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Sometimes there is nowhere safe to hideIt was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland Maine Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses Mothers and children shopped together and the manager at the video game store tended to customers Then the shooters arrivedThe chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down But for those who lived through it the effects would last forever In the years that followed one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career Another would close herself off trying to bury the memory of huddling in a ladies' room hopelessly clutching her cell phone until she finally found a way to pour her emotions into her artBut one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall And as the survivors slowly heal find shelter and rebuild they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait and this time there might be nowhere safe to hide


10 thoughts on “Shelter in Place

  1. says:

    My reviews can also be seen at Stars “Sometimes there is nowhere safe to hide” It’s been a while since I’ve read a book from Nora Roberts When I came across this novel I read the description and immediately added it to the top of my listIn my opinion “Shelter in Place” was another great read from Nora RobertsFriday July 22 2005Simone Knox and her two best friends Tish and Mi are at the DownEast mall to see a movie Simone orders what she normally does at the movies; a large Fanta drink and Swedish FishShe has no idea that these choices will likely save her lifeHalfway through her large Fanta Simone has to run to the ladies room Just as she's heading back towards the theatre she hears loud popping noises It sounds like firecrackers All of a sudden the theatre door slams open and a man covered in blood comes stumbling out “Blasts and blasts screams And people shadows and silhouettes falling running falling And the figure dark in the dark walking methodically up the rows” She doesn’t want to believe what she’s seeing Her instincts kick in and she runs back to the bathroom and calls 911Reed Quartermaine waits tables at a restaurant in the DownEast mall He's just finishing up his break when he hears popping noisesthen screaming People are running towards him falling almost crushing each other A man says there’s someone shooting Then he sees a little boy all on his own Reed doesn’t think he just picks up the boy and runs for cover “The gunfire and he would never never forget the sound of it came closer Front and back Everywhere” Officer Essie McVee is in the parking lot of DownEast Mall dealing with a minor car accident when her police radio squawks Active shooter She knows what she’s supposed to do she had the training Back up is coming but they can’t wait “Locate detain distract neutralize” The shooting finally stops IN JUST EIGHT MINUTES – SO MANY LIVES DESTROYED After the tragic events of July 22 2005 the book follows the lives of many of the survivors and family members Some can't get far enough away some are stuck and angry while others used that day to find purpose in their lives BUT UNBELIEVABLY IT’S NOT OVER YET Someone doesn't like how it all went down and wants revenge on those they feel screwed up their big plan They want PAYBACKThe opening of “Shelter in Place” was shocking and pulled me in immediately Witness to a horrifying scene Even though I had an idea of what was coming I was still anxious and on edge Nora Roberts sure knows how to write a gripping plot along with fantastic characters including diabolical villains I know I've said this before but with fiction especially thrillers there will be times where we may need to suspend disbelief However I was so intrigued by the story it wasn't really an issue for me With its great cast of characters and a gripping and dramatic plot Shelter in Place kept me engaged from start to finish I definitely won’t be waiting long to read another book from Nora RobertsI'd like to thank St Martin’s Press for giving me an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review


  2. says:

    Shelter in Place 8 minutes a mass shooting a physical and emotional aftermath that leaves countless lives changed foreverThis was a gut wrenching book to read in light of the mass shootings we have endured but I found it well written Roberts' focus wasn't solely on the shooting itself The book fast forwards and focuses instead mainly on the after effects of the shooting on the lives of the victims and heroes and on the true mastermind behind the plot's warped quest for vengeance The story is part romance part mystery thriller It's not always easy to blend these genres but Roberts does it well She knows how to write an engaging plot with characters you become invested in and villains you hate There were moments that required a definite suspension of belief but I was definitely invested enough in the story to be able to just go with it After all I enjoy a well written psychopath and we certainly had that here Overall it wasn't my favorite Nora Roberts read but it definitely rates among the top 5 Shelter in Place is sure to draw in new fans while appealing to Roberts' tried and true readers as well


  3. says:

    Well I can't be a smartass for this review It was just too close to home to joke about This story is really timely because it is about a mass shooting It really gets in depth with what happens with those who survived and how their lives were changedSo the book is divided into sectionsThe first part is the shooting itself How it went down how different people reacted what the survivors experienced It was sad and horribleThe second part of the book goes through a lot of years telling us about several different characters and their lives after the shootings That part was my least favorite because it really jumped around for a long period of time But I know it was important to bring us to the third part of the storyThe third section of the book is a romance that develops between two of the characters along with a murder mystery of sorts We know who did it the whole time and we see that person's viewpoint too it was just a matter of them being caught This final part read like Nora's regular romance mystery type of stories The female is artsy and a commitment phobic girl The male is a great guy who is trying to win her overOverall it was a great book but there were tough moments I think Nora did a good job imagining how living through an experience like that would affect the rest of the person's life I hate knowing that we have all of these teens and others who are growing up with this reality But honestly? I don't think we have seen the last of these events Unfortunately we are just getting used to it


