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.
When you’re on a roll… I woke up this morning and I was still thinking about The Trapped Girl. I have a feeling this story and its characters will stay with me for a long time. What else could I ask for? I’ve been a fan of Robert Dugoni ever since the start of his wonderful series: My Sister’s Grave. That book instantly became one of my favorites and I still think it would make an excellent movie.
I also read book #2 and #3, which means I’m up to date with the series (that never happens!). So yes, the Tracy Crosswhite series holds a special place in my heart. However, as much I loved Her Final Breath and In The Clearing, I never felt the rush of excitement or satisfaction I had felt with My Sister’s Grave… up until I finished his latest installment: The Trapped Girl. I think it might be his best book yet.
The Trapped Girl follows a very complex plot, filled with twists and turns… just the way I like them. The characters’ development is strong, too, especially when it comes to relationships. Plus, they felt more like a family than ever. Who wouldn’t want to work with Tracy, Kins, Faz and Del? Who wouldn’t want to date Dan? I’m so jealous. The book was simply unputdownable, and the proof is that I practically read it in one sitting, devouring the pages like nothing else existed around me.
Can you read this one without having read the previous books? Yeah, sure. One thing that I’ve noticed about these books is that even though Robert Dugoni mentions the previous cases (especially the first one), he never says anything that could be considered a spoiler. So, of course, you know Dan is there from the beginning and that he and Tracy have been together for some time, but if you want to start with this one, I’d say you absolutely can. Just make sure you read the others too!
In addition, even though, for example, I absolutely loved Little Girl Lost, by the time I reached the final pages, I was able to guess most of what had happened. In The Trapped Girl, on the other hand, I was utterly confused all the way through. And that ending! As I stated on Twitter, excuse me while I pick my jaw up from the floor, because once I got to the climax, everything made so much sense that I couldn’t believe I hadn’t even considered that option. In my humble opinion, The Trapped Girl is as great as a mystery novel can be. What are you waiting for?
Netgalley – Thomas & Mercer, 2017