Avid reader and listener. Especially (but not just) urban fantasy and romance
I'm happy to report that I've finally joined the throngs of Norah Robert fans. Ok, I'm still not an avid fan, but I did like the book, and that's good enough for me.
After decades of feeling like a pariah and thinking: Is this it?, this novel finally made me think: Ok, I think I get it. Kinda.
Certainly a good listen. Well. Let's get to it, shall we?
So, this guy, Nate, an ex cop, is pretty depressed after an incident in which his partner got killed. So he quits his job and moves to Alaska. ...Ok.
So he gets there and becomes chief of police in this town called Lunacy. (Lunacy, get it? The townspeople are pretty weird and they are called Lunatics. Mrs Roberts seems to have an excellent although not very subtle sense of humor. It's funny, though, isn't it? Lunatics? LOL).
Nate meets and falls in love with this awesome bush pilot woman Meg. Then a body is discovered on a mountain. The rest of the plot circles around this murder. Who'd done it?! :-O
The excitement in this books comes mainly from the murder, and the search for the killer. The love between Meg and Nate seems almost placid. Maybe I'm getting mellow in my old age, but I liked that. Nice, kinda calm love. No real drama there.
While on the one hand, the pace seemed slow and nothing much happened with regards to Meg and Nate, on the other hand, the abundance of Lunatic (lol) characters made me feel as if a lot was going on in the overall story. I need to confess, though that most of the characters (including the main characters) seemed a bit 'flat' to me. Take Nate for example, although he was supposed to be tormented, I wasn't really convinced. The scenes in which his depression was discussed, seemed spaced out and didn't seem to tie into the whole.
All in all, I liked the book. It wasn't spectacular, but certainly a solid suspense/ romance novel. If you're looking for a novel with a romance/ murder plot. This one's as good as any and better than quite a few. Nice descriptions of the surroundings are included. I would say the romance aspect was pleasantly there, but the murder investigative side of it was more prevalent.
The narrator has a very nice voice, by the way. My only problem, and that's one of my pet peeves, so please indulge me, is that male narrators sometimes tend to 'overdo' female voices or intonations. I found that mr. Littman's (narrator) rendition of Meg (and of her mother) sometimes tended a bit towards a caricaturization.
Although romance novels are not my thing, having seen such strong reviews for Nora Roberts as a writer, I decided to give this very highly rated, stand-alone mystery-thriller a try. I found it extremely tedious. Although the writing is good, her character and location development took forever, and I was 3 hours into listening before the mystery presented itself. After listening to half the book, I give up. There are no original ideas or interesting insights to be found here. Whether her descriptions of Alaska and the people who move there are typical, I can't say, but the plot just drags on and on. Maybe condensed into about half the length, it could be a good read but I just don't care. I am not one who is offended either by strong language or by explicit descriptions of sex, but the characters and descriptions seem so hackneyed.
Without revealing any spoilers, I can share that the heroine is a strong, self-assured, independent women, only a bit too perfect. Perfectly rational and truthful with a perfectly sculptured, sexy body, easily aroused yet always under control. The hero is the consummate police detective but emotionally scarred and needy, suffering from depression but unwilling to take any meds because he can't think or work under their influence. He's unsure of himself one minute but the perfect lover the next. He doesn't miss a detail even though some days he can barely drag himself out of bed. I know a person can harbor many self-contradictions, but somehow this guy never became believable.
I can pretty much see how the rest of the book will develop and how things will turn out, but I just don't care about these people or the solution to the mystery. I guessed who the bad guy was, and I looked online at a spoiler review to check that I was right.
The narrator does a good job with the material and characters, although I couldn't stand the voice he used for the woman who was the town mayor.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
This was my first Nora Roberts book and I enjoyed listening to the end. I found the end of the book a bit predicable but the narrator made up for that. Overall I would recommend this book.
Have a Boomerang Millenial Daughter. We like her, she likes us so, nice to have her back. Both my Husband and I are Proud USN Veterans.
It could have been shorter but I still enjoyed it. Characters were likable, a bit long winded. Narrator did a fine job.
Good story narration loses points because his female voices were lame. Story was engaging, it was more murder mystery than romance.
This story demonstrates the tenacity that our first responders have engrained in their hearts. I realize this is a fictional story, but Nora Roberts got it right about our Nations's Police Officers.