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A dead conspiracy theorist. A mass murderer. Two cases collide for Callahan and McLane in a pulse-pounding thriller by Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestselling author Kendra Elliot. A man is savagely murdered outside Portland, and Detective Mason Callahan finds blood-spatter evidence that tells a troubling story. Files reveal the murder victim, Reuben Braswell, was A dead conspiracy theorist. A mass murderer. Two cases collide for Callahan and McLane in a pulse-pounding thriller by Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestselling author Kendra Elliot. A man is savagely murdered outside Portland, and Detective Mason Callahan finds blood-spatter evidence that tells a troubling story. Files reveal the murder victim, Reuben Braswell, was a radical conspiracist. In his home, investigators find pages of diatribes against law enforcement as well as ties to Mason’s fiancée, FBI special agent Ava McLane. The victim was her informant—and had strong reasons to be paranoid. To Ava, Braswell’s rants were those of a wearying and harmless man…until they collide with her investigation into the murders of police officers and finding the connection becomes urgent. Meanwhile, Braswell’s brother and Ava’s twin sister both disappear, and disturbing acts of sabotage target Ava’s personal life. For Mason and Ava, the brutal crimes and escalating mysteries create a perfect storm for a terrorist conspiracy that becomes dangerously personal—one that has yet to claim its last victim.


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A dead conspiracy theorist. A mass murderer. Two cases collide for Callahan and McLane in a pulse-pounding thriller by Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestselling author Kendra Elliot. A man is savagely murdered outside Portland, and Detective Mason Callahan finds blood-spatter evidence that tells a troubling story. Files reveal the murder victim, Reuben Braswell, was A dead conspiracy theorist. A mass murderer. Two cases collide for Callahan and McLane in a pulse-pounding thriller by Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestselling author Kendra Elliot. A man is savagely murdered outside Portland, and Detective Mason Callahan finds blood-spatter evidence that tells a troubling story. Files reveal the murder victim, Reuben Braswell, was a radical conspiracist. In his home, investigators find pages of diatribes against law enforcement as well as ties to Mason’s fiancée, FBI special agent Ava McLane. The victim was her informant—and had strong reasons to be paranoid. To Ava, Braswell’s rants were those of a wearying and harmless man…until they collide with her investigation into the murders of police officers and finding the connection becomes urgent. Meanwhile, Braswell’s brother and Ava’s twin sister both disappear, and disturbing acts of sabotage target Ava’s personal life. For Mason and Ava, the brutal crimes and escalating mysteries create a perfect storm for a terrorist conspiracy that becomes dangerously personal—one that has yet to claim its last victim.

30 review for The Silence

  1. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    I enjoyed Kendra Eliot’s Mercy Kilpatrick series, so I jumped at a chance to get an ARC of this book. I hadn’t read the first book in the series. But Eliot gives enough background into the characters that I didn’t feel lost and it worked fine as a standalone. Ava McLane is an FBI agent. Her fiancé, Mason Callahan, is a Portland detective. He’s called to a murder scene where the dead man has Information about a planned bombing and Ava’s name is mentioned in his paperwork. Turns out, he was an inf I enjoyed Kendra Eliot’s Mercy Kilpatrick series, so I jumped at a chance to get an ARC of this book. I hadn’t read the first book in the series. But Eliot gives enough background into the characters that I didn’t feel lost and it worked fine as a standalone. Ava McLane is an FBI agent. Her fiancé, Mason Callahan, is a Portland detective. He’s called to a murder scene where the dead man has Information about a planned bombing and Ava’s name is mentioned in his paperwork. Turns out, he was an informant of Ava’s. He was also an anti-government, conspiracy believer. Meanwhile, Ava’s disturbed twin sister had gone missing. And someone is causing problems for Ava’s personal life. Is there a link? This is a very fast read. Not tons of depth to it, and the ending didn’t really work for me, but it’s entertaining. Keep in mind that Eliot’s books always have a strong romance component to them. But she usually manages to not go overboard. My thanks to netgalley and Montclair Romance for an advance copy of this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    The Silence is an entertaining book that bends under the weight of the unlikeliness of the plot. Was it too much? It probably depends on where you are coming from. If you want a police procedural that's true to life, this isn't your book. But if you want some entertaining romantic suspense you'll probably love this book despite the few liberties the author takes. Many thanks to Montlake and Netgalley for providing me with this review copy

  3. 5 out of 5

    İlkim

    I received a copy of this book via Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. A good read again. I’ve read her Callahan & McLane series first before starting this one’s previous book and I’m glad I started that way. The first book was Zander’s story, but this second one is Callahan & McLane story. The case was good, I’ve read excitedly. It was a quick paced story and I couldn’t put down. I really liked seeing Mercy more. I’ve only read two books of Mercy Kilpatrick series but I’m intended to I received a copy of this book via Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. A good read again. I’ve read her Callahan & McLane series first before starting this one’s previous book and I’m glad I started that way. The first book was Zander’s story, but this second one is Callahan & McLane story. The case was good, I’ve read excitedly. It was a quick paced story and I couldn’t put down. I really liked seeing Mercy more. I’ve only read two books of Mercy Kilpatrick series but I’m intended to read more of it. Overall, I liked it a lot. Her writing style and characters have made me read more of her stories, and I’ll definitely wait for the next one.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Menezes

