Review: The Trapped Girl by Robert Dugoni @robertdugoni

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Release date: January 24, 2017

Publisher: Thomas and Mercer 

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Police Procedural 


When a woman’s body is discovered submerged in a crab pot in the chilly waters of Puget Sound, Detective Tracy Crosswhite finds herself with a tough case to untangle. Before they can identify the killer, Tracy and her colleagues on the Seattle PD’s Violent Crimes Section must figure out who the victim is. Her autopsy, however, reveals she may have gone to great lengths to conceal her identity. So who was she running from?

After evidence surfaces that their Jane Doe may be a woman who suspiciously disappeared months earlier, Tracy is once again haunted by the memory of her sister’s unsolved murder. Dredging up details from the woman’s past leads to conflicting clues that only seem to muddy the investigation. As Tracy begins to uncover a twisted tale of brutal betrayal and desperate greed, she’ll find herself risking everything to confront a killer who won’t go down without a deadly fight. Once again, New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni delivers a taut, riveting thriller in the fourth installment of his acclaimed Tracy Crosswhite series. 


As far as opening chapters are concerned, this had a very striking one. A high school kid who is illegally trying to catch crabs for extra money gets way more than he bargained for when he pulls up a crab pot and a women is trapped inside. That certainly grabbed my attention and my desire to get to the bottom of what happened to the woman never decreased. 

Tracy Crosswhite is one of those special characters that only come around every so often. She’s been through hell and back and had plenty of tragedies in her family from the death of her parents to the murder of her sister. Though she’s haunted by these events from her past, it doesn’t negatively impact how she works as a detective, instead it drives her even harder and makes her focused to find justice for victims and their families. The woman in the crab pot is initially thought to be Andrea Strickland who went missing after a hike on Mount Rainier, but things are not clear cut, and as Tracy digs into Strickland’s history, she finds that they have a lot in common. The connection she feels to the young woman only serves to make her bound and determined to solve her case, and fast. 

Dugoni’s writing style is polished and crisp, he’s crafted a story here that has a very detailed and complex plot and its chock full of the kind of twists and turns I’ve come to expect from any good thriller. I jumped into this series with this book, which is number four and I’m kicking myself for not starting at the beginning as it’s clear from just reading one of his books that this series is one not to be missed. It’s heavily character driven and Tracy is definitely the type of woman that I want to find out more about. And now you’ll have to excuse me while I go hurry and buy books one through three and frantically try and move things around in my TBR to try and fit them in.

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to Thomas and Mercer for my review copy. 

14 thoughts on “Review: The Trapped Girl by Robert Dugoni @robertdugoni

  1. Renee says:

    You had me at complex plot!! I’ve heard so many good things about Robert Dugoni’s books and I know his Amazon ratings are awesome but I’ve yet to pick up any and I have no good excuse:) You giving it 5 stars is making me take notice…my TBR for series is insane but I’ll keep this on my radar for this year. Good to know I should start at book 1.

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  2. rashthedoctor says:

    I went past the synopsis straight to read the review and I read the Line ‘a woman inside the crab pot’ , re-read that line about 3 times , then read the synopsis and the review and colour me interested in this book 😳

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