From Alice Blanchard, the author of the New York Times Notable mystery novel Darkness Peering comes Trace of Evil, first in an evocative new series about a small New York town, its deeply held secrets, and the woman determined to uncover them, no matter what the cost.
There’s something wicked in Burning Lake…
Natalie Lockhart is a rookie detective in Burning Lake, New York, an isolated town known for its dark past. Tasked with uncovering the whereabouts of nine missing transients who have disappeared over the years, Natalie wrestles with the town’s troubled history – and the scars left by her sister’s unsolved murder years ago.
Then Daisy Buckner, a beloved schoolteacher, is found dead on her kitchen floor, and a suspect immediately comes to mind. But it’s not that simple. The suspect is in a coma, collapsed only hours after the teacher’s death, and it turns out Daisy had secrets of her own. Natalie knows there is more to the case, but as the investigation deepens, even she cannot predict the far-reaching consequences – for the victim, for the missing of Burning Lake, and for herself.
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Alice Blanchard is the award-winning author of "Trace of Evil," "Darkness Peering," "A Breath After Drowning" and "The Breathtaker." She has received a PEN Award, a New Letters Literary Award, a Centrum Fellowship, and the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction.
"Darkness Peering" was a New York Times' Notable Book and a Barnes & Noble Best Mystery. Her thriller, "The Breathtaker," was an official selection of NBC’s Today Show Book Club. Her work has been published in 17 countries.
On December 3, 2019, Minotaur Books will publish "Trace of Evil," the first of Alice's new Natalie Lockhart series, which follows a female rookie detective investigating the death of a popular high school teacher that has eerie ties to the murder of a teenage girl 20 years ago. The series will unearth an even darker story involving a history of witch accusation and obsession with black magic deep in the woods of the idyllic suburban community of Burning Lake, New York.
I love a good mystery. This one started out so well but not really far in it slowed down. But towards the end it picked ]back up and it ended well.
Maybe it was just me I love action packed all the way through.
I gave this book 3.5 stars.
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