Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Date of publication: May 17th, 2016
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Series: Tracy Crosswhite Series
Detective Tracy Crosswhite has a skill, and a soft spot, for tackling unsolved crimes. Having lost her own sister to murder at a young age, Tracy has dedicated her career to bringing justice and closure to the families and friends of victims of crime.
So when Jenny, a former police academy classmate and protégé, asks Tracy to help solve a cold case that involves the suspicious suicide of a Native American high school girl forty years earlier, Tracy agrees. Following up on evidence Jenny’s detective father collected when he was the investigating deputy, Tracy probes one small town’s memory and finds dark, well-concealed secrets hidden within the community’s fabric. Can Tracy uphold the promise she’s made to the dead girl’s family and deliver the truth of what happened to their daughter? Or will she become the next victim?
Want a book that you can devour in one sitting? Then read In The Clearing. I was glued to this book and couldn’t put it down.
The storyline and sub storyline was fantastic. The author did a great job alternating between the cold case and the one that Tracy was working on. He did a fantastic job going between past and present and between different personas. That is something that I have issues with when reading books like this and the author nailed it. Also, the way he brought both cases together, in the end, was chilling. I actually got goosebumps from reading it.
Now, I did figure out who killed Kimi (the victim) about halfway through the book. It wasn’t like the author was hiding it. There were enough red herrings and what seemed like dead ends that when it was revealed, I was shocked. But there is a major twist that I didn’t see coming.
What surprised me the most about this book is that even though it is part of a series, you could read it alone. I do not read books out-of-order because sometimes characters intertwine from one book to another. Not this one. What goes on in the previous books stays in the previous books.
How many stars will I give In The Clearing? 5
Why? It is a well-written mystery/thriller that keeps you guessing until the end.
Will I reread it? Yes and I am going to go buy Books 1 and 2
Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes
Age range? Adult on up. There are some adult situations and some strong language in the book.