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The Last Sister by Kendra Elliott
Series: Columbia River #1
Published by Montlake Romance on January 14, 2020
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Twenty years ago Emily Mills’s father was murdered, and she found his body hanging in the backyard. Her younger sister, Madison, claims she was asleep in her room. Her older sister, Tara, claims she was out with friends. The tragedy drove their mother to suicide and Tara to leave town forever. The killer was caught. The case closed.
Ever since, Emily and Madison have tried to forget what happened that night—until an eerily similar murder brings it all back. It also brings FBI special agent Zander Wells to the Oregon logging town. As eager as he is to solve the brutal double slaying, he is just as intrigued with the mystery of Emily’s and her sisters’ past.
When more blood is shed, Zander suspects there’s a secret buried in this town no one wants unearthed. Is it something Emily and Madison don’t know? Or aren’t telling? And Tara? Maybe Emily can’t bear to find her. Because when Tara disappeared, she took a secret of her own with her.
I discovered this author with the Mercy Kilpatrick series and decided to try this new Columbia River series. I’m totally in a mystery/thriller with a touch of romance mood so The Last Sister fit well. The murder case is in the foreground with the romance barely there.
The law enforcement in the story are smart and caring. They use a combination of interviews and some forensic information to track down the truth. The murder happens in a small town and there is a lot of history and quirky small town traditions.
There are suspicions it is a hate crime so the FBI takes part. Apparently, the agents are in some of her other series I haven’t read. There are just tiny bits of racist actions over the years. The members of the white supremacist group commit crimes (murders) but on the sly or implicating others so they know it’s not right.
Emily’s family has a long history in the town and her father / grandfather with the groups. She and her sisters might have witnessed things but they were children. Emily is now remembering things with adult eyes and Madison, who was 4 when her father was murdered, is tying to make sense of a jumble of facts and family secrets.
I read a little about this series which is based on law enforcement members in the Columbia River area of Oregon. The next book is about Ava McLane who was Zander’s partner here and a primary character in the series I have not read. It is The Silence and planned for later in 2020. The third book will feature Mercy Kilpatrick and Truman Daly!
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