Angels Fall

Angels Fall by Nora Roberts

Angels Fall

#1 New York Times-bestselling author Nora Roberts explores the wilds of the Grand Tetons-and the mysteries of love, murder, and madness-in her engrossing and passionate new novel.

Reece Gilmore has come a long way to see the stunning view below her. As the sole survivor of a brutal crime back East, she has been on the run, desperately fighting the nightmares and panic attacks that haunt her. Reece settles in Angel’s Fist, Wyoming-temporarily, at least-and takes a job at a local diner. And now she’s hiked this mountain all by herself. It was glorious, she thought, as she peered through her binoculars at the Snake River churning below.

Then Reece saw the man and woman on the opposite bank. Arguing. Fighting. And suddenly, the man was on top of the woman, his hands around her throat . . .

Enjoying a moment of solitude a bit farther down the trail is a gruff loner named Brody. But by the time Reece reaches him and brings him to the scene, the pair has vanished. When authorities comb the area where she saw the attack, they find nothing. No signs of struggle. No freshly turned earth. Not even a tire track.

And no one in Angel’s Fist seems to believe her. After all, she’s a newcomer in town, with a reputation for being jumpy and jittery-maybe even a little fragile. Maybe it’s time to run again, to move on . . .

Reece Gilmore knows there’s a killer in Angel’s Fist, even if Brody, despite his seeming impatience and desire to keep her at arm’s length, is the only one willing to believe her. When a series of menacing events makes it clear that someone wants her out of the way, Reece must put her trust in Brody-and herself-to find out if there is a killer in Angel’s Fist before it’s too late.

Reese Gilmore is running from her past when her car breaks down in Angels Fall. Reese finds herself short on cash and starts working as a cook in Joanie’s Diner to pay for car parts. But she finds more than just a job as she slowly begins to make friends and even have a chance at romance with the local mystery author, Brody. But Reese’s new start is ruined when she witnesses a murder; a murder that no one believes happened. Reese must find strength in herself as she searches for a killer.

I have read this book multiple times because I like Reese; she is far more damaged than the heroines I typically gravitate towards.  I prefer following the stories of confident, strong, hard-headed women, and Reese is nothing like this at first glance.  I eventually connected with the damaged young woman as she struggles to convince herself, and her new town, that she is not as crazy as everyone thinks.

I consider Angles Fall to be enjoyable because of Roberts’ writing style and how she utilizes Reese’s twisted sanity to tell the story. She’s neurotic but not to the point that I felt annoyed; I found it to be an interesting approach. I also enjoy the supporting characters, especially the no-nonsense, straight forward attitudes of both Brody and Joanie. They provide tough love tactics that allow Reese to stay independent but also ground her.

The mystery may seem simple, especially by serious mystery connoisseurs, but it was entertaining. Roberts’ romance fans may want to steer clear of Angels Fall because the romance between Reece and Brody is sweet and real. It is not the fantastic escape that many search for in romance stories. Angels Fall was about overcoming the mental tortures of the past while searching for the man who killed the mysterious brunette by the river.

I wanted to post the Angels Fall review during May the Month of Mystery, but I discovered a made-for-TV movie of the novel staring Heather Locklear.  I had to watch it and include it in the review!  Now I am a sucker for cheesy TV movies but I have to admit that this one left much to be desired.  My main issue was Heather Locklear as Reese Gilmore.  Now don’t get me wrong, I like Heather Locklear, but she was twice the age as the character was written.  Brody, the love interest, was the proper age and the cougar-esk relationship just made the story feel off.  Plus Locklear’s recent facial surgeries left me completely distracted every time she attempted to speak.  Anyways it was a typical TV movie; not the best quality but it was still fun to watch.  The book is definitely better.

I love the characters of Angel Falls and Nora Roberts did a great job with this novel.  It is the perfect story to read if you want an escape in the mountains of Wyoming.  Let me know what you think of Angels Falls!

Lindsay

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