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River's End Mass Market Paperback – May 1 2000

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; Reissue edition (May 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515127833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515127836
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 144 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Olivia MacBride and her parents, a fairy-tale Hollywood family, had everything--fame, fortune, and love. But when 4-year-old Olivia awakens one night to find her mother brutally murdered and her father, Sam, standing over her corpse, the little girl's dreamland dissolves before her very eyes.

Whisked away to the sanctuary of the Olympic Peninsula by her grandparents, Olivia learns to bury the past deep within her. Determined to protect herself from painful memories, Olivia limits her life to the emerald rain forests and the River's End resort. Years later, when Noah Brady arrives on her doorstop, Olivia allows her defenses to slip and opens herself to the passion that sparks between them.

When she learns that Noah is fascinated with her mother's death and is writing a tell-all novel, Olivia is devastated. But as Noah helps Olivia acknowledge the lingering effects of her painful memories, she learns to trust him again. With careful research and the apparent cooperation of Sam, Noah begins to unravel the mysteries of that night. However, soon after Sam's release from prison, dangerous threats begin to pursue Noah and Olivia. When the killer enters the serenity of their world, Noah and Olivia must face the dark secrets of the past, or fail to secure a safe future.

With the same skills that earned her the 1997 Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award, Nora Roberts convincingly peers into the complex minds and motivations of her characters. Though Roberts stumbles in her attempt to write with the voice of a 4-year-old child, her luscious descriptions of Hollywood glamour and rain forest wilderness ring realistic and true. Both longtime fans and new readers alike will enjoy the intriguing suspense and electric passion in this romantic thriller. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Her signature florid style again serving a suspenseful mystery combined with a fated romance, bestselling Roberts (Hot Ice) tells a Helter Skelter-type Hollywood horror story lurid with murder, drugs and insanity. One summer night in 1979, four-year-old Olivia Tanner finds her doped-up father, Sam, bloodied shears in hand, poised over the dead body of her movie-star mom. Haunted by the image of "the monster" pursuing her, Olivia is sent to live with her grandparents in the Pacific Northwest, where she is sheltered from her memories by towering Douglas firs. Two decades later, the specter of the "monster" returns. From prison, her father urges young investigative reporter Noah Brady?son of the police detective who discovered Olivia after the murder?to research the crime. Noah accepts this task eagerly, heedless of Olivia's rebuffs and undeterred by violence and danger, especially after Olivia begins to remember the crime. The denouement brings both of them into a bloody confrontation with the past. Roberts's careful research, particularly into the ecosystems of the forests of the Pacific Northwest, makes for vibrant background detail. Her artful manipulation of the plot, contrived so that amour and horror escalate in tandem, reaffirms her ability to deliver entertaining fiction. 275,000 first printing; 300,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selection; author tour.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on Sept. 7 2000
Format: Hardcover
this was not the best book i've read. it seemed to drag on for sooooo long before anything significant happened. i guess i was just expecting more though. i was hoping for a romantic/suspense story, but because of that, i was a little disappointed. nothing happened the first 300 pages, then when it started picking up, it just sort of ended. and because a previous reviewer had already revealed the ending, it didn't really keep my attention. noah, as the hero, was completely lovable. he's completely charming and adorable. but olivia got a bit irritating. she didn't display much emotion at all, not even at the end when facing her mother's killer. she was portrayed as strong and courageous at the beginning as a 4 year old, but then sort of lost it along the way and just developed into a cold cynic with not much depth or emotion. this was a very slow moving book. it just went on and on with noah researching for his book (WAY too much time on that) while Roberts could have spent that time on developing the adult noah and olivia further. a lot of this story was unbelievable however. i just can't believe that a ten year old boy (noah) would pay any attention to a 4 year old he saw on television and remember her. and i have an even harder time believing that an 18 year old would develop any interest whatsoever for a 12 year old. this book just did not keep my interest. Roberts' *Born In...* trilogy was much better. and Doris Mortman's *Out of Nowhere* is a much better romantic suspense novel. i enjoyed the dialogue between noah and olivia though, especially the one in the forest. the ending was a bit confusing for me, it just sort of stopped. i mean, olivia's father dies, and then an hour later, she's planning her wedding!Read more ›
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By A Customer on March 24 1999
Format: Hardcover
You know, I really would like talk or write Nora Roberts and tell her that I really missed the way she used to write. I missed the character development that she had in Public Secrets, Sweet Revenge, or Genuine Lies. And I miss knowing that each book is going to be completely different. It seem like three years ago Nora and her published decided that either serial killers or murder was the way to go. So, River's End has a senseless killing like Sanctuary, Montana Sky, etc. and love scenes, but did I grow attached to the characters. No! There is nothing to hate about either the heroine or hero, but there is really nothing to admire about them either. I realize that after writing over 100 books it is hard for each one to be fresh. Sadly, after four or five books that just seemed a combination of her other works, and one dimensional characters, I am moving on to different authors. If Nora ever returns to stories like Genuine Lies, Sweet Revenge then I will be back buying her books. Save yourself some money, check this book out at the library or wait for the paperback. Or re-read one of her books that you already have. Nothing new in this one.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is worth more then 5 stars I read it two years ago after my grandmother recommanded it to me she listened to it on tape and she gave me the tape to take home but I couldn't follow the tape so I checked the book out of the library I finished it in two days I couldn't put it down and unfortunately I had to because I had to go to work the next day. This is by far the best Nora Roberts book I have read aside from True Betrayal I love Olivia and Noah's romance and I had no idea who the killer was I suspected several other people and I was utterly shocked when the killer was revealed. When the killer is revealed I started to see how it could of been that person the book gave you several clues I had not noticed before and when I was able to think back it was all right there in my face. This is a excellent whodunit novel because up until the last pages you have no idea. I recommend this as a must read Nora Roberts
This book will make you a fan of her work for life
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. So, I must be insane or I wouldn't keep buying Nora Roberts' books expecting something fresh and exciting only to be disappointed when I get another by-the-numbers story that's a carbon copy of everything else she's written. As with all her recent hardcover single-title releases, the murderer is completely obvious early on and the rest of the book is devoted to a run-of-the-mill romance that's Roberts' stock in trade. Don't get me wrong, I've liked many Roberts titles, i.e. Sacred Sins, Brazen Virtue, the Born in and Quinn Brothers trilogies as well as the MacKade Brothers. However, she just doesn't know how to sustain suspense through 400 pages and add in an interesting romance. I know I'm in the minority here and her legion of fans will continue to buy anything with her name on it----I just wish she'd change the formula once in a while.
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Format: Audio Cassette
The characters were not fleshed out well and not very sympathetic. The first half to two-thirds of the audiotape were promising but that early promise was not realized in the end. The last third of the tape which led to the climax was not believable nor convincing. Noah's character was unbelievably dull-witted for someone who had supposedly solved previous murders. As a child, Olivia was interesting and sympathetic in her quest to find out what really happened to her mother. But the adult Olivia seemed to have lost her curiousity about her past and it was difficult for the listener to care either. And the book went rapidly down hill from there to a very flat and predictable conclusion. I would be unlikely to read any more of this author's books after this one.
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