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.
Published 30th May 2017 by Piatkus (UK)
I’ve only read one Nora Roberts book in the past, though it was years ago I remember enjoying it and so when the chance to read her latest standalone, Come Sundown, came along I jumped at the chance!
Come Sundown is set on the luxurious holiday ranch owned by the Bodine/Longbrow family and is the result of generations of work, by strong women – four generations of which still live and work at the ranch. I loved the strong bond and strength of all these women, and the sense of community instilled by them on the expansive land they own and the many employees they hire. I particularly liked Bodine, who we follow in the modern day chapters. The youngest of the females , she’s taken over the reigns at the helm of the family dynasty and seems so genuine, down to earth and capable. When Callen Skinner, an old friend of her brother turns up, hot sparks begin flying between them and despite the snowy surroundings, this romance is scorching!
But despite the appearance of contentment and happiness at the Bodine Ranch, there’s a darkness overshadowing them all. Bodine’s gran still mourns the disappearance of her youngest daughter Alice, who left under a cloud many years ago and hasn’t been seen since. In alternating chapters, Alice’s past is revealed, and it’s shocking and horrifically brutal. I don’t want to give to much away, but Alice’s sections are truly terrifying, sad as Nora Roberts explores how far the human spirit can be stretched under the most traumatizing cruelty. I’m not sure what exactly I was expecting, but it was far from this harrowing story. I thought these sections in particular were excellent.
Nora Roberts is a phenomenal story teller, and in Come Sundown the family saga is accomplished with almost perfection. With the dark, harrowing and thriller aspect running alongside, this is a book with broad appeal. While I mostly really liked this book, I did feel that sometimes the modern day chapters, particularly at the beginning became bogged down occasionally with irrelevant over detail meaning the speedy pace dropped for a while, however I was glad I stuck with it. If you’re a fan of big family saga types books and psychologically charged thrillers, then Come Sundown offers the perfect combination, ticking all boxes.
(I read an ebook supplied by the publishers and Netgalley)