Carolina Moon Hardcover – Feb 11 2002
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With its blend of evil killers, handsome heroes, and feisty, sensitive heroines, Nora Roberts's latest thriller meets the same standards of terror and romance that made last year's River's End a bestseller. This time, our heroine Tory Bodeen has returned to her hometown of Progress, South Carolina, to face the fearsome memories of her childhood friend Hope's death and rebuild her life in a town that once betrayed her.
Struggling to balance the disturbing recollections, Tory finds comfort in the arms of Hope's older brother, Cade Lavelle. Though she sets about developing relationships with old friends and establishing her own business, Tory's worst fears come true and her past catches up to her: Tory's unique role in Hope's death makes her not only the focus of the Lavelle family's hatred, but the next choice for Hope's killer, who is still at large.
With the same skills that earned her the honor of being the first Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame inductee, Roberts weaves a winning blend of mystery, terror, and romance that loyal followers and new fans will enjoy immensely. Sure to be another bestseller, Carolina Moon will keep your heart beating in triple time. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien
From Publishers Weekly
Doyenne of the bestseller lists, Roberts (River's End) may have achieved her personal best in this tense Southern gothic. As atmospheric and unsettling as a Tennessee Williams play, the story takes us into the gifted mind and troubled soul of visionary Tory Bodeen, whose childhood in Progress, S.C., was marked by her father's beatings, her mother's passivity and, when she was eight, the rape and strangulation of her best friend, Hope Lavelle. Now 26, still haunted by Hope's unsolved murder and memories of an unsettling experience in New York City, to which she fled at age 18, Tory returns to Progress after a quiet four-year stint in Charleston. Although profoundly ambivalent about her psychic ability to connect with other minds, she knows she'll never find peace until she uses her unsettling skill to find the murderer. And by opening a shop full of beautiful objects, she wants to show Progress that she's more than the bruised spawn of despicable Hannibal and Sarabeth Bodeen. She doesn't reckon on being swept off her feet by Hope's older brother, Cade, or by making an enemy and then a fine friend of Hope's twin, Faith. Nor could she have imagined that she would stumble on a chain of past murders seemingly linked to Hope's death. The mystery heats up as a wave of new murders sweeps Progress, but the increasingly intricate plot developments never overwhelm the human element. Roberts--again like Williams- seems disgusted only by unkindness; she treats most of her big cast with affection and compassion for their foibles. Cade doesn't yield an inch to his mother's snobbish contempt for Tory, and the complicated Tory is allowed to hate her own mother and wish her father a painful death: there are no saccharine reconciliations here. Even when a few over-the-top sex scenes and hackneyed phrasings slip in, Roberts's witty dialogue and moody descriptions soon counteract them. This is romantic drama at its best. 400,000 first printing; Literary Guild Main selection; author tour. (Mar.)
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Top Customer Reviews
Nora Roberts has put together the best of every genre in this wonderful tale. She has certainly found another fan in me.
the audio version, as I do with many books and have for years.
I have to say that I have heard all kinds of narrators on these
books, some obviously better than others, but this was the
worst I have ever heard. A horrible, grating, scratchy voice.
Not the slightest change in inflection or voice from one character to the next. It was often impossible to follow when
a different character was speaking so that the whole process of
trying to determine this was distracting. But the worst part
was just the voice. I finally gave up, something I've never
done before, since I was enjoying the plot of the book. I wasn't about to buy the paperback, already feeling like the
publisher had cheated me by making the audio version unlistenable.
Finally, a friend loaned me the paperback to read.
I generally enjoyed it, there were several interesting characters, although I'm still at a loss about the confusion
regarding the different dates stated about the murders, especially since the killer said Hope was the first, but
the book states the first murder took place 7 years before
her death. Huh? I did think the killer was a bit far-fetched
and i think the book needed an epilogue. I'm not sure
what it is, but lately especially, I've noticed a real trend
with some established writers like Roberts, Sandra Brown, and
Stella Cameron, to name a few, that they seem to totally rush the endings. A lot of these books need an epilogue, but I guess it's just too much work for the authors to take the extra time?
Anyway, other than that, it was a good book. I liked the main characters well enough and the mystery was a good one.
Tory Bodeen was the victim of violence as a girl but now she has returned to her childhood home to confront the past. I liked her because she was a strong woman who wasn't brash or rude, instead she was quiet and vulnerable but with a core of iron. The fact that she was gifted with physic powers was an interesting subplot that was handled well.
Cade Lavelle is the brother of Tory's best friend who was murdered when they were little. His unique point is that although he has inherited farmland from his father he has gone out on a limb to practise organic farming despite the ridicule he faces from neighbours and workers alike. The chemistry is there between the two from the moment they meet up again and only builds as the novel progresses. I liked that Cade was protective of Tory but not in an overbearing way. He really respects her and doesn't react badly to her 'powers' such as having visions and reliving past events which another man in her past did. He was thoughtful and caring in a manly way.
The only complaints I have were that sometimes the story meandered with aimless points of view of seemingly minor characters which didn't have a lot to do with the main story or plot development. During these bits I just thought 'Let's get back to the real action with Tory and Cade'. Secondly Faith, Cade's sister, was not at all likeable in the beginning and was very rude and bitter. Even considering her cold upbringing I thought she was overly harsh, especially to the man who clearly loved her, Wade.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Everyone should read Nora Roberts, she is a prolific writer and writes great mysteries which is the genre I likePublished 10 months ago by Vicki Rigsby
I wanted a "beach book" and got a good one! Roberts was quite good at building suspense... in fact, it superceded the love scenes, in my opinion. Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by snowblaze
Roberts has a great talent for keeping her readers interested in this novel. Up until the last five pages.. Read morePublished on July 6 2004
I won't go into detail about the summary of the book because others have already done that. I will say this is one of my favorite books by Nora Roberts (other than the In Death... Read morePublished on July 5 2004
I was enjoying this book and found it a good suspense read, however, I was a bit disappointed by the scooby-doo type ending. I won't ruin the ending for you readers. Read morePublished on June 23 2004
I really enjoyed this book. Nora Robert's female characters were becoming a bit too predictable and I was starting to get bored but when I read this book, she had some diverse... Read morePublished on May 29 2004 by Moe
I have never read a Nora Roberts book before. I picked up Carolina Moon because I live in South Carolina. That was the only reason.
I could not put it down. Read more
I had never been a big Nora Roberts fan, but after Dance Upon Air & now, Carolina Moon, I consider myself a new member of the club. Read morePublished on March 22 2004 by T. Kenard