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Ten years. Three months. Sixteen days. That was how long it had been since Gabby Kendall had felt safe. As a teenager, she’d witnessed the execution of four members of the Marshall family and been powerless to help. The case had remained unsolved—the killers were still out there. ​ And they knew who Gabby was. Where she lived. Who her friends were. They knew everything abo Ten years. Three months. Sixteen days. That was how long it had been since Gabby Kendall had felt safe. As a teenager, she’d witnessed the execution of four members of the Marshall family and been powerless to help. The case had remained unsolved—the killers were still out there. ​ And they knew who Gabby was. Where she lived. Who her friends were. They knew everything about her. ​ Elliot Marshall, Jr had never intended to take the position with the Finley Creek Texas State Police that his father had once filled. Sitting at the same desk his father had before he’d been killed brought it all rushing back. ​ Not just for Elliot. ​ For Gabby. For Gabby’s new best friend—a woman who’d known his family long ago, too. For the killers. He’d keep his late sister’s best friend out of harm’s way—no matter what the cost. ​ Gabby would gladly take his protection—but what would she do if the price of her safety was the woman who’d become her new best friend? Or Elliot? ​ She couldn’t lose someone she loved like that ever again…


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Ten years. Three months. Sixteen days. That was how long it had been since Gabby Kendall had felt safe. As a teenager, she’d witnessed the execution of four members of the Marshall family and been powerless to help. The case had remained unsolved—the killers were still out there. ​ And they knew who Gabby was. Where she lived. Who her friends were. They knew everything abo Ten years. Three months. Sixteen days. That was how long it had been since Gabby Kendall had felt safe. As a teenager, she’d witnessed the execution of four members of the Marshall family and been powerless to help. The case had remained unsolved—the killers were still out there. ​ And they knew who Gabby was. Where she lived. Who her friends were. They knew everything about her. ​ Elliot Marshall, Jr had never intended to take the position with the Finley Creek Texas State Police that his father had once filled. Sitting at the same desk his father had before he’d been killed brought it all rushing back. ​ Not just for Elliot. ​ For Gabby. For Gabby’s new best friend—a woman who’d known his family long ago, too. For the killers. He’d keep his late sister’s best friend out of harm’s way—no matter what the cost. ​ Gabby would gladly take his protection—but what would she do if the price of her safety was the woman who’d become her new best friend? Or Elliot? ​ She couldn’t lose someone she loved like that ever again…

30 review for Her Best Friend's Keeper

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I received this free e-book from Amazon and I am voluntarily writing a review. First let me say I am a huge fan of Calle J. Brooks, but I do not feel this was one of her better books. I felt the characters were jumbled and I had to keep going back into the book to figure out how they related, the book kept repeating monotonously, and never touched on why the family was murdered in the first place, and left me hanging up in the air at the end. Gabby works at the Texas state police as a forensic c I received this free e-book from Amazon and I am voluntarily writing a review. First let me say I am a huge fan of Calle J. Brooks, but I do not feel this was one of her better books. I felt the characters were jumbled and I had to keep going back into the book to figure out how they related, the book kept repeating monotonously, and never touched on why the family was murdered in the first place, and left me hanging up in the air at the end. Gabby works at the Texas state police as a forensic computer specialist. She witnessed the murder of her best friend and most of the family ten years ago while on her computer video chat and recorded the event. Elliot is the older brother of her deceased friend and has recently been appointed as the Chief of the Texas State police post where Gabby works. He and his younger brother were spared that night because they were not home at the time. recently there have been repeated attempts on Gabby's life.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sparkymom

    Much improved editing. I almost didn't start this series even though I love the characters and stories from the PAVAD series because I had gotten so frustrated with paying for the very poor editing. In the end, I decided to give this series a try, and I'm so glad I did. The editing was light years better. Granted, I still encountered an issue here or there like a missing word, but it was rare and not really distracting. The writing style is very similar to PAVAD, just a different agency (Texas St Much improved editing. I almost didn't start this series even though I love the characters and stories from the PAVAD series because I had gotten so frustrated with paying for the very poor editing. In the end, I decided to give this series a try, and I'm so glad I did. The editing was light years better. Granted, I still encountered an issue here or there like a missing word, but it was rare and not really distracting. The writing style is very similar to PAVAD, just a different agency (Texas State Police). For those who have read PAVAD, you will be happy with the pop ins from some favorite characters. It was just enough to make PAVAD fans happy, but not enough to leave new readers confused. It was a good story, and I am now hooked on the Finley Creek crew.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Judi Easley