    Thank You to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for this ARC!! This is the second book in the Columbia River series and I really enjoyed both of them! While it is a part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone book as well. Detective Mason Callahan and his partner are called to investigate a savage murder. Investigation reveals that the victim was Reuben Braswell, a radical conspiracist. They find documents indicating a bomb attack that very afternoon at the County Courthouse, but, as the entire Thank You to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for this ARC!! This is the second book in the Columbia River series and I really enjoyed both of them! While it is a part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone book as well. Detective Mason Callahan and his partner are called to investigate a savage murder. Investigation reveals that the victim was Reuben Braswell, a radical conspiracist. They find documents indicating a bomb attack that very afternoon at the County Courthouse, but, as the entire law enforcement gathers to prevent the attack, it turns into a mass shooting of law enforcement. Investigators also find ties to Mason’s fiancée, FBI special agent Ava McLane. The murder victim was her informant. Meanwhile, Braswell’s brother and Ava’s twin sister, Jayme, both disappear, and disturbing acts of sabotage target Ava’s personal life. This book just like the first book in the series has a good plot and lots of amazing characters. There were a lot of twists and turns that kept me guessing throughout the book. And the ending was perfect. Overall an enjoyable read and I'm eagerly waiting for the next book!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. Kendra Elliot is one of my favorite authors. She writes a wonderful mystery plot and her characters are fantastic. I especially like that she weaves characters from her older books into her new work. In "The Silence" we get a new McLane and Callahan update in this new series. I love it! When Oregon State Police detective, Mason Callahan, catches a murder call, he has no idea wha Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. Kendra Elliot is one of my favorite authors. She writes a wonderful mystery plot and her characters are fantastic. I especially like that she weaves characters from her older books into her new work. In "The Silence" we get a new McLane and Callahan update in this new series. I love it! When Oregon State Police detective, Mason Callahan, catches a murder call, he has no idea what a can of worms has been opened and how it will affect him in ways he never imagined. The murder was brutal, but what Mason finds in the victim's office is even more chilling as it involves his fiancée, Ava McLane, and conspiracy plans to wreck havoc in the Portland area. Ava McLane is an FBI agent who has finally gotten her life together. She has recovered from being shot last fall, is engaged to a man she loves deeply and the wedding is on track. Life is good, with some minor exceptions. When she is informed that one of her confidential informants has been brutally murdered and she was named in a conspiracy diatribe, she is glad that Mason caught the case. He would see that Ruben Braswell's killer is caught. Ava's sister goes missing and so does Ruben's brother. Other people related and unrelated to the case are murdered and Ava and Mason find themselves at the center of it all trying to solve the case and keep anyone else from dying.

  6. 5 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    FBI special agent Ava McLane is having a morning. Her twin is missing and Ava fears she is up to her old tricks. Then one of her informants has been brutally murdered and Detective Callahan, her fiancee’ has the case. A mass shooting shakes things up and leaves Callahan’s partner injured and other officers dead. Callahan wants justice. He must be content working the Braswell murder case and looking for links there. The FBI assign Ava to the mass-shooter task force. She and her partner are clever, FBI special agent Ava McLane is having a morning. Her twin is missing and Ava fears she is up to her old tricks. Then one of her informants has been brutally murdered and Detective Callahan, her fiancee’ has the case. A mass shooting shakes things up and leaves Callahan’s partner injured and other officers dead. Callahan wants justice. He must be content working the Braswell murder case and looking for links there. The FBI assign Ava to the mass-shooter task force. She and her partner are clever, and the two are soon chasing down leads. Elliot is brilliant at weaving both the personal and case aspects of her stories together. This allows the reader to become immersed. Her characters are developed and often flawed. Ava and Callahan are both skilled at their jobs and completely likeable. Their romance felt genuine and strengthened our attachment. There is a lot going on and Elliot had me flipping the pages. I knew the author would slowly weave all the threads of the cases together into one heart-pounding, action packed tapestry. It was brilliantly done while keeping things grounded and believable. Ava and Callahan make a great team on and off the clock. Their chemistry, mutual respect, and unwavering support for each made the relationship feel genuine. Elliot is quickly becoming a must read for me with her compelling cases and realistic characters. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  7. 4 out of 5

