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The Last Sister

(Columbia River #1)

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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 f

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Kindle Edition, 328 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Montlake
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Maureen Carden
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fbi, thriller, netgalley
The Last Sister by Kendra Elliot succeeds on several levels. First off if gives us an updated look at Ava and Mason even though they still aren’t married. Will summer never come? Then there is the delight in knowing this is the beginning of a new Elliot series, so don’t worry if you haven’t read previous books of the FBI agents. Finally, this is a first rate mystery involving brutal murders, hate crimes, some zany characters and a missing sister.
I am saving--at least for prior readers of the Av
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Berit☀️✨
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was such a compelling crime thriller. This is the first book in Kendra Elliot’s new Columbia River series. Mystery, history, romance, sisters, small town, racism, Family secrets, zany aunts. Emily is shook to the core when she finds her friend’s dead body stabbed multiple times and her husband dead as well hung from a tree. The first thought is that this is a murder suicide, but Emily is not convinced. This is too similar to a prior murder in this small town years ago when Emily‘s father ha ...more
Monica
Kendra Elliot’s The Last Sister is another unfortunate example of an intriguing, promising but poorly executed idea.

Huge sections of the writing seem awkward and unpolished, as if the manuscript could have done with at least two more rounds of editing .

The differences between the polished and unpolished aspects of the book gave me the impression that it may have been a collaborative effort.

The rough sections are really rough. The author improperly employs the possessive so that characters app
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Carrie
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Last Sister by Kendra Elliot is the first book in the new romantic suspense Columbia River series. However, while this is the first book of this series this seems to be a sort of spin off from another of Kendra Elliot’s series with a few characters having been seen before but one does not need to have read the previous series to enjoy this one.

FBI special agent Zander Wells has been called to a remote Oregon logging town when a somewhat unique murder occurs with the body found hanging. Howev
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Last Sister is the first installment in an exciting new crime thriller series from Kendra Elliot!

Emily Mills’s father was murdered more than twenty years ago. She found his body. Emily’s mother never recovered from her despair and committed suicide. One of her sisters left town. Gratefully, the murder was captured and imprisoned, but that was never the end of it for this family.

Then, a similar murder happens, and an FBI agent comes to town to investigate. He seems just as interested in their
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Erin
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, kindle, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley and Montlake Romance for an egalley in exchange for an honest review.

FBI Agents Zander Wells and his partner, Ava McClane, find themselves in a small Orgeon town that has just witnessed a horrific murder. A couple slain in their home and the husband hung by his neck in the backyard. Is it a murder-suicide? A racially motivated crime? Or is it connected to a long ago murder? Although the local police resent their presence, the agents cannot but help feel that someone is watc
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Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
The residents of a small town in Oregon are concerned when an interracial couple is found violently murdered. Sean Fitch was found hanging from a tree and his wife Lindsay was stabbed multiple times. Sean’s forehead had a Klan symbol engraved leaving folks to wonder if this was a hate crime. Both bodies were found by their friend Emily Mills.

Emily’s father was murdered in the same way twenty years ago forcing her to relive her past. Memories of his death begin to resurface but the facts are haz
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PamG
THE LAST SISTER by Kendra Elliot brings mystery and suspense to a police procedural and romantic suspense novel set in Bartonville, Oregon. This is the first book in the Columbia River series but brings in characters from other series as well. It’s the first book that I have read by this author.

Emily Mills’ father was murdered twenty years ago and she found his body hanging from a tree in the backyard. Since then, she has tried to forget everything about that night. However, when a similar murde
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Linda Strong
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it

Emily Mills' father was murdered 20 years ago. She found him hanging from the tree in their backyard. This seems to have set off a chain of events ... her mother eventually committed suicide .... her older sister disappeared and hasn't been seen or heard from since.

This night, her friends and neighbors were brutally murdered. The wife was stabbed multiple times, her husband was found hanging from a tree.

