Nom de Plume Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Reading Time: 3 minutes
There has only ever been one book I couldn’t get myself to finish… I’m not going to say what it is.
Ok. I’ll tell you. It was this one.
As a Baltimore cop, Nate Burke watched his partner die on the street—and the guilt still haunts him. With nowhere else to go, he accepted the job as Chief of Police in a tiny, remote Alaskan town with the hopes of starting over. Despite the name, Lunacy provides a balm for Nate’s shattered soul—and an unexpected affair with pilot Meg Galloway warms his nights…
But other things in Lunacy are heating up. Nate suspects the killer in an unsolved murder still walks the snowy streets. His investigation will unearth the secrets and suspicions that lurk beneath the placid surface, as well as bring out the big-city survival instincts that made him a cop in the first place. And his discovery will threaten the new life—and the new love—that he has finally found for himself.
First line: “JOURNAL ENTRY – February 12, 1988 Landed on Sun Glacier about noon. The flight in rattled the hangover right out of me…”
Nora Roberts is an amazing author. I tried desperately to fall in love with this book, but it didn’t happen for me. The entire time, I couldn’t stop thinking of Leann Rhymes cheating on her husband. (She played Meg in the film adaptation and… yup, you guessed it… cheated on her husband) SHAME!!!
Besides that, I already knew who the killer was before I even finished! I am 100% confident that the killer in this book is ________ (haha come on, friends, I’m not going to say it here!!)
Nate is going through a passage in his life and we follow him as he falls in love with being a cop again. He witnessed his friend, and partner, get killed in an alley (which he blames himself for) and he essentially runs to Alaska to escape the murder mystery cases. He wants to be a lame duck cop. Ooooo but he just can’t stay away!
Meg is a bush pilot. She and Nate are friends before they fiddle daddle in the brush together. Although talented, she is a very aggressive character which I did not like. Maybe it’s because I’m old fashioned? (I swear, I was born 50 years too late…) BUT Nate was very developed and I loved his rediscovery of life.
Meg reminds me of her trashy mother, but a closet version. Gah. I just didn’t like Meg at all! Sad face.
What I will say is this book is incredibly well written. Although I don’t have any desire to finish the last few chapters, I would still recommend this to all of you. Nora Roberts is so so sooo good at setting up mystery romances! Northern Lights is an exciting read and I blame Leann Rhymes for ruining it for me. 😉
That’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it!