The Last Sister (Columbia River, #1) by Kendra Elliot

The Last Sister (Columbia River, #1)

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 f...

Details The Last Sister (Columbia River, #1)

TitleThe Last Sister (Columbia River, #1)
Release DateJan 14th, 2020
GenreMystery, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Last Sister (Columbia River, #1)

  • Maureen Carden
    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 s...
  • Berit☀️✨
    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 murd...
  • Carrie
    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 uni...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    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 tow...
  • Erin
    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...
  • Linda Strong
    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...
  • 2020-02-01
    Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.comTHE 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 mot...
  • Liz Barnsley
    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, th...
  • Amanda
    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 ...
  • Dianne
    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 FB...
  • Zoe
    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, deceptio...
  • İlkim
    I received a copy of this book via 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...
  • Sophia
    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 standa...
  • ☕️Kimberly
    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 calle...
  • 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...
  • Susan
    Great first in a series
  • Susan
    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.
  • Andi
    I have read several of Kendra's books and couldn't put them down, being up until the small hours, but this one didn't grab me as much as usual. I found the story, whilst being very topical and flagging up awful atrocities, to be lacking the usual pace. I stuck with it and towards the end it did get a lot better. Looking forward to reading the next book, hoping it's found the usual excitement. Thanks to NetGalley, Kendra Elliott and Montlake Roman...
  • Anita
    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.I enjoyed this engrossing story and was surprised to finally learn the details of Zander's backstory. the mystery tackled the sensitive subject of racism and raised some thought provoking questions for those who have racist family members. Since there was only one chaste kiss, I don't think you can call this a romantic-suspense,...
  • Jacquie
    Secrets from the past collide with a modern day murder in this thrilling suspense novel by Kendra Elliot!When restaurant owner Emily Mills goes to check up on a late-for-work employee, she comes upon a shocking crime scene. The woman is dead and her husband is found hanging in the backyard– a déjà vu moment for Emily who found her father the same way twenty years earlier.A horrible coincidence or is there a mysterious connection?FBI Agent Zan...
  • Diane
    Good read, great police procedural with enough twists to keep your attention. Likeable characters throughout the book, maybe too many secrets within family, but it worked.4 stars and a thumbs up!From the blurb: 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 drov...
  • Debbie
    This was such a brilliant mystery and it had me totally consumed throughoutEmily Mills's father was murdered twenty years ago and she found him hanging in the backyard. Her sister Madison told Emily she was asleep in her room at the time and her older sister Tara, claimed she was out with a friend. The killer was caught and imprisoned, but her father's death drove her mother to suicide and Tara left the town, never to be seen since. Present day, ...
  • Jackie
    Book Info Paperback, 336 pagesExpected publication: January 14th 2020 by Montlake RomanceISBN 1542006708 (ISBN13: 9781542006705)Series Callahan & McLane #5Other Editions (4)Source:Netgalley EARCBuy book fromAmazon B&NBOOK BLURBThree 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 f...
  • Carolyn McBride
    This was a pretty good book. I enjoyed the setting, It felt real enough that I could easily imagine being soaked to the skin by the damp fog. I connected easily enough with Zander, really felt bad for the guy in a couple of places. His heart is good, even if damaged. It was nice to see that something good eventually came his way. Poor Ava, though! The Aunties were a hoot. Each of them was distinct, no matter that they all coordinated. I loved the...
  • Jean
    I enjoyed reading this book. Interesting plot line, however I felt there were some storylines that were unnecessary. Especially the romance between the FBI agent and a witness. Thank you to NetGalley, Montlake Romance and Kendra Elliot for a copy of "The Last Sister" in exchange of an honest review.
  • Cathy Ryan
    4.5*A small town in Oregon is about to give up its dark and deadly secrets.This first book in the Columbia River series features FBI Agent Zander Wells from the Callahan and McLane series, although it’s not necessary to have read that series in order to enjoy this book. He and FBI Agent Ava McLane arrive in the small rural town of Bartonville to investigate the suspicious deaths of residents Sean and Lindsay Fitch, who moved to Bartonville a ye...
  • Faith Hurst-Bilinski
    The Last Sister was good. That is literally all that came to mind when I finished reading it. It was good. It wasn't great. It wasn't bad. It wasn't something I would tell people they had to go and read but if they asked I'd say, sure.The best part are Zander and Ava. I want to know more about them. Ava especially since she barely appeared in this one but there seems like there is a lot there to unpack if you flesh it out. Maybe that was in anoth...
  • Bea
    I enjoy Elliot's books and this was no exception. I was pulled in from the first line. "The Last Sister" was gripping; I didn't want to put my Kindle down to work or to sleep. There are several mysteries besides the one that opens the story, including a murder from approximately 20 years ago. Although this is a spinoff from Elliot's Callahan & McLane series (which is itself a spinoff of her Bone Secrets series), you can read this as a stand alone...
  • Trude
    20 years ago....a man in a small Oregon coastal town was hanged and his family nearly destroyed. Present day...a young African American teacher is stabbed to death and his body left hanging from a tree, his young wife brutally murdered. FBI agents Zander Wells and his partner are sent to investigate the deaths as possible hate crimes. This is a fast paced tension filled story with several surprises along the way. I loved it!! I've spent quite a b...
  • CD {Boulder Blvd}
    Generally I'm a fan of Ms. Elliot, but I feel let down by this story. For most of the book, I was either bored or disinterested. This is a spinoff from her Callahan and McLane series and features Zander and Ava with Zander taking the lead in this book. You don't have to read the prior series but if you have, you will recognize a few of the characters. There is a romantic connection between Zander and Emily (one of the sisters) but I didn't really...