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Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts

Shelter in Place

by Nora Roberts

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Very fun book. Glad the ending was dragged out. ( )
  gail616 | Feb 19, 2019 |
On July 22, 2005, many lives were changed forever in Rockport Maine, a town not far from Portland. Three teenage boys, JJ Hobart, Kent Whitehall, and Devon Paulson went on a shooting spree at the local mall. JJ took the theater and the other two started in the mall proper. They were to meet inside the mall, but Simone Knox had seen someone covered in blood come out of the theater she was about to go back into after having gone to the bathroom. She immediately called 911 and they told her to go back to the bathroom and hide, which saved her life. By calling the police she saved lives and ended the life of JJ because the police arrived quickly and officer Essie McVee shot him down.

But still, around 96 people died, including her best friend Tish and her other best friend Mi-Hi Jung was put in the hospital in critical condition, but pulled through. Others weren't so lucky. Reed Quartermain had been going to ask Angie out on a date and she died while he survived and managed to save a four-year-old boy. His best friend Chaz hides some people in the shop he works at in the back.

Time passes and Simone decides to go to Columbia in order to be near Mi who chooses that college because it's in New York City which is where Tish planned on going to after high school in order to pursue her dream of being an actress. Mi dreams of being a scientist, but Simone doesn't know what she wants to do with her life. She really just doesn't want to think about much of anything, especially that night. Her grandmother Ci-Ci is a famous artist and believes that Simone has an artistic bent but doesn't want to push her in any direction. Simone's parents want her to be a lawyer and marry well. Finally, Simone must choose what she wants to do with her life.

Reed knows what he wants to do with his life. He wants to be a cop. He goes to the Academy after college and joins the force that Essie McVee is on in Rockport and the two deepen their friendship. McVee finds love with a professor and marries. Reed dates, but doesn't find anyone in particular to love or that one house he's been looking for to own that is calling to him, so he stays inside his ratty apartment. Meanwhile, he and Essie get notified when one of the victims of the massacre die and Reed is beginning to notice a pattern with the deaths even though some are accidents some are suicides, some are murders.

It turns out that the real brains behind the massacre was Patricia, JJ's younger sister. She manipulated the three boys into doing what she wanted them to do. She planned the event for Christmas time so there would be maximum damage, though. They jumped the gun and got killed in the process. Patricia plans on getting revenge for her brother's death by killing the survivors. She'll start off by killing just three a year so no suspicion will fall on her endeavors. She's saving McVee and Simone for last.

This is an amazing book and quite a departure for Roberts. There's a touch of romance, but it's certainly not the main component. Not by a long shot. It examines the lives of people touched by tragedy who try to move on with their lives in the best way they know how. And how the one person who orchestrated it goes after the remainders in honor of the brother she loved so deeply. As you read, the survivors pull their lives back together and make successes of themselves while Patricia slowly falls apart and devolves into a horrific monster. This is one of Roberts best works. I give it a strong five out of five stars.

Bloggers Note* Roberts set this book in Stephen King country and gave it a King touch with a psychopath on a rampage. CiCi claims to be psychic. And there's an Overlook hotel. No idea of what happens inside this hotel, though. In the book she wrote before this one, Year One, it has been compared to King's Stand. Is she further exploring King's world? This is just one blogger's speculation. ( )
  nicolewbrown | Dec 5, 2018 |
Talk about a book that starts with a bang. In this case, pretty literally. The opening chapter might actually be a bit too much for some readers, so definitely keep in mind that the book description really is how it opens, and a bit graphically. So, if having a mass shooting and the aftermath being described isn't something you can handle, you maybe want to skip this one. Outside of that though, this is an intensely engaging read. You really can't imagine where it could go after the first chapter and still be solid but, just when you think the craziness is over, there's so much more to come. ( )
  TiffanyAK | Nov 11, 2018 |
The story opens with a mass shooting in a mall and continues with how that has repercussions later in life for all the parties involved. Simone Knox hears the gunshots from inside the toilet so she stayed in place and rang the cops. That day she lost her best friend and another was seriously injured and also lost her ex-boyfriend (who had dumped her online, so no relationship resolution). She tried a few things before finding that her talents lie in sculpture.
Reed Quartermaine is another survivor, he rescued a boy and kept him safe. Now he's a cop and looking for somewhere to live, when he's ambushed and shot he discovers that the person hunting those who survived is getting closer and closer. When Simone and Reed's lives intertwine it all becomes more complicated and interesting.

It's a pretty typical Nora Roberts thriller and I enjoyed the read. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Sep 19, 2018 |
From the book jacket: It was a typical summer evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine – until the shooting began. For eight minutes the chaos and carnage spread – eight minutes that transformed the lives of everyone in its wake. Some had their futures stolen from then, while others would discover their true calling. But for one person, it would be the start of a far more calculated plan, one that would force the survivors to face an even greater test in the years to come.

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Well that blurb is certainly full of hyperbole. Roberts, best known as a romance writer, turns her attention to the thriller genre, and she fills it will all the stereotypical characters of that genre. A seemingly fragile, but really strong-as-steel heroine. A big, strong, handsome hero cop who will save the day. A devious, brilliant psychopath intent on killing as many people as possible.
An eccentric, “just a little bit psychic” grandmother full of new-age advice to heal the soul. (And in case you didn’t pick up on this key trait, Roberts reminds us of Cici’s “little bit psychic” talent about every other time she appears in the novel … and she appears OFTEN.)

She fills out the plot with a lot of soul searching as Simone becomes an artist, scenes of her close friendship with a girl who shared the horror at the mall, and some family drama between the heroine and her bratty sister Natalie. Talk about a bridezilla! Of course, one key event (and the love of a good man) will repair this sisterly bond practically overnight. It’s a side plot that is totally unnecessary to the main storyline. In fact, Roberts (or her editor) could have cut about 150 pages of this book and still had the basic plot.

There wasn’t much suspense as I could see the end coming practically from the beginning of the novel. Still, it was a pretty fast read and mostly held my attention. ( )
  BookConcierge | Sep 17, 2018 |
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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.… (more)

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