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.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Nora Roberts wrote an intriguing story with wonderful characters. I wanted to fix the main character, Elizabeth-Abigail, a hot chocolate and give her a hug, but on the otherhand, never get on her bad side. The chief of police, Brooks, was dreamy. Brooks family and the townspeople added warmth and drama to the story. Julia Whelan gave a great performance. She handled the accents well and I thought did a good job with the main character's quirky personality. I give Ms. Whelan five stars as well. I would highly recommend to anyone and to myself for a second listen.
This is my first audionook and I thoroughly enjoyed it, sometimes I was relulctant to get out of the car I was engrossed on the story.
I didnt really have a favourite, I enjoyed listening to the narrator change her voice to depict the characters, If I had to pick it would be Abigail.
the voices, she made them real and believable.
I anticipated the attack on Elizabeth at the safe house and the anticipation was worth it.
I am 46 year old mom of two teenagers and married to a fabulous man for the past 25 years! I love to read for pleasure and enjoy mysteries!
Yes, I would listen again. There is great details describing the characters, the countryside and the story was a class Nora Roberts love story with a strong female lead. I LOVE that.
I did not read the print...but, the listen was wonderful. Perhaps the narrator could have been somewhat better...but, overall, loved every second of it.
It took me a few minutes to get 'hooked'...moved a little slow for me; however, the scene with her friend at the big house...her escape to refuge and the tempo of the story finally pulled me in.
The final 'big scene' with guns, bullets and death!
Her ability to allow herself to become trusting, empathetic and involved in life with people.
FANTASTIC NORA ROBERTS!!! Write another one!
I found this book slow to start and equally quick to end. I do love the settings and real life places Nora Roberts continues to deliver.