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Close to the Bone

Widow's Island Novella Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Christine Williams
Series: Widow's Island Novella, Book 1
Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
4 out of 5 stars (1,056 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Not for Me

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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 11-03-18

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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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 10-25-18

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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Ending stinks

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

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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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ok story but the narration unbearable.

the narration for this story was awful. No matter who was talking, they all sounded wistful and breathless. And the narrator must not have prepared well because inflections were wrong. I would give a zero if possible and hope she doesn’t do all narrations for Kendra Elliott. I actually had to switch to reading the book (I had downloaded both). Re the story, i ignored a negative review about the story seeming rushed and incomplete because it was a novella, I think because lately I’ve had some good luck with them. But I agree. The story was unsatisfactory and felt incomplete.

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Excellent

As always anything Kendra Elliot writes is wonderful. The narration was very good as well. I think I’ve read everything she has written! Well worth the money.

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Unlistenable

The narrator has an infomercial voice that makes it impossible to listen to. The writing can't save the story either.

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Great book for a middle schooler

Too light for me. Very short. No real development of a mystery. When it was coming to an end, I wondered why the twist would be to keep the book going. I did not expect it to be so short.

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Underwhelming mystery

No mystery unfolds in this crime story. Body is found, lovestory suggested, island established, murderer reveals themself, the end. It felt like a buildup for something more, which it may be in the coming books. But as a standalone story, this is underwhelming at best. Environment description is good I guess, as it did catch my interest. But reading the story felt like opening a fancy looking box to reveal plastic jewellery.