Gone Without a Trace had me hooked from the first chapter. When a heavy bag is slid over the side of a boat into the depths and the prologue ends, “This was not an auspicious beginning to the New Year,” you know you’re in for a ride.
Livy Reynolds, a homicide detective, carries with her the specter of freezing at a shootout which got her partner, Mac, injured. She froze because of memories of shooting and killing an unarmed boy earlier that year. Now she’s got a double burden: the boy and Mac.
Livy goes back to her hometown on administrative leave to heal. There she is reminded of the disappearance of her cousin, Robyn, several years before. She is contacted by a Dallas PI about the case of a senator’s missing daughter—the coincidences are way too similar. Although she instantly dislikes the PI, Alex Jennings, and is plagued with self-doubt, she makes herself work with him. They hope against hope they’re not too late.
Flawed but believable characters, a mystery with lots of twists and turns, and a tightly written story kept me reading well into the night. The suspense runs high and you really want Alex and Livy to hurry up and catch the villain. You’ll want to add Gone without a Trace (Logan Point Book #3): A Novel to your reading pile—five stars!
Patricia Bradley won the 2012 Daphne du Maurier Award for Shadows of the Past. Her other novel, A Promise to Protect, is also a page-turner. When she’s not writing or speaking, Patricia loves to make clay pots and jewelry. She makes her home in Corinth, Mississippi. More information about Patricia can be found on her website, ptbradley.com.
Revell Publishing gave me a copy of Gone Without a Trace in exchange for my unbiased review.