Trace of Evil

Trace of EvilTrace of Evil

By Alice Blanchard

Series: Natalie Lockhart #1
Source Library

Published by Minotaur Books
on December 3, 2019

four-stars

Natalie Lockhart always knew she was going to be a cop. A rookie detective on the Burning Lake police force, she was raised on the wisdom of her chief-of-police father. These cases will haunt you if you let them. Grief doesn’t come with instructions.

But the one thing her father couldn’t teach her was how to handle loss. Natalie’s beloved sister was viciously murdered as a teenager, and she carries the scars deep in her heart. Although the killer was locked up, the trace evidence never added up, and Natalie can’t help wondering―is the past really behind her?

As the newest member on the force, Natalie is tasked with finding nine missing persons who’ve vanished off the face of the earth, dubbed “the Missing Nine.” One night, while following up on a new lead, she comes across a savage crime that will change everything.

Daisy Buckner―a popular schoolteacher, wife to a cop, and newly pregnant―lies dead on her kitchen floor. As Natalie hunts for Daisy’s killer in the wake of the town’s shock, her search leads to a string of strange clues―about the Missing Nine, about Daisy’s secret life, and reviving fresh doubts about her sister’s murder.

As the investigation deepens, Natalie’s every move risks far-reaching consequences―for the victims, for the town of Burning Lake, and for herself.

I have been in such a mystery/thriller mood these past few months, and this was one I’d been waiting on from the library for a while. I’d heard good things about it, and I was excited to get into it.

This was a really absorbing, excellent read. I loved that there were two intertwined mysteries and the way everything unravelled, and as a bonus, I didn’t predict everything and was genuinely surprised at the end.

I am glad to see that this is the first in a series, and I will definitely be reading book two.

four-stars

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