Book Review: Known by Kendra Elliot

Known (Bone Secrets, #5)Known by Kendra Elliot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this tale of two people, Chris and Gianna, both with damaged pasts, coming together when a killer targets Gianna.

This book had a lot of tropes I like, such as the stranded in a snowstorm, the scarred/wounded hero, the intriguing suspense plot, and it was competently written.

I liked that Chris was a solitary loner; quiet, tense, and a little grumpy. He had scars from when he’d been kidnapped by a serial killer as a child, both internal and external. He was very capable and deadly. My one complaint was that his very serious, dramatic background as a child played no part in the current mystery. I would have liked that to have more impact on the current plot, because while it played a part in his character backstory, it felt like a very dramatic part of the narrative not to use more. I think, though, that this same plot may have been explored a little more in a previous book I haven’t read, which based on this book is about Chris’s biological brother and his adopted sister. (As far as I can tell it’s not incest-y, though).

I was also a bit disappointed that Gianna’s role as a medical examiner never came into play. She never even went to work on the page. It was, again, a shame to waste such an interesting profession, which could have been very relevant and useful in a suspense plot.

Another thing I didn’t like – but this is totally personal preference – was the scenes from the villain’s POV. I’m just generally not a fan of this, as it rarely adds to the overall story. The villain should be scary from the POV of the hero and heroine. We shouldn’t need to be privy to his thoughts in order to feel afraid of him.

I listened to this in audio. I thought the narrator was fine – I’d heard her narrate a different book, and she’s solid. However, and this isn’t something that’s the narrator’s fault, just something I noticed I think because I was listening to this book not reading it: the author overused ‘stated’ A LOT. As in, ‘he stated/she stated’. It drove me nuts. I finally understand the advice to writers about not overusing words other than ‘said’.

Overall, I would recommend this to people who like more low-key heroes with their suspense, and an intriguing mystery or two to go along with it.

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