The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point).
Kindle freebie on March 28, 2020 (currently free and in Kindle Unlimited as of writing this post)
Overall rating 3.97 with 11,911 ratings and 517 reviews
Close to the Bone by Kendra Elliot
Narrator: Christine Williams
Series: Widow's Island #1
Published by Montlake Romance, Brilliance Audio on October 23, 2018
Length: 2 hours, 46 minutes
Format: eBook, Audiobook
Source: Purchased, Kindle Unlimited
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
I got the ebook as a freebie and I could get the audio through Kindle Unlimited so I could use both to do a review. Close to the Bone only counts for Thrifty Thursday with the ebook version. It is very short, just under 100 pages.
Cate, an FBI agent returns to her hometown to recuperate after being shot. One of her best friends in the area, Tessa, is also law enforcement. The third of their home town trio, Samantha disappeared in high school. Now, skeletal remains are found. Cate and Tessa end up involved in the case and wonder if it is Samantha or another unfortunate teenage girl.
The new doctor in town, is also now the local coroner, and Cate works with him. They are getting to know each other and maybe something will happen there. We also get the background on the town, its businesses and residents, and the area. The next novella is from Tessa’s point of view, A Bone to Pick, and I’m happy to read more in the Widow’s Island series.
Christine Williams is a new narrator to me. I enjoyed her performance. It felt appropriate since the primary character was female. I was able to listen at my normal 1.5x speed.
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These are only Kindle freebies I get, or ones through author newsletters which anyone can sign up and get for free. I don’t include things like Kindle Unlimited or Prime Free Reading (I do have it). Both Tantor and Audible have occasional free audios (to anyone) and I do include those. Since I one-click on 1-2 freebies a day or probably at least 5 a week, I came up with this feature to make sure I start reading them.
So I have thought about doing a Thrifty Thursday Challenge someday. For now, what I think would be fun is if you have read and reviewed a freebie, link up to your review (Goodreads, blog, facebook or wherever) below.
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Oh yes I saw great things about this one! I’m glad you had a good time as well.
These are short and yet great.
I haven’t heard of this book or series! Great review, Anne?
It’s a collaboration of sorts between Eliot and Melinda Leigh. I enjoy both of them, so I’m looking forward to this easy to read set of novella.
i love reading books that take place on or near the water and kendra elliot’s widow island series sounds perfect
It is that plus you get 2 authors I enjoy instead of one as they alternate books in this series.
I really enjoyed this short story and the next three after. I still need to finish the series, though. I still have the last two to go.
I’m glad to hear you enjoyed them.
Love this series of novellas. I did enjoy the atmospheric feeling to this first one the best. I enjoy both narrators, too.
I didn’t realize there were different narrators. It will be interesting to try that.
I downloaded this after I saw it in your Sunday post. I haven’t read it yet. The whole series is in KU so I’ll be able to read the whole series. I love when these two ladies do their novellas.
I enjoy both these authors. They are also nice and short so easy to fit in between ARCs and other listens.
Sometimes you find some great gems in all the discounts and freebies. This looks like one.
This is the type I best like – the first in a series freebie. It lets you try the author etc. I find a lot of them by very talented authors. But then I quickly peruse the freebie emails daily.