The riveting new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Liar.
Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father's crimes and made him infamous.
Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she's ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up - especially the determined Xander Keaton.
Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she's always secretly craved. But as she's learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.
©2016 Nora Roberts (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
"[Narrator Shannon] McManus gives a moving performance of Naomi's struggles to overcome her horrific past in a psychological thriller listeners won't want to miss." (AudioFile)
The first half of this book was so good! Really interesting premise. After most of the major plot points have been set up, it just peters out. The characters stop being interesting and become sadly one-dimensional and the story becomes incredibly predictable. The romance tilts into him just telling her what to do most of the time. Even though the stalker storyline does add some spice, it too becomes predictable and by the end, you don't care too much what comes of anyone. The narration was fine at the beginning, but eventually becomes a bit too much - too overdone.
I enjoyed this book, it was a good listen but some things were very typical of Nora. Her endings always seem rushed to me. I see her sitting at her computer just hammering out the last chapter in ten minutes so she can call it done. Other than the rushed ending it was easy to figure who the killer was, which is not very typical but I think this book is more about the main characters life with the killer just added for some extra drama. Overall this book is worth a credit and you'll enjoy the story!
I have enjoyed countless NR books and generally can't wait to listen to the story. And have listen to many several times. The narration made this less enjoyable.
There was no emotion. this book screamed emotion in places. It could have been so much better.
Everything about the book was great! Wish I had another one to read that was as good as this one. I know I will re-read this one. :-)
Her books stand out in audible format. Some authors are readable, but don't "listen" well. Hers do both. Yes, they are "expectable". But, to me, that's comforting. Like the chair that I read them in and the cup of tea by my side. With her I can still live in a world where the good guys love and work and win. Maybe a little too much landscaping and contracting and interior decorating, but, hey, she is writing what she knows and doing it in an entertaining way.
While it took me a couple of listens for me to warm up to this book. I didn't really LOVE it the first time I listened to it but since I usually love Nora I decided to give it another try and then multiple other tries. I like it much better but it is still not my fave. I wish it gave me a bit more at the end.
It was a good story but pretty predictable you knew who the bad guys was pretty easy and I like a little more of a challenge. And the men were all pretty uninteresting. Although I really liked Mason I would love to read his story. The narrator was good.
While her recent books have become formulaic, she stepped up and added some zing to this one. Instead of the quick one chapter prelude, that lays the groundwork for current event, she took three or four chapters in the beginning to thoroughly introduce character and important details.
While I did identify the bad guy when he was originally introduced, she kept me guessing til the last few chapters.
I'm back on board the wAgon!
A grateful reader/listener, and hopeful writer in training.
I couldn't put it down! It is a rich story that could have been torn from the headlines and thrust into the lives of any community. It is inntense and graphic in parts, but not gratuitously so that it doesn't make sense with the story. (i.e. written with care and strong but not just for shock value).
"Great for audio "
Nora Roberts' books are great for audio as they are really character studies with a plot included almost as an added bonus. There can be some level of suspense, as with this novel but it is really about people and their daily lives.
"Worth Listening To"
I haven't read the print version.
I was a bit disappointed in the ending. It was a bit predictable but overall the story was good.
I liked Mason. If there was a follow up book I would like to see his story.
I figured out the monster very early on in the book. To be honest I listened more to see if I was right than because the book grabbed me totally.
"Edge of my seat"
This book kept me on the edge of my seat. When you have a book as intense the narrator can make or break a book this one made the book. If I saw another book by her I would buy it for sure. Brilliantly written and brilliantly told.
"A thriller with some wonderful twists"
I enjoyed the characters in this book and it was a nice departure from the usual Nora Roberts that I have read before
This is a great book, it hooks you from the start. I've already read it twice and now listened to the audio
the narration was good, the story although dark throughout was uplifting and moving. I'd recommend it for any Nora roberts fans
"Sorry Nora, this one isn't good enough..."
...and seven hours too long. And the narrator, no, not a good choice to put it mildly. In short, did Nora really write this book?
"ok but not her best"
Follows the general Nora Roberts formula, but several scenes have been lifted straight out of previous books. Maybe I've got used to the tension and suspense in her J D Robb books, but I found the storyline bland and the passion between the characters lacking.
Narration was not bad, but it was difficult to hear the difference between characters in conversations as her female voices sounded too similar.
Overall ok, but not a patch on her Chesapeake novels or the High Noon era writing.
Back to an old favourite, Nora Roberts!
Quite a creepy beginning for her, more scary details than usual; but then into normal territory. A girl exposes her dad as a serial killer and has to live with the press intrusion all through her childhood. Finally getting some distance from it all, the murders start again, but dad is in jail isn't he?
"Disappointing and predictable"
Not one of her best. The narrators voice has strident edge to it.
The story seemed better than it was. I'm not a trained investigator but the villain was so obvious, I stuck with this waiting for the twist that would prove me wrong. Sorry to say I'm still waiting!
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