Title: Angels Fall
Author: Nora Roberts
Published: 2006, Putnam
Category: Contemporary Romance/Suspense
Every so often, maybe every couple months, I get this overpowering yen to read Nora Roberts. I don't think I've made it through her whole backlist, but I'm well on my way. I don't really know why I like them so much. All her characters are basically the same. It's like in every book that same character is plunked down into a different life and set of circumstances. But they're all generally really cool lives. And I have to respect a woman who has been able churn out, what, three bestsellers a year for the last 25 years or so. She must have one hell of an imagination.
Angels Fall is about Reece Gilmore. She was an up-and-coming chef in Boston when one night armed robbers go on a shooting spree in her restaurant. Reece is the only survivor among all her friends and coworkers. Obviously she's pretty messed up. The experience leaves her paranoid and a bit emotionally unstable. Two years later she arrives in Angels Fall, Wyoming. She starts to settle in, taking a job in the local restaurant and dating a writer named Brody. Then, one day when hiking, she sees through binoculars a man strangle and kill a woman. She reports it to the police, but because of her background, everyone just assumes it was a delusion and nobody believes her. Except for Brody. So she and Brody must find out who did it themselves.
Usually in murder mysteries, I never guess who the bad guy is. And in this one Nora does a pretty good job of casting suspision on all the townspeople. But it actually turned out to be who I thought it was. YAY me. I feel smart.
Anyway, this is classic Nora. I liked it as usual. And maybe that's one of the reasons I enjoy her books so much--you always know what you're going to get.
BTW, I've been thinking of starting to read her J.D. Robb books. Can someone tell me whether I need to start at the beginning of that series? Or can I just pick up any old one?