Trace of Evil
By: Alice Blanchard
Releasing December 3, 2019
Rating: ✨✨✨✨💫 (4.5/5)
Bookish Tip: Sleep, optional. You won’t be able to put it down!
A riveting mystery that introduces a bold and audacious rookie detective assigned to hunt for a killer who is haunted by the past in this gripping murder case…
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.
Spellbinding and gripping, Trace of Evil is a novel of twisting suspense that will leave you breathless .
Special thanks to Minotaur Books for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
Trace of Evil by Alice Blanchard is one nail biting, captivating and intense thriller that proves the past always comes back to haunt you.
Initially Trace of Evil starts a little slow because readers are treated to a lot of information regarding the historical town of Burning Lake who is infamous for a witch trial back in the 1700s. The dabbling of witchcraft is still ever present especially with the teens of the town. It has become a right of passage to create a coven. I love how the witchcraft theme adds a super creepy vibe to the story. A few times I had chills run down my spine.
The investigation into the death of Daisy Buckner and the cold case investigation of the Missing Nine that Natalie canvases is so very thorough. Pieces of the investigation are laid out including various theories. Readers will feel as if they too are investigating the cases. Alice Blanchard beautifully weaves several back stories into the two investigations effortlessly. She throws in so many twists and turns that your mind will be continuously reeling.
My romance loving heart just loves Natalie and Luke. Their undeniable chemistry and slow burning feelings provide a lightness to an already intense story.
Trace of Evil is A MUST READ! There are so many moments that absolutely took my breath away and left me in total freak out mode. I cannot wait for the next book in the series.