Close To the Bone by @KendraElliot #Suspense #BookReview

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?


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Kendra Elliot has sold over 6 million books, hit the Wall Street Journal top ten bestseller list seven times, and is a three time winner of the Daphne du Maurier award. 

Her 2017 release, A MERCIFUL DEATH, was a #1 Amazon overall bestseller and has been optioned for TV by Warner Brothers Television and Ellen Degeneres’s A Very Good Production. 

She is an International Thriller Writers’ finalist and a Romantic Times finalist. She grew up in the lush Pacific Northwest and still lives there with her family, three cats, and two Pomeranians. She’s always been fascinated with forensics, refuses to eat anything green, and can’t wait to wear flip flops every day.

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My Review

A Spooky Thriller!

When a teenager’s skeleton is found on a private island near FBI agent Cate Wilde’s childhood home, she’s asked to take the case. Cate is battling her own demons after a recent shooting and isn’t anxious to take on the responsibility of another case, especially one that could be linked to the twenty year old disappearance of her best friend.

As the islanders close ranks and the suspect lost grows, Cate works with another childhood friend, turned police officer, and the handsome new doctor/coroner to find the answers before anyone else gets hurt.

This was a good read, though it started out slow with a lot of back story on the island’s notorious founder that I didn’t find necessary.

I give Close To the Bone 4 lovely kisses- a good mystery!


  1. I love the backstory on this and the two characters. Sounds excellent.

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    1. I like the idea of female leads. We need more books like this!


  2. Wonderful review, Jacquite! I’m intrigued by the setting!

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    1. Kendra does an excellent job painting a picture of the Widow’s Island community. Islanders are notorious for protecting their own, and this shines through in the book.
      Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer!

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      1. You’re welcome, Jacquie! And I’m sorry for the typo in your name. ♥️

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        1. 😊 I’ve been called worse, lol

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