#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts presents Legacy, a new novel of a mother and a daughter, of ambition and romance, and of a traumatic past reawakened by a terrifying threat…
Adrian Rizzo was seven when she met her father for the first time. That was the day he nearly killed her—before her mother, Lina, stepped in.
Soon after, Adrian was dropped off at her grandparents’ house in Maryland, where she spent a long summer drinking lemonade, playing with dogs, making a new best friend—and developing the stirrings of a crush on her friend’s ten-year-old brother. Lina, meanwhile, traveled the country promoting her fitness brand and turning it into a billion-dollar business. There was no point in dwelling on the past.
A decade later, Adrian has created her own line of yoga and workout videos, following in Lina’s footsteps but intent on maintaining creative control. And she’s just as cool-headed and ambitious as her mother. They aren’t close, but they’re cordial—as long as neither crosses the other.
But while Lina dismisses the death threats that Adrian starts getting as a routine part of her daughter’s growing celebrity, Adrian can’t help but find the vicious rhymes unsettling. Year after year, they keep arriving—the postmarks changing, but the menacing tone the same. They continue after she returns to Maryland and becomes reacquainted with Raylan, her childhood crush, all grown up and as gorgeously green-eyed as ever. Sometimes it even seems like the terrifying messages are indeed routine, like nothing will come of them. Until the murders start, and the escalation begins…
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This thriller has everything we want from Nora Roberts—glamour, romance, and suspense. Life is good for Adrian Rizzo. She’s followed her ambitious mother into a successful career as an online yoga and fitness influencer, she’s got great friends, and she’s enjoying a blossoming romance with her childhood crush. But now that she’s a minor celebrity, she’s attracted the attentions of a stalker who sends her mysterious, unsettling poems. And then people start getting killed. Roberts is a master at building suspense, especially when it comes to shocking revelations and out-of-nowhere twists that make perfect sense once you think about them for a second. Legacy is the kind of book you want to get lost in on a poolside chaise or a lazy evening on a porch swing.
Adrian Rizzo, the protagonist of this melodramatic thriller from bestseller Roberts (Hideaway), first meets her father, Jonathan Bennett, a university professor with a reputation for forcing sex on his students, at age seven when he barges into the Georgetown townhouse where she lives with her nanny, Mimi, and her mother, Lina Rizzo, a fitness expert with a successful business called Yoga Baby. After hitting Mimi, Jon attacks Adrian and Lina. Fighting back, Lina kills Jon by pushing him over a second-floor railing. Though the death is ruled self-defense, Lina, fearing the negative publicity, sends Adrian to her parents in the small town of Traveler's Creek, Md. Meanwhile, Lina's career soars, and Adrian's summer with her loving grandparents is idyllic. Years later, Lina and Adrian, now a teenager, resettle in New York, where Adrian starts her own fitness company. But each February, Adrian receives a creepy poem coinciding with a woman's murder in different parts of the country. Roberts knows how to entertain, but the plot follows formula and the gimmicky killer emerges as a caricature with transparent motives. Established fans will best appreciate this one. \n
Enjoyable characters, and a bit of love. The dramatic violence was predictable, but it was just as I thought it would be in the end. Nice to see strong female characters, I would recommend.
Disappointed with Nora Roberts
Didn’t like all the killings and the brutality involved. Wanted more love scenes. More making love in detail.
Loved the dogs. Loved the town the kids.
I didn’t like the whole fitness empire. It wasn’t as real with a mother daughter duo.
Like the PI. Loved the grandfather. I wasn’t her best work. I’ve enjoyed better.
Way too long…but good story
Typical Nora Roberts. Extended families and lots of drama. Good storyline but way too much excruciating minutiae of daily routines that you must just page through. It finally all came together towards the end. All and all a feel-good read with a happy ending