Author: Nora Roberts
438 pages, published May 29, 2018
St Martin's Press
Sometimes, there is nowhere safe to hide.
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 shooters arrived.
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, hopelessly clutching her cell phone--until she finally found a way to pour her emotions into her art.
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.
Wow, what a book! I've read a lot of Nora Roberts' books, but only her romance series--the Bridal Quartet, Inn Boonsboro, etc. This is my first read of hers in this genre and it was fantastic! This one is a mix of romance, mystery, suspense, thriller, psychological thriller...all rolled into one. Admittedly, if I would've know how much gun violence (beyond the initial incident outlined in the blurb) I probably wouldn't have read it, but I'm so glad I did! The story was well written and engaging, the characters were fantastic, and I was totally engaged in the story up until the very end.
I listened to this one on audio and it was a tough one to listen to at times, especially at the beginning, but was so relevant to the world we live in today. The story kept me guessing all the way to the end, and the ending was perfect. Let's talk about the characters--Reed Quartermaine was DREAMY. I think he's my favorite male main character in all the Nora Roberts books I've read. I also loved Simone and CiCi. I got so attached to these characters and alternately didn't want to finish the book and leave the characters but was desperate to finish the book to know what happened to them. Overall, I loved this book! It is a bit disturbing at parts (several parts) but is a great read!