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Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Written by Nora Roberts

Narrated by Gary Littman


Northern Lights

Written by Nora Roberts

Narrated by Gary Littman

ratings:
4.5/5 (109 ratings)
Length:
15 hours
Released:
May 16, 2017
ISBN:
9781543612042
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Let #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts fly you into Lunacy, Alaska, and into a colorful, compelling novel about two lonely souls who are searching for love and redemption…

As a Baltimore cop, Nate Burke watched his partner die on the street—and the guilt still haunts him. With nowhere else to go, he accepted the job as Chief of Police in a tiny, remote Alaskan town with the hopes of starting over. Despite the name, Lunacy provides a balm for Nate’s shattered soul—and an unexpected affair with pilot Meg Galloway warms his nights….

But other things in Lunacy are heating up. Nate suspects the killer in an unsolved murder still walks the snowy streets. His investigation will unearth the secrets and suspicions that lurk beneath the placid surface, as well as bring out the big-city survival instincts that made him a cop in the first place. And his discovery will threaten the new life—and the new love—that he has finally found for himself.
Released:
May 16, 2017
ISBN:
9781543612042
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

NORA ROBERTS is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 230 novels, including Legacy, The Awakening, Hideaway, Under Currents, The Chronicles of The One trilogy, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.


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  • (3/5)
    Northern Lights crosses the line of a small town with a big city cop. It presents a storyline that makes you feel the chemistry between the characters. At times it seems to stray from the storyline, and at points switches to the perspective of characters that have minor roles in the book. All in all an interesting book to read.
  • (5/5)
    Fantastic! A mystery with twists and turns and I didn't know who it was until the very last minute. I will have to read it again to see if there were signs that I didn't pick up on. Round that out with strong people doing whatever it takes to survive in Alaska and the love for this story couldn't get much more.
  • (4/5)
    This is one of my favorite Nora Roberts reads. I enjoyed it so much I read it twice, both for the story and to see how she does it.
  • (5/5)
    This book is much like nothing that expected but quite entertaining with the right ups and down.
  • (5/5)
    Excellent thriller. There is some romance, but it is secondary to the mystery and not that important here, IMO. I have about a 65 percent track record with this author in terms of guessing whodunit. Usually when I don’t know, I am completely without an idea at all. This time however, I was SURE I knew, but I was completely wrong. I love that. The mystery was so cleverly done that I felt engaged the entire time.
  • (3/5)
    Good, but sooooo sloooooow. I think it took me about 6 months to finish.
  • (5/5)
    I loved it, like I love every Nora Roberts book!
  • (4/5)
    Great book, kept my attention. Didn’t suspect the guilty character.
  • (3/5)
    I picked up this book only became Reader's Digest had listed it as top 10 beach reads and a sweet team member dutifully picked up the book for me. It was okay read. More of a mystery and some 'romance' thrown it. Didn't like the charcter sketch of leading lady - Very much shallow-cool. From a mystery pov, never made clear the motive for first murder. Writing style and an unusual setting, an Alaskan 'village' makes it engaging read even with 650 pages!
  • (2/5)
    I liked the Alaska setting, and interesting to have the male POV for a change, but I never got very invested in the romance part. and WHY ELSE am I reading it?
  • (3/5)
    So understand this review has nothing to do with the book, which is one of my favorite of her's which is like saying it's my favorite paperclip, there's always another around just like it, but unaccountably not as appealing. No this is public place for me to rant about Lifetime making NR books into TERRIBLE movies. I mean you're Lifetime for cry eye. It's not like you have any other original programming so take some time and do it right, like a miniseries. And get some decent casting too. I'd rather it be unknown actors than LeAnn freaking Rimmes playing an ALASKAN!! Really? Come on. Still heart NR. A girl's got to make her money.
  • (5/5)
    liked this book much more than I thought that I would. I've read many books by Nora Roberts, but this wasn't one that I had thought would interest me.I love the name of the town. Lunacy sounds like such an interesting place, that I'd almost like to travel there just because of this book. I fell in love with Nate right away as the hunky cop with a past. Meg is also a character that I couldn't help but like. She's independent and a little crazy. I liked the way that the author brought these two together. Both of their individual personalities came through and it didn't seem cheesy romance. While part of the plot was a bit predictable, I as the reader didn't have it totally figured out until the end. There were many players in the death of Meg's father but it took a lot of investigation to figure it all out. All the while creating mayhem for Nate and Meg.If you like romancy suspense, you gotta check this out!
  • (5/5)
    This book is a perfect example of why I love Nora Roberts so much. It takes a lot for me to want to move anywhere in the north where winters are long and harsh. Yet, even long after finishing Northern Lights, there is a part of me that really wants to move to Alaska. Her descriptions of its harshness, quirkiness, and more importantly, its beauty, leaves me breathless every time and makes me want to experience it myself, even though I hate winter and snow.Meg is the perfect heroine. She's tough but realistic, driven and yet ordinary. I love how Ms. Roberts creates characters that are normal. They worry about mundane, everyday life as much as we do - from paying the bills to work to family issues. One can easily step into the shoes of one of her characters and not feel out of place in them. In her earlier novels, Ms. Roberts' heroines were fabulously wealthy, impossibly beautiful and people that are more the exception than the norm. I really like the fact that her heroines, including Meg, are much more believable and relatable.I also adore Ms. Roberts' portrayal of men. The dialogue she writes them cracks me up because of the fact that I would expect my brother, my husband, or my closest males friends to say something similar. Nate is no exception in that aspect. I do realize that no female can quite conquer the male mind, and that if a man were to read this book, he would probably scoff at Nate as unrealistic. To me, he's just another enjoyable character.This book definitely kept me turning pages long into the wee hours of the night. The mystery's resolution caught me off-guard, and Meg and Nate's relationship definitely hits all the right notes in the romance category. There is something so believable about these characters that had me caught up in the story line from the very beginning. The Alaskan backdrop is a character on its own. Together, they blend into one fabulous story.
