Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Review: Come Sundown by Nora Roberts

Title: Come Sundown
Author: Nora Roberts

Read copy: Paperback
Published: June 1, 2017
Publisher: Piatkus
ISBN: 0349410917
ISBN-13: 9780349410913

Bodine Longbow loves to rise with the dawn. As the manager of her family's resort in Western Montana, there just aren't enough hours in the day—for life, for work, for loved ones. She certainly doesn't have time for love, not even in the gorgeous shape of her childhood crush Callen Skinner, all grown up and returned to the ranch. Then again, maybe Callen can change her mind, given time...

But when a young woman's body is discovered on resort land, everything changes. Callen falls under the suspicion of a deputy sheriff with a grudge. And for Bodine's family, the murder is a shocking reminder of an old loss. Twenty-five years ago, Bodine's Aunt Alice vanished, never to be heard of again. Could this new tragedy be connected to Alice's mysterious disappearance? As events take a dramatic and deadly turn, Bodine and Callen must race to uncover the truth—before the sun sets on their future together.

My rating:

I'm out of ideas how to write a quick synopsis of this one (as I usually do), because there didn't appear to be a set arc to this story...Or a set main character or a couple of them.

There were just too many characters (without a main one driving the plot), and too many plot-lines, and sub-plots involving three different couples, a deputy sheriff with a grudge (which had nothing to do with the "main" plot, although the final showdown at least provided a decent action scene), a long-missing woman returning home with her mind and memories fractured, a sadistic man misinterpreting the Bible, and taking what he wants, a obviously younger would-be sadistic man in the making, a ranch, a resort...

There was too much going on at the same time, none of which really exciting and/or interesting. The pace was plodding for more than the first half of the book, and only picking up speed sporadically afterward. Neither of the three couples brought any spark to the "romance" aspect of the story, and most of the characters severely lacked in personality. The damned horse was more interesting than the entire cast of characters combined.

Slow, dull, rehashed (names, setting, some of the circumstances)...Definitely not one of Ms Roberts's best (or better) efforts.


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