Set in snowy, western Montana, this new thriller from Nora Roberts really made for great, cosy winter reading.
Bodine Longbow, who runs the family’s ranch and retreat, comes back into contact with her childhood crush Callen Skinner. Callen has returned from Los Angeles to set up a more permanent home base. Their relationship develops against a backdrop of a large, close family the ranch, retreat and beautiful surrounding hills and trails.
One family member is absent however. Bodine’s Aunt Alice, who disappeared years earlier. The family had assumed she’d just run off, but she makes a startling reappearance after two murders take place.
I think because I’ve been listening to so many murder and crime podcasts at the moment, that this really hit the spot. It was a thriller that built slowly, and had me at times on the edge of my seat. Super creepy, with a nasty villain to boo and hiss at.
I think that I got so caught up in the crime aspect, that the relationship between Callen and Bodine took a back seat. This was definitely one of Robert’s ensemble cast books, with lots of well fleshed out secondary characters and that whole close family vibe going on. I think enjoyment wise, I preferred her last thriller, The Obsession, a little more than this one. Maybe it was just a little too much going on, and think I prefer something a little more stripped back in secondary characters and plots.
However, it was a solid read and I spent it tucked up in front of the fire and well engaged.