It's like deja vu all over again. Emily and her sister have tried to forget their childhood p
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"Avonna
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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THE LAST SISTER (Columbia River Book #1) by Kendra Elliot is the first book in a new romantic suspense/FBI mystery series. This book is easily read as a standalone, but a few of the characters are carry overs from Ms. Elliot’s Callahan & McLane series.

Twenty years ago, a family was shattered when the father was found hanging from a tree and their home burned to the ground. The mother committed suicide a week later, the eldest daugh
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Liz Barnsley
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Last Sister was an extraordinarily compelling novel, my first from this author but almost certainly not my last.

I love a good family drama especially within the crime genre where old secrets spill over into present day and send shockwaves through a community -just like here, where a brutal double murder sets off a chain of events for Emily and her family that will finally answer a decades old mystery.

The characters are really well rounded, the author pulls you into their world and hold you t
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Dianne
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!

Small town secrets can be deadly, especially if they are left to fester for twenty years and history repeats itself. A closed case may not be closed after all and a new double homicide may be linked to the dirty little secrets that hide in plain sight as racial hatred rears its ugly head, once again.

The murder of Emily’s father destroyed her family and a man was punished, but two new racially motivated murders will bring FBI agent Zander Wells to Oregon. Together, Emily and
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Mo
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 - it would be a solid 4 if we had a little bit more romance ...

This one is set along the rugged, Oregon coastline. We met Zander in the previous series by Ms Eliott (which I did read and enjoy) but I'll be damned if I can remember him... I think he only had a small, secondary role in them ... that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!!


A horrible crime is committed and it bears a resemblance to one that took place in the area over twenty years ago so the FBI are called in.

Ava and Zander loo
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Amanda
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FBI agents Zander Wells and his partner Ava McLane are called to Oregon for a murder investigation. Sean Fitch and his wife Lindsay are both murdered and Sean’s body is discovered hanging from the tree in the garden.

Emily mills who works with Lindsay at the diner, discovers their bodies but this is not the first hanging the town has seen. Emily’s dad Lincoln Mills was also discovered hanging from a tree twenty years ago, his distraught wife killing herself a week later, leaving her daughters Ma
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Vanessa Menezes
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is my first Kendra Elliot book and it definitely wont be my last!!

Although this is the first book in the new Columbia River series, I figured that some of the characters might be spin offs from other series, but that didn't affect my reading in any way.

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 the
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♥Rachel♥
Great start to the series! I'm looking forward to more Xander and Emily, and the rest of the Mills/Barton clan!

Enjoyed Cassandra Campbell's performance and Mikael Naramore's as well, but his female voices not so much. Dear audio book producers: please have your female performer do all the female voices and your male performer do all the male voices! This has been an ongoing gripe for a few years now. Have no idea why this doesn't happen for the most part.
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Sophia
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
A gritty death with ties to a dark past, a family keeping secrets, and a small Oregon coastal town ready to boil over when a pair of FBI agents rush to get to the bottom of things. Tension is high and the path to the truth has to twist and turn its way to the end before all is said and done. I wouldn't have it any other way when it comes to a Kendra Elliot book. This one lived up to expectation and I'm thirsty for more.

The Last Sister is a standalone story in a new series. It does spin off an ol
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Zoe
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Riveting, edgy, and suspenseful!

In this compelling first instalment in the Columbia River series, The Last Sister, Elliot has written a tortuous whodunit where cases from the present and the past intertwine, suspects are in abundance, and deep-rooted racism runs rampant.

