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The Silence by Kendra Elliot
Series: Columbia River #2
Published by Montlake Romance on August 25, 2020
Genres: Romantic Suspense
A man is savagely murdered outside Portland, and Detective Mason Callahan finds blood-spatter evidence that tells a troubling story. Files reveal the murder victim, Reuben Braswell, was a radical conspiracist. In his home, investigators find pages of diatribes against law enforcement as well as ties to Mason’s fiancée, FBI special agent Ava McLane. The victim was her informant—and had strong reasons to be paranoid.
To Ava, Braswell’s rants were those of a wearying and harmless man…until they collide with her investigation into the murders of police officers and finding the connection becomes urgent. Meanwhile, Braswell’s brother and Ava’s twin sister both disappear, and disturbing acts of sabotage target Ava’s personal life.
For Mason and Ava, the brutal crimes and escalating mysteries create a perfect storm for a terrorist conspiracy that becomes dangerously personal—one that has yet to claim its last victim.
I discovered this author with the Mercy Kilpatrick series and decided to try this new Columbia River series. The Last Sister was an odd FBI case in a small town with characters I didn’t know. The murder case is in the foreground with a bit of romance.
The Silence is featuring Mason and Ava who are part of another series. Mason is a homicide detective and Ava is an FBI agent paired with Zander from the previous book. I want to read the series with Mason and Ava. I had hoped to get there before this book but nope.
I found this to be a very intense read. These are smart, caring law enforcement. But the crimes are brutal and they have some disturbingly personal connections. The suspense while waiting for information from contacts or forensics is crushing. It seemed just when they figured something out on one of their cases some new information drops a bomb and sends them scrambling.
I was worried for their lives but thrilled to have the action and see them work together so well. Mercy had a cameo which was exciting. I’m looking forward to the next book, with Mercy and Truman!
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This sounds so exciting! I need to add this author to my “want to read” list?
For this sort of read I like Robert Dugoni, Kendra Elliot, Mary Burton and Melinda Leigh. They write series which are often in KU, Brilliance does the audios normally. They are solid enjoyable reads.
A Mercy cameo?! Gotta start this series. Excellent review, Anne?
Thanks! I wish I had time to read the Ava & Mason series before this but it didn’t happen.
i want i want i want. i have got to catch up on my kendra reading. love that cover
I know the feeling. Even as much as I read there are more things I WANT to read. Good luck!
It can be so invigorating to read such an intense read, glad you had a good timie with this Elliot novel!! Definitely sounds thrilling.
yes I love the thrillers!