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The Last Sister

Columbia River, Book 1
Series: Columbia River, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (238 ratings)

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Three sisters’ secrets collide in a shocking novel of suspense by the Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestselling author of the Mercy Kilpatrick series.

Twenty years ago Emily Mills’s father was murdered, and she found his body hanging in the backyard. Her younger sister, Madison, claims she was asleep in her room. Her older sister, Tara, claims she was out with friends. The tragedy drove their mother to suicide and Tara to leave town forever. The killer was caught. The case closed.

Ever since, Emily and Madison have tried to forget what happened that night - until an eerily similar murder brings it all back. It also brings FBI special agent Zander Wells to the Oregon logging town. As eager as he is to solve the brutal double slaying, he is just as intrigued with the mystery of Emily’s and her sisters’ past.

When more blood is shed, Zander suspects there’s a secret buried in this town no one wants unearthed. Is it something Emily and Madison don’t know? Or aren’t telling? And Tara? Maybe Emily can’t bear to find her. Because when Tara disappeared, she took a secret of her own with her.

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disappointed

was so happy to see a new KE novel out. i think the narrators ruined it for me. story was real good & I was shocked at the reveal but the narrators made it hard to listen to. PLEASE find better narrative for rest of series!

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It was ok

I am not normally a huge fan of detective stories, but this one sounded so good. This is more of a mystery than a thriller or romantic suspense. Actually, there is not really romance at all. There are relationships, but very limited romance. As a romance reader, I did not miss the romance in this one though and it worked without it. This story deals with racial issues, hate crimes, the KKK, murders, and more. I think it is important to know this going in as I had no clue that this was the direction the story was going to take. This story follow several murders that currently happened and also one that occurred twenty years prior. I really like that this story is told in present tense. We still get information from the past with limited flashbacks, but it is intertwined with the present day. The information really worked all together. I really liked wanting to know what happened years ago and recently to Shawn and Lindsey. This did drag a little for me around the half way point. Otherwise, it was a pretty good paced story that kept my interest. I wanted to know how everything was going to unfold. This definitely took a different direction than I was expecting.

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Riveting thriller!

Emily Mills had the misfortune of discovering the bodies of her friend/employee and her husband. When the local sheriff declares it a murder suicide, the adamant Emily calls the Portland field office of the FBI. When Agent Zander Wells and his partner arrives in the small Oregon coastal town, he has to agree that the ‘suicide’ looks more like a hate crime. After all, the victim, an African American male, was found hanging in his yard with white supremacists symbols etched into his skin. This is eerily similar to the murder of Emily’s father 20yrs ago. That was when Emily’s loving family fell apart...when her mother committed suicide and her older sister left town. Who is behind these new murders, and what’s the motive? Can Agent Wells and Emily get to the truth before the killer gets to Emily?

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Disappointing,,,

a more effective narration would have made the listening experience more engaging. I finally have to say that with each book I have to listen to the generic Audible female narrator performing multiple parts, I have to force myself to keep listening to the end.

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amazing. can't put it down edge of the seat

it's tastefully made. I was amazed at how well I enjoyed the chance to read a new author. thrilled to see it come to life with the characters.

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On and on and on about nothing.

I kept hoping something would happen but at the halfway point I couldn’t take it anymore. The author’s attempts at character development fall flat. The narration is good but can’t make up for the poor writing and missing plot. Nothing worth reading here.

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Fast-paced, great story!

I like the pace of this book! The story didn’t go on and on without getting anywhere. I enjoyed the character development and the back story. I’ll be listening to more books by Kendra Elliot.

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Not a Thriller

A couple of things bothered me about this book. One was the performance. Although neither of the readers were bad, in fact, they were both pretty good, separately, However, they both spoke for the same characters and I didn't care for it. I would like the voice of one character from one reader and not the other and vice versa. The other thing is that i didn't really find this to be a thriller. It was a story that for all intents and purposes was just a slide down to the ending which I didn't find to be all that surprising. Anyway, that's my 2 cents.

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Kendra Elliot's Story Shines with Emotional Intrigue

Elliot has created a story of 3 sister's which has the emotional intrigue characteristic of her Mercy Kilpatrick Series. The frame story surrounds 2 of the 3 sisters who are coping with the mysterious death of their father, and shortly after, the tragic suicide of their mother. As the inside story of Emily and Madison unfolds, Elliot's mastery of the writing craft shows because she takes readers on the emotional journey of these sister's minus 1. Their sister Tara is gone from this main street town of Oregon and Emily's hunt begins when the FBI gets involved since a copycat death, like their father's, occurs. FBI agent Zander Wells is sent to investigate and he becomes an integral part of the 3 sister's captivating story! Readers will be sure to relate to the spotlight mystery and romance, and as the CHASE ensues the secrets of the sisters are uncovered one by one in Kilpatrick's suspenseful style! Narrators Cassandra Campbell and Mikael Naramore are a great team bringing this story to life!

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Loved it!!

Loved it!! Kendra Elliot does it AGAIN! Always entertaining and suspenseful. Not to hip on the taking turn audio.