  • (5/5)
    I have always been a fan of Nora Roberts. There is always a tinge of romance in all her mystery-suspense books. The characters portrayed in her books involved strong independent female, unlike the typical romance damsel in distress kind, and matched with an equally strong-minded and appealing looking male, it became a simply un-puttable-down book. I was hooked the moment I read the synopsis of this book. Someone in town has been keeping a nasty secret. A murder was committed 16 years ago, with everyone thinking that the victim (Meg’s father) has slipped away. Who did it? This book kept me guessing right till the end. A very good read and I can’t wait to get my hands on another one of NR books.
  • (4/5)
    Reading a book that takes place in Alaska while on vacation in the Carribean...just the right counterpoint! I felt that the characters were believable and engaging, although slightly stereotypical of 'wacky Alaskans.' The murder plot was well-handled although it is hard to believe the amount of crime happening in a town that small. However, the reasons and resolution explain and justify well. A good book to read on vacation, as it's certainly not terribly challenging.
  • (5/5)
    Another winner! I enjoyed the male point of view in this book and the way the location is a character all on its own. Nora kept me guessing about the bad guy with some convincing red herrings. Unfortunately, the ending seemed a bit manufactured. I didn't understand why the bad guy was so suspicious all of a sudden -- he had no reason to be.
  • (4/5)
    I used to read Nora Roberts a lot but her books have falleninto strict formulas in recent years, way more romance than suspense.This one kind of goes back to her original way of writing. There isstill a couple of romances in it -- there always are -- but these arenot the central aspect of the story this time around. The story flowsin and around them enough to make it seem extremely plausible.The mystery was a pretty good one, played out plausibly, and wrapped upnicely at the end. I figured out whodunit fairly early on, but I stillenjoyed seeing the way the author played it out. Roberts won't beeverybody's cup of tea, but this was an enjoyable read for me.Interesting story, great characterizations, and just all around goodwriting.
  • (4/5)
    Lunacy, Alaska - population 506 - is Nate Burke's last chance. As a Baltimore cop, he had watched his partner die - and the guilt still haunts him. Maybe serving as Chief of Police in this tiny, remote town, where darkness falls by mid-afternoon and temperatures fall to below zero, will bring some kind of solace. It isn't as if he has anywhere else to go. Aside from sorting out a run-in between a couple of motor vehicles and a moose - and pulling apart two brothers fighting over John Wayne's best movie - Nate's first weeks on the job are relatively quiet. But as he wonders whether this was all a big mistake, an unexpected kiss from feisty bush pilot Meg Galloway under the brilliant Northern Lights of the Alaska sky lifts his spirit - and convinces him to stay just a little longer... Born and raised in Lunacy, Meg has learned to be independent. But there's something about Nate's sad eyes that gets under her skin, and warms her frozen heart. However, when two climbers find a corpse on the mountain, Nate discovers that Lunacy isn't quite the sleeply little backwater he imagined... I got the audiobook for this from the library and I've happily been listening to it over the last few weeks. It's been lovely to do a bit of stitching and listen to a book and I hope I can keep up the practice. (Going to finish listening to The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold next, I think. I started it ages ago and kept getting sidetracked from finishing listening to it.)Anyway, what did I think of Northern Lights?I wasn't sure I was going to like it at first. It all seemed rather bleak and dark to begin with, and the narrator kept doing funny voices for the characters than I didn't really like.While I loved Nate straight away, I also wasn't sure about Meg, who wasn't really my favourite kind of character. She was just a little too brash and up-front for me, which I'm sure shows up my own introverted nature more than anything else.But she grew on me a lot as the book progressed, and by the end I was delighted with her and I'm very happy with her happy ending. I just hope she doesn't mess it up. She could, and I think will have to pay attention to keep it.As the book continued, I began to see that the dark feeling was intentional on the part of the author and very brilliantly done. Nate arrives at the end of the world in the middle of winter and a dark depression. What else should the mood of the book been? As the story progresses, Nate begins to climb out of depression and Lunacy begins to climb out of winter. As both these things happens, the tone of the book changes with them until the end, in spring and good health, the tone sparkles like the sun on the snow. Congratulations, Ms Roberts, on an expert piece of writing.I found the spats between Nate and Meg to be kind of fun and a little strange at the same time. Again, this stems from me bringing my own experiences to the story, as we don't have arguments in my own marriage and I would find it very uncomfortable to do so. I can totally see how these work for the book characters and allow them to blow off steam safely and move forward, and once I recognised that, I was okay with them, just aware how different that is to my own experiences. I think they may have resonanted more because I was listening to them rather than reading them as well. Listening to a book can certainly emphasise different aspects of the book than reading it does.I thought the mystery was well done too. Certainly, I was never 100% convinced I had the murderer pegged until right at the end, although it turned out that I was right in my choice.So after an uncertain start, on the part of the reader rather than the author, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Northern Lights. The library has a couple of other Nora Roberts books on audio, and I suspect I'll have to find the time to listen to them too.Northern LightsNora Roberts(audiobook)8/10
  • (4/5)
    Nora Roberts is my guilty pleasure. Northern Lights is a well told mystery that draws the reader in from page one. Beautifully set in Alaska, with rich characters and eyepopping description... and just enough steam to keep the ice melted.