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Monday, March 23, 2020

Review: The Last Sister by Kendra Elliot @OverTheRiverPR #Montlake #KendraElliot

The Last Sister 
by Kendra Elliot

Thank you Over the River Public Relations for this copy!


Publisher: Montlake
Publish Date: January 14, 2020
Hardcover
336 Pages
Series: Columbia River #1
Genre:Thriller

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.

My Review:


A moderately paced thriller centering around a second hanging in a small town occurring decades after the last one.  Enter FBI agents Zander and Amy to try and put the pieces together.  This is a first in a series and what I really enjoyed is that it didn't dawdle too much on trying to build the characters to override the actual plot like some first in series can tend to do.  Instead, we get hints as to their future build while still focusing on the main point - what the hell is happening in this town and especially with this broken family who clearly have secrets to unravel?

I want to go into some of the details of where the story goes but refuse to spoil anything for you guys. I will say that I enjoyed the entirety of the storyline, a subject that while done many times, still remains in the foray because it's unfortunately still happening in the real world day to day. What I love is finding out later that three of the characters actually come from another series the author writes.  As this is my first foray into her worlds, I love seeing this interconnection.... which just means now I'll need to read that series too (thanks a lot, Elliot!)

I would put this into a light thriller category but even as someone who prefers the darker, more gruesome reads, I still find myself connected to these characters and curious where their future leads.  I could've done without the romance part of this book but it's very minimal and while it induced a large eye roll from me at one part, it was ONLY one part so I'm happy to report it doesn't take over a bit part of the read. Let's see where this series heads. 

★★★☆

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