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Close to the Bone

Widow's Island Novella Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Christine Williams
Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)
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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
  • 03-11-2018

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.
  • 25-10-2018

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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  • Patricia M. Brown
  • 25-10-2018

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.

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  • Dianne
  • 27-10-2018

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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  • OliveB
  • 12-04-2019

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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  • Henry Landis
  • 22-03-2019

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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  • Inca
  • 21-03-2019

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.

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  • Crystal Metz
  • 20-03-2019

Good story line. Keeps you guessing!

i liked the storyline. i think the background of the characters were carefully implimented nicely. not too much at a time. It was a nice gradual flow into the plot. great narator as well. I enjoyed her voice.

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  • Jennifer
  • 18-03-2019

meh

way to short and didn't care for the narrator. sorry fell short for me. was predictable

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-03-2019

Novella Warning!

This booklet sums up everything I don't like about novellas. The start was great: wounded FBI female lead, a doctor with his own demons (although he was a bit vanilla), murder mysteries of two teen girls 20 years apart, a broken famous author mourning the loss of his daughter and his slimy nephew, and a ghost. What's not to love? And then all of a sudden, I realize I am on chapter 11 of 12 and I feel like it's just getting started. Ugh! The killer came pretty much out of the blue, so the reader can't even begin to guess "who done it" and then it's over. I am kicking myself for not checking page count. This is a four-part series with the last two not out until October. I am not even going to start on the next one. The last two are on my wish list and I will see how I feel about finishing the series in about six months. Now I am off to try to find something I can sink my teeth into.