'If you're after the perfect pick-me-up, take-me-away-from-the-world read, then she's your woman'
'Nora Roberts is, quite simply, a one-woman phenomenon'
'I love Nora Roberts'
When the shots rang out in the shopping mall, Simone Knox knew what to do. Shelter in place. That's what they taught you to do in the event of a mass shooting. So on that terrible, hot summer day in 2005, Simone was lucky. She escaped death. But she would never be the same again.
More than ten years later, Simone still struggles with grief, trauma and the misplaced guilt of a survivor. She spends much of her time alone on Tranquility Island - a quiet, artistic community off the coast of Maine. But she is transforming - shaping herself the way she shapes her extraordinary and highly prized sculptures. As she heals herself, she opens up to Reed Quartermaine, who survived the shooting himself and has become a detective.
But someone has been watching all the survivors of the DownEast Mall massacre. They have spent years perfecting a plan to finish what was started that day. Now that Reed and Simone have found each other, they are in more danger than they can possibly imagine - from a killer who will not, and cannot stop.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Shelter in Place starts with a horrific event: a mass shooting at a suburban shopping mall. That violence launches a gripping story that weaves together family drama, neighbourhood conflict and steamy romance. Rather than sensationalising this violence, bestselling author Nora Roberts shows how the tragedy ripples through the lives of those who were there. The emotional soul-searching of her vivid characters unfolds via snappy dialogue and frank confessions, creating a world that feels uncomfortably relatable even as we grapple with unimaginable tragedy.
The latest from the prolific Roberts (Irish Thoroughbred) follows the survivors of a mass shooting in Maine as they piece their lives together, only to be targeted three years later by the tragedy's mastermind. After saving a child during a shooting at the DownEast Mall, college kid Reed Quartermaine bonds with the first officer on the scene, Essie McVee, and decides to be a cop. High schooler Simone Knox encounters fame as the first 911 caller and grows up to become a renowned artist who honors the victims by sculpting their likenesses. Three years later, Reed starts to suspect that something's afoot once he notices that people who were present at DownEast that night begin to turn up dead. His fears are confirmed when he is attacked by Patricia Hobart, the younger sister of one of the shooters who was killed. Patricia blames Simone especially for her brother's death, but particularly has it out for Reed now that he's survived her attack. Reed can't keep himself away from the case of the new deaths, even after it's taken over by the FBI and he meets and falls for Simone. Roberts's characters are serviceable, but real draw is the story, which has some welcome red herrings and a page-turning brio that elevates it above the average thriller. 1,000,000-copy announced first printing.
Another best seller
Absolutely loved it. Beautifully written and it just pulls you in. I was in tears at the beginning and at the end.