Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Release Day Review: The Trapped Girl (Tracy Crosswhite, #4) by Robert Dugoni

Title: The Trapped Girl (Tracy Crosswhite, #4) 
Author: Robert Dugoni 
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer 
Source: Publisher 
Release Date: January 24th, 2017  
Purchase: Amazon | B&N 

Summary: When a woman’s body is discovered submerged in a crab pot in the chilly waters of Puget Sound, Detective Tracy Crosswhite finds herself with a tough case to untangle. Before they can identify the killer, Tracy and her colleagues on the Seattle PD’s Violent Crimes Section must figure out who the victim is. Her autopsy, however, reveals she may have gone to great lengths to conceal her identity. So who was she running from?

After evidence surfaces that their Jane Doe may be a woman who suspiciously disappeared months earlier, Tracy is once again haunted by the memory of her sister’s unsolved murder. Dredging up details from the woman’s past leads to conflicting clues that only seem to muddy the investigation. As Tracy begins to uncover a twisted tale of brutal betrayal and desperate greed, she’ll find herself risking everything to confront a killer who won’t go down without a deadly fight. Once again, New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni delivers a taut, riveting thriller in the fourth installment of his acclaimed Tracy Crosswhite series.  


This is the fourth installment in the Tracy Crosswhite series; and until now, I'd found it difficult to pick a favorite because I've loved them all, but I believe The Trapped Girl is not only my favorite but Robert Dugoni's best yet.

When a teenage boy discovers a woman’s body in the Puget Sound, Detective Tracy Crosswhite and her colleagues face one of their toughest cases yet. Identifying their victim leads to the unsolved case of a woman presumed dead in a hiking accident on Mount Rainier months earlier. But how does an unrecovered body that seemingly disappeared off the side of a mountain end up in the Puget Sound? The more clues Tracy uncovers, the more twisted the case becomes.

Not only did this book fit all my requirements for a mystery; but along with keeping me on my toes and giving me that adrenaline rush I love, it also pulled at my heartstrings and satisfied the romantic in me. I've loved Tracy and her co-workers-turned-family for a while now; and because of the heartbreak and loss she's experienced, I've longed for certain things for Tracy. Mr. Dugoni delivered those things and then some. Kept me on the edge of my seat? Check. Gave me clues to figure out one twist while blindsiding me with another? Double check. Made me laugh and cry and fall even more in love with these characters? All the checks!! While these books can be read as stand-alones because the author does a great job of catching new readers up without it being overwhelming, I still recommend starting with book one. I can't imagine not having been with this group from the start. Books one through three made four all the more satisfying for me.

I highly recommend this series for readers who love mystery and suspense but also for those who love endearing kickass heroines and brilliantly done detective novels.  As always, this author’s writing is rich in detail, the characters captivating and compelling. I can hardly wait to see where he takes Tracy (and me) next.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 
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  1. I love good thrillers with excellent mysteries, awesome characeters and clever twists. If this book made you laugh and cry, I think I could to it. It doesn't stray into the dark and gory does it?

    1. It's just the right amount without going too far. I do suggest starting with book one, though, to get the full effect of those tears. The history is important ;)

  2. Oh see this is the kind of mystery I could potentially get behind cause romance lol. I am so glad you loved this one so much Wifey. Awesome review!

  3. Sounds like an amazing series. Glad to hear this one is now your favorite- that says a lot. I always enjoy a good mystery. :)

  4. Ooo well you know I love mysteries, thrillers, suspense and clever twists! This series is new to me, but you have me adding them!

    1. Yes! I think you will really enjoy them. Start with My Sister's Grave -- it's so good!

  5. Dang it, I was getting all excited, but then you suggested starting with the first book. Sigh, if you insist.


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