    Caz

    I've given this a B at AAR The Silence is book two in Kendra Elliot’s Columbia River series, but I don’t think I missed out on anything in terms of the plot by not reading the previous book, The Last Sister. Although the two principals in this story have featured in other books by the author – they’re an engaged couple – the mystery plot is completely self-contained, so you’d have no problems reading this as a standalone. Detective Mason Callahan of the Oregon State Police is called to the sce I've given this a B at AAR The Silence is book two in Kendra Elliot’s Columbia River series, but I don’t think I missed out on anything in terms of the plot by not reading the previous book, The Last Sister. Although the two principals in this story have featured in other books by the author – they’re an engaged couple – the mystery plot is completely self-contained, so you’d have no problems reading this as a standalone. Detective Mason Callahan of the Oregon State Police is called to the scene of a particularly brutal murder at a house on the outskirts of Portland. Rueben Braswell was killed with a blunt instrument and his body was mutilated – the face bashed in, most of the fingers cut off and strewn around – which, if not for the fact that he was found in his own home, would normally have indicated that whoever killed him was trying to conceal his identity. Officers are carrying out a routine search of Braswell’s home when one of them finds a folder on his desk containing pages of anti-law enforcement rants and conspiracy theories – and blueprints of a building, the local courthouse, that indicate a bomb is set to detonate there that afternoon. As Mason gets on the phone to alert others to the threat, he and his partner notice one particular name among Braswell’s papers – that of Special Agent Ava McLane. Mason’s fiancée. Ava isn’t having the best day either. She’s just about to leave for work when a young man she doesn’t know arrives on her doorstep and introduces himself as Brady Shurr – the man her troublesome – and troubled – twin sister Jayne had left a local drug and alcohol rehab centre with eight months earlier. Ava’s history with her wayward sister is complicated – it’s probably more detailed in the books in the Callahan and McLane series, but the author includes enough detail here for new readers to be able to catch up quickly. Basically, Jayne is selfish, conscienceless and manipulative – but she’s still Ava’s twin and no matter how much Ava wishes she could simply wash her hands of her… she can’t. Shurr tells Ava that Jayne has disappeared, and while Ava is intensely sceptical and is inclined to believe it’s yet another instance of her sister’s cruel and careless behaviour, when Shurr tells her that Jayne had told him to contact Ava if she ever disappeared, alarm bells start ringing in Ava’s head. Things go from bad to worse when she arrives at the office to find out about the bomb threat and about Braswell’s murder. Braswell had been an informant of hers, although she’d quickly realised he had a huge chip on his shoulder about law enforcement and that he really just wanted someone to vent to. He’d insinuated he was associated with various anti-government factions, but most of their few meetings had yielded nothing useful; and at their last one, Braswell had crossed a line by grabbing her, and she’d walked away. Now Ava asks herself if she’d been too hasty – but she knows he never mentioned anything about a bomb. You can read the rest of this review at All About Romance.

  8. 5 out of 5

    LianaReads blog

    I loved this book as much as i loved the first one in the series. The fast paced and never ending twists and turns made for a perfect afternoon with some of my favourite characters. I love when i found authors that manage to make my imagination run wild and prove that my theories aren't correct even if they lead us to a different ending. Suspenseful , thrilling and it felt like watching the best crime serial on tv.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    The series is set in Oregon.... my home state..... and the Oregon State Police, my husband is a retired OSP Trooper.... very enjoyable!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pennie Morgan

    Twists and turns and just when you think you have it figured out BAM! it turns again. Ava and Mason are tangled into the same case when Mason's murder case turns out to be one of Ava's CI. In the house there is evidence pointing towards a bombing and when law enforcement converges shots are fired and Mason's partner, Ray, is wounded before he can put his vest on and several other deputies are taken out. It was not a bombing but a targeted shooting. So begins the mystery of who, what, where, and Twists and turns and just when you think you have it figured out BAM! it turns again. Ava and Mason are tangled into the same case when Mason's murder case turns out to be one of Ava's CI. In the house there is evidence pointing towards a bombing and when law enforcement converges shots are fired and Mason's partner, Ray, is wounded before he can put his vest on and several other deputies are taken out. It was not a bombing but a targeted shooting. So begins the mystery of who, what, where, and why of it. Oh, and Ava's twin, Jane is back in the picture. All this with the wedding coming up. Will they make it to the wedding finally? This one was so good and I consumed it in one afternoon! **Received this ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**

  11. 4 out of 5

    Luli

    Puedes encontrar esta reseña en español al final. Mrs. Elliot has spoiled me rotten with her outstanding suspense, her terrific female characters, and her discreet, but no less interesting, romances. I compare any romantic suspense I read with one of hers and the former never come out well. This does not mean that sometimes I find some of her work, such as this one, lacking. This series is not really a series per se. They are two new installments intended to tie up loose ends of the Callahan & McL Puedes encontrar esta reseña en español al final. Mrs. Elliot has spoiled me rotten with her outstanding suspense, her terrific female characters, and her discreet, but no less interesting, romances. I compare any romantic suspense I read with one of hers and the former never come out well. This does not mean that sometimes I find some of her work, such as this one, lacking. This series is not really a series per se. They are two new installments intended to tie up loose ends of the Callahan & McLane series. In this one we got to see the MC´s wedding, who are accompanied by a diverse cast of characters from other series. If you haven't read Callahan & McLane series there's no point starting here. As usual, the suspense has been good, very good. This author has enough imagination and experience to avoid repeating plots. But she also is fond of family melodrama (which, unfortunately, I don't like a lot) that had overshadowed both the romance and the suspense. I understand that all the loose ends must be tied up nicely, but the plot about Ava´s twin was too much, and the HEA hardly credible, honestly. So, it was a bittersweet farewell. But I am looking forward to reading her next work. e-ARC kindly provided by Montlake Romance via Netgalley. La señora Elliot me ha malacostumbrado con sus suspenses fuera de serie, sus personajes femeninos fuera de lo normal y sus discretos, pero no menos interesantes, romances. Cualquier suspense romántico que leo lo comparo con uno de los suyos y los primeros nunca salen bien parados. Lo que no quiere decir que a veces no lea algunas de sus obras, como la presente, y la encuentre floja. Esta serie realmente no es una serie en si. Son dos entregas destinadas a cerrar los hilos pendientes de la serie Callahan & McLane. En esta última asistimos a la boda de los protagonistas, a los que acompañan un elenco de lo más variopinto de personajes de otras series. Si no has leído la serie Callahan & McLane no tiene sentido empezar por aquí. Como de costumbre el suspense ha sido bueno, muy bueno. Esta autora tiene imaginación y tablas suficientes para no repetir tramas. Pero también tiene una fijación por el melodrama familiar (que, por desgracia, yo no comparto) que ha eclipsado tanto el romance como el suspense. Entiendo que había que atar todos los cabos sueltos, pero la trama sobre la gemela de Ava ha sido demasiado, y el Final Feliz poco creíble, sinceramente. Así que, ha sido una despedida agridulce. Pero estoy deseando leer su próximo trabajo.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Reen

