After a congressman's tortured body is found dangling from a Portland bridge, the FBI joins the Oregon State Police to investigate the case - and FBI Special Agent Ava McLane, still recovering from a bullet wound, hunts the twisted killer alongside the man who captured her heart, police detective Mason Callahan.
But once a third body appears and all evidence points to a serial killer, the public furiously clamors for answers - and the couple's relationship grows fractured under the pressure. Ava and Mason search in the past for clues that predict the future. And when Ava's mentally ill twin spins out of control, the FBI agent who battles monsters every day wonders if she shares her sister's self-destructive streak...
In the latest thrilling romantic suspense novel from award-winning author Kendra Elliot, the past and the present violently collide....and the fallout can be deadly.
©2015 Kendra Elliot (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Quite apart from the graphic sex scenes one expects from authors such as Kendra Elliot, Bridged is a superb suspense thriller and the Mason Callahan and Ava McLane series books are excellent listens. Narration is outstanding.
This novel is about ritualistic serial murders beginning with the brutal slaying of a member of the US Congress. Cop Callahan works with FBI Agent McLane, his now live in girlfriend, to solve the mystery.
I read Book 1 in this series and it was, if a little wordy and too long, promising. Book 2 however is either an example of sophomore slump or typical of the author and should be avoided in the future. I will perhaps decide this if I can borrow Book 3 for free, give the author another try. I will NOT buy book 3. Book 2 had a promising story line but the author kept the subplot of the FBI agent's twin sister too much in the spotlight. Because of this, the author had to keep re-telling the emotional turmoil of Agent McLane regarding her twin. I'm sorry but at her supposed age and after so many years of dealing with a narcissist with a healthy dose of sociopath thrown in, plus a multiple addiction problem, a trained agent should be able to deal with this better than constantly dropping everything to "rush" to her oblivious sister's side and to try yet "one more time" to help her. Seriously?. Are we going to keep this around for the whole series and drop it into the story whenever the author feels too lazy to actually create a plot twist? Aha, Agent McLane suddenly goes off on her own, chasing crazy sister (whose symptoms seem to keep adding up with each novel, btw) without telling anybody again, and oopsie steps into the middle of the serial killer plot - wow, what a twist! Golly gee.
Then there is her instantaneous yet steadfast, no matter what she does, new found yet inexplicably devoted to her forever, new lover, who stands by her when what he should be doing is getting her into therapy. If a definition of crazy is doing the same thing repeatedly while expecting a different outcome, Agent McLane qualifies for very long term care. Because after 30 plus years of (not really) dealing with this special bond between twins, FBI woman still thinks SHE can change things, all by herself. One thing I can thank the author for is pointing out that the special bond between twins is - CRAZY glue! This factor overshadowed what started out as a decent enough plot but soon became a showcase for the continuing soap opera that is Agent McLane's life. I wanted a mystery thriller with some romance but what I got was a constant re-hashing of the main character's conflict with her sister. Not good mystery, not good romance, not good at all.
I just love Mason and Ava. And this was another terrific read. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The secondary characters, Ray, Zander, Euzent, Troy, Aaron, Carson, Joe and Rick were fascinating, even if some were the bad guys. And I just hate Ava’s sister, Jayne. Good grief, what a freakin’ mess she is. I really wouldn’t mind if she died. I do look forward to Spiraled, which comes out in June. AND for those of you who are concerned about there being sex in these book you can stop worrying. There's NO sex, which is a bummer as far as I'm concerned, but the murder and mayhem helps to make up for it.
As for the narrators: Absolutely, positively, unbelievably, without a doubt, AWESOME!
the narrators made this book good. I like Kendra Elliot writing but this one would not have been completed if 8t wasn't for audible. no way would I have read this book all the way through. such a shame because the first one was pretty good.
Amy McFadden's attempt at a low, sultry voice for Ava was laughable. I usually like her narrations, but this one needed some work. Nick Podehl's performance was great, though. The story didn't hold my attention like book one did, but if Elliot releases another book in this series I'm sure I'll give it a shot.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
A intense murder mystery and psychological thriller. A series of murders occur in a short time-frame. Each murder is a little more brutal as the killer adds a new element to the torture of each victim. Two investigators, also lovers, set out to solve the murders not knowing that eventually one of them will get closer to the killer than is safe. The back story is intriguing. The murders are linked to an incident that occurred early in the lives of the male victims. The victims shared a secret that will cost them their lives. The story is well written, well paced and suspenseful. The killers motives are gradually and cleverly revealed as the story progresses. To add to the good listen, there is an intensely, satisfying love story without any graphic sex scenes.
Although the book is part of a series it can be a stand alone listen
Nick Podehl , Amy McFadden were good with the delivery of the story.
I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha
Although i felt the book was well done & had plenty of interesting twists & turns i thought it was just not as balanced as it could have been or moved as smoothly as it could have. There was almost nothing mentioned about the first victim & when it was mentioned the book was close to ending. The same goes with the group of young men. More emphasis was given to 'bridges, the murderer, & the cops.'
Mystery, who done it, medical, good YA, I'm in. light romance too. Bring on the gore but leave out the explicit love scenes please.
I think the narrators did a great job.
Sometimes righting the wrongs of your past includes murder. Peer pressure and fear are a bad combination and they are all too real. I can't imagine how many times something similar to this story has happened in real life. I also believe that living with guilt like this can cause cancer or other medical illnesses not just mental illnesses. Troy and his partners in crime all got what they deserved!!
Fantastic book and great audio kept me on edge of my seat going for next one now Kendra Elliot is amazing thank you
"a good listen"
I really enjoyed this book. I found it too be good from beginning to the end. With a good few twists and turns .
Getting to know the characters a bit more and it being a good tale too.
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