Nora Roberts' SHELTER IN
PLACE will pull out every emotion inside you and leave you speechless. That
is precisely what happened to me. Very rarely does a book hold me in its spell
like this one did and even fewer keep me reading until 3 a.m.
SHELTER IN PLACE is
divided into three parts with the first taking place 14 years prior with
"Innocence Lost." In this part, we begin with three girlfriends at the mall going
to the movies, though Simone Knox's heart isn't into it as her boyfriend of
seven months had just dumped her. Simone had no idea what true devastation
really meant until that night. Reed Quartermaine worked at the mall, but at the
time was currently trying to get Angie to go on a date with him. He receives a
maybe for the late movie, so he is happy and then it happens. Gunfire, people
screaming, running. Simone in the bathroom hides and calls 911, Reed going back
to work is in the midst of the chaos and finds himself inside of a kiosk with a
lost little boy and calling 911 with Angie's blood on his shoes. Life changes
for so many people in just those few moments.
Part two and three, "Passion and Purpose" shows the survivors moving on and the
happenings of one "survivor" who is not dealing well with what happened and is
making others pay. "Proof of Life" is the explosive finale that will have you in
tears as Simone finds a way to memorialize those who died that fateful night.
After I finished the last line, and in tears I might add, I wondered how I could
possibly write a review that could adequately express what and how I felt
reading SHELTER IN PLACE and still I am not sure there are enough words in the
Few authors can do what Nora Roberts does. She takes a storyline straight from
the news and moves her readers beyond the horror and makes them see what
the devastation of such an event can do to the lives of all involved, how it changes
them, makes them hopefully a better person or draws out the evil that is already
Some of the survivors try to run away, if they don't think about or don't talk
about the actions at the mall, the loss of friends, then the horror will go away.
Simone tried that, as she attempted to move on to do what her parents expected,
doing what she and her two friends, (only one who survived) had planned to do
together, but finally, she had to be true to herself. Reed was drawn to become a
police officer following the massacre and after talking to one of the officers
who had answered the 911 call and followed up on her own time to check on the
Simone and Reed will both find their own SHELTER IN PLACE on an
island that is a 45-minute ferry ride from Portland, Maine, a sleepy little
village that comes to life in the summer when visitors arrive for vacations then
returns to normal in the fall and winter. Simone lives there and is now an
artist of some renown, with her grandmother CiCi, a never aging hippie with a
heart of gold. Reed is appointed the village's new police chief. He is drawn into
his new world and Simone and is totally surprised by that. One other person is
on the way, someone who has been slowly killing off the survivors, especially
those whose names or voices had prominence in the horrific night. That person
tries to kill Reed but he survived, but this killer won't be denied.
Please do not believe that there is no laughter, no humor, no freedom in this
book because anyone who has ever read a Nora Roberts' book knows better.
Simone's grandmother CiCi brings a lot of life back into the people that matter
to her the most, and when she meets Reed, she knows he belongs and works her
magic to see that he and her granddaughter become an item. He is forever telling
Simone that if CiCi ever gave him the nod that she (meaning Simone) was gone.
She, of course, kept him on his toes as she was reluctant to move too quickly,
but move she was willing to do.
SHELTER IN PLACE is a
must read to any Nora Roberts fan but be prepared for the depth of emotion that
will be pulled out of you as you watch the survivors thrive.
The #1 New York Times bestselling author presents a stunning new
novel about an incomprehensible act of violence—and the heroic acts, large and
small, that follow in its wake.
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 the video-game store tended to customers. Then the
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 the emotions of that night into her
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.
Romance Suspense | Thriller
Psychological [St. Martin's Press, On Sale: May
29, 2018, Hardcover / e-Book, ISBN: 9781250161598 / eISBN: 9781250161611]
Roberts will rip your heart out with this one!
a master can take a terrifying act and turn it into a thrilling suspense with a
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