    This is the second book in the Columbia River series and I have not yet read the first one although I have read the Mercy Killpatrick series and a couple in the Callahan McLane series which helped but I don't think was required to read the story. Detective Mason Callahan and his partner and fiance, Ava McLane, are called to investigate a brutal murder. The victim was Reuben Braswell, a conspiracy theorist with a particular hate for law enforcement and government. He was also one of Ava McLane's This is the second book in the Columbia River series and I have not yet read the first one although I have read the Mercy Killpatrick series and a couple in the Callahan McLane series which helped but I don't think was required to read the story. Detective Mason Callahan and his partner and fiance, Ava McLane, are called to investigate a brutal murder. The victim was Reuben Braswell, a conspiracy theorist with a particular hate for law enforcement and government. He was also one of Ava McLane's CI's. They find documents in his home indicating an imminent bomb attack at the County Courthouse, but, as the entire law enforcement gathers to prevent the attack, it turns into a mass shooting of law enforcement. The documents also mention Ava by name. It was a quick paced, intriguing story with a good number of plot twists and a nasty bad guy. I was nice to see Mercy again and the personal and professional friendship between the two women. Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lena

    I was so excited when I dove into the newest McLane and Callahan... and then I read it. Jayne Jayne Jayne Jayne Jayne Jayne Jayne Jayne Jayne Jayne Jayne Jayne Jayne Jayne Jayne Jayne Jayne Jayne Jayne Jayne Jayne

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This was an all right addition to the Callahan & McLane series. I honestly never really felt the overwhelming love between the two of them, but romance aside, the mystery was solid. The twist was my favourite part about it, and for that I would put this book at a solid three stars. It was also nice to see the MCs from the previous book of the Columbia River series, Mercy, and even some of the MCs from Kendra Elliot's other series. This was an all right addition to the Callahan & McLane series. I honestly never really felt the overwhelming love between the two of them, but romance aside, the mystery was solid. The twist was my favourite part about it, and for that I would put this book at a solid three stars. It was also nice to see the MCs from the previous book of the Columbia River series, Mercy, and even some of the MCs from Kendra Elliot's other series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    I loved visiting with Mason and Ava. Lots of twists and turns in this one. And, Mercy Kilpatrick (a killer series, by the way) makes a welcome appearance. I love Mercy Kilpatrick's character. Another great read by a talented author. Can't wait for the third book in the series. ;)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    What appears to be a open and shut case of a dead conspiracy theorist named Reuben Braswell is anything but closed and it's up to Detective Mason and his partner to unravel it all. The 'set up' may be not have been followed up with special agent Ava McLane, Mason's fiancee, which may put everything in jeopardy including many innocent lives. That moment of revelation when you are assigned the case to end mass murders and terrorist plots only to uncover you are the intended target. Trouble lurks when What appears to be a open and shut case of a dead conspiracy theorist named Reuben Braswell is anything but closed and it's up to Detective Mason and his partner to unravel it all. The 'set up' may be not have been followed up with special agent Ava McLane, Mason's fiancee, which may put everything in jeopardy including many innocent lives. That moment of revelation when you are assigned the case to end mass murders and terrorist plots only to uncover you are the intended target. Trouble lurks when Ava's deeply troubled twin is brought into the picture which adds fuel to the fire. Now it's up to the team to figure it out with the clock ticking down to this terrorist conspiracy that these protagonists must conquer in order to enjoy all that life has to offer up to them. The finale was explosive and the prime suspect was someone I never seen coming.. Great mysterious atmosphere surrounds this entire novel and for good reason. A pleasure to read. Thank you to Kendra, the pub, NetGalley, and Amazon Kindle for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    This author makes me want to visit Oregon and meet her characters. Ava and Mason AR extremely busy is this book where there has been a brutal murder and a cop killing. This book takes turns that are unexpected and convoluted and it all comes together in a book that might leave you scratching your head. But the beautiful scene at the end is worth every bit of work. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    A gruesome murder, a mass-shooting, a vanished twin, and a wedding send Ava and Mason careening into action working together and apart from the pen of an author who writes some of the most riveting romantic suspense out there. The Silence is the second of the Columbia River series and one could also say it is the fifth of the Callahan & McLane series which are connected to the earlier Bone Secrets and the later Mercy Kilpatrick. But, this one can do well enough standalone or out of order if the r A gruesome murder, a mass-shooting, a vanished twin, and a wedding send Ava and Mason careening into action working together and apart from the pen of an author who writes some of the most riveting romantic suspense out there. The Silence is the second of the Columbia River series and one could also say it is the fifth of the Callahan & McLane series which are connected to the earlier Bone Secrets and the later Mercy Kilpatrick. But, this one can do well enough standalone or out of order if the reader doesn't mind the occasional mention of a previous case or character. Oregon State Police detective, Mason Callahan, gets called out on a gruesome homicide that quickly morphs into more when he spots Ava's name in the victims secret files and a bombing plan. Meanwhile, FBI agent, Ava McLane gets a visit from her wayward twin's boyfriend who is looking for her and this leads to Ava splitting her attention between her sister's antics and a mass shooting of police officers. Their cases really hit home for them and Mason and Ava turn to each other for support and understanding which bodes well for the wedding they are planning and hope they and all their guests will make it to alive. I read the first of Ava and Mason's stories, Vanished, earlier this year and enjoyed meeting this pair and their situations. This book comes after three more harrowing series of cases and also the first of the Columbia River stories in which they featured as strong side characters. I already love this authors books, but I was really anticipating the story knowing who were the leads. Ava and Mason are both in branches of law enforcement and I love how they respect each other so much that they can cheer lead, support, but also worry a little without it getting in the way of their relationship. Mason is much older and already has a painful divorce under his belt and Ava comes with a problematic twin sister who can also intrude on their lives. But, they make it work through mature thinking and communication. Does it mean they can't make mistakes? No, they do and they have vulnerabilities, but they learn and grow. There were quite a few irons in the fire for this one and not all necessarily related to their cases. I caught on to several facts before the characters, but got a couple fun twists as well. And, yes, some of those unrelated story threads suddenly got together for a rather exciting finish. I might have done a little yip of delight when there was a crossover character and Mercy Kilpatrick made an appearance. All in all, I thought The Silence was a real page turner and I didn't want to put it down. There was always some important find or an intense situation that kept me at it. I can't recommend this author or her books enough including this one. I rec'd this book from Net Galley to read in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Paula Phillips

