Audio Review: Close to the Bone by Kendra Elliot

Posted January 6, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Audio Delight, Reviews, Sweet Delight / 18 Comments

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Audio Review: Close to the Bone by Kendra Elliot
Close to the Bone
Narrated by Christine Williams

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Series: Widow's Island #1
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Brilliance Audio
Released on October 23, 2018
Format: Audiobook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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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.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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2 years ago

I enjoy a good romantic suspense story, but you know I have a hard time listening.(lol) I would definitely have to read this in print. Hugs…RO

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  ROP

Yes, you would probably enjoy the nice atmospheric chill vibe this one gives off, Ro.

Melanie Simmons
2 years ago

This really does sound like a great story. I’ll add to my TBR list. Thanks for sharing. Great review.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

You betcha, Melanie! Hope you end up liking it if you pick it up. 🙂

Lover of Romance
2 years ago

Sounds like a great read you have there darling and a novella to have such well built world building is always a plus.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I hadn’t read this author before, but now I want to go back for more of her books.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I listened to this one and also enjoyed it. I liked the narrator and thought that the story was very well done especially for such a short piece. Great review!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Agreed. This was one of the best developed novellas I’ve read/listened to in a while.

2 years ago

Well I am enjoying the Mercy books so I will probably try this series, also. Great review!
Anne – Books of My Heart

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Anne

I need to give the Mercy books a try still.

2 years ago

I have my eye on this one., just need to get to it.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Nadene

I know what you mean. So many that sound good.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I am reading this series but agree about how well written this was for a novella length tale. The next one is fantastic too.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

It is definitely not a given to get good development in a novella, but this was good stuff. Can’t wait until the fall when we get the next installment in the series.

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)

I like how much Elliot has packed into this novella. The shorter length can sometimes make books feel as though something is missing, but I can’t see you found that problem here. A good start to a new series 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yes, she did a great job of introducing a series, characters, and overall series plot even while delivering a standalone mystery.

herding cats
2 years ago

Yay! I really enjoyed these, too. They both did a great job with the series so far. I’ll have to give the narrator a gander sometime.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  herding cats

The next two in the series just came up in my Amazon recommendations. Talk about salt to the wound. I have to wait to the fall and they are dangling them in front of me like that hoping I’ll preorder. Just cruel!

Oh yes, the narrator was a good one for these. I’m contenting myself with Kendra Elliott’s Mercy Kilpatrick series at the moment while I have KU. Love that narrator, too.