River's End

River's End

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by Nora Roberts

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A thrilling "page-turner"* from the #1 New York Times bestselling author

The author of Dance Upon the Air presents her most seductively suspenseful tale-a story of one woman's shattered innocence, a terrifying search for truth, and a heart's journey toward healing.  See more details below


A thrilling "page-turner"* from the #1 New York Times bestselling author

The author of Dance Upon the Air presents her most seductively suspenseful tale-a story of one woman's shattered innocence, a terrifying search for truth, and a heart's journey toward healing.

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Olivia Tanner was born into a family of Hollywood royalty, but when she was a child, something terrifying changed her life forever. When she was just a toddler, her mother was brutally murdered by a very human monster. The man who came after little Olivia was her own father, movie star and sometime coke addict Sam Tanner. In his hands, scissors bloodied from the murder of Julie McBride, Olivia's mother.

Frank Brady is the cop who shows up at the scene and protects Olivia. He is thrilled to put the murderous Sam into prison for the rest of his life, as is Olivia's aunt. But is the case closed?

Another thread enters this wonderful novel and lightens the darkness. Noah Brady, Frank's son, is a kid at the time of the murder but even then is aware of the powerful effect it had on his dad. As he grows up, he becomes curious about Olivia. When he reaches adolescence, Noah and his parents take a trip up to the Pacific Northwest, where Olivia and her grandparents now live. Even as youngsters, it's nearly love at first sight. Later, when he's a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Noah makes a trip to Olivia's college dorm. When he sees her, he knows it's all over for him: Cupid has struck. The only problem is, he's really there to reopen the case so that he can write about it — and Olivia sees right through him.

As they both grow to adulthood in their very separate lives, Olivia is still haunted by fears and doubts about that fateful night. Noah, now a successful true-crime writer, is virtually obsessed with it. When Sam Tanner contacts him and tells him that he wants totellthe whole story, Noah hopes that he can somehow heal the past for himself and for Olivia.

But perhaps the most terrifying days are yet to come — for Sam Tanner is out.

And he wants to see Olivia more than anything in the world, to finish the business that began that night so many years earlier.

Do not miss River's End. It is a truly thrilling romantic novel, part terrifying and part exultant, and all Nora. Nora Roberts has become a master storyteller in any and all genres, but she's showing her loyalty to her huge romance audience with one of her most profound stories of true love, which shares space with a thrill ride in this surefire bestseller.

Jessi Rose Lucas

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Penguin Publishing Group
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6.54(w) x 11.04(h) x 1.07(d)
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18 Years

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“Roberts keeps the suspense building…Her fans will love this book.” —Chicago Sun-Times

"River's End moves at a frantic pace…Great descriptions…Heart-stopping encounters between Olivia and the obviously smitten Noah.”—Chicago Tribune

“A plot that delivers both suspense and romance.”—Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