    In the mood for a mystery after the last couple of light-hearted books I read, I know I can always count on Kendra Elliot's books to be enjoyable as, like a few others of her series, she sometimes does crossovers with the characters. In The Silence, the book starts with Mason and Ava preparing for their wedding nuptials, and their friends are excited. That is until a series of events start happening that cause them to have to put their wedding on the backburner. The first is a gruesome murder an In the mood for a mystery after the last couple of light-hearted books I read, I know I can always count on Kendra Elliot's books to be enjoyable as, like a few others of her series, she sometimes does crossovers with the characters. In The Silence, the book starts with Mason and Ava preparing for their wedding nuptials, and their friends are excited. That is until a series of events start happening that cause them to have to put their wedding on the backburner. The first is a gruesome murder and the victim seems to have been one of Ava's CIs. He also happens to have bomb schematics of the courthouse which sends police racing down there and shots are fired. This ends up with a handful of police officers dead and Mason's partner and best friend Ray in the hospital hanging by a thread fo his life. Brady who has been busy dating Ava's twin sister Janie turns up and it turns out her sister has vanished once again and is causing trouble for Ava when she receives a phone call inquiring about some potential wedding cancellations including the venue she tried forever to get a date for. I have to admit reading about Ava's twin sister and her character - it reminded me a lot of my sister Kimberley and her crazy antics. As the book goes along, we will read as more people turn up dead and it looks like the local police can't get a handle on things as more strange twists and turns to start to unfold which means readers will get a visit from Mercy who stars in the series Mercy Kilpatrick. We also get a glimpse of Dr. Gianna Trask and a few other characters from Kendra's Bone Secrets series as the police start to call on outside help and reinforcements. The Silence didn't stand out as one of my favorites by Kendra as felt a tad too busy for my liking but it was still enjoyable and if you love the three M's - Murder, Mayhem, and Mystery - then you will enjoy Kendra Elliot's Columbia River series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Caitlyn Lynch

    Although this is Book 2 in the Columbia River series, it’s a Callahan and McLane novel, and if you haven’t read those books, you’re going to be left wondering about a lot of the background to these characters. The protagonist of pretty much every other book the author has ever written gets a cameo appearance here as Mason Callahan and Ava McLane prepare for their wedding while dealing with murders, domestic terrorism, missing family members and more. I’m not actually sure where the title of this Although this is Book 2 in the Columbia River series, it’s a Callahan and McLane novel, and if you haven’t read those books, you’re going to be left wondering about a lot of the background to these characters. The protagonist of pretty much every other book the author has ever written gets a cameo appearance here as Mason Callahan and Ava McLane prepare for their wedding while dealing with murders, domestic terrorism, missing family members and more. I’m not actually sure where the title of this book comes from… it didn’t seem to have any relevance to the story - and I’m really not a fan of these crossover stories where characters from every other book make an appearance. This would be a fascinating story WITHOUT all those other appearances, because Elliot really does know how to write an intriguing procedural suspense thriller. If you’re a devotee of her work, you might well enjoy all the little Easter eggs, but I found them annoying and a bit exclusionary… like telling ‘in’ jokes newcomers won’t get. It’s one thing to need to have read the first in a series to comprehend everything that’s going on, quite another to have to read an author’s entire backlist. For that reason, though the storyline here is really good, I’m knocking this down to four stars. Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this title via NetGalley.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Antonella

