Hidden: A Bone Secrets Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Hidden is the first book in Bone Secrets, the multimillion-copy bestselling series.
Eleven years ago, the Co-ed Slayer murdered nine female students on the Oregon State University campus. Lacey Campbell barely escaped his attack, but lost her best friend whose remains were never found. As the sole surviving victim, Lacey helped send the sadistic serial killer to prison for life.
Now a forensic odontologist examining teeth and bones for the state Medical Examiner, Lacey is devastated when she arrives at a crime scene and identifies the skeletal remains as her college friend’s.
The remains are discovered on the land of ex-cop Jack Harper. Sparks fly between him and Lacey, even as they realize that the prosecution’s witnesses from a decade ago are now being murdered one by one. All the evidence points to the Co-ed Slayer as the culprit - only, he’s long since dead. So who’s the new killer? And is Lacey next in line to die?
Golden Heart finalist Kendra Elliot combines chilling suspense and steamy romance in a gripping tale, uniting in-depth forensic knowledge with a passion for thrillers. Set in the snowy winter of Oregon, Hidden creates spine-tingling chills.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 59 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 18, 2012|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #10,058 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#10 in Medical & Forensic Thrillers
#20 in Medical Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#113 in Medical Thrillers (Books)
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All of them take place in a small town in Oregon. The characters are well drawn and the plots are meticulously planned. I discovered this series on a whim. I had been doing a bunch of research on a project and needed a light break. Enter Kendra Elliot.
All her characters are fun to read and realistic, in the sense where you probably know somebody or have met somebody similar to her characters. They are fun, easy, fast reads. Elliot does an excellent job blending romance with a powerful crime mystery. She captures the small town mentality so well, that you get drawn into the characters' paranoia that everyone becomes a suspect. Elliot leaves you guessing until the very end.
If you're looking for a fast fun read for the beach or a cold winter day/night with hot chocolate or tea, this is the series for you.
The first clue there was a problem were the homophobic references. A cop feels like he had 'rolled in mud' when talking to a gay man and had to go flirt with women to 'get cleansed'. Holy homophobia, Batman!
"From his breathy voice and overuse of the word 'fabulous', Mason had inferred the man was a flamer...'
"Dramatic sorrow had filled the flamer's voice as he related how DeCosta had ignored his advances."
"EVEN A LESBIAN would react to the raw testosterone that pumped into the air around him." Who thinks like this? A really sexy person can make you switch teams??? No matter how sexy Sofia Vergara is, I don't have an urge to jump her bones. Maybe this magic testosterone could replace those programs that gay people are enrolled in to change their orientation. Then there are multiple references to the fa. word.
At two-thirds the book starts to go off the rails. With the love of his life in immediate danger, the hero gets drunk. The two of them are unable to figure out how to get a hotel room without getting tracked by their credit cards yet they are surrounded by friends and police who could help. Sex with a known playboy without any discussion of a condom or any form of birth control was surprising.
Then the heroine says it herself, 'It'd been like a B horror movie, and she'd starred as the too-stupid-to live female lead." Yup.
The final five percent goes beyond unbelievable into the land of ridiculous. The behavior of the police, Lacey's father, and particularly Kelly is nothing less mind-boggling and throws the reader under the literary bus. The ending makes Scooby-Doo look like Tolstoy.
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He's a tall sexy ex-cop who after his failed career in law enforcement took a job running his father's real-estate empire. He's successful and sexy and tall and sexy. He's very "hands on" likes to covertly sniff women's hair on their first not-date and undress women whilst they are asleep. She's a rich sexy former gymnast heiress who does dentistry for fun. She's boring. Apart from being rich and sexy i can't see why she has everyone chasing around after her...she also has a tall sexy ex-boyfriend BFF who is tall and sexy and an investigate journalist.
After surviving an attack by a serial killer when she was in college she put her life back together but the past has come back to haunt her and a killer is killing people connected to the original killings. Sparks fly whilst I groan and creepy behaviour is rewarded whilst I cringe...I really shouldn't read these sort of books but I got desperate and they were on offer.
The writing is clean but the author never feels the need to take the time to make me like the characters and there is a distinct lack of tension to the whole affair.
This wasn't for me.
I can’t believe I am giving such a low rating to a Kendra Elliot book. Usually they are the sort of book that once you start you just keep on going, ignoring all else, until you get the end and then you pick up the next! I have read all the other series and was looking forward to this remaining one. When I was only 1/4 way through though after a week, I realised that it was possible that this could be one of those rare books that I don’t finish.
This, from beginning, felt like it was written by someone else. It took me ages to get into it, reading a page here and there and I didn’t take to any of the characters, even ones we had met in her other books. The familiar characters I previously liked felt as if they had had a personality transplant. Two police officers, perfectly competent in other books, completely overlook a likely suspect for a long time.
The lead male character was, from the beginning, unpleasant and overbearing and the female was just plain annoying. Eleven families are waiting for news of their loved ones from her cases and she decides that she needs to go off with this strange man who has been disrespectful. Because it has all been a bit too much for her. Can’t help thinking she’s in the wrong job! Then, while acknowledging she was doing something wrong, she gives information about a case.
I could have done without the dog torture scene as well. The book lost a star for that. While such actions reflect the character of a disturbed person, a general reference to it would have sufficed. There was also much more offensive language than you expect from her books. More than the situations call for and more than other books by the same writer. Then there was the casual homophobic comments. The first examples were jarring and unexpected as they just didn’t gel with one of the characters as we had got to know him in other books. There were at least two other instances of homophobic comments.
One amusing thing, the characters barely need any spoken skills as they are able to understand others merely by their eyes. It got to be a good game picking out the many many occasions of the eyes telling someone something, “eyes had lost the rattled look”, “eyes were honest and direct”, “eyes. They were cautious, measuring, and guarded”, and my favourite “Her brown eyes sparkled in rhythm with her hands when she was happy.” Nonsense!
As I write this, it is hard to believe this is a book from an author I admired. It’s a good thing I read this after all the rest as if I had read it first I wouldn’t have bothered with more by this author and would have missed all the other books which I enjoyed very much. Now I have a dilemma. Do I try another in this series and hope she is back on form in it? Probably not.