Author: Nora Roberts
Publisher: St. Martin Press
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Source: Kristin of Kritters Ramblings
Goodreads: A saga of love, family ties, and twisted passions from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Obsession…
The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it’s kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine’s aunt, Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don’t talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she’s dead. But she isn’t. She is not far away, part of a new family, one she never chose—and her mind has been shattered…
When a bartender leaves the resort late one night, and Bo and Cal discover her battered body in the snow, it’s the first sign that danger lurks in the mountains that surround them. The police suspect Cal, but Bo finds herself trusting him—and turning to him as another woman is murdered and the Longbows are stunned by Alice’s sudden reappearance. The twisted story she has to tell about the past—and the threat that follows in her wake—will test the bonds of this strong family, and thrust Bodine into a darkness she could never have imagined.
Ope’s Opinion: This wonderful mystery has a lot of characters. At first it was hard to keep up with everyone. Slowly the major characters became obvious and it was easier to keep track of everyone. There is also some past and present going on, but it is well mark – you know which time period you are reading.
This definitely has it’s romance side. There are several couples falling in love with some detailed descriptions of their physical relationship, but that is not the focus of their whole relationships.
I think my favorite part was all the family relationships and how they all loved and supported each other. It was great to see multiple generations living near each other or together and taking care of each other. That part was heart warming.
Overall, it is a little predictable and thoroughly enjoyable.