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

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.

When Sarah’s remains are finally discovered near their hometown in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State, Tracy is determined to get the answers she’s been seeking. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark, long-kept secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past - and open the door to deadly danger.

©2014 Robert Dugoni (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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guessing game with twists

it was hard to stop listening, great story, fantastic narrating, easy to follow, past and present

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Great ending!

This was an interesting story from start to unexpected finish. The performance was good and the characters were well developed.

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Really???

Who are all these people giving this positive reviews?? Where are all the twists and turns? You know who did it way before the book is over!The dialogue is so stilted and full of cliques that it reads like a Nancy Drew book. The characters are all flat stereotypes you see on cheesy TV detective shows, and the whole plot is based on such a moronic premise we couldn’t stop groaning the last fifth of the book.

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Okay But Not The Best

I was hoping this would be more psychological thriller than police and lawyer procedural but it was still pretty interesting. I liked the characters, the relationships, and how it ended up. I did think it was pretty good with the twists and turns but it was a bit of a long ending arc.

I liked Tracy as a character and I thought she was pretty well written. However, you could definitely tell that she was written by a man. There were some scenes that I was like "I know this is how a man views women" but it didn't turn me off from the book or the writing as much as some books do.

I did like the way that this turned out in some ways - the ending took a bit too long in my opinion. It didn't keep the tension or the suspense for the whole story, especially the last 30% or so. But it was an interesting ending - one that I definitely didn't see coming.

I am not sure I will continue with this series but I did like this first book. And when I was adding links to this, I noticed it is free with Kindle Unlimited, so if you have that I would recommend checking this one out! Free books are always good.

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Excellent book!

Loved the audible book! Great for listening to in the car. Fantastic story! Well written!

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  • Rebecca
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 2015-10-18

Quite good...

To be honest, I didn't really think I was going to like this book, but I've been burning out on epic fantasy and wanted something completely different...
This is a thriller. A murder mystery with, at its heart, a kidnapping and murder thought solved 20 years earlier, but which had forever changed the small town where it had taken place.
And a family, a happy loving family completely devastated by the loss of their talented and daring younger daughter.
I wound up listening to it in one long sitting while in bed with pneumonia and quite enjoyed it. The characters are likable, the plot twists were interesting and unlike many of these books which have endings that dissolve into frantic shoot out scenes, this one stayed suspenseful and readable to the end.

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  • Kathi
  • 2017-01-30

Story not for me--but that's just my taste

I think the narration was good on this well-written police procedural story. I have no negative things to say in that regard.

What I will say, is that when I purchased this book, I was unaware of the level of violence in the story. The only reason to mention it is to let others know that there are some places a bit harder to listen to than I expected.

I usually appreciate it if I can know that in advance, and better make a decision about a book. This is only my taste. And since I like police procedurals and mysteries, there is always the chance that that there will be more violence than I'm comfortable reading. Often I can pick up on that in advance from what's been said about the story, but I somehow missed it this time.

I think there are many good reviews here, so I only wanted to add this heads up for those who may be seeking good mysteries that are low on violence. This is not in that category. My three stars should really be directed to Audible, who didn't let that be known in advance about the book--not intended to say anything against the author.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 2015-11-13

Superb police thriller with lots of twists!

My Sister's Grave introduces Tracy Crosswhite, a Seattle police officer whose younger sister went missing 20 years ago. She has been working on the case in her western Washington home town for 10 years. A man had been convicted of first degree murder despite no body having been found. The book opens with the body being found after 20 years. In the interim Crosswhite's dad had committed suicide and her mother was also gone. Crosswhite is convinced that the man had been convicted of first degree murder based on planted evidence and the body supports her suspicion. The novel continues through several twists and turns to a surprising ending.

My Sister's grave is well written and well narrated. The second book in the Tracy Crosswhite series (which I will review soon) was released two months ago (the title is Her Final Breath). The third book in the series, In the Clearing, will be released on May 17, 2016.

This series has real promise. I highly recommend My Sister's Grave.

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  • Ruby212
  • 2015-07-19

great book

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This is a great book and read by someone with a nice voice. I don't know why other reviews don't like it, as they aren't saying much as to why. It's a thriller! Nice to have on during commutes. I found myself staying in the car and wanting to hear the rest of the chapter.

