Come Sundown by Nora Roberts Review

Title: Come Sundown

Author: Nora Roberts

Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press

Format: eBook

Publication Date: May 30, 2017

Overall: 3 out of 5 stars 

Source: Purchased

A saga of love, family ties, and twisted passions from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Obsession

The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it’s kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine’s aunt, Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don’t talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she’s dead. But she isn’t. She is not far away, part of a new family, one she never chose—and her mind has been shattered…

When a bartender leaves the resort late one night, and Bo and Cal discover her battered body in the snow, it’s the first sign that danger lurks in the mountains that surround them. The police suspect Cal, but Bo finds herself trusting him—and turning to him as another woman is murdered and the Longbows are stunned by Alice’s sudden reappearance. The twisted story she has to tell about the past—and the threat that follows in her wake—will test the bonds of this strong family, and thrust Bodine into a darkness she could never have imagined. 

This is a classic Nora Roberts Western thriller. In many ways it reminds me of Montana Sky, and despite that I greatly enjoyed it. Bodine is a great character. She is strong and feisty, and can pretty much take care of herself. Despite the fact that yes, in the end her man came running to save her ultimately she saved her own life. Many of the characters were highly enjoyable including Alice. I feel so sorry that her life was ultimately ruined in such a way. It was a terrible tragedy for a woman who was feisty and strong and just wanted to leave the little town she grew up in. I will be honest for a bit I struggled with liking this. It smacked too much of the woman wants to get punished for striking out on her own, in the end I settled with I think it was a result of poor decisions that Alice made while out on her own.

It was a good mystery, but I did peg who the killer was pretty much from the beginning. It was a little too obvious, and that’s actually my biggest issue is that the novel lost the element of surprise with me. That’s my biggest pet peeve in mysteries is the culprit being too obvious, and here it was obvious from like the second scene with the character. It’s a shame because I did love the rest of the book, but it does drop my star rating to 3 out of 5 stars.

3/5 – Worth Reading

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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“Mothers do, every day. It’s funny, Bo, how a woman can bring two children into the world, raise them up the same way—the same rules and values, indulgences and disciplines. And still two separate people come out of it all.”
― Nora RobertsCome Sundown