Monday, June 16, 2014
The Collector - Review
The Collector by Nora Roberts
Rating: 4 Stars
Description: When professional house-sitter Lila witnesses a murder in a neighboring apartment building she finds herself drawn into the lives of those involved. She never expected to get close to the killer/victim's brother, Ash, or to find herself being hunted by a professional killer.
Why I Picked This Book: A new Nora Roberts is always an automatic read for me and I was intrigued by both the Rear Window similarities and the professional house sitting.
Pro: I liked the characters. Lila was nice and very maternal and Ash was also a nice guy and a protector. You could really see how nice it would be for both of them to have someone take care of them for a change. Ash's family is huge and while I like a big family this was beyond huge with ex-spouses, step-siblings and half siblings. It could have gotten very confusing but I liked how Roberts handled it which was basically Ash saying "It's really confusing so don't worry about it." I liked how the relationship between Lila and Ash progressed gradually instead of flipping from just met to passionately in love with each other. I think it helped make the bond seem more real that they knew some of the same people. I liked the side romance as well. It was sweet but didn't really distract from the main story. The information about the Romanov family was really interesting as well.
Cons: How Ash and Lila met definitely strained credibility. It also reminded me quite a bit of her earlier book Three Fates which I loved. I think my problem with Roberts may be that since she's written so many books we're starting to see some repeats in terms of characters or plot devices.
Overall Impression: This is a fast paced book with excellently done friendships (it's Roberts after all). While I didn't like it as much as I enjoyed her earlier Three Fates it's probably my favorite of her most recent suspense titles. Definitely a fun read!
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Of course!
Would I Recommend this Book?: Definitely! This was a fun romantic suspense with a touch of history.