In a small Indiana town, young girls are disappearing, vanishing without a trace. Because there are no bodies, the powers that be don't agree that any crimes have been committed, perhaps they just left home?
Seasoned police detective, Rex Thomas is not convinced that the girls, all students at the same university with everything going for them, would suddenly just leave without telling anyone and not even taking any clothes or belongings with them.
New cop, Drew Kane is delighted when he is partnered with Det. Thomas and gets to work on the investigation. His delight soon turns to horror when his new girlfriend, Angela, goes missing and her car is left on his driveway in a blaze of flames...
Written by a police officer, Without a Trace has a great sense of realism and some scenes concerning the killer are very uncomfortable to read. You keep wondering if that noise against the window pane was really just a branch scratching the pane or was it fingernails scraping the glass? The book certainly gives you shivers.
It's a fast paced book, with short chapters which encourage you to read on to find out what happens next. The killer when he is finally revealed comes as a big surprise. A few times I thought I'd figured it out, but was wrong on both counts!
Reviewed by Annette Gisby, author of Silent Screams.
This report prepared by Annette Gisby