  4. says:

    In the space of a few minutes the lives of those visiting or working at the DownEast Mall and adjacent theater in Rockpoint Maine were permanently altered Three shooters decided that whatever was wrong in their lives warranted the selfish actions they took in those moments Survivors Reed Quartermaine and Simone Knox followed paths that weren’t part of their original destinies until that event in the mall Reed went into law enforcement and Simone expressed her feelings through art I first thought this was going to be a story about a mass shooting and the immediate aftermath about the pursuit of the attackers and those involved in the investigation This couldn’t be further from the reality as that event just serves as the context for those that survived the massacre Reed and Simone may be the central characters to anchor the story but there’s a richness to the breadth and angles of the lives of those that surround them and others Their relationship develops slowly and fairly organically a quick ignition but then a slow burn I adored CiCi Lennon Simone’s grandmother and admired Essie McVee the police detective who plays such a strong role in Reed’s life and decisions All of this is in the midst of a really diabolical character connected to the mall shooting This person was chilling a true psychopath hiding in plain sight You’re just not going to breathe easily until the creep is stopped The tension is constant but it doesn’t detract from some truly lovely moments throughout the book I loved and inhaled this book as I knew I would especially when I learned January LaVoy was narrating the story She delivered her typically outstanding performance which made this one of my favorite reading experiences I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review


  5. says:

    I'm so torn on how to rate this one There were quite a few positive points but there were also quite a few negative points There were several times while reading where I just put the book down as it wasn't pulling me in and I was either bored irritated or doing an eye rollThe book started off great with the shooting in the shopping mall and I really thought I was going to love it butThe ability of the person behind a stream of murders after the shooting became too much The FBI became the cliche of incompetence which gets old Reed always saying he would run off with Simone's grandmother got old fast cliche as well and sometimes just was ick And Simone's family issues felt contrived than real The ending felt like a let downSo much potential but


  6. says:

    Nora Roberts takes a very sad and serious theme in Shelter in Place and turns it into a gripping and totally enthralling storyThe book starts with a shooting in a cinema and Mall when three young men kill multiple people and themselves This part of the book is traumatic and very well described The story then moves into the future focussing on a small group of survivors and what happens to them Of course the author adds extra tension and drama with a psychotic killer trying to finish off those who did not die on the dayMs Roberts applies her usual skill to drawing many really likeable characters even including one delightful puppy She creates a slowly developing but very sweet romance She tells several tales of different characters making something of their lives despite the terrible event they all suffered All this at the same time as racking up the tension and stress as the killer slowly makes their way towards themAnother splendid book from this remarkable author Loved it


  7. says:

    45 starsNora Roberts chose a topic that gives me goose bumps every single time I hear of it in the news Mass shootings She took this topic and spun a story that was utterly fascinating as well as captivating from beginning to end Her impeccable storytelling and incredible skill to spin an enthralling tale produced an UNPUTDOWNABLE novel for meREED AND SIMONE WERE A COUPLE THAT CLICKED IN EVERY WAY Both hero and heroine were genuine and likable characters Reed Quartermaine and Simone Knox were mature and level headed something Nora Roberts excels at Both were survivors of the DownEast Mall shooting and teenagers at the time of the event Naturally they were molted by the horrific incident and coped with it in different ways Years later their life intersected againThey made it look easy For them meeting each other was like finding a piece that had been missing They connected on a level that felt right and their relationship and interactions literally felt like the calm before the storm Reed was a darling His dry humor and his never ending appreciation for his colleagues and friends warmed my heart His genuine and reciprocal connection with Simone’s grandmother was a highlight of this book Additionally Simone’s journey was as interesting as her personality – colorful and deeply layered There were so many parts in this book that made me smile and happy – and than there was the suspenseI HONESTLY COULDN’T PUT THE BOOK DOWNThis story gave me chills I think the reason why I was so invested in this story was because of its topic In the end Shelter in Place was a piece of fiction but it was also based on events that unfortunately happen all over America in schools malls and outdoor functions multiple times a year It wasn’t just the realism and horror that the author so masterfully wove through the story that kept me turning the pages but it’s partially why this book is as good as it islast thoughtsSo if you love reading romantic suspense an utterly suspenseful story that had such an authentic feel that will chill you to the bone especially the opening scene this is a MUST READ in my opