Shelter in place

Nora Roberts

Book - 2018

Sometimes, there is nowhere safe to hide. It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at the video-game store tending to customers. Then the shooters arrived. The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. In the years that... followed, one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career. Another would close herself off, trying to bury the memory of huddling in a ladies' room, hopelessly clutching her cell phone--until she finally found a way to pour her emotions into her art. But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait--and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

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Genres
Romantic suspense
Psychological fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
Published
New York : St. Martin's Press 2018.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
438 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781250161598
1250161592
Main Author
Nora Roberts (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

The press would later dub the tragedy the DownEast Mall Massacre, but for the survivors, it was eight minutes of pure hell. Three teenagers brandishing guns opened fire on visitors at a mall just outside of Portland, Maine. Before the gunmen were dead, they managed to murder more than 30 people and injured more than 80 others. Among those who survived were teenagers Simone Knox and Reed Quartermaine. Years later as Simone and Reed struggle to put the past behind them and build new lives, they have no idea that a deadly threat from their past is about to make a very unwelcome return. Roberts' latest polished novel delivers all the literary touchstones her fans have come to expect, including high-stakes suspense, a generous dollop of romance, a thoughtful exploration of the strong bonds of family and friendship that women create for themselves, and, of course, some HGTV fixer-upper moments. As a significant bonus, the book's chilling, brutal opening scenes should be required reading for any politician waffling on the issue of gun control. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: With a million-copy laydown and an extensive promotional campaign, the Queen of Romance's latest will be on every reader's radar. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Multiple award winner Roberts's (Year One; Come Sundown) latest stand-alone novel begins with a literal bang as a typical evening in a Maine mall is shattered by a deadly, well-planned shooting. The body count is high and some of the survivors, including college student Reed Quartermaine and 16-year-old Simone Knox, are lauded as heroes for their actions. The guilt and grief they suffer send Simone and Reed off into unexpected yet ultimately rewarding directions: Simone turns her pain into art, and Reed becomes a police officer. The cinematic, big-screen action of the opening smoothly transitions into the intimacy of the survivors doing the hard work of becoming functioning humans, supported by well-conceived secondary characters. When Simone and Reed meet, their attraction is instant and they begin to forge a new life together. But after survivors of the DownEast Mall massacre start turning up dead, Reed begins to suspect someone with close ties to the killers is behind the murders. VERDICT Roberts lets the sharply outlined characters, including an unusual villain, take center stage in another tautly plotted page-turner that suspense and thriller readers will love.—Charli Osborne, Oak Park P. L., MI Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The latest from the prolific Roberts (Irish Thoroughbred) follows the survivors of a mass shooting in Maine as they piece their lives together, only to be targeted three years later by the tragedy's mastermind. After saving a child during a shooting at the DownEast Mall, college kid Reed Quartermaine bonds with the first officer on the scene, Essie McVee, and decides to be a cop. High schooler Simone Knox encounters fame as the first 911 caller and grows up to become a renowned artist who honors the victims by sculpting their likenesses. Three years later, Reed starts to suspect that something's afoot once he notices that people who were present at DownEast that night begin to turn up dead. His fears are confirmed when he is attacked by Patricia Hobart, the younger sister of one of the shooters who was killed. Patricia blames Simone especially for her brother's death, but particularly has it out for Reed now that he's survived her attack. Reed can't keep himself away from the case of the new deaths, even after it's taken over by the FBI and he meets and falls for Simone. Roberts's characters are serviceable, but real draw is the story, which has some welcome red herrings and a page-turning brio that elevates it above the average thriller. 1,000,000-copy announced first printing.(May) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A group of survivors navigate trauma and recovery challenges in the aftermath of a mass shooting at a movie theater, an event that inspires a career in law enforcement, triggers devastating PTSD and gives way to an escaped killer's plot to orchestrate an event with an even higher death toll. By the best-selling author of Whiskey Beach.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

After surviving a mass shooting at a movie theater a group of survivors navigate trauma and recovery.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From Nora Roberts comes the #1 New York Times bestseller Shelter in Place (June 2018)—a powerful tale of heart, heroism...and propulsive suspense.It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at the video-game store tended to customers. Then the shooters arrived.The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. In the years that followed, one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career. Another would close herself off, trying to bury the memory of huddling in a ladies' room, hopelessly clutching her cell phone--until she finally found a way to pour her emotions into her art.But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait--and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.