“Roberts weaves a story like no one else.”—Denver Rocky Mountain News

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River's End 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 158 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I read by Nora Roberts and never be the last. It's fast-pace, intriguing and a page-turner, with a great hook and great plot. All I can say this book is excellent! Definitely a must-read.
Njkinny More than 1 year ago
Twenty years ago, a gruesome murder destroyed many lives and Olivia was one of them. Daughter of the fairy tale couple of Hollywood, Julie and Sam, Olivia was supposed to have a prefect life but the sudden and horrible murder of her mother left her father in prison and Olivia, the sole witness to the crime is taken away by her grandparents to a place far far away. Sheltered and kept away from the harrowing details of that night, Olivia has only vague memories of the murder and when Noah Brady, a writer starts writing a book on the events of that night, she is forced to look back. Noah wants to reconstruct the night and bring to light the complete events from an unbiased perspective. It also helps that Sam Tanner is willing to talk now. Will Olivia and her family be able to look back and brave all the heartache all over again? Was Sam Tanner correct when he said that he didn't kill his wife? Can Olivia finally let go and look forward to a life Noah is willing to show her? Will she survive this time when she knows that the "Monster walks again"? Nora Roberts is an author who can write both a romantic suspense with grisly crimes and soft, sensuous romances with equal ease. River's End is another proof of that. Nora creates an atmosphere of darkness, mystery, hatred, anger and fear. Olivia was the sole witness to fer mother's murder and has always feared that night. According to her the man who killed her mother was a monster with her father's face. The characterization is beautifully done and they are the base on which the story flows. Olivia's father, the man who told her funny stories and who loved her so much seems like a good man but then he turns into a monster who shouts, throws things and finally kills her mother. People with strong characters and varied facets to their personality, this book gives the reader a deep insight into human nature and the delicate balance between good and bad. Olivia and Noah have a complex relationship and Nora gives a romance that isn't soft nor is it the cozy type. Olivia is struggling with her past and her doubts about herself. Noah is determined to make Olivia accept his love. I loved the scenes involving them and could empathize with them. The plot is not that exceptional but the fluid narration and expert skill of presentation makes the book so engrossing the you would feel compelled to finish it in one sitting. Having read ingenious mysteries and being a fan of the mystery genre, I was able to pick out the end beforehand but this, in no way, lessened my interest and I was hooked in the story from start to finish. The beautiful and vivid descriptions of places, events and people add more appeal to the book. The author is able to bring the story alive and running in the minds of the readers and I felt as if I was right there in the story, seeing and feeling everything that was going on in the book. All in all, a book that will hook you and thrill you. I give River's End a 4.5 out of 5 and recommend it to everyone. A book that will take you to the posh localities of LA and into the lives of celebrities, to the faraway serenity of nature with beautiful flora and fauna and a peace that eludes us in the cities, this is a book that you should read if you love a good plot with plenty of thrill and great characters. This review is also available on the blog Njkinny's World of Books..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read everything of Nora's and I still think this was one of her very best. Nora is the great escape, as you live her characters. Her books are always a great escape.
laurierobb_MI More than 1 year ago
Oh wow...suspense, thrills, and I can't help but think how this mirrored some of my life. I'm going to get every other book Nora Roberts has done!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Actually my mum took this book from the library... But I was kinda bored and started reading this one. And what can I say? It was great! I couldn't put the book aside, because it was so exiting. I recommend this one, if you don't like those usual love stories, where it's all about those 2 lovers. It is worth reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first Nora Roberts book and OH MY GOSH.....I read this one while at the beach and ended up with a major burn because I couldn't put it down...finished it in a day....I was totally engrossed in every part of the book....the suspense, the romance...why...I could even say that I fell in love with Noah Brady!!! I would recommend this one to anyone who just wants to get swept away for while....because it stays with you long after you read it....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was an amazing book, the first book I read by Nora Roberts, and it was hard to put down! I really recommend this book if you like romance, suspense, mystery, and crime.
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From foxtail
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should have been condensed to 250 words. Way, way too many words!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this while i was in flordia and once i started it i couldnt put it down after i finished it i was so burned from sitting by the pool while i read it
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Another great book by Nora Roberts! Could not put it down!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book would be wonderful on the big screen!!!! I would love to have a follow up to Noah and Livvy! Great characters! I would love to read a continued story on their lives.
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angela_1876 More than 1 year ago
Very good read. Page turner, did not want to put down!
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sunnyCG More than 1 year ago
This is one of Nora Roberts better books and I really enjoyed it. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Were's the medicine cat?" Flutter asked impatiantly. (I dont know how to spell : impataintly. But you know what im trying to spell right? Im trying to spell not pataintly. But i dont even know how to spell patiantly. Oh well.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down !
Goofygirll More than 1 year ago
This book had you experiencing all of your emotions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read its amazing and NOT WORTHLESS
medialadyGA More than 1 year ago
I don't know how she could write a sequel to this one, but I wish she would. The characters are great.