Audie Award Nominee, Romance, 2013
Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever.
Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems. Her own security is supplemented by a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. Unfortunately, that seems to be the quickest way to get attention in a tiny southern town.
The mystery of Abigail Lowery intrigues local police chief Brooks Gleason, on both a personal and a professional level. Her sharp, logical mind, her secretive nature, her unromantic viewpoints leave him fascinated but frustrated. He suspects that Abigail needs protection from something, even if he doesn’t know what - and that her elaborate defenses hide a story that must be revealed.
Accustomed to two-bit troublemakers, Gleason is about to walk into the sights of very powerful and dangerous men. And Abigail Lowery, who has built a life based on security and self-control, is at risk of losing both.
©2012 Nora Roberts (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This book is tremendous. I've said this twice, so take my rating seriously. It is not quite poetic, but every page is worth reading. It is paced well, has all the essential human interactions, has a likable main character who has lots of unlikable characteristics. Yet her whole is hard to let go of. I keep relistening to it to keep her going. This took me through the New Years and I'm happy for that. It is better than the Death series, even though there were many Death Series moments I love, this is superior. I guess I'll have to put Nora Roberts aside for now, but I'm so happy I read this one first.
very interesting story. some sense of how a momentary lapse in judgement can lead to extremely long term results.
Nora Roberts is one of my favorite mystery writers. This story was so well written, so engrossing that I had a hard time letting days go by when I wasn't able to continue listening. I would have given 5 stars except for one problem. Call me old fashioned but I have a real aversion to language so frequently laced with, what I see as, both foul and unnecessary. There are better ways of communicating than a continuous stream of four letter words.
I wish it was possible to require that books have ratings much like rating a movie for the benefit of the viewer. More and more often I find that a book that promise to be a good read, ends up being so full of overly descriptive sex and the use of swear words to express emotion
I - and other readers - have to skip through so much of the narrative
In order to continue the story.
Hoping to be heard
Well worth the read or listen. I used audible and the narration was outstanding! I was engrossed with every moment. This book has it all...action, adventure, romance, humor, drama, and crime. An excellent choice!
Great mystery story-extremely good plot-detail expands the scope ofvthe narrative-keeps you listening-very well read-definitely a favorite for me!
some aspects were hard to believe but in the end I realized why. copyright 2012. lots has changed in the tech world since then. loved the characters and the time taken to expand on them.
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