    This is my first read by this author. So, reading this I didn't know that this is a part of a series and already existing characters appeared in books before so this is somewhat of a happy end for them. I did have a feeling of missing more of back story that connects the reader more with characters. The story itself is engaging. The storyline is interesting enough. I do feel that the ending felt rushed. I think I expected more menacing twists and turns, more of thriller story, but this is more o This is my first read by this author. So, reading this I didn't know that this is a part of a series and already existing characters appeared in books before so this is somewhat of a happy end for them. I did have a feeling of missing more of back story that connects the reader more with characters. The story itself is engaging. The storyline is interesting enough. I do feel that the ending felt rushed. I think I expected more menacing twists and turns, more of thriller story, but this is more of romance suspense book. I would like to read more books by this author in the future. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of the book!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    This was like an early Christmas present. Getting another story with Mason and Ava, plus many of the characters from Bone Secrets along with plenty of thrilling moments that leave you in fear for some secondary characters. In between a murder investigation that is tied to a mass shooting of law enforcement we get closure on many of the open threads from the last McLane and Callahan book. I don't want this to be the last we see of them, and maybe it wont be, but the ending was perfect in how it w This was like an early Christmas present. Getting another story with Mason and Ava, plus many of the characters from Bone Secrets along with plenty of thrilling moments that leave you in fear for some secondary characters. In between a murder investigation that is tied to a mass shooting of law enforcement we get closure on many of the open threads from the last McLane and Callahan book. I don't want this to be the last we see of them, and maybe it wont be, but the ending was perfect in how it wrapped things up for the characters we've all come to love (some more more than other ie..Jayne (Ava's twin) )

  23. 4 out of 5

    Maureen ~Bitch Can Write A Book

    Holy Moly! Talk about a wild ride. Fast paced, edge of your seat...WOW!

  24. 4 out of 5

    WycEd Reader

    Check out our full post for THE SILENCE on Wicked Reads. Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team Avid Reader – ☆☆☆☆ M/F Thriller Ava is an FBI agent who has been seeing a CI for a while now. She's not quite sure he's a true CI as he never really has ever given information that is worth anything. When her CI is found to have been killed, but left behind strange bomb references, Ava is called in to see if there could be any credibility to the threat. Mason is Ava's fiancé, but he is also a police off Check out our full post for THE SILENCE on Wicked Reads. Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team Avid Reader – ☆☆☆☆ M/F Thriller Ava is an FBI agent who has been seeing a CI for a while now. She's not quite sure he's a true CI as he never really has ever given information that is worth anything. When her CI is found to have been killed, but left behind strange bomb references, Ava is called in to see if there could be any credibility to the threat. Mason is Ava's fiancé, but he is also a police officer himself. When he realizes that Ava is semi-implicated in his case, he knows that she'll want to be a part of it. Mason is trying to figure out why there might be a bombing and trying to keep Ava out of harm's way. While these two race against the ticking clock to find out where the bomb might be happening and why, the twists and turns this story take are very fun. You also get to glimpse into Ava's home life and family life. Both Ava and Mason are used to dealing with Ava's sister, but this time, it comes at the most inopportune time. I really enjoyed seeing other characters from Elliot's other stories too. This won't disappoint if you like a mystery with a little romance thrown in. Veronica – ☆☆☆☆ We start with Mason at a pretty gruesome crime scene where an informant of Ava’s has been murdered. A manifesto found at the crime scene leads to a bomb threat which leads to an even more devastating crime. While Mason works on the homicide investigation, Ava is assigned to the task force looking into the fallout from the bomb scare. More crimes take place that may or may not be connected to the investigations Ava and Mason are working on and it was exciting watching it unfold and trying to figure out who did what and how various crimes were connected, if at all. The Silence flowed really well and had a good pace. Not so slow that you get bogged down in details and not so fast that you can’t keep up with the story. During all the crime solving and action, Mason and Ava are preparing for their upcoming wedding and dealing with the disappearance of Ava’s misbehaving twin sister. This is a really good, easy-to-read story for those of us that like good crime solving and a little bit of love story mixed together. The action is really good too and as I read, I couldn’t help thinking that this would make a great movie or TV series. The Silence gets a solid 4 stars from me. Sarah – ☆☆☆☆ This is a huge, confusing jigsaw puzzle of a murder mystery. Kendra Elliott fans will remember Mason and Ava from previous books. Here, the state police detective and the FBI agent are thrown into overlapping cases weeks before their wedding. As Mason attempts to solve a homicide, Ava is appointed to the task force for a related mass shooting. This story is complicated, moving quickly between Ava and Mason’s investigations. I really like the interplay between the couple and their partners. Many of the characters are familiar from the author’s earlier books and I enjoyed seeing them in a different context. This story moves quickly, and I like the way all the plot threads eventually meet up. I don’t feel like Mason and Ava are quite as developed as some of my favourite Kendra Elliott characters, but the storylines involving Ava’s family add depth and complexity to her character. This isn’t necessarily a murder mystery that readers can solve alongside Ava and Mason. I enjoyed following the twists and turns of their investigations, but I usually like to be able to put the pieces together for myself. I enjoyed the fast pace of the investigations and I love that there are a couple of revelations that took me completely by surprise. Fans of the author will enjoy this book but I think new readers might be thrown by the many characters we’re expected to know from previous books and series. I’m fairly sure the book could work as a standalone but I’ve read too many of the author’s books to know this with any certainty. Shannan – ☆☆☆☆ The Silence is the second book in the Columbia River series. You should read book one to completely understand the storyline. Ava and Mason are planning their wedding until a murderer forces them to put their plans on hold. Mason finds out his murder victim is tied to Ava. While they work together, they face many obstacles, both on the job and with family. As always, Kendra Elliot leads you on a suspenseful page-turning journey. The Silence does tie up some lose ends that were hanging from book one, bringing their story to a natural ending. I was intrigued by this read. It had me invested throughout. Reviewers received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    The Silence by Kendra Elliot is the second book in the Columbia River series. Here we are reunited with Ava McLane and Mason Callahan from the Callahan & McLane series (which itself was a spin-off from the Bone Secrets series). One thing I love about Kendra Elliot is how her series are interconnected, so even when a series ends you aren’t necessarily saying goodbye to the characters because they might pop-up in another series - like here in this book, we are not only reunited with Ava and Mason The Silence by Kendra Elliot is the second book in the Columbia River series. Here we are reunited with Ava McLane and Mason Callahan from the Callahan & McLane series (which itself was a spin-off from the Bone Secrets series). One thing I love about Kendra Elliot is how her series are interconnected, so even when a series ends you aren’t necessarily saying goodbye to the characters because they might pop-up in another series - like here in this book, we are not only reunited with Ava and Mason but also with FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick from the Mercy Kilpatrick series (which was a spin-off from the Callahan & McLane series, you see what I mean?). I always find the hardest part about ending a series is saying goodbye to the characters which is why I love and appreciate Kendra’s interconnected worlds. Anyway, on to the story. A man is gruesomely murdered outside Portland, and the blood-spatter evidence found by Detective Mason Callahan is troubling. The murder victim, Ruben Braswell, is found to have been a radical conspiracy theorist. While searching his home rantings against law enforcement are found by investigators and a name is found, Ava McLane fiancee to one Mason Callahan and an FBI agent. It turns out that the vic was Ava’s informant and had good reasons to be paranoid but Ava was dismissive of those rants, until Ruben turns up dead…And then law enforcement officers, responding to a threat found in evidence at Ruben’s house, are attacked. It’s a race against the clock to find out what happened to Ruben and stop the killer before they kill again. Man, this was such an edge-of-your-seat read. Just when you think you’re on your way to figuring out, there’s a twist. The adrenaline starts pumping and you can’t put this book down until you get to the end. There were some really wonderful developments in Mason and Ava’s personal life but a whole lot of drama and some heartache as well, what else can you expect when Jayne is one the scene? But we get a dreamy wedding, so I guess alls well that ends well. And this is probably not the last time we’ll hear about Ava, Mason, and Mercy. I would like to thank Netgalley for an advance copy of The Silence by Kendra Elliot.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kaye

