[518]: The Collector by Nora Roberts


GOODREADS SUMMARY | Berkeley | Paperback, 507 pp. | April 15,  2014 | Adult Fiction | Romantic Suspense | Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

This is my first ever Nora Roberts book. I wanted to read it because for an author of her popularity, I haven’t been inclined to check out her work.  I’ve had this intolerable stigma that her books are purely romance, and in so, something to be read in the privacy of my bedroom. But I was wrong. I think I’ve always known I was wrong. I was just too stubborn to see reason. It just so happens that it was one of those weekends where I was between books. So when I saw this on my pile, I said, why not? A couple of chapters in, and I was hooked!

The Story.

Professional house-sitter, Lila Emerson was used to watching people live their lives. Through a pair of binoculars she sees them  and invents stories behind their glass windows. One night, she didn’t expect to witness the murder of a supermodel who fell to her death fourteen stories high. She’d always known that she was in one of those tumultuous, tempestuous relationships. So she knew it was only a matter of time before she befalls victim to her live-in lover. But the story is not as cut and dry. If at first, the suspects wanted the police to assume it was a murder/suicide, mounting evidence, however,  points to double murder.

Ashton Archer knew her brother wasn’t capable of hurting a fly. So when the police notified him that Oliver killed his lover, he was the first to defend him. He’s not going to rest until he finds out what happens to him. So he recruits the help of the only witness in the crime. Who would’ve known that gypsy writer, Lila Emerson could be as beautiful as she was insightful? Soon, their attraction starts to develop into something more. People also started dying; murdered by the same people who killed his brother.

Together, Lila and Ashton embarks to solve the mystery of what kind of trouble Oliver got himself into that led to his murder. Provided they don’t get killed first.

My Thoughts. 

That was really unexpected. Though I don’t know why I would think that. Nora Roberts hasn’t written 200 books because she was a mediocre writer. She has legions of fans who can attest to her story-telling prowess. I really am glad I finally broke through her world. I’ve become an instant fan!

Her characterizations are superb. Lila is one of those people who has this knack for getting you to talk. Soon, she’ll have your deepest secrets without you knowing how she did it. She’s also like a MacGyver of sorts. She fixes things – big and small with her handy-dandy switchblade of doom. She has the best job ever. She travels and for periods of time she lives in luxury as a professional house sitter for the rich. On her spare time, she’s a successful Young Adult novelist. She is funny, candid and she’s not scared of anything – not even the ruthless assassin who was hunting them. She’s spunky and delightful; truly a well-rounded character.

On the other hand, you’ve got Ashton, who was a study in control. Sometimes, you can feel his anger brimming to the surface, but he’s able to coral it in. I did wonder what it would be like for him to unleash all his temper, though. I imagine it would be spectacularly hot.

Over all, this book was a delightful mix of suspense and romance. It was a languid tale interspersed with burst of thrills that will get readers engrossed from start to finish. I can’t wait to read more from Ms. Roberts!

  • This books sounds really good and I also haven´t read any book written by this author. So thabks for the review.

  • I missed reading your reviews, Joy. 🙂

    I’ve read a couple of Nora Roberts books, though both were romance novels. Like you, I thought she was all about romance. And I’m a huge romance fan so I like her. I don’t usually enjoy suspense when it’s mixed with romance but I’m taking your word for this and including this on my TBR. 🙂

  • One never read a Nora Roberts book before either but reading this review I think I might start with this book

  • Ooh, I’ve wanted to read a Nora Roberts book for a while and it gives me confidence I’ll like her, since you did! It always astounds me to think of how many books she’s written, How do people do it??

  • I love reads with both suspense and romance and this sounds like my kind of read. Thank you for the informative review.

  • Gorgeous review Joy 😀 So happy you ended up reading and loving this book. <3 It seems pretty awesome 😉 And oh, how I love seeing your bookish pictures. <3 So pretty. So glad you liked the book 🙂

  • I should start one of her books because, like you said, she hasn’t written that many books just like that – she must have a great talent! Fantastic review 🙂

  • I am glad this book was able to exceed your expectations. I know I have heard of her before and I actually just won a book of hers in a giveaway called The Liar, so I am looking forward to when it arrives so I can get reading and try it out for myself! You’ve given me some high hopes.

    Check out my review and giveaway: http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/2015/04/its-not-me-its-you-review-giveaway.html

  • I have never read a Nora Roberts, and I feel that I need to read AT LEAST one of her books in my lifetime. Lovely review!

  • I can’t believe this is your first Nora! So exciting! You should read her In Death series written under her pen name J.D. Robb, it is fabulous and one of my favorites. Plus there are over 40 books so lots to read!

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    I used to be really hooked on Nora Roberts’ books, until I read a series that started sounding like the same story with different characters, so I stopped for a while. I just picked up the Liar which looks really good. Your review sounds great, so I’ll grab this as well. I do have to give major props to an author who can crank out so many books at the volume she does. That’s phenomenal. Thanks for the awesome review. Hugs…

  • I used to read tons of Nora Roberts books, but once I got sucked into the YA vortex, I haven’t had a chance to pick up any. Her characterizations are truly impressive. I’m glad that you were able to enjoy this one, Joy.
    Wonderful review!

  • It’s been a while since I haven’t read a book by this author, I really need to! I have so many in my TBRpile in fact.

  • I had a bad experience with one of her 80s books, ugh, hitting someone you love is NOT love

  • I like the sound of this one. Sort of a Rear Window situation. I still haven’t read a Nora Roberts, but I did read J.D. Robb which is a pen name for Nora Roberts, so I guess I technically have. I’ve enjoyed the series. I’ll have to see if the library has a copy, maybe on audio. Wonderful review, Joy! 🙂