    Thoughts: A great beginning to a really good trilogy, which I had to order and read right away. It was all good, except books 2 and 3 need proofreading. The individual and overarching stories were really good. The characters were awesome, handicaps were majors parts and handled well, the violence is scary. But there were times when the proofreading would have fixed things I simply couldn't read. I've heard this about this author's books in other reviews. Thoughts: A great beginning to a really good trilogy, which I had to order and read right away. It was all good, except books 2 and 3 need proofreading. The individual and overarching stories were really good. The characters were awesome, handicaps were majors parts and handled well, the violence is scary. But there were times when the proofreading would have fixed things I simply couldn't read. I've heard this about this author's books in other reviews.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bev Walkling

    This was quite a quick read as it drew me in right away and kept me reading. It is not complete in and of itself but I was intrigued enough to go straight to book 2 in the series once I was done.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    Awesome Fast paced, engaging, enervating, addicting, enjoyable, consuming, captivating, and so much else. Called J Brooks has taken a strong storyline and created a novel one could not put down. Pulling the reader in through her characters, initially, she keeps the reader enthralled through the cold case that has come back to haunt many. And what they find is crushing and surprising. Yet, there is also good. Safety, lost demons, stronger bonds and love. Rating: 4.5

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    A totally engrossing mixture of action and relationship driven romance. I will totally read this again. The story focuses on an extended family and their close friends. Decades ago, Now-Retired Detective Becks was a good cop. Then 10 years ago, one particular group of bad guys killed his best friend, fellow-Detective Marshall, and everyone else in the house... Marshalls wife and children, leaving 2 shattered older boys and lots of grieving friends. Including, most importantly, a little girl who A totally engrossing mixture of action and relationship driven romance. I will totally read this again. The story focuses on an extended family and their close friends. Decades ago, Now-Retired Detective Becks was a good cop. Then 10 years ago, one particular group of bad guys killed his best friend, fellow-Detective Marshall, and everyone else in the house... Marshalls wife and children, leaving 2 shattered older boys and lots of grieving friends. Including, most importantly, a little girl who witnessed (and recorded) the whole attack via webcam. Fast forward. That little girl is now a fully fledged computer genius working with Detective Becks equally genius (autistic) daughter in the PD Computer Forensics Department. And they've been digging into what happened all those years ago. The Marshall brothers are back as well, looking to reopen the investigation into their family's death. Cue the nasty nasty bad guys. Relationship sparks fly. Lots of violence and it turns out, at least one of the bad guys may have only been in it because of blackmail. There are several family's intertwined in this series, you may want to make notes. The author has used the mess of characters in a really good way, and as part of the plot twists. Make sure you read the books in order. This series is a spin-off of the DRAVAD series, and makes references to that story line. Parts of the story gets repeated and re-stated lots of times, and I found myself skimming those. In part, this is probably because of the realistic speech style and thought processes of someone on the Autism Spectrum - but some of it is just bad editing. Similarly, there are places where you don't know who is talking to who; and sentences missing connecting words.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Whispers From

    Ten years ago, Gabby saw her best friend, Sara, and family killed, through a webcam. Sara’s two older brothers weren’t home and that’s the only thing that saved them. The killers were never caught so the case has gone cold. Gabby works in the computer forensics department of the police department along with her best friend Bryanna. Elliot is the new Chief of police and one of Sarah’s brothers. He has never stopped searching for his family’s killers. Gabby and Bryanna have been quietly looking in Ten years ago, Gabby saw her best friend, Sara, and family killed, through a webcam. Sara’s two older brothers weren’t home and that’s the only thing that saved them. The killers were never caught so the case has gone cold. Gabby works in the computer forensics department of the police department along with her best friend Bryanna. Elliot is the new Chief of police and one of Sarah’s brothers. He has never stopped searching for his family’s killers. Gabby and Bryanna have been quietly looking into the murders when Gabby’s apartment is broken into. Elliot takes her home with him ( just to protect her 😉 ) but doesn’t want to let her out of his sight. The closer they get to finding one if the killers, the more dangerous it becomes. Ok the suspense was thrilling and I like a little more romance to my stories, the characters are good. The thing that got to me was the editing, it was horrible. I would have to go back and read certain parts because I had no idea what was being said. There is a cliffhanger. But I honestly couldn’t put it down.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sleepless