    When readers happen upon a book set in THEIR neighborhood, it can go one of two ways. Maybe they grow even more fond of the book than they might otherwise have been. Or, if the writer doesn't do justice to the setting, nothing can salvage their opinion of the book as a whole. Let me tell you, Kendra Elliot does justice to her settings. The Mercy Kilpatrick series about the "prepper" FBI agent is set in Deschutes County, on the high desert of Central Oregon. I've lived there for five years, and sh When readers happen upon a book set in THEIR neighborhood, it can go one of two ways. Maybe they grow even more fond of the book than they might otherwise have been. Or, if the writer doesn't do justice to the setting, nothing can salvage their opinion of the book as a whole. Let me tell you, Kendra Elliot does justice to her settings. The Mercy Kilpatrick series about the "prepper" FBI agent is set in Deschutes County, on the high desert of Central Oregon. I've lived there for five years, and she nails it. The first book in this series, The Last Sister, was set in Clatsop County, on the northern Oregon coast. I was a reporter there for the daily newspaper in Astoria, and the book made me nostalgic. In this second book in the Columbia River series, a mass shooting takes place overlooking the Clackamas County courthouse, on the banks of the Willamette River, upriver from Portland. Elliot pinpointed the shooter's position, high on the bluffs overlooking the river -- and just blocks from where I was born. So, yes, I enjoy these books. But that wouldn't be the case unless they were well-written, well-plotted, and well-balanced. There is a lot of suspense, a bit of romance (nothing overboard or unrealistic), and plenty of solid friendship and support among law enforcement professionals from various agencies and jurisdictions. Elliot's writing is clean and basic, but I've read enough of her books to predict that you will never come across a poorly-turned phrase that stops you in your tracks and makes you lose the thread of the story (a common occurrence for an avid reader.) In this novel, Ava McClane is an FBI agent working on the aforementioned mass shooting. Her fiance, Mason, is an Oregon State Police detective who is investigating a single murder with connections to the larger crime. There are also complications from their personal lives -- and a wedding to plan. Elliot handles it all deftly. Thanks to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for an advance readers copy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. This is a huge, confusing jigsaw puzzle of a murdery mystery. Kendra Elliott fans will remember Mason and Ava from previous books. Here the state police detective and the FBI agent are thrown into overlapping cases weeks before their wedding. As Mason attempts to solve a homicide, Ava is appointed to the task force for a related mass shooting. This story is complicated, moving quickly between Ava and Mason’s investigations. I r I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. This is a huge, confusing jigsaw puzzle of a murdery mystery. Kendra Elliott fans will remember Mason and Ava from previous books. Here the state police detective and the FBI agent are thrown into overlapping cases weeks before their wedding. As Mason attempts to solve a homicide, Ava is appointed to the task force for a related mass shooting. This story is complicated, moving quickly between Ava and Mason’s investigations. I really like the interplay between the couple and their partners. Many of the characters are familiar from the author’s earlier books and I enjoyed seeing them in a different context.. This story moves quickly and I like the way all the plot threads eventually meet up. I don’t feel like Mason and Ava are quite as developed as some of my favourite Kendra Elliott characters but the storylines involving Ava’s family add depth and complexity to her character. This isn’t necessarily a murder mystery that readers can solve alongside Ava and Mason. I enjoyed following the twists and turns of their investigations but I usually like to be able to put the pieces together for myself. I enjoyed the fast pace of the investigations and I love that there are a couple of revelations that took me completely by surprise. Fans of the author will enjoy this book but I think new readers might be thrown by the many characters we’re expected to know from previous books and series. I’m fairly sure the book could work as a stand alone but I’ve read too many of the author’s books to know this with any certainty.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    The Silence by author Kendra Elliot is another amazing fast-paced suspense thriller and is the second book in the Columbia River series. I have enjoyed reading this series with FBI Agent Ava McLane. Ava's twin sister, Jayne always adds an extra level of interest to the mix. Ava's fiance' Detective Mason Callahan has a new homicide case that is connected to Ava. One of her CI's has been murdered and a document was left indicating a planned courthouse bombing. There is a devastating shooting at th The Silence by author Kendra Elliot is another amazing fast-paced suspense thriller and is the second book in the Columbia River series. I have enjoyed reading this series with FBI Agent Ava McLane. Ava's twin sister, Jayne always adds an extra level of interest to the mix. Ava's fiance' Detective Mason Callahan has a new homicide case that is connected to Ava. One of her CI's has been murdered and a document was left indicating a planned courthouse bombing. There is a devastating shooting at the courthouse which may have targeted Mason! Is there more to the connection between Ava and the CI Reuben Braswell? The levels of suspense mounts as the murder victims increase. I could not stop reading once I started this book. I wanted to know the motives behind the murders. The plot twists as a case of mistaken identity send the whole investigation in a different direction. Not only is Ava dealing with finding Jayne and the death of a family member, but she is also trying to finalize the plans for her wedding to Mason. I really was thrilled to see Mercy Kilpatrick appear in this book. The Mercy Kilpatrick series is one of my favorites! I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. We start with Mason at a pretty gruesome crime scene where an informat of Ava’s has been murdered. A manifesto found at the crime scene leads to a bomb threat which leads to an even more devastating crime. While Mason works on the homicide investigation Ava is assigned to the task force looking into the fallout from the bomb scare. More crimes take place that may or may not be connected to the investigations Ava and Mason ar I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. We start with Mason at a pretty gruesome crime scene where an informat of Ava’s has been murdered. A manifesto found at the crime scene leads to a bomb threat which leads to an even more devastating crime. While Mason works on the homicide investigation Ava is assigned to the task force looking into the fallout from the bomb scare. More crimes take place that may or may not be connected to the investigations Ava and Mason are working on and it was exciting watching it unfold and trying to figure out who did what and how various crimes were connected, if at all. The Silence flowed really well and had a good pace. Not so slow that you get bogged down in details and not so fast that you can’t keep up with the story. During all the crimes solving and action, Mason and Ava are preparing for their upcoming wedding and dealing with the disappearance of Ava’s misbehaving twin sister. This is a really good, easy to read story for those of us that like good crime solving and a little bit of love story mixed together. The action is really good too and as I read I couldn’t help thinking that this would make a great movie or TV series. The Silence gets a solid 4 stars from me.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sara ✨ Next Book Review Blog ✨

