Sunday, February 9, 2020

Review - The Last Sister by Kendra Elliot

The Last Sister
by Kendra Elliot
Series: Columbia River, #1
Genre: Mystery/Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Montlake
Release Date: January 14, 2020

Three sisters’ secrets collide in a shocking novel of suspense by the Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestselling author of the Mercy Kilpatrick series.

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.

This is my first Kendra Elliot book and she certainly delivered a story full of mystery, suspense, intrigue, and just a hint of romance. This book had a darker edge to it due to the subject matter and I really felt that the it matched the Pacific Northwest setting perfectly.

Right from the start I was pulled into the mystery surrounding the double slaying in the quiet Oregon logging town. As characters are introduced, it was clear that there was a mystery that runs deep and there are people who just wanted this case closed. And when it looked like there may be a connection to events of the past, things really started to get interesting…and dangerous! There are multiple threads to the story line, and I loved how everything came together at the end to tie up the mysteries from the current day and the past. There’s a hint of romance/attraction between Zander, the FBI agent, and Emily, the main witness, and I liked that the romance was kept at just an attraction level until the mystery was solved.

Although there was a lot to keep track in this book, Ms. Elliot does a great job of organizing the plot to make it easy to follow along with what is going on and keeping track of who is who and how they tie into the story. Although I had ultimately figured out the biggest part of the mystery fairly early (lucky guess on my part!), there were twists and turns and a lot of other little things that took me by surprise and wrapped things up nicely. I enjoyed getting a glimpse into the past history of the town and its residents and look forward to seeing where this series goes. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery/crime thriller!

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book I received from the Publisher on NetGalley.

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