Review My Sister’s Grave (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 1): A novel by Robert Dugoni

The first book in the series that has garnered millions of readers across the globe, from New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni.

Sarah, Tracy Crosswhite’s sister is kidnapped and murdered. Edmund House is condemned for the murder and he is also a convicted rapist. Tracy Crosswhite is not satisfied with the facts surrounding her sister’s death. She also does not believe that Edmund House is responsible for Sarah’s murder. Tracy Crosswhite wants justice for her sister’s murder. She also resolves to spend the rest of her life to tracking down murderers. She thus becomes a homicide detective with the Seattle PD.

Finally, Sarah’s remains are found in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State which is near their hometown. Tracy seeks answers to all her disturbing questions about Sarah’s death. As she searches for these answers, she also discovers dark secrets which change her relationship with the past forever. These secrets also lead to danger.



My Sister's Grave (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 1) by [Dugoni, Robert]




Editorial Reviews


A Goodreads Best Book of the Month

“One of the best books I’ll read this year.” —Lisa Gardner, bestselling author of Touch and Go

“Dugoni does a superior job of positioning [the plot elements] for maximum impact, especially in a climactic scene set in an abandoned mine during a blizzard—which is melodramatic but nevertheless effective.” —Publishers Weekly

“Yes, a conspiracy is revealed, but it’s an unexpected one, as moving as it is startling…The ending is violent, suspenseful, even touching. A nice surprise for thriller fans.” —Booklist

Starred Review: “Combines the best of a police procedural with a legal thriller, and the end result is outstanding…Dugoni continues to deliver emotional and gut-wrenching, character-driven suspense stories that will resonate with any fan of the thriller genre.” —Library Journal

“Well-written and its classic premise is sure to absorb legal-thriller fans…Though the pace lags at times, the characters are richly detailed and true to life, and the ending is sure to please fans.” —Kirkus Reviews

My Sister’s Grave is a chilling portrait shaded in neo-noir, as if someone had taken a knife to a Norman Rockwell painting by casting small town America as the place where bad guys blend into the landscape, establishing Dugoni as a force to be reckoned with outside the courtroom as well as in.” —Providence Journal

“What starts out as a sturdy police procedural morphs into a gripping legal thriller…Dugoni is a superb storyteller, and his courtroom drama shines. This ‘Grave’ is one to get lost in.” —Boston Globe

“…a swift, engrossing story that shrewdly combines elements of police procedurals and legal thrillers.” –The Seattle Times

“This story captured my attention, and made me care about Tracy and Sarah and what happened to them. This is a compelling story, difficult to put down, and the ending was not at all what I expected. I loved My Sister’s Grave and was drawn in from the beginning, and can easily recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery.” —Bitten by Books

About the Author

Robert Dugoni is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of the Tracy Crosswhite Series : My Sister’s Grave, Her Final Breath (September 2015) and In the Woods (May 2016). He is also the author of the critically acclaimed, David Sloane series: The Jury Master, Wrongful Death, Bodily Harm, Murder One and The Conviction. Connect with him on Facebook @AuthorRobertDugoni and on Twitter @robertdugoni

Dugoni has twice been nominated for the Harper Lee Award for Legal Fiction, was a 2015 International Thriller Writer’s finalist for thriller of the year, and the 2015 winner of the Nancy Pearl Award for Fiction. His books are sold world-wide in more than 20 countries and have been translated into a dozen languages including French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Top customer reviews

I read, on average, 2-3 books a month. I have to say, this is the best book I have read in several years. The flashbacks along with current story lines makes the characters more complete. The story line involving the murder of Tracys’ sister and the subsequent years of trying to determine the truth when an innocent man is sentenced for the crime and sent to prison. The twist and turns throughout the story made it move fast and kept me glued to the book to see who actually did it. When the conclusion arrived, I was floored by the reveal. I did not anticipate the ending. It wrapped everything up completely. It is a completely enthralling book that will grab and deep your attention for every page!!!
Mystery Fan

I love a series. Sometimes I find a character I like and buy all the other books to see how the character develops. Almost always the series starts with a mystery and, in a few books, it becomes personal. That’s usually where the distraction begins. This one started with a personal issue. Fortunately, it did not detract from the story which we want to be “how the mystery is solved”. Anyway, Crosswhite is a fully formed character at this point and likeable in her own way. She is the hero but subject to all the human conditions that make us relatable. I’m looking forward to seeing how she acts in the rest of the books.

I read reviews before buying these. There were some issues with the forward/backward timelines and some who thought that these “flashbacks” were a distraction and created confusion. Sometimes that is true, but I don’t know if the story could be told in any different manner. And Dugoni is certainly a talented storyteller. If you are considering this book, it’s a pretty good read.

Kindle Customer
 Seems like more often than not when I condescend to buy a Kindle book, I find that 25 pages in I think, “Well, that was another 2 bucks down the drain”. So to say that I’m in heaven when I accidently come across an author who actually knows how to write a good book, is an understatement. What I want to know is why I’ve never come across Robert Dugoni before? This book has everything I’m always looking for–interesting characters, a page-turning plot, a tough, independent woman protanganist–the whole ball of wax. Plus, another example of secrets and lies eventually causing more trouble than they’re worth. I’ve already ordered the next book in this series and fully expect to read all 5. If you like a book police procedural; you couldn’t ask for more than you’ll get with this book. And it only cost $1.99 instead of the $14.99 you usually have to pay for a really good read!






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