    Complex and thrilling plotline, weak writing! The premise of this manscript is quite is imaginative and compelling! I really wanted to like this novel! The writing was very disappointing! The story is ladled out in microscopic doses! A vague sentence here, an unexplained remark there! Piecemeal writing that leaves the reader wondering what happened 10 years ago, how could somebody have been at the murderscene clearly visible but not killed! The backstories are never just explained but hinted abou Complex and thrilling plotline, weak writing! The premise of this manscript is quite is imaginative and compelling! I really wanted to like this novel! The writing was very disappointing! The story is ladled out in microscopic doses! A vague sentence here, an unexplained remark there! Piecemeal writing that leaves the reader wondering what happened 10 years ago, how could somebody have been at the murderscene clearly visible but not killed! The backstories are never just explained but hinted about! A myriad of characters are thrown into the mix without adequate introduction! Characters are mentioned through using a first name, later a last name and the reader wonders who is Lucy, who is Lancour or whomever! The poor editing is embarrassing because some one(s) got paid to actually read and edit and rewrite this material! Then, after wading through an exhausting and convoluted tale the book ends in a cliffhanger! Ugh! If rewritten and well critiqued this could be a terrific story!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Betty Lambert

    Great read. This is about Gabby Kendall who witnessed the murder of her best friend's family right in front of her. Its been 10 years and hasn't been solved. This is number 1 in the trilogy and once I started I had a hard time putting it down. There is so much going on and someone is stalking Gabby. She meets the Sheriff in town, Elliott Marshall. Elliot also lost his family 10 years ago and it also hasn't been solved. The two family murders are intertwined. A lot of background into both familie Great read. This is about Gabby Kendall who witnessed the murder of her best friend's family right in front of her. Its been 10 years and hasn't been solved. This is number 1 in the trilogy and once I started I had a hard time putting it down. There is so much going on and someone is stalking Gabby. She meets the Sheriff in town, Elliott Marshall. Elliot also lost his family 10 years ago and it also hasn't been solved. The two family murders are intertwined. A lot of background into both families and how they were involved with each other. Now the killer or killers are back and they want Gabby. Sheriff Elliot remembers Gabby but Gabby barely remembers Elliott as she was just 12 when it all went down. They are very attracted to each other. Gabby is also a high functioning Autistic who works in the IT department and very very good at her job. The story line just grabs you and you don't want to put it down. Highly recommend.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This was so suspenseful! I loved it! Loved that it tied the two series together. I have always enjoyed when authors write multiple series and tie them all together. I'm really excited to see how this story continues. There are still so many unanswered questions! These characters were amazing! All of them have been threw so much pain, and yet they pushed through it and are the people that they are. I can't wait to get to know them better as the series continues! Definitely recommend this book. Bu This was so suspenseful! I loved it! Loved that it tied the two series together. I have always enjoyed when authors write multiple series and tie them all together. I'm really excited to see how this story continues. There are still so many unanswered questions! These characters were amazing! All of them have been threw so much pain, and yet they pushed through it and are the people that they are. I can't wait to get to know them better as the series continues! Definitely recommend this book. But you'll have to read her PAVAD series first to truly understand some of the characters that show up from St. Luis.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    So intriguing Calle writes stories that draw you into each of the characters. This one deals with a 10 year old murder mystery of a family. Only 2 of the children survived because they weren't home. But Gabby saw it all happen because she was web chatting with her friend in the web and saw it all. Elliot is back in his home town. He and his brother Chance have ghost of their families death to deal with. But each off the characters are strong in their own way with the help of friends. So intriguing Calle writes stories that draw you into each of the characters. This one deals with a 10 year old murder mystery of a family. Only 2 of the children survived because they weren't home. But Gabby saw it all happen because she was web chatting with her friend in the web and saw it all. Elliot is back in his home town. He and his brother Chance have ghost of their families death to deal with. But each off the characters are strong in their own way with the help of friends.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jan Locke

