Tuesday, October 23, 2018

4 stars-- Close to the Bone (Widow's Island #1) by Kendra Elliot

Note: I accidentally deleted 6 months of the blog so this is a repost. All comments on the original posts were unfortunately lost. Sorry!

Close to the Bone was my first time with Elliot. And, oh, yall, I enjoyed it! I picked it up because I have been loving Melinda Leigh. They co-write this series and Leigh writes book 2. So a new author to try. And she was fun!
The Gist: Cate's been sent home to the island she grew up on to recuperate after being shot on the job. But during her down time...bones are found and with no one able to travel to the island she's called up to work the case. One that might be quite personal depending on who's bones they turn out to be.
I enjoyed Cate. She's steady and intelligent. A touch stubborn but not in a bad way. And Henry--the new doctor in town-- is a nice guy, too. He's definitely the newbie to the island and they're giving him a bit of a hard time but he's toughing it out and is quite likable. Things are kept PG and just a taste of their relationship starting up. They were nice together.

The mystery was good, too, and caught me by surprise. There's a lot of island history, a lot of possible outcomes to the case-- two girls disappearing 20 years apart and neither having been found. The town is quirky and provides a nice mix of intrigue to go with the action.

Overall, Close to the Bone was a great introduction to both the author and a new series. I'm curious to see what other secrets this island holds.

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

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