The First Death by Kendra Elliot

Posted June 7, 2023 in review Tags: ,

The First Death by Kendra ElliotThe First Death by Kendra Elliot
Pages: 313

Series: Columbia River #4
Genres: Suspense
Setting: Oregon
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Amazon Audible

A Wall Street Journal bestselling series.
For a search and rescue expert, the buried remains of her past are a dangerous obsession in a twisting novel of suspense by a Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestselling author.
Rowan Wolff was five years old when she, her brother, and their babysitter were kidnapped by a serial killer in the Pacific Northwest. The babysitter was murdered. Rowan was saved. Her brother was killed and buried in the forest, his remains never found. The convicted killer refuses to say where he buried the boy. Twenty-five years later, Rowan is committed to search and rescue with her faithful canine and is obsessed with finding her brother’s grave—and closure.
Detective Evan Bolton thrives on unraveling tough cases, but his latest is disturbing. There’s another serial killer hunting in Deschutes County, Oregon, and the crimes are identical to those committed by the sociopath languishing in prison. Each victim is linked to Rowan. When skeletal remains of several bodies are exhumed in the forest, Rowan’s connection becomes more entwined and impossible to ignore.
Rowan and Evan are determined to solve the case before someone else dies. And someone else will, as the truth about the past is unearthed.

I love a book with a dog, so I grabbed The First Death quick!! I also love a good serial killer story. I’m not sure what that says about me.

Rowan was kidnapped as a child. She was rescued but her brother was never found. Now, as an adult, she works for search and rescue with her dog, Thor. Evan is a detective who catches the case of a man murdered in the woods. He connects the man to Rowan. But, of course, there isn’t just the one murder.

I liked Rowan and Evan as characters. I felt that Evan was a little flat but that might be because we know so much about Rowan’s past as it is essential to the plot. I just feel like I understood/knew Rowan better. But, what really hooks you as a reader is the plot. It is twisty and disturbing! Seriously, I couldn’t have put this book down for anything because I HAD to know. So, the romance is really secondary. I consider this more of a thriller/suspense with a romance subplot. As a suspense novel, it is FANTASTIC. The First Death is a serpentine ride that has you racing to the finish.



authors like Melinda Leigh, Lisa Regan, Alexandra Ivy, Laura Griffin…then you will probably like The First Death!

The First Death



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One response to “The First Death by Kendra Elliot

  1. I really enjoyed this. I have read everything else set in this world and we learned a lot about Evan in the previous two books. Rowan was introduced then but we don’t know anything about her history until now. I agree the romance is more a subplot and perhaps will develop more over the new books.

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