    Five plus stars Romantic suspense and heart pounding action with originality in the wonderful characters! Part of a family was brutally murdered one night and changed the lives of two brothers and close friends forever. Ten years later out of fear of being found out the murderer decides to systematically kill those who could unmask him and his accomplices. That's when the terrors begin and when friends will stop at nothing to keep each other safe. One of the more gripping books I've read in a whi Five plus stars Romantic suspense and heart pounding action with originality in the wonderful characters! Part of a family was brutally murdered one night and changed the lives of two brothers and close friends forever. Ten years later out of fear of being found out the murderer decides to systematically kill those who could unmask him and his accomplices. That's when the terrors begin and when friends will stop at nothing to keep each other safe. One of the more gripping books I've read in a while.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    Gabby and Elliot! Wow, what a book! Another amazing story by Calle Brookes. Elliot is the new Division Chief for Finley Creek and Gabby works in the computer forensics lab. Gabby was once Elliot's sister, Sara's best friend, before her and 3 other members of Elliot's family were murdered. The case has gone cold but now that Elliot is back in his home town a decade later, it appears some are trying to keep him and Gabby from discovering who was responsible for the crime and trying to keep their tr Gabby and Elliot! Wow, what a book! Another amazing story by Calle Brookes. Elliot is the new Division Chief for Finley Creek and Gabby works in the computer forensics lab. Gabby was once Elliot's sister, Sara's best friend, before her and 3 other members of Elliot's family were murdered. The case has gone cold but now that Elliot is back in his home town a decade later, it appears some are trying to keep him and Gabby from discovering who was responsible for the crime and trying to keep their tracks covered. Enjoy:)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Davia

    Fantastic! The plot is so complex it keeps you completely involved and by the end you are thrilled there are more books. You are not ready for the story to be over!!!!! At the same time the Romance has a wonderful conclusion that we will follow forward but one HEA is guarenteed and the beginnings of more have been seeded which I loved. I found this book absolutely fantastic. Wish 6 stars was a choice. Write On Calle. Bravo!! Davia

  15. 4 out of 5

    CJ

    Wow, what a great book. I love that it is so closely attached to the PAVAD series and that secondary characters are getting their own series of books. This one is wonderfully full of mystery, tension and family. Gabby and Elliot are wonderful together. I can't wait to see how the mystery is finally solved. Wow, what a great book. I love that it is so closely attached to the PAVAD series and that secondary characters are getting their own series of books. This one is wonderfully full of mystery, tension and family. Gabby and Elliot are wonderful together. I can't wait to see how the mystery is finally solved.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ann Morrill

    Illogical to the point of nonsensical I had to force myself to finish this one dimensional bit of nonsense. Little explanation of the cold case and a weak reason for the need to get rid of Gabby beyond the fact she's the most irritating character in the book -at one stage I found myself urging on the killer to get it right this time. I won't bother with this author again Illogical to the point of nonsensical I had to force myself to finish this one dimensional bit of nonsense. Little explanation of the cold case and a weak reason for the need to get rid of Gabby beyond the fact she's the most irritating character in the book -at one stage I found myself urging on the killer to get it right this time. I won't bother with this author again

  17. 4 out of 5

    A_Friend

    Her Best Friends Keeper... Awesome read! Awesome characters and storyline. Could not put down until finished. A murder from 10 years had never been solved but unknowingly it was taped by a young friend. Just have to read to get the whole details!! Definitely a recommend must read!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Charic Daniels

    Hard to get past TSP I’m from Texas and was confused by the use of Texas State Police. Why not use the Texas Rangers or make up a group? It was hard for me to get past this reference to a long-defunct group. Plus I wish this had been a stand alone book that resolved the main issue. I was disappointed.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Do not put this book down!! Law enforcement/computer forensics. Three girlfriends are looking into the murders of another friend and her entire family except two older brothers not there at time (ten years before) By computer technology. The new chief of Texas State Police is the older brother of the slain girl. Three ++ protagonists out to get all of them ten years later.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gayla Carter

