Trace of Evil

Trace of Evil Review

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

Title:Trace of Evil
Edition Language:English

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    Trace of Evil Reviews

  • Larry H

    4.5 stars.Alice Blanchard's new novel, Trace of Evil is a terrific, atmospheric mystery, full of twists and turns, and it's a great start to what I hope will be a new series.Natalie Lockhart is a ...

  • Kaceey

    Natalie Lockhart may be new to the detective unit but you’d never know it. She presents herself as seasoned as any of them. Tonight she’s on duty when she receives the worst possible news. A bruta...

  • Susanne  Strong

    4 Stars.A Compelling, Heart-Stopping Mystery! The Town of Burning Lake is not what it seems. Children growing up practicing Witchcraft and everyone keeping an abundance of secrets.Natalie Lockhart is ...

  • J.D. Barker

    Witchcraft, a brutal murder, and secrets buried in a sleepy town's past... With TRACE OF EVIL, Blanchard expertly weaves mystery and spine-tingling suspense. A tense, nail-biter of a thriller!Many tha...

  • Theresa Alan

    I had a hard time getting through this one because the writing is mediocre. It’s was a paint-by-numbers novel with characters that didn’t come to life because the author relies on info-dumps of te...

  • Kelli Wilson

    This was a substantial dish of Meh....

  • Ash

    Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Trace of Evil is a police procedural that revolves around the murder of Daisy Buckner, a h...

  • Mandy White

    I heard so many great things about this book so I was really looking forward to reading it. I listened to this on Scribd and as soon as it started I knew that I was going to love it. It is a police pr...

  • Toni

    In order to get to understand Natalie Lockhart you need to know two things about her: where she comes from and her family.Burning Lake is a small town in upstate New York, mostly famous for the burnin...

  • Nancy McFarlane

    Trace of Evil unfolds in a sleepy tourist town near the Adirondack Mountains, in upstate New York. The tourist flock to see where 3 local witches were supposedly killed in the days of the witch hunts ...