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Publisher's Summary

An Amazon Charts bestseller.

From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kendra Elliot comes the first novella in the thrilling Widow’s Island series.

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?

©2018 Oceanfront Press Company. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Okay story and lousy narration..




Okay, this could never be one of my favorite novellas by Kendra Elliot. However, I don’t know if it was a bad novella or if it was the bad narration that made it bad. If I get the next book it will be to just read it.

It was about bones that were dug up and the search for the killer, which was a surprise when I found out who it was.

I liked Kate (FBI) and Tessa (Deputy) and Henry (new doctor in town) they were great characters

A slight touch of romance and the F-bomb was used 6 times.

As to the narration: 29 Performance reviews and 24 were 4 and 5 stars? You gotta be kidding.
Christine Williams totally stunk. Every single person, male and female, sounded the same. How can anyone give a narrator 5 stars while listening to a man that sounds like a girl? Not to mention she reads without emotions. I’m done listening to Kendra Elliot if that’s the kind of narrator she and her publisher choose. I’ve read or listened to 11 of KE’s books and novellas and this is the worse yet. Christine Williams narrates the next novella too, A Bone to Pick, so I won’t be getting that audio. If you can’t even attempt to sound manly Ms. Williams you shouldn’t be a narrator. IMO.

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Maybe an ok story but I can't get past the narrator. Her performance is not what I like. There is no "acting" in her reading, it's like she just reads a book without feeling for the characters. I stopped trying about half way through the book.
I really like Kendra Elliot but not this performer.

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Ending stinks

I don't like to be left hanging like that! Do they get the bones identified???? Bummer ending!!!!!

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Not up to Kendra Elliot's normal standards

All of Kendra Elliot's audiobooks are in my Audible library and almost all have earned 5 stars. Her novella CLOSE TO THE BONE is OK, but is a disappointment. The bigger disappointment is the narration by Christine Williams. Kate Rudd has narrated most of Elliot's audiobooks superbly. I wish she had narrated this novella.

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AWFUL

The narrator was awful the book was really short corny about an island with ghost and killers and FBI agent with a past it was awful!

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Kendra Elliot continued to intrigued

I loved the book! Kendra continued to hold me on the edge of my sit with this book as she did with the prior ones!

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Engaging Mystery with a bit of romance.

I was captivated from beginning to end. Relatable characters, yummy ice cream, and happy cows. What more can you ask for?

The narrator did a wonderful job giving different voices to the various characters.

Overall, this was an excellent story to listen to. I look forward to listening to more stories in this series, and by this author.

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Mysterious Island Life

This is a quirky mystery with some quaint islanders and plenty of potential for more to come.

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I liked this short one

I wasn't sure I would like this because it is a new author and really short. However, I am interested enough to read/listen to the next in this series.

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nice mystery good ending. like narration unless sh

nice mystery good narration except when changing voice for a man talking sounds nothing like it

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  • 12-01-21

Good Listen But Overpriced

These are inly 2 hour stories yet are charged the full price a book lasting 13 hrs would be. Seems crazy! They are easy to listen to and decent short stories but waaaayyy overpriced! Should be half the cost of a normal book.

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  • 03-05-21

Great story line, interesting and gripping.

Was brilliantly narrated by Christine Williams. Loved the story and the characters were believable and interesting.