Meg Galloway, born and raised in Lunacy, is used to being alone. She was a young girl when her father disappeared, and she has learned to be independent, flying her small plane, living on the outskirts of town with just her huskies for company. After her New Year's kiss with the chief of police, she allows herself to give in to passion - while remaining determined to keep things as simple as possible. But there's something about Nate's sad eyes that gets under her skin and warms her frozen heart.
And now, things in Lunacy are heating up. Years ago, on one of the majestic mountains shadowing the town, a crime occurred that is unsolved to this day - and Nate suspects that a killer still walks the snowy streets. His investigation will unearth the secrets and suspicions that lurk beneath the placid surface, as well as bring out the big-city survival instincts that made him a cop in the first place. And his discovery will threaten the new life - and the new love - that he has finally found for himself.
©2004 Nora Roberts; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
"[A] richly textured novel that captures the intimacy of smalltown police work, the prickliness of the pioneer spirit and the paradox of a setting at once intimate and expansive." (Publishers Weekly)
"Roberts's latest hit novel could not be performed better." (AudioFile)
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.
Great story with very well written characters and a wonderful discription of the beauty of Alaska. This and Montana Sky are absolutly my favorites!!!
I have owned this book for sometime. I love the author Nora Roberts. Reviews were very good; reportedly first rate narration. I started this book more than 4 times due to the some of the voices given to the some of the characters were just grating to me. I was so hungry for a new story I made up my mind I would get passed this because all these people can't be wrong. Excellent story...I'm not a fan of the setting. I have no wish to be in Alaska so NR storytelling ability was my main draw for this book. It is good, interesting characters. The narrator is very professional and capable but I really didn't like the voices he gave some of the characters. But that is a totally personal thing and I didn't allow it to detract from the book. The main characters have great voices it was the secondary characters. As always the characters and the setting are rich with story. NR is gifted. Worth the credit.
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This is my third Nora Roberts' book and the second of two I got in a two for three audible book sale. When I experienced my first Nora Roberts I really didn't know anything about her as an author. I heard she was a romance writer and some even asked what I was doing reading her? Yes, there is some romance in her books but not really mushy romance. I've found there are good stories to boot. This book was set in Lunacy, Alaska and was a real "whodunit" murder mystery. It kept you guessing right up until the end as to who really did it. I liked hearing about what life in northern Alaska is like for all concerned, where the "Northern Lights" play a big part. I enjoyed this book and I will now state that I'm a fan.
Didn't care at all for those phone calls or radio voices! The narrator voice? Hmm it was nice most of the time, had to have volume very high in moments when he was imitating whispers, otherwise it was just blur.
Did like the book, good story.
Nora is just my fave author. I love most everything she touches. but this one really let me down. I never felt a connection to the characters. I think I could have just not finished it - but I was hopeful it would turn around for me. It didn't! I guess she's allowed one in a few hundred though! I thought the narrator was great! Must be hard for a man to do the female characters. and the love scenes! but he did a superb job.
Just reread. Gets better every time. Feels like a movie. Incredibly vivid characters and town. Felt like I was in Alaska.
Probably not. The story was relatively good, But the narrator's voice was unbearable.
His lady voices are absolutely awful. The best part about romance novels is the push and pull between the main characters, and it's really hard to enjoy it when the female characters voices are so manly.
I really enjoyed this story. Nate is a great character and the performance is excellent. A good mystery that keeps you interested to the end.
"love and intrigue in a cold land"
Another great story from the great Nora Roberts. Murder, mystery and love under the magical northern lights
I bought a hard copy of the book for holiday reading a few years ago and have very much enjoyed listening to it instead this summer on the beach !
Fantastic really enjoyed it the characters were larger than life and a very easy listen
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