The writing is taut and intense. The characters are vulnerable, persistent, and driven. And the plot is an ominous tale full of twists, turns, red herrings, family drama, deception, corruption, hatred, murder, and a smidgen of ro
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İlkim
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

Lately Kendra Elliot became one of my favorite authors. This book was listed fifth book in the Callahan & McLane series in Netgalley; so I didn't want to start from the last one, I read previous four books before. And I realized this one could be read by alone, you don't need the know about Callahan & McLane books. Our main character is FBI agent Zander Wells and he is partner of Ava McLane. They are investigating
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Jessica Waldron
Feb 11, 2021 rated it did not like it
Too much is a bad thing

There's too much of everything in the book. Too much describing everything. Its like everything is detailed to the T. All noise. This was NOT fast paced. This was not a page turner. This wasn't even a thriller. Little to no drama. Nothing really interesting. Hard to keep my eyes open. I read until 50 percent of the book (ch 19). Nothing that made your heart race. Nothing to make you want to read more. The reviews are all wrong. Allll wrong. How is this a 4 star book? If yo
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Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
The residents of a small town in Oregon are concerned when an interracial couple is found violently murdered. Sean Fitch was found hanging from a tree and his wife Lindsay was stabbed multiple times. Sean’s forehead had a Klan symbol engraved leaving folks to wonder if this was a hate crime. Both bodies were found by their friend Emily Mills.

Emily’s father was murdered in the same way twenty years ago forcing her to relive her past. Memories of his death begin to resurface but the facts are haz
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☕️Kimberly
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
From the violent crime scene we stumble upon in the opening scene with Emily Mills, we know something sinister has happened in this small Oregon town where everyone knows everyone. For Emily the scene in the backyard is all too familiar and when the local sheriff talks murder-suicide, Emily puts a call into the FBI.

FBI Zander Wells and his partner Ava McLane arrive on the scene hours later. The crime scene is a mess, but the young woman who called was right, this appears to be a hate crime and i
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Rich
Mar 22, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was better than my last one but not by much lol. It squeaks in at 3.0 on the dot. This story moved at a good pace and was easy to read. It was the first time that I have read a book from this author and she has some talent. My problems with the book were several one being first the cheesy romance angle to it-it was not needed and watered down the rest of the book. The main characters were ok but some of the secondary characters were not needed. There was too much added fluff or padding ...more
Susan
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great first in a series
Allan Nail
Feb 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
I read a good number of crime novels each year. I can safely say this is the worst I've ever picked up.

I don't say this lightly, and the only reason I made it through to the end was a natural stubbornness and the belief that with so many positive reviews/ratings that I must be missing something. I don't think I am; I think it truly is wretched.

There was something about this novel that read like a first publication. So much of what a reader would normally infer is made explicit in italicized "tho
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♥Sharon♥
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
I enjoyed listening to this one! Tough topic surrounding the murder cases. Would have liked a little more romance. I’m sure I’ll be checking out the other books in this series.

That’s all I have at the moment! 😊
Adele Shea
Mar 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I found The Last Sister a very slow book to get into. It just didn’t grab me and keep hold of me but it is worth a read.
Andrea
3.5

Interesting murder mystery! (and I will admit that my early theories on the killer were wrong- which I always find to be a good thing! Love speculating.)

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I also liked the characters and the sleepy small town vibes we were getting. Plus our main character was well rounded, and the complicated family unit that the story was based around was interesting.
However, overall I didn't quite get the punch of suspense- or romance- I was looking for.

Not bad, but I was hoping for a bit more.
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Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
3.5 stars.

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
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Susan
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Last Sister is the first in the new Columbia River series by Kendra Elliot. FBI Agents Zander Wells and Ava Callahan are called to investigate a murder that could tie into one 20 years earlier. This thrilling suspense hooked me from the start with engaging characters, twisty mystery, and a bit of romance. I was on the edge of my seat the whole way through. Look forward to more in this series!

*ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
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An Amazon #1 selling author, Kendra Elliot has sold over 8 Million books and been on the WSJ best seller list eleven times.

She grew up in the lush Pacific Northwest and still lives there with her family and three cats. She's fascinated with forensics, refuses to eat anything green, and dreams of living every day in flip flops.

*New series!* THE LAST SISTER and THE SILENCE

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