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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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  • 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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
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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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

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!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
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pleasantly surprised

good narrator. short but well written. kept me riveted to find out who did it. ill be reading more.

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a great who done it! I was certainly surprised.

great narration with enough twists and turns that keep me guessing till th very end!

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

HORRIBLE NARRATION

The story itself was good, but the narration was horrible. I couldn't even get through the whole thing.

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Excellent

Such an amazing book to listen to! I love it. I'd recommend it very much.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars

Atmospheric and Engaging Suspense!

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.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars

Atmospheric and well-paced.

Atmospheric and well-paced suspense story. A set of teenage bones have been found on a small island in the Pacific Northwest. FBI agent Cate, deputy Tess, and local physician/coroner Henry must work together to determine whose bones they are and who committed the crime. I love the small-town setting. There were several possibilities for suspects but I didn't guess the bad guy, which was sort of fun for me.

This novella is a nice, quick listen. I had to get up extra early one morning, so I listened while I was doing morning work around my house. I finished the story before breakfast. I think the narration worked well and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this audio to listeners who are interested. I'm eager to continue with the series.

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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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Patricia M. Brown
  • 10-25-18

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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Dianne
  • 10-27-18

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!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lish71
  • 01-02-19

pleasantly surprised

good narrator. short but well written. kept me riveted to find out who did it. ill be reading more.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Gardengirl
  • 12-18-18

a great who done it! I was certainly surprised.

great narration with enough twists and turns that keep me guessing till th very end!

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Brandi E McTighe
  • 12-17-18

HORRIBLE NARRATION

The story itself was good, but the narration was horrible. I couldn't even get through the whole thing.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-18

Excellent

Such an amazing book to listen to! I love it. I'd recommend it very much.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Sophia Rose
  • 11-29-18

Atmospheric and Engaging Suspense!

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.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Asheley
  • NC
  • 11-27-18

Atmospheric and well-paced.

Atmospheric and well-paced suspense story. A set of teenage bones have been found on a small island in the Pacific Northwest. FBI agent Cate, deputy Tess, and local physician/coroner Henry must work together to determine whose bones they are and who committed the crime. I love the small-town setting. There were several possibilities for suspects but I didn't guess the bad guy, which was sort of fun for me.

This novella is a nice, quick listen. I had to get up extra early one morning, so I listened while I was doing morning work around my house. I finished the story before breakfast. I think the narration worked well and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this audio to listeners who are interested. I'm eager to continue with the series.

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  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Patricia M. Brown
  • 10-25-18

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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Dianne
  • 10-27-18

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!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lish71
  • 01-02-19

pleasantly surprised

good narrator. short but well written. kept me riveted to find out who did it. ill be reading more.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Gardengirl
  • 12-18-18

a great who done it! I was certainly surprised.

great narration with enough twists and turns that keep me guessing till th very end!

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Brandi E McTighe
  • 12-17-18

HORRIBLE NARRATION

The story itself was good, but the narration was horrible. I couldn't even get through the whole thing.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-18

Excellent

Such an amazing book to listen to! I love it. I'd recommend it very much.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Sophia Rose
  • 11-29-18

Atmospheric and Engaging Suspense!

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.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Asheley
  • NC
  • 11-27-18

Atmospheric and well-paced.

Atmospheric and well-paced suspense story. A set of teenage bones have been found on a small island in the Pacific Northwest. FBI agent Cate, deputy Tess, and local physician/coroner Henry must work together to determine whose bones they are and who committed the crime. I love the small-town setting. There were several possibilities for suspects but I didn't guess the bad guy, which was sort of fun for me.

This novella is a nice, quick listen. I had to get up extra early one morning, so I listened while I was doing morning work around my house. I finished the story before breakfast. I think the narration worked well and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this audio to listeners who are interested. I'm eager to continue with the series.