective . . . mostly. She's very skilled at investigations and has steadily moved up through the ranks. She would like to find Mr. Right, but she has a hard time imagining how marriage could work, considering the demands of her job. 

Gabriel Thane is a lifetime resident of Carin County and now its sheriff, a job he loves. Gabe is committed to upholding the law and cares deeply for the residents he's sworn to protect. He too would like to find a lifetime companion, a marriage like his parents have.

When Evie arrives in Carin, Illinois, it's to help launch a new task force dedicated to reexamining unsolved crimes across the state. Spearheading this trial run, Evie will work with the sheriff's department on a couple of its most troubling missing-persons cases. As she reexamines old evidence to pull out a few tenuous new leads, she unearths a surprising connection . . . possibly to a third cold case. Evie's determined to solve the cases before she leaves Carin County, and Sheriff Thane, along with his family, will be key to those answers.

This was a very fascinating book.  The way it was written keeps me thinking how different this is from other suspense novels I have read.  Evie Blackwell is a character and I am not certain how she will carry the series that is to come but what is for certain is that the Thane family will be a  part of it the whole way through.

This book doesn't have a killer coming after Gabriel or Evie as they search the cases but there is still an intensity to the writing that will keep you gripped the whole way.  While Gabriel and Evie are the featured characters there are many characters who you will read from their point-of-view.  It makes me wonder if all the books in the series will be this way.  It was not disruptive to read it like this but it definitely made me curious how the series would go. 

Spiritually I felt the book was lacking.  I wanted more, however, it could be that the series itself will build spiritually through out and that would be a really fascinating way to do it.  

I received this book free from the publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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