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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 (20 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Marilyn
  • 23-05-2019

Ending stinks

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

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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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  • C. Riecker
  • 15-11-2019

Good Read

A short story, but entertaining, characters likeable and interesting. I would definately recommend this book, I will ne looking for more from this author.

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  • Laurie Shulman
  • 27-10-2019

Absolutely Painful to listen to

I enjoyed the story but the narrator was horrible. I couldn’t even finish listening, I had to buy the book! I will never buy another book with this narrator, the experience was miserable!!!

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  • rose
  • 24-10-2019

Omg.... Ditch the narrator!!!

A thin plot that dangles a juicy sub-story but never advances it at all. Characters are one dementional and in need of fleshing out. Could be rounded out to an interesting full novel. Oh well........

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  • Mia
  • 17-10-2019

Close to the Bone

excellent introduction to some interesting characters in this multifaceted mystery series. will definitely be moving on to the next book. would recommend.

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  • Elaine
  • 19-07-2019

Good and short

Good mystery and good narrator. Short story and good mystery.
Great author. Her books are interesting and always mysterious