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  • Nancy
  • EDMONDS, WA, United States
  • 2015-05-31

Slow Start, but A Gripping Book w/Surprising End

This book is, first of all, very well-written for its genre. The author pays attention to every detail, as a good mystery book must do.. I had trouble getting interested in the first few chapters, but from then on I couldn't put the book down. The last part of the book is very much a surprise. I definitely recommend this author for mystery lovers.

For comparison, I believe it is more interesting and better written than The Girl on the Train.

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  • clifford
  • United States
  • 2016-04-29

Silly plot

A couple of things bugged me here. One, from the beginning, Dugoni intersperses chapters where old Cascade County townsfolk are conspiring to cover up the murder. The act of doing this puts the audience ahead of Tracy. So we know more than she does.

About half of this book centers around a court proceeding. I've read better. Think of Lincoln Lawyer by Connelly. The evidence here is too contrived. Actually, the court scene, the mystery, the story behind the old codgers, the revenge, its all flat. There was one point where I felt like I was listening to the ultimate horror cliche. The cliche where a dumb blonde goes into a dark evil place and the audience is yelling "No, No, don't go in there".

The reason this book is not a total disaster is that Dugoni can write a clipping contemporary thriller. His prose is not exceptional along the lines of Cormac McCarthy, but its on par with James Patterson or John Grisham or just a step below. If you don't mind a mind boggling plot, this book might be good enough for you to give it a shot.

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  • A. Sines
  • 2015-05-14

Nice mystery

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Having seen this repeatedly recommended for me, I finally succumbed to the Kindle Unlimited with Narration of this book.

The narration is clear without distraction. The voices are distinct. But interestingly, the narration was not the one aspect that carried this book. Nor was it the characters. (I’m not sure exactly what was lacking, but I did not get emotionally involved or connected with any of the characters.)

It was the mystery. The dogged determination of a sister who spends 20 years digging into what happened to her little sister, fascinated me.

So much detail into the mystery helped me follow the trial and the people completely and drew me into a world where I just had to know.

I recommend this as a great weekend listen and challenge the next readers to guess the truth before the end comes.

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  • Crimson68
  • Tennessee
  • 2015-10-18

Great Story!

If you like a good cold case murder/mystery... You will enjoy this book. It has a great storyline, good flow, and was well performed. Not too much or too little information, and I was nearly moved to tears in a couple of areas. I really enjoyed it!

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  • Pamela
  • Bigfork, Montana
  • 2017-07-08

Implausible from the start

This will not be detailed, I just want to point out a major flaw overlooked by most reviewers.

From the beginning Tracy has been working to overturn the conviction of her sister's supposed killer. Every statement, every assumption, every comment assumes that once that is done, Tracy can move forward with her life and put the presumed murder behind her. How Tracy would be able to finally move on is never explained - she would still not know what happened to Sarah, if she was still alive or who had been involved in her disappearance. If the police had botched the original investigation, or been left without any clues or suspects, after 20 years, the mystery will not be solved.

It is because of that faulty premise that the whole story even works. As a trained homicide detective, Tracy would be more likely to be trying to solve the disappearance herself, not expending energy and endangering her career to free a man who gives her the creeps. By resolving what happened 20 years earlier, Tracy would free the convicted man if that was appropriate, but I find it implausible that his freedom would be her primary goal when her whole life has been spent obsessed with her sister's disappearance.

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  • Tania S Dawson
  • 2015-11-07

A sister never gives up

What did you love best about My Sister's Grave?

I enjoyed Tracy sharing memories of her sister, learning how much they loved each other. Tracy never gave up looking for his sister and was very determined to learn the truth of what happened to her.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

There were a few dull moments, but for the most part I was entertained throughout the book. I liked that there were several twists that could have led to various outcomes. I went back and forth on who I thought the murderer was a few times, so it wasn't completely clear-cut.

What three words best describe Emily Sutton-Smith’s voice?

Very good narrator. (Another book that could really use both male and female readers, but all in all it wasn't a bad listen.$

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes! There is a chant that the sisters said with each other and it is first revealed in flash-backs. It is an important part of the plot toward the end of the book, and it reinforced how much the sisters cared for each other.

Any additional comments?

This is the first book in the Tracy Crosswhite series. I have download the second book, although I haven't had a chance to listen to it yet. I am looking forward to see how Tracy gets on with her life.

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