Also by this author: The Liar, The Obsession, Nora Roberts - Key Trilogy: Key of Light, Key of Knowledge, Key of Valor, Time Was (Time and Again: Hornblower-Stone #1), Come Sundown, Year One (Chronicles of The One, #1)
Published by Brilliance Audio, St. Martin's Press on May 29, 2018
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary Women, Romance, Suspense, Thrillers, Family Life
From Nora Roberts, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Year One (December 2017), comes Shelter in Place—a powerful tale of heart, heroism . . . and propulsive suspense.
It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at video game store tended to customers. Then the shooters arrived.
The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. In the years that followed, one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career. Another would close herself off, trying to bury the memory of huddling in a ladies' room, helplessly clutching her cell phone--until she finally found a way to pour her emotions into her art.
But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait--and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.
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Shelter in Place is Nora Roberts latest foray into the world of romantic suspense but it’s so much more than the fictional recounting of a story she plucked from her amazing imagination: it’s a commentary on our times. If you are fortunate enough to have no personal knowledge of the types of events described by the author, then be aware that you are going to be plunged into the realm of a violently crazy character who can’t rest until everyone on her list is taken down. Part one of the book is not for the faint-hearted. There are graphic descriptions of things most of us only hear about on the news. Part two is a look at the aftermath for the survivors, but because the mind of the psychotic never rests, there is a gradual crescendo as we head into part three for the climax. Yes, there is some joy and happiness along the way. Career goals are actualized and families find healing. There is romance and even an adorable dog who is rescued . . . not unlike some of the characters. All the while there is an aura of evil because, as listeners, we know early on none of these people are safe.
January LaVoy turns in a heroic performance considering the emotional nature of the subject matter. She makes the likable characters even more likable and the crazy lady sounds crazy. From frightened children to sexy-sounding police officers, she can do them all!
Nora Roberts has written a book with timely subject matter populated with well-drawn characters. My personal favorites are Police Chief Reed Quartermaine, a survivor who makes it his mission to bring down a psychotic mastermind, and CiCi Lennon who is not just any grandmother. Those of you who remember the ’60’s will love Cici and may even feel nostalgic for that pivotal time of free love and free thinking which Cici defines with great style. The banter between Reed and Cici is priceless. Nora Roberts’ fans will not be disappointed by Shelter in Place. The romance is sweet, the story is heart-wrenching, and the suspense builds to a satisfying climax. By all means, treat yourself to the audio version. It will add a new dimension to the author’s work.
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