    I devoured this audiobook! It has got to be the best Kendra Elliot novel I have read or listened to yet. The Silence sneaks up on you and brings you on this high tension thriller. I started to listen to this and knew I was starting on a second book so I had to go grab the first audiobook. Now you don't have to listen to the first book but it is clear you are missing a previous story because you are. I don't believe the first audiobook is mandatory to understand this story. However, you might jus I devoured this audiobook! It has got to be the best Kendra Elliot novel I have read or listened to yet. The Silence sneaks up on you and brings you on this high tension thriller. I started to listen to this and knew I was starting on a second book so I had to go grab the first audiobook. Now you don't have to listen to the first book but it is clear you are missing a previous story because you are. I don't believe the first audiobook is mandatory to understand this story. However, you might just enjoy it more if you get it from the start. It was nothing compared to The Silence. The Silence made me angry. It made me want to go out and protect those who protect us. Anyways, I won't go off on that certain aspect. As an entire storyline The Silence goes up and down with the action and the story which I believe is necessary. Ava and Mason are the main characters in this book. They made, or Ava made, several appearances in the last book. I truly enjoyed looking a little closer into Ava's story. Her story takes a little spin on a 180 track starting when a previous informant is viciously murdered and he leaves a note that starts an 80-car pile up on that track! Nothing is what it seems and I might have gasped out loud a few times. Real quick let me touch on the narrators. I do love me a good audiobook. Emily Sutton-Smith was just perfection. I really don't think I've listened to an audiobook narrated by Smith that I haven't enjoyed. She doesn't exactly perform the story... its too hard when there are both sexes and several characters. She reads the story but I still felt the emotions and was completely held captivated. Thank you Brilliance Publishing for the complimentary copy of this audiobook with the hope that I would leave an Unbiased Opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that... my opinions. Check out my Blog: Next Book Review Check out my Facebook Page: Next Book Review Facebook

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