Review: The Silence by Kendra Elliot

Posted August 25, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 16 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Silence by Kendra Elliot
The Silence

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Series: Columbia River #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Montlake
Released on August 25, 2020
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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A gruesome murder, a mass-shooting, a vanished twin, and a wedding send Ava and Mason careening into action working together and apart from the pen of an author who writes some of the most riveting romantic suspense out there.


The Silence is the second of the Columbia River series and one could also say it is the fifth of the Callahan & McLane series which are connected to the earlier Bone Secrets and the later Mercy Kilpatrick.  But, this one can do well enough standalone or out of order if the reader doesn’t mind the occasional mention of a previous case or character.

Oregon State Police detective, Mason Callahan, gets called out on a gruesome homicide that quickly morphs into more when he spots Ava’s name in the victims secret files and a bombing plan.  Meanwhile, FBI agent, Ava McLane gets a visit from her wayward twin’s boyfriend who is looking for her and this leads to Ava splitting her attention between her sister’s antics and a mass shooting of police officers.  Their cases really hit home for them and Mason and Ava turn to each other for support and understanding which bodes well for the wedding they are planning and hope they and all their guests will make it to alive.

I read the first of Ava and Mason’s stories, Vanished, earlier this year and enjoyed meeting this pair and their situations.  This book comes after three more harrowing series of cases and also the first of the Columbia River stories in which they featured as strong side characters.  I already love this authors books, but I was really anticipating the story knowing who were the leads.

Ava and Mason are both in branches of law enforcement and I love how they respect each other so much that they can cheer lead, support, but also worry a little without it getting in the way of their relationship.  Mason is much older and already has a painful divorce under his belt and Ava comes with a problematic twin sister who can also intrude on their lives.  But, they make it work through mature thinking and communication.  Does it mean they can’t make mistakes?  No, they do and they have vulnerabilities, but they learn and grow.

There were quite a few irons in the fire for this one and not all necessarily related to their cases.  I caught on to several facts before the characters, but got a couple fun twists as well.  And, yes, some of those unrelated story threads suddenly got together for a rather exciting finish.  I might have done a little yip of delight when there was a crossover character and Mercy Kilpatrick made an appearance.

All in all, I thought The Silence was a real page turner and I didn’t want to put it down.  There was always some important find or an intense situation that kept me at it.  I can’t recommend this author or her books enough including this one.

I rec’d this book from Net Galley to read in exchange for an honest review.

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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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Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
1 year ago

Okay I can so seeing myself read this I’m checking out book 1 right now 🙂 xo

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

I can see you reading it, too. You might want to look at book one from the Callahan and McLean series to get the start of this detecting pair. 🙂

1 year ago

Another series I need to read. Gah, this sounds awesome.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Nadene

Haha! So many, right Nadene?

1 year ago

I really need to try this author!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Melliane

For sure! 🙂 I love her stuff.

sherry fundin
1 year ago

ooo it looks sooo good, i went over and requested it. have my fingers crossed
sherry @ <a href=””> fundinmental</a>

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  sherry fundin

How cool, Sherry! Hope you get picked for it. If you have KU through Amazon, her books are part of that program, too.

Anne - Books of My Heart

I need to go back and read the Mason & Ava series. I was happy to see Mercy, briefly. Wonderful review!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

I need to do that, too, and then I found out that those were a spin off of her Bone Secrets series. It’s like they are all connected. LOL

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Yay, I enjoyed this one too Sophia. I think my review posts next Tuesday. I loved that we saw a character from her other series.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

It will be fun to see your review thoughts. Yay for a Mercy sighting! 🙂

Carole Rae
1 year ago

Oooooooo I am curious about this. I am itching for a good mystery.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

I can definitely recommend this series. 🙂

1 year ago

I want to read the McCallahan and McLane books before picking this one up. I read the first Columbia River book and while I don’t think I needed to read the previous series for that book this one seems to focus on Ava and Mason more. I’m excited for a Mercy Kilpatrick crossover!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Rachel

Yeah, that was my opinion, too. I listened to their first one and then didn’t get to the others yet, but I did feel more connected with this one having at least that one. As to some of the other side characters like the forensics experts and the reporter- they get their stories in an even earlier series, Bone Secrets, which I need to read, too.