2018 Reviews · Book Broadcast · contemporary fiction · United States

Book Broadcast: Shelter in Place by Norah Roberts


Book Broadcast is a post I have created to help ease the load of the books I have for review. It is a great way to spread the word, providing recognition to an author or publisher for sending me a book to review. As my reviewing and blogging duties have stepped up a notch in the last year, I don’t often have the time to complete an in depth review. I hope you can discover some new titles to read through this regular book post.

About Shelter in Place:shelter in place small

When the shots rang out in the shopping mall, Simone Knox knew what to do. Shelter in place. That’s what they taught you to do in the event of a mass shooting. So on that terrible, hot summer day in 2005, Simone was lucky. She escaped death. But she would never be the same again. 

More than ten years later, Simone still struggles with grief, trauma and the misplaced guilt of a survivor. She spends much of her time alone on Tranquility Island – a quiet, artistic community off the coast of Maine. But she is transforming – shaping herself the way she shapes her extraordinary and highly prized sculptures. As she heals herself, she opens up to Reed Quartermaine, who survived the shooting himself and has become a detective.

But someone has been watching all the survivors of the DownEast Mall massacre. They have spent years perfecting a plan to finish what was started that day. Now that Reed and Simone have found each other, they are in more danger than they can possibly imagine – from a killer who will not, and cannot stop.

My book club read this month is Shelter in Place, the latest standalone novel by Norah Roberts, an author that does not need any introduction. Her worldwide appeal and long list of popular book series, mostly of the romance fare, has secured her a permanent place on the bestsellers list. I feel that the release of this title in incredibly timely, offering up plenty of discussion for book groups and the like. Gun violence and mass shootings in the US seem to be hot topics. These tragic events are a sad fixture on our television screens, beaming out across the globe revealing the sadness and regret of these common incidents. Shelter in Place begins with a mass shooting in a shopping mall in a town in Maine, in the US. It examines the time of the shooting (trigger warning), the time immediately after and it explores ten years down the track. It follows the survivors, as well as those authorities/media first on the scene. Shelter in Place focuses on the emotional character dramas of two survivors, Simone and Reed, their polarising experiences and eventual fateful romance. Long standing fans of Robert’s work may be a little dissatisfied by the lack of high romance, but this is offset by the strong psychological study on the after effects of such a life changing event. Roberts captures the horror, grief, loss, guilt, and revenge aspect of this situation. The suspense is high, especially when the villain of the story is clearly hell bent on revenge. This adds to the intrigue of the book. Shelter in Place travels to a heady climax and asserts Roberts place as an auto buy author.

Shelter in Place by Norah Roberts was published on 29th May 2018 by Hachette Australia. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

6 thoughts on “Book Broadcast: Shelter in Place by Norah Roberts

    1. Oh wow, that’s interesting! I would suggest trying her standalone novels – they have more of a mystery/thriller /suspense element and less of a focus on romance. She releases one at least once a year and I find I can keep up. This was a loan from my stepmum and handy it worked out to be our book club pick too 🙂

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  1. I’ve only read one Nora Roberts book and it was sooooo good, I have two others on my unread bookshelf. When I will get to them is a mystery, hehehe. This one sounds excellent as is your review!

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    1. That’s good to hear you track record with Norah Roberts so far has been good. There are just so many of her books to read if you like her work! I do like the standalone mystery/thrillers and she usually releases one year which I can usually keep up with! Glad you enjoyed my mini review of this book club read 🙂


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