Sunday, May 28, 2006

Title: Angels Fall
Author: Nora Roberts
Published: 2006, Putnam
Category: Contemporary Romance/Suspense
Rating: 7/10

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?


Anonymous said...

Read them in order, if for no other reason than you get to watch Eve and Roarke (mmmm, Roarke...) do their little mating dance. Good times.

Jennie said...

Thanks, Jessica. I've heard other people say Roarke was a yummy one. I'll put the first one on my TBR.