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A good read
on 28 August 2017
I feel a little torn only scoring this a 3 star and I'll explain why, the best I can!
The story in short - super intelligent Elizabeth witnesses a Russian Mafia murder at the age of 17. She gets put into witness protection which doesn't quite go according to plan. In her late 20s she finds herself trying to live a normal life as Abigail, in a small town with a bunch of nosey neighbours. One in particular is the chief of police, Brookes. Their relationship grows stronger and she realises she has to face her past in order to live her future.
This is my first Nora Roberts book. I'd heard she writes about cracking romances so as a lover of a good romance, I had great expectations for romance - and to be fair, I got it. But the romance was a little but clumsy and awkward.
Elizabeth/ Abigail is, as I mentioned, super intelligent and socially, she comes across as a misfit. So her unlikely and relatively unexpected pairing with Julie (an old high school friend) is hard to work with. Similarly, her relationship with Brookes comes on a bit sudden for someone who a) isn't great in relationships and b) is trying to keep a low profile.
Her witnessing of a multiple murder is clearly key to the whole story, but it felt a little hurried, and pretty much ignored between the age of 17 and 29. There's very little to help build the gap of 12 years. I felt I wanted to know more about her; about how she's put her intelligence to good use, about how hard her life might have been in those 12 years. I wanted to know more about her dog, Bert. I wanted to know more about how much the Russians has tried to look for her and any near misses. Additionally, there is no real description of how she looks in her 20s (or it was fairly short and I missed it!) and I missed having that picture in my mind of her. I struggled to like her very much and I wasn't much of a fan of Brookes either. I thought he had quite the ego and she absolutely did not, and I couldnt piece in my mind how they would get together quite so quickly. I couldn't empathise with them much, and couldn't be happy for her when Elizabeth/ Abigail was happy, yet I really wanted to be. I think my favourite character was Bert the dog!
The ending sadly for me was the biggest disappointment. I felt the last couple of chapters were very rushed and lacked the depth some of the rest of the book gave. It just...ended.
Don't get me wrong, I liked the story overall and I enjoyed it mostly. I just couldn't quite love it. I'd be tempted to read another Nora Roberts book though as I do like her style of story telling.