Narrator Will Damron displays a skillful range in this thriller. Harry perfects pickpocketing and cracking safes at a young age—skills born of necessity because his loving but poor family struggles to make ends meet. Need evolves into a lifestyle as Harry continues his nighttime burglaries to create a life of travel and academia. But when Harry falls in love with Miranda, his desire to settle down coincides with a past mistake that comes back to haunt him. Harry leaves Miranda to protect her, but the two are drawn together again, and Harry must face an old associate who doesn’t share his code of honor. Damron seamlessly transitions among many accents, deepening a twang and elongating vowels, and he portrays sisterly love with a fierce tone that conveys protectiveness. A.L.C. © AudioFile 2022, Portland, Maine
The latest romantic suspense novel from bestseller Roberts (Legacy) is a master class in the slow burn, blending heartrending emotion and thrills to deeply satisfying effect. Harry Booth spends his childhood becoming an exceptional thief to support his ailing mother and, after her death, builds a freewheeling and detached life for himself as a young man. He falls in love with Miranda Emerson during a stint in college in North Carolina, but threats from vicious criminal mastermind Carter LaPorte, whose attention Booth caught years earlier, force him to break Miranda’s heart to protect her. Twelve years later, Booth encounters Miranda again, and he realizes that to build a life with her, he’ll need to deal with LaPorte—permanently. The story delivers all the hallmarks that make Roberts so beloved: charming characters, alluring settings, unconventional chosen families, heartfelt romance, and riveting action. The unhurried pace allows for an organic accumulation of essential elements as intense emotion builds, but risks losing less patient readers. Those who trust Roberts’s sure hand to guide them along, however, will find themselves on an immersive and moving outing in the company of a beguiling thief. This is a treat. Agent: Amy Berkower, Writers House. (May.)
"A master class in the slow burn, blending heartrending emotion and thrills to deeply satisfying effect...This is a treat." - Publishers Weekly
"[Roberts uses] her immersive storytelling capabilities to create captivating characters and ensnare readers in a carefully crafted plot that splendidly showcases her signature brand of spine-chilling suspense." - Booklist
"Nightwork will hold you spell bound from the first to last page. The characters, situations, dreams, and drama will pull you along as you read, wanting more, wanting to find out what happens, but - not wanting it to end! - Fresh Fiction
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A lifelong thief needs to pull off one last job—while getting revenge and keeping the woman he loves safe.
When Harry Booth was only 9 years old, he became a thief. With a cancer-stricken mother and bills piling up, it was his only option. But as he gets older and keeps breaking into homes—what he calls his “nightwork”—he realizes he possesses an unusual skill for it. Harry can pick any lock, slip into any home, and navigate even the highest tech security system. The nature of his work makes it hard for him to settle down anywhere, so after his mother’s death, he travels around the country, never staying in one city long enough to become suspicious. In New Orleans, though, he makes connections and finds a familylike bond with fellow thief Sebastien. But when he joins Sebastien on a job for a dangerous client named Carter LaPorte, Harry’s life changes forever. Harry moves on and tries to start a low-key life as a college student in Chapel Hill, where he falls for an aspiring writer named Miranda Emerson. But LaPorte isn’t ready to let go of Harry, and he uses threats to Harry’s aunt—and Miranda—to force Harry into working for him again. Harry abandons Miranda and spends years on the run. That is, until he finally gets the chance to take LaPorte down—with Miranda’s help. Roberts takes her time setting up Harry’s character and his motivations, making it easy for the reader to sympathize with a thief who has a code of honor and a deep love for his family. But since the first half of the book is largely an exploration of Harry’s character, the story drags a bit. Once Harry and Miranda’s love story starts in earnest and LaPorte reappears, the plot picks up. The story’s strength, however, lies less in the thrill of Harry’s break-ins and more in the complexities of his touching relationships with his mother, his quirky phone-psychic aunt, Sebastien, and Miranda.
A thoughtful exploration of one thief’s motivations and relationships, featuring a healthy dose of romance and suspense.