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.
The story was very good, but..
I hadn't read any of Nora Roberts books in ab very long time. I don't remember her using vulgar language and sexual situations like there were in this novel. Maybe its because that sort of thing sells these days. I won't be purchasing any of them unless it's her earlier books.
I enjoyed the beginning more than the middle of the book. The reader often made Abigail sound like a robot when she was with her boyfriend. Sometimes it annoyed me and I would have to take a break.
The end was satisfying.
It's probably for those who enjoy formulaic pulp like Nicholas Sparks, James Patterson or Mills & Boon.
Yes. I will never buy anything from this author ever again.
She has a whining teenage voice.
Anger. This book proved to me that mediocrity reigns supreme in so-called bestselling fiction. It honestly felt as if it had been written by a twelve-year-old girl. To call this "broad" is a complimentary understatement; in truth it must appeal to people who can't mange a book of any depth whatsoever.
This is the kind of sophomoric pablum that passes for a bestseller these days? I was taken aback in the first 15 minutes when the author mentions that her teenage character has an IQ of 210. Yes, 210! Albert Einstein was likely in the 180 to 190 range. An IQ of 210 makes this annoying girl one of the smartest people on the planet. It's that kind of lazy approach to basic research that tells you an author is either intellectually challenged herself or too lazy to care. She probably knows her readers won't know any better. Later, the author uses the word "restitution" when the context clearly shows she means "retribution". She does this again when she uses "encompasses" when she means "comprises". Actual malapropisms! The entire book is riddled with painfully weak writing. The author had the gall to use the phrase "bright as diamonds", if you can believe that. I was amazed that people could stand it. If you want beautiful, powerful writing where adults behave and speak like adults, try Tana French or Adrian McKinty.
So, at first I wasnt sure. I wasnt liking the lead female too much, seemed far fetched and unrealistic but I bet people like this do exist. But then it jumps up to an older her which I really like her character development. Anyways, just great book with characters that evolve, change, and grow.
I love reading but love listening even more. I listen while riding in my car, going to sleep at night, working on the computer, or just having a cup of tea.
I hated to hear it end but I loved the story and the way she told the story. I fell in love with Burt. Looking for another Nora Roberts book now. I'm not even waiting on my next credit.
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