Gregg Main has made an impressive debut with his first novel, "Every Trace."
Ellen Donnelly leaves her husband, Pete, perhaps after a marital dispute. She calls him and tells him she's staying at her sisters. When Pete calls back to apologize, Ellen's sister has no idea where she is.
Ellen has set a plan to find Franklin Walker who has been paroled after serving thirty years for her father's murder.
In this plot driven novel, we learn of Ellen's plan and Pete's actions to locate his wife.
Things go wrong for Ellen and the story takes a dramatic turn as her life becomes endangered. During this time, Pete learns some of the details about her father's murder.
There is good drama as we try to learn who the man was, who pulled the trigger, and, what was his true motive.
The action moves swiftly and visually. The story has the makings of a good film and the suspense keeps the reader's attention throughout.
Ellen's motivation for revenge is better understood when the reader learns that she witnessed the murder when she was five-years-old. The development of Franklin Walker is well done. We see him move from the parolee to a man of compassion who wants to do the right thing.