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Angels Fall Hardcover – July 11, 2006

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From Publishers Weekly

Roberts's latest novel of romantic suspense is a cunningly calibrated portrait of a young chef's recovery from violent trauma. While driving in the Grand Tetons, displaced Bostonian Reece Gilmore stops in the small town of Angel's Fist, near Jackson Hole, Wyo., and considers the "Cook Wanted" sign in Joanie's, a local diner. Still rattled by a shooting spree at her Boston restaurant that left her wounded and the only survivor among 12 co-workers, Reece is easily spooked, as noted by her plainspoken new boss, Joanie, and the locals who frequent the restaurant. Among them is a wary, unattached mystery novelist, Brody. Indeed, when Reece claims to have witnessed a murder while hiking along Snake River, few except Brody are inclined to believe the skittish new resident: Sheriff Rick Mardson hasn't found any clear evidence of a woman struck down near the river; Doc Wallace is suspicious of Reece's fragile mental state; and Joanie isn't about to cut Reece any slack while running a busy kitchen. Roberts cleverly casts suspicions on the locals while developing the romance between the two feisty protagonists. A slow-burn start combusts in a satisfying denouement; Roberts's legions of fans will be enthralled. (July)
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After suffering a horrific shock, Reece Gilmore is slowly starting to put her life back together. Leaving her home in Boston, Reece travels around the country, but when she arrives in Angel's Fist, Wyoming, her car refuses to go any further. Planning on staying only until she earns enough money to fix her car, Reece takes a job as a cook in the Angel Food Cafe. Then, as she gets to know her new boss, her co-workers, and the other residents of the little town, including Brody, an annoyingly stubborn yet mysteriously sexy writer, she starts to believe that for the first time in a very long time, she may have found a place she might actually want to call home. Reece's hard-won happiness and sense of security is threatened, however, when she becomes not only the sole witness to a murder but also the next target of the killer, who is determined to drive her crazy. Once again, the best-selling, prolific, and endlessly imaginative Roberts deftly imbues a deliciously subtle sense of menace into a chilling and thrilling plot, thus creating yet another of her many irresistible and terrifically satisfying novels of romantic suspense. John Charles
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons (July 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399153721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399153723
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (363 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #887,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kelly VINE VOICE on March 3, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Reece Gilmore was a chef in Boston where she was the only survivor of a brutal slaying at her restaurant. After therapy and hospitalization, Reece takes to the road in search of peace. Still suffering some of the aftereffects of her horrendous attack, she is hoping that Angel's Fist will provider her some relief from the panic attacks and fear that have taken over her life.

She settles into the small town working as a cook in the local diner, but while hiking Reece sees a murder take place. She is certain of what she has seen, and the only one that will believe her is a popular author Brody. Brody believes Reece, but has also been informed of her past. He sees some of her unusual behavior, but sticks with his gut instinct that she is telling the truth.

Not many can describe a setting like NR. I can picture it very clearly when I read her books. Reece is not your typical main character. She has issues and at times is very fragile. I liked the characters, and the secondary characters were also very well done.
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While I enjoyed the book for its setting and atmosphere, the flaws of plot were striking. And, alas, they are carryovers from her other works. Consider the following:

(1) One can flip through the pages of any unread Nora Roberts book and come to the first sizzling sex scene without any difficulty. This scene is exactly the same place, every time--on rails. While I find this concrete formula annoying, apparently it works for most readers. Roberts sells more books than almost anyone and is on Time's list of the 100 most influential people. The somewhat campy descriptions of bedroom bombastics notwithstanding. I just wish she'd vary the placement and the language a little. Make that a whole lot.

(2) The heroine of "Angels Fall" is flummoxed by malicious tricks played on her, often within her apartment over the diner while she is away. These tricks happen over and over again, without anyone setting a simple trap for the perp. Of course, that would make the book a lot shorter. No one even puts scotch tape on the door, flour on the floor, a bear trap, someome to watch the stairs, etc. The characters aren't dumb. The hero is a best selling mystery writer. But no one thinks to take precautions of any sort. In addition, there are just too many of these malicious tricks, presumably to fill out the pages.

(3) Lastly, there oughtta be a law against the villain holding a gun on his victims and explaining in fine detail (several pages) just what he did and how. If I were the villain and had my pursuers in the crosshairs, I'd zap them right now and get the heck out of there. And so would any self-respecting villain with an ounce of sense. This old, stale device should be retired forever.
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Once again, Nora Roberts has penned a mystery about people in a small town living at the foot of spectacular mountains. It's not more of the same, though, because the people of Angel's Fist, Wyoming have a much different flavor than the residents of Lunacy, Alaska, and the places themselves are not much alike.

Reece Gilmore is the sole survivor of a murder spree in a restaurant in Boston, where she had been a chef. After months of therapy and hospitalization, Reece is trying to put herself back together. She's meandering across the country in her old car, stopping from time to time to work long enough to make enough money to move on. Afraid of the dark and obsessive about locking doors, Reece limps into Angel's Fist with her car overheating. Seeing a sign in a diner window, the cordon bleu chef takes a job as a fry cook and, eventually, rents an apartment above the diner and starts settling in. One day while out hiking, she stops to rest in a scenic spot overlooking the Snake River and spies a couple in her binoculars. When their argument erupts into murder, Reece runs down the trail and into Brody, a thriller writer who lives in Angel's Fist. They report the murder and direct the police to the place where it happened, but no trace of an altercation is found.

On the heels of that incident, strange things start to happen in Reece's apartment. Things are put in the wrong place and once she even finds her front door unlocked and open. At first, Reece believes she's having memory lapses, but as the bizarre happenings escalate, she and Brody start to believe the killer is messing with her head. With no victim and no trace of a crime, most of Angel's Fist believes Reece is losing it, but she is convinced that a very real killer is on the loose.
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Reece Gilmore is recovering from post-traumatic stress after being the sole survivor of a bloody shooting spree. Having drifted for about a year, she finally decides to try to make a new life for herself as a cook at a small diner in the town of Angel's Fist. Settling into her new life proves difficult at first, but she quickly endears herself to the locals with her unmatched culinary skill.

Her reticence and paranoia quirk only a few brows until she witnesses a murder for which no evidence can be found. Throughout the town, the only person who believes her is the rugged and reclusive mystery novelist, Brody. For his part, Brody is certain that his interest in Reece comes entirely from her mysterious background, yet finds himself unable to keep from staring at her.

The romance was a slow-starter, yet very believable and ultimately satisfying. Roberts ably portrays a woman still recovering both physically and emotionally. Her courage in rebuilding a life made Reece both an inspiring and sympathetic character.

However it was the mystery aspect of this novel which for me created the greatest delight in reading. Seen through her eyes, Reece's paranoia helped heighten my own suspense.

As far as the writing itself, Nora Roberts once again has proven herself to be a master with words. The locals of Angel's Fist are well-crafted, lending a small-town family reunion feel to the plot, not to mention their own delightful stories.

If you're looking for a thought-provoking mystery that just happens to include a believable romance then I highly recommend this book. I bought it today and couldn't put it down. In fact, I'm already going back to look for the clues I missed the first time through.
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