    First in a series Good story of a young girl who saw too much. Someone wants her dead because of it. This book needs a better editor. Thoughts and actions didn't always match. They would be sitting then standing in the same paragraph. Not cohesive. Hate it when you have to get the next book to see what happens! First in a series Good story of a young girl who saw too much. Someone wants her dead because of it. This book needs a better editor. Thoughts and actions didn't always match. They would be sitting then standing in the same paragraph. Not cohesive. Hate it when you have to get the next book to see what happens!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mrs P Lloyd Jones

    An excellent thriller A real page turner! Once started I could not put it down. Plenty of twists and turns with a background of romance. Only downside is having to purchase more books to get the ending. Would have made an excellent stand alone novel.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Regina A Fontaine

    Fast paced read..... Liked this fast paced read, the characters are all too real and complement each other. Just beware the crime is not fully solved at the end of this book hence book two....

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Not a bad story. Don't like that I have to read the rest of the series to find out what's going on. I liked the main characters, but it felt like too many supporting characters were introduced. I'm sure the plan was to do stories for some of them. Not a bad story. Don't like that I have to read the rest of the series to find out what's going on. I liked the main characters, but it felt like too many supporting characters were introduced. I'm sure the plan was to do stories for some of them.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Patsy Fox

    I liked the story it was going well until not even half way in one of the killers was revealed. At the end of the book I still didn't know why the murders took place and who the rest of the murders were. Don't know if I miss something or it was just a cliffhanger. I liked the story it was going well until not even half way in one of the killers was revealed. At the end of the book I still didn't know why the murders took place and who the rest of the murders were. Don't know if I miss something or it was just a cliffhanger.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Perkins

    I found so many errors in this book that a proofreader or copy editor should have been able to get this book out in a better format. I am giving it a 3 star only because it could have been a great story. I won't be able to read any of her other books. Sorry just saying. I found so many errors in this book that a proofreader or copy editor should have been able to get this book out in a better format. I am giving it a 3 star only because it could have been a great story. I won't be able to read any of her other books. Sorry just saying.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Barbara R. Cady

    Action packed hotness!! I haven't read a book by this author yet that wasn't excellent! Jam packed with action, twists and turns and lots of "personal interactions" . Well written and a great story....can't wait to read the next book. Action packed hotness!! I haven't read a book by this author yet that wasn't excellent! Jam packed with action, twists and turns and lots of "personal interactions" . Well written and a great story....can't wait to read the next book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Leenkie

    Good enough story that I wanted to find out what happened. I like Gabby and Elliot but their story overlaps Brynna's story and it felt weird not knowing what was going on there. I also found loads of errors and I lost track of who was related to who. I did enjoy the overall story though. Good enough story that I wanted to find out what happened. I like Gabby and Elliot but their story overlaps Brynna's story and it felt weird not knowing what was going on there. I also found loads of errors and I lost track of who was related to who. I did enjoy the overall story though.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    So disappointed in this book . It made no sense because you still don't know why the murders were committed and whose responsible . The repetitive dialog drove me crazy that I'm sure I won't be read the next book in the series . Sorry So disappointed in this book . It made no sense because you still don't know why the murders were committed and whose responsible . The repetitive dialog drove me crazy that I'm sure I won't be read the next book in the series . Sorry

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Carol

    An Emotional Romantic Story... Two families forever wound together. Ten years and counting after multiple murders aren't enough to break that bond. Ms. Brookes is a new author for me. Thrilled that I found her. Now on to the second book in this series. An Emotional Romantic Story... Two families forever wound together. Ten years and counting after multiple murders aren't enough to break that bond. Ms. Brookes is a new author for me. Thrilled that I found her. Now on to the second book in this series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mary Aquino

    Suspenseful The story of the Marshall family murder is a huge page turner. I came out of this book caring more about solving the 10 year old crime than the romance aspect of the story. I got lost multiple times as the chapters jumped from character to character occasionally.

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