Close to the Bone (Widow's Island, #1)by Published 23 Oct 2018
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FBI Special Agent Cate Wilde is back home on a remote Pacific Northwest island when she gets the call: a teenager’s skeletal remains have been found on a nearby island.
Together with Tessa Black, a childhood friend turned local deputy, Cate confronts dreary weather and bleak leads to make sense of the death. The complications pile up as Cate is distracted by the coroner on the case—and by nagging memories that draw her twenty years into the past. The remains suggest eerie similarities between this victim, and Cate and Tessa’s friend Samantha, who disappeared when she was fourteen.
Cate finds herself up against closemouthed locals, buried town secrets, and even her own heart. As the case unravels, will she be able to cut through the fog and find justice for the missing and the dead
Close to the Bone (Widow's Island, #1) Reviews
This was a nice short listen. I found that I liked the characters from the very start and the mystery kept me guessing. This was my first time listening to Christine Williams narration and I thought that she did a good job with the story.
Book Source: Kindle Unlimited
Full review to be posted soon.
What a great start to what I'm sure will be a fabulous new series! As always Kendra didn't disappoint with this excellent novella. The characters are wonderful and the storyline is beyond superb. This little novella has everything you can possibly want in a mystery/thriller. My only complaint is that it's not long enough. I would love for this series to be full length novels. It's just so damn good. But what do you expect it's Kendra freaking Elliot! I'm so, so excited for this series and to see where it takes us. I'm addicted already. If you are looking for a good mystery/thriller then check out this new series. Hell check out any book by Kendra Elliot. They are all fabulous!
*** Note to Kendra *** Are you and Melinda planning on doing kindle in motion with this series like you did with the Rogue series?
FBI agent Cate, deputy Tess, and local physician and coroner Henry are called in to investigate a set of teenage bones that are found on a small island in the Pacific Northwest. There are currently two teenage girls missing from the area: one young girl lived right there on that same island and the other girl just happened to be the best friend of Cate and Tess years ago when they were young.
This story is told from Cate's point of view. Cate normally works back on the mainland but she is on medical leave after an accident has forced her to take some time off. Since everything is slower on the island and there are no agents present to begin this investigation, her boss asks her to come off of medical leave and get started trying to figure out who this teenager could be. I love that there is a connection between Cate and Tess. They do a great job of staying professional during what has the potential to be a very personal case, but it is obvious throughout the story that they have a deep underlying friendship. I also love Cate's relationship with her grandmother Jane and the budding relationship with Henry, who is new to town and trying to establish his medical practice.
This is a nice, atmospheric and well-paced suspense story. The small-town setting is great and there are quite a few suspicious characters among the townspeople. Actually, I think this story can also be technically categorized as a romantic suspense, but I would say the romance is more of a budding romance. It never gets in the way of the investigation and I'm curious about how this will play out in the next novella since the two involved do not appear to be the focal point of the next story.
Audiobook Notes: Currently the Close to the Bone audiobook is offered in Kindle Unlimited as both an ebook and audiobook option, meaning you can "read and listen for free." So that's what I did and I liked doing this. The audio is short - less than three hours - so I listened when I got up extra early and was doing morning work around the house. I'll read and listen again with the next novella and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this audiobook to those interested.
Title: Close to the Bone by Kendra Elliot
Series: Widow's Island #1
Narrated by: Christine Williams
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Length: 2 hours, 46 minutes, Unabridged
Close to the Bone by Kendra Elliot is the first book in the new romantic suspense Widow’s Island series. This is a series written by Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh, with them alternating books. They are all novellas, yet read like a full length story.
This book introduces the reader to FBI Special Agent Cate Wilde. She was suffering from a gun shot injury and came home to Widow Island to recuperate. Her recuperation is cut short when a skeleton is found on a nearby island and she is the only agent close enough to respond. Cate teams up with her old friend Tessa Black, who is a deputy. When Cate and Tessa were 15, a friend disappeared, so they are wondering if this skeleton could be her, or is the local girl who went missing two years earlier. We also meet Henry, the new doctor to the island, who did not know that meant he was also the coroner. There are some sparks between Henry and Cate that I hope will come to fruition in future books.
Close to the Bone was a great start to this series. It is surprising that even with the short novella length story, the plot is well done with all the elements of a good mystery. The characters were fleshed out enough that I got to know them well enough to be looking forward to what will come next in their lives. Well done Kendra Elliot. I listened to this book from Kindle Unlimited and enjoy the narration for this quick read and I hope to continue listening to this series.
This story fails in its various genre attempts, but it's paced well-enough and the characters are interesting enough that it's enjoyable. Enough. I can't say it's a success as a mystery because the main characters solves literally nothing. I can't say it's a success as a romance because it ends before anything interesting has time to start.
What it delivers is an interesting locale populated by characters that were fun to get to know and just a little bit of the mystical for spice. Fortunately, it's also short so I didn't have time to wear myself out on the small-town/island thing. So I'm going to tag it with three stars and call it good, but not one I'll be eager to follow-up on.
A note about my romance tags: There's no romance, really, so no chaste or steam.