Author: Robert Dugoni
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Release Date: September 2015
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
The next Tracy Crosswhite story keeps you on your toes and aching for more.
Detective Tracy Crosswhite has returned to her post as homicide detective in Seattle after finding her sister’s remains and getting a retrial for her killer. Still reeling from the ordeal she is pulled into an investigation that almost ends her career and her life, a new serial killer now as the Cowboy is killing women in cheap motels in Seattle. Tracy finds herself in the middle of the investigation as the killer leaves menacing messages for her. A task force is formed with Tracy taking point to try and solve the murders. Clues lead them to a decade-old homicide investigation that includes her captain Johnny Nolasco, who has never been on her side. The Cowboy is still on the hunt and Tracy wants to find the evidence to stop him before she becomes his next victim.
Robert Dugoni is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. Last year’s My Sister’s Grave was by far my favorite book of the year. As soon as I knew there was going to be another Tracy Crosswhite story, I was anxious to get my hands on it. Dugoni has found a winning combination with Detective Crosswhite and her ability to solve horrific crimes. I have to say Her Final Breath was not as good as My Sister’s Grave but is still by favorite of the year so far. I think the thing that made this one not quite as good was it lacked the emotional aspect that made such an impact with the first. When Tracy was so consumed with finding her sister’s killer and getting justice, the story flew by without a second thought. At times this one brought a little of the emotional aspect when Tracy was being targeted but it didn’t hit as hard as looking for her sister’s killer.
Without a doubt, it is an excellent read and one that anyone who enjoys a good suspense thriller needs to add to their collection. The story flows smoothly without anything to take you away from the characters. Several are easily liked while others are easy to despise. I’m not sure if there will be another in the series, but I feel Tracy Crosswhite has more to say and more cases to solve and I for one would like to see her in action.