I would definitely recommend this to a friend. I loved the characters and the writing was superb. Although I picked this up thinking it was a mystery/suspense novel, it was absolutely a romance with suspense on the side. Still, I really enjoyed the book. Although I rarely watch it, the leading character Elizabeth reminds me a lot of the female lead in the TV show "Bones"--highly intelligent, yet awkward in social situations. Not my favorite character but I loved the male lead character, Brooks, so much that I just might have to re-read this one--and I am NOT a re-reader.
I loved the writing. The characters were really well defined and there was humor sprinkled throughout the story. I really liked how the author used the characters' own speech, like the various southern idioms coming from the locals in Bickford, to develop the characters throughout the story.
The narrator did a great job with the voices, by the way. A bad narrator can ruin a perfectly good audiobook, and this one did a great job with all the southern accents--even if they aren't Ozark mountains accents. :)
I couldn't pick a favorite scene, however, I did enjoy Abigail's first few encounters with Brooks.
No. This wasn't a tear-jerker, thank goodness.
Read it--you won't regret it!
Completely rewritten story after safe house
Kept me listening when I would have quit reading much sooner
Yes, definitely! The wonderful narrator made the book!!
When she went undercover and began her new life.
The main character.
For this particular book, the narrator sold this listener! Hope to listen to more of her! I am spoiled now!!
Wonderful book and story line. Was a very exciting read and kept me coming back for more.
I seldom take time to write reviews (will have to work on that) but this book was so good and so entertaining I had to put in my two cents. I have put this book into my top 5 listens from Audible, and I have listened to literally hundreds of books over the years. Seldom do I listen to a book that doesn't follow the same'ole outline of how events unfold. You may not be sure of what is going to happen, but you know how it's going to happen, if you know what I mean. However, Nora came up with a unique outline and a unique heroine in Elizabeth/Abigail. I agree that her personality was a lot like that of Temprance Brennan on the hit series Bones which made Liz/Abigail funny and intelligent beyond her years. I was hooked within the first 10 minutes (a must for a good book, I feel) and the rest of the book flew by so quickly I was sorry to see it end (another important quality in my book, no pun intended!). The story was also unique (not the run of the mill who done-it or serial killer genre) with likeable characters (loved the dog Bert!!) and a very satisfying ending (also a must for me). I would recommend this book to everyone. You will not be sorry you spent the credit on this one!!
The reader was so good that each character lived as an individual voice, and her own voice disappeared. The complexity of the story held my interest from beginning to end. Each character was well developed, complex, and believable.
The "surprise" toward the end when an unexpected twist shocked, but then made perfect sense in the context of the story.
I liked Brooks a lot. I think I would have liked him if I had read the book on paper, but the way the reader presented him made him much more attractive. Abigail seemed a bit unbelievable at first, but the more you learned about her, the more the character as presented made sense. I also liked Sunshine.
Parts of it brought a tear to my eye, but I think my "extreme reaction" was to listen to it again immediately after I finished it. I found a lot of details the second time that I missed the first time, and knowing what would happen in the end actually made it more interesting.
Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors, but I think this book stands above many of her others because of the detail and complexity of the story and the excellent character development. I am already planning to listen to this one again in a year or so.
A strong woman and a strong man
Yes, I figured the Chief would blow it in the beginning but his understanding was outstanding.
Definitely felt an affinity to the TV show BONES. I would laugh outloud many times. Best Nora Roberts books to date.
The strong Southern male character.
No other book but definitely would appeal to fans of the TV series Bones.
There are many. The steamy scenes, the ones where Brooks gets angry.
I chose this book by accident. I was looking for something other than the business books that I usually listen to. My brain need a break. I have some Abagail tendencies. I thought it was more of a thriller and was shocked to find out that non-romantic me had downloaded a romance novel.
However, this is not the sappy romance that you might first think of. I'm a Southern woman and love a strong very masculine Southern male character. He's no dumb clod as we Southerners are so often stereotyped just a guy who loves a girl. I wish the performer was a guy with a real accent but understand that the story is written mostly from a female point of view - Brooks' way of looking at things "point of view".
Strangely enough I have listened to middle portion of the book multiple times. I love the courtship and Brooks' appreciation for a strong smart woman.
Mystery & romance combined! I don't usually read romances but this was awesome.