Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Brilliance Audio
Released on October 23, 2018
Source: Kindle Unlimited
A near-fatal gun shot injury brings FBI Agent, Cate Wilde, home to Widow’s Island to recover. No sooner is she back home then bones are found and she is handed the case in conjunction with local law enforcement who happens to be her best friend and the island’s new doctor who thought he left violent death behind back in LA. The atmosphere of the group of islands, the introduction to the characters, and the appearance of the bones made for a great introduction to a new series.
Close to the Bone introduces a place touched by the past and where mysticism and the supernatural are not laughed away. The discovery of some bones on one of the smaller islands near the home of a reclusive writer whose daughter went missing is the catalyst to bring together Cate and her friend Tessa to investigate the crime.
Cate left the island and rarely visits, but now an injury that has left her scarred in more ways than one has brought her back. She feels the pull of the island itself, the need to discover who the bones belong to, and also explore the attraction with Henry the new doctor.
Cate is the lead investigator and chooses to go back to the beginning and investigate the more recent missing girl’s case. Henry works his first case as a coroner and feels a connection forming with Cate who plans to leave after she is cleared for regular duty back in Seattle. And, what of the twenty year old missing girl case that weighs heavily still on Cate and her best friend, Tessa, their missing best friend, Samantha?
This was novella-length and I was impressed with how well the author introduced setting, characters, and the case. The atmospheric backdrop and how the past weighs heavily on the present was a nice touch to set the mood and draw me in swiftly. The case of the bones is investigated and comes to a swift conclusion and the romance progresses nicely because of the page length, but there is also what will probably be the ongoing case of the older crime running through the series. I look forward to what comes next in the new installment that will shift authors and shift to the second female lead, Tessa.
This was my first occasion to listen to Christine Williams work. I thought she did a nice job. Her men’s voices could be froggy, but I did like the way she spun out this story and would enjoy more of her work.
All in all, this first installment was a good hook and I enjoyed it. I look forward to what comes next in the series. Mystery and romantic suspense fans would probably enjoy this one.
RS Audio #88