Known

Kendra Elliott
Known
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Publisher
Montlake Romance, Brilliance Audio
Release Date
January 2016
ISBN
9781503949478
Series
Book 5 of Bone Secrets
Genre
Romantic Suspense/Mystery

SUMMARY
After a brutal snowstorm in the Cascade Mountains, Chris Jacobs discovers two things he never expected to see: the charred shell of a cabin, and Gianna Trask and her sixteen-year-old daughter huddled in an SUV, having barely escaped from their burning vacation rental.

Still scarred from a childhood ordeal, Chris knows there's something sinister about the scene—it's the stench of burned flesh.

Forced to wait out the blizzard in their rescuer's retreat, medical examiner Gianna Trask wonders if her hidden past has finally caught up with her. When a body is found in the destroyed cabin's ashes and a forest ranger is brutally murdered, both Gianna and Chris must confront their secrets if they want to escape the violent threat lurking outside.

In the fifth book in the Bone Secrets series, Kendra Elliot leads readers on a dangerous, twisting journey of two lives forever changed by a fiery snowstorm in the mountains.

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Mar 12, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
83 people found the following review helpful
4 "Past Tragedies Unite" Stars for the story and narration!

If you're like me, and love a good old-fashioned style suspense story with an overlay of romance to throw a little spice into the mystery, then you will not want to miss KNOWN. Although this is the 5th book in the Bone Secrets series, there is no need to have read or listened to the prior books as both the suspense and romantic sub-plots are fully contained within this audiobook. Further complementing this thought provoking suspense title is the above-average narration rendered by Tanya Eby, making this title a natural choice to choose in audiobook format.

Chris Jacobs knows what it is like to survive in the cross hairs of a killer. Having survived two horrific years at the hands of a serial killer, he learned many tricks to stay alive in unfathomable circumstances. So when Chris comes across Gianna Trask and her teenage daughter in the Cascade Mountains having just nearly escaped death under what appears to be suspicious circumstances, he knows he's stumbled onto a dangerous situation and is determined to see them to safety.

Gianna is no stranger to death (being a medical examiner) or tragedy (having lost her parents in a terrible accident when she was a child). She grew up with her uncle and he raised her to be tenacious and strong woman--personality traits that will come in handy as this story evolves.

As Chris and Gianna are forced to first wait out the storm in his cabin and then flee imminent peril, they begin to bond and their shared tragic pasts as well as their individual synergistic natures draw each to the other. But will Chris be able to keep Gianna safe, much less pursue a happily ever after with her, with all the scars that no doubt remain from each of their terrible pasts?

Tanya Eby delivers a talented performance in KNOWN. Although Ms. Eby generally produces only slightly nuanced differences between her characters of the same age and gender, this style worked well for this story which had few overlapping characters of a similar gender or age. I also had no trouble distinguishing Chris from Gianna, and didn't need to rely on dialogue tags. In fact, I was pleasantly pleased that Ms. Eby's voice for Chris sounded genuinely masculine, a feat that sometimes is difficult for female narrators.

Ms. Eby is also a well seasoned narrator with many titles under her belt leading to her natural affinity with delivery at an adequate pace to suit the mood of the scene being enacted. From the fast-paced action scenes to the more introspective ones and suspense-filled moments, Ms. Eby adequately brought the scene to life in such a way that her portrayal enhanced the story's effect.

All in all, if you're looking for an action-filled, suspense title with a mild romance overlay, then I highly recommend giving KNOWN a listen.
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