“Traces of Guilt” by Dee Henderson

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Folks, I’m here today with a review from one of my favorite suspense authors, Dee Henderson! (Also could I get a little ‘Woot, woot’? I’m setting a personal record by writing and posting my review the same evening that I finish reading the book! :-J).

Okay, first off, the synopsis…

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 grew up in Carin County and is 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 focused on unsolved crimes across the state. She will work with the sheriff’s department on a couple of its most troubling missing-persons cases. As she studies old evidence to pull out a few tenuous new leads, she unearths surprising connections. One way or another, she knows Gabriel Thane and his family will be key to the answers she seeks.

So first off, this book actually follows 3 different storylines with the 3 Thane brothers which *sploileraren’t exactly related, though there is some overlap between two of them *end of spoiler*. The character development was well done, as I’ve come to appreciate with this author, and Gabriel was definitely my favorite character.The major storylines are all neatly tied up, however, it does leave you with a minor (at least I considered it minor 🙂 loose thread at the end, which will hopefully be followed up in an upcoming novel.

As someone who really likes Dee Henderson, it didn’t disappoint, but I don’t recommend it to start off your experience with this author. The spiritual storyline wasn’t quite as strong as I prefer, and it just had a slightly different “feel” than many of her previous novels.

This was one of the more difficult Dee Henderson books I’ve read as it deals with the issue of a pedophile, which is just hard for me. It does not go into any details at all, just mentions it as an occurrence and then deals with the emotional trauma that the victim was still dealing with as an adult. However, I do not recommend it for those under the age of 20 or so.

Overall, I did enjoy it, and recommend it for those that are familiar with Dee Henderson’s style and can appreciate it because of that. I would give it 3 1/2 out of 5 stars for the issues that I mentioned.

*Disclaimer: I received this book from Bethany House Publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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