I love Dee Henderson’s books. This was my third, and I haven’t changed my mind yet! Traces of Guilt has been a very interesting read for me.
Evie Blackwell loves her life as an Illinois State Police Detective . . . mostly. She’s very skilled at investigations and has steadily moved up through the ranks. She would like to find Mr. Right, but she has a hard time imagining how marriage could work, considering the demands of her job.
Gabriel Thane is a lifetime resident of Carin County and now its sheriff, a job he loves. Gabe is committed to upholding the law and cares deeply for the residents he’s sworn to protect. He too would like to find a lifetime companion, a marriage like his parents have. . . .
When Evie arrives in Carin, Illinois, it’s to help launch a new task force dedicated to reexamining unsolved crimes across the state.
Spearheading this trial run, Evie will work with the sheriff’s department on a couple of its most troubling missing-persons cases. As she reexamines old evidence to pull out a few tenuous new leads, she unearths a surprising connection . . . possibly to a third cold case. Evie’s determined to solve the cases before she leaves Carin County, and Sheriff Thane, along with his family, will be key to those answers.
First of all, I have to say that even though I knew when I got this book it would be a romantic suspense, I’m pleased that the romantic side of it wasn’t played out how it could have been. Sometimes, a romantic plot line in an otherwise very intriguing story can be a distraction, and I’m glad that Henderson opted not to go that route here.
Another thing I liked was that I would just get to a point (and this happened several times) where I thought I had figured out what would be coming next. I thought I had the story figured out. I thought I had the cold cases solved. I should have known better for most of the times, as I often wasn’t even halfway through the book yet, so I’m not sure what there would have been to write about if the cases were solved halfway through. Each time I thought I had it figured out, I’d get confident, and then my theory would be blown out of the water. I loved it!
I also loved how Dee Henderson is able to weave characters from previous books into the plot of a totally separate book, but without distracting from the arc of the main characters. I was thrilled to see Paul and Ann Falcon back, as I’d first encountered them when I read Unspoken this summer. They’re not in all of her books — they weren’t present in Missing, but it was nice to “see familiar faces” as much as one can when reading a book. I enjoy the Thane brothers as characters as well, and hope to find them in future books as I read more and more from Henderson.
I highly recommend this book! It’s long, but it’s a good read and worth every page 🙂
Book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.