Spiraled – 4.5 Stars


Kendra Elliot

Release Date: June 2, 2015


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book blurb

FBI Special Agent Ava McLane solves crimes; she doesn’t witness them. When she’s trapped in a mall without her weapon as a shooter picks off victims, she hides with a wounded teen and prays for her survival.

But that’s only the beginning…

An epidemic of mass shootings has swept across Oregon. The young shooters terrify the public, committing random murders before taking their own lives. The task force assembled to solve the case—which includes Ava’s boyfriend, detective Mason Callahan—remains stumped. And on top of this chaos, Ava’s troubled twin sister reappears, throwing Ava’s already-tumultuous life into a tailspin.

An old-fashioned cop with a strong sense of duty, Mason struggles to find the cause of the shootings as workaholic Ava spins ever closer to breaking down. But can one detective save the lives of countless innocents—and prevent the woman he loves from going over the edge?

Vanished (Book 1)


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Bridged (Book 2)


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about the author

Kendra Elliot

kendra elliotKendra Elliot won a 2014 Daphne du Maurier award for best Romantic Suspense for BURIED, which was also an International Thriller Writers’ finalist for Best Paperback Original and a Romantic Times finalist for best Romantic Suspense.

She grew up in the lush Pacific Northwest and still lives there with her husband, three daughters, two cats, and a Pomeranian. She left the dental world after sixteen years to write full time in 2012. She’s always been fascinated with forensics, refuses to eat anything green, and loves a strong Mai Tai on the beach on Kauai.

Visit Kendra at kendraelliot.com.

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my review

4.5 Stars

Holy roller coaster ride!! Spiraled starts with a bang and moves forward with the force of an unleashed bullet.

Ava happens to be an unwilling participant at a mall mass shooting while on vacation.  It sets into motion complete chaos in her life. Not only is she constantly in danger from her job, her mental well-being seems to be in precarious state. She is at her own breaking point with everything – her relationship with her sister, with Mason and with her career.  This book put me through an emotional ringer – I was so freaking concerned for Ava.

Mason is brought in to investigate the multiple mass shootings. The events seem to be linked but the investigaters cannot find out how.  All anyone knows is that no one is safe and the next location could be any where.  Playgrounds.  Malls.  Coffee shops.   As Mason struggles to find the murderer, he agonizes over how to help Ava. He knows that nothing is right in her world and his own insecurities make him wonder if their relationship is over. It’s intense and makes for excellent reading.

I have enjoyed all of the books in the Callahan & McLane series.  Kendra Elliot’s characters are constantly evolving and they continue to get more interesting. I like how the two characters finally draw strength from each other and they’re better because they have one another. I think Spiraled is the best book yet in this series and definitely suggest you check it out.


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