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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 (21 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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  • lou
  • 13-03-2020

Terrible narrator

The story was short and sweet. The narrator drove me insane whenever one of the characters asked a question. Most of the characters sound the same. I'll listen to the next book only because I already own it.

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  • glenda Goodwitch
  • 13-02-2020

Just OK.

Not one of her best, I hope that this, first in the series was just to set up the characters and give a sense of how the island was laid out. I sincerely hope future plots will be more compelling.
The narration was quite good though.

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  • Ms. January926
  • 05-02-2020

Good read<br />

Good read. Enjoyed the story. A mystery within a mystery. On to the next story.

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  • R. Brenner
  • 05-02-2020

nothing new. very lightweight.

not terrible, just not very interesting or engaging. more like a short soap opera.

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  • K. Creath
  • 02-02-2020

Too short

Too short. Barely leaned the characters and it as over. Felt rushed. Also not worth my amazon prime credit