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
Interesting read, if short. Very short, maybe 90 pages. I've read another novella series written by Elliot and Leigh, so I pretty much knew what to expect. The investigation-lite in this one was wrapped up; but there is an overarching plotline concerning a longtime disappearance and probable murder that will wind through the series, however long it might be. I liked FBI Agent Cate and Sheriff's deputy Tessa; but found Henry as the town doctor to be a bit in the Beta side.
Enjoyed it well enough to keep reading the series. I do like both of the author's work, both separate and together; and they can be counted on for an above average, intriguing small town RS mystery.
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.
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
FBI Special Agent Cate Wilde has come back home to Widow's Island after receiving a gun shot would. Cate's always had mixed feeling about her home, she loves the island, but it has a mix of good and bad memories. Her ending up in law enforcement is no coincidence. Cate, Tessa Black, who is now a local deputy and Samantha were a tight knit trio when they were teenagers. However, Samantha went missing when she was 13 and hasn't been seen since. Old memories are brought flooding back when the body of a teenage girl is discovered on the Island. Now, Cate and Tessa, as well as the new doctor in town, must investigate the possible crime. Could this be their missing best friend?
I love a good mystery! Which, is exactly what Kendra Elliot delivers in this novella. Close to the Bone is the first in the Widow's Island series which is co-authored by Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh. Melinda Leigh will be writing A Bone to Pick, the next book in the series. Each author writes from a different characters point of view as they help to solve crimes on the Widow's Island and look into the disappearance of their childhood friend Samantha.
This was a short read, about 100 pages, but in a such a short time it does a great job of introducing you not only to the characters but the atmosphere of the small island as well. All this whilst trying to solve the murder of an unidentified teenage girl. I enjoyed reading about the investigation and I loved that I didn't gues the whodunit until it was revealed by the author. Close to the Bone also has a little glimmer of romance in it as well between Cate and Henry, the doctor. I know the Elliot has another book out, book 3, next year and I look forward to seeing that relationship develop further .
This is a short, but very satisfying read and I can't wait to read more in this series. If you like a mystery, especially in small town settings, then I highly recommend you give this book a try.
*ARC provided by publisher
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Close to the Bone by Kendra Elliot is the first book in the new romantic suspense Widow’s Island series. This series is all at novella length and penned by Kendra Elliot along with Melinda Leigh by alternating the books. This pair of authors have teamed up in the past for the romantic suspense Rogue River series of which a couple of the characters have moved over to this series but the books can be read and enjoyed separate from the Rogue River series.
This first book introduces FBI Special Agent Cate Wilde who has returned to the island after an injury to rest and recuperate. However Cate gets a call when a skeleton is found nearby and she is the only FBI close enough to cover the case quickly.
Cate teams up with her old friend now turned local deputy, Tessa Black. Cate and Tessa know that a local girl went missing recently and the remains could belong to her but they also know that twenty years ago a friend of theirs had also gone missing that was never found and this new case may be the break to knowing what happened all those years ago.
Close to the Bone was a great start to this romantic suspense series that even at the shorter length still contains all the elements of a good mystery to be solved. The characters and plot are fleshed out enough that one doesn’t feel the shorter length as you may with some novellas and gives just enough to get a reader hooked and ready to read the next in the series.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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Not the best of the co-author novella series, but it’s the starter. There is world building to add in a short book. The wrap up of the mystery happened too fast, and I didn’t feel the explanation was enough though it was. I don’t know. Hard to explain. It felt as though it came out of left field.
I didn’t really feel the romance connection. Like there wasn’t that spark for the slow burn to come. We were told, but I didn’t feel it.
I think it was because the author wasn’t given enough word count to accomplish this. Another chapter or two and maybe this could have been really good.