My Sister's Grave
from the Book Description: Tracy Crosswhite has spent twenty years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House—a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder—is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.
I was surprised to see mostly 4 & 5 star ratings for this book. From the beginning, my thoughts were that a good editing was necessary, but I was reading an uncorrected proof from NetGalley, and perhaps the other readers had a better edited version. On the other hand, as I read some of the 4 star reviews on Amazon, I noticed that many of them mentioned some of the problems I had with the book.
The premise is interesting. I liked that Tracy Crosswhite noted the discrepancies in the arrest and conviction of Edmund House. Even though she felt a certain repugnance about the man, she didn't think he was guilty and was determined to find out what really happened to her sister. House's conviction didn't feel right, and Tracy wanted to know the truth. Yet, the twist is strongly hinted at from the beginning and the events that follow the discovery of Sarah Crosswhite's body could so easily (and logically) been avoided.
While other readers seemed to find Tracy a strong and sympathetic character, she didn't really emerge as a three-dimensional character for me. The frequent flashbacks interrupted the narrative flow and didn't always add meaningful information. Much of the book seemed awkwardly paced and predictable.
NetGalley/Thomas & Mercer
Mystery. Nov. 1, 2012. Print length: 418 pages.