Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Traces of Guilt - Dee Henderson
She's turning up the heat on Carin County's cold cases . . .
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 grew up in Carin County and is 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 focused on unsolved crimes across the state. She will work with the sheriff's department on a couple of its most troubling missing-persons cases. As she studies old evidence to pull out a few tenuous new leads, she unearths surprising connections. One way or another, she knows Gabriel Thane and his family will be key to the answers she seeks.
Dee Henderson is one of my favourite suspense writers! All her recent books are similar in that the main female character is dealing with an horrific past and the main male character is a law enforcement person, helping her through it and they fall in love. As much as I enjoy the plot, the suspense and the twists and turns, in this sense all her recent books, are somewhat predictable. And this is one aspect that I would love to see change in future books. However, the behind the scenes detective work is impressive, realistic and seems well-researched. As far as supporting characters go, I wonder about some that we heard only snippets about, and they didn't really add a whole lot to the story. Was that a way to introduce characters which will be in upcoming books, since this one appears to be the first book in a series? If not, I'm not sure what their purpose was. I was just left wondering about them. I enjoy the fact that there are always characters included from previous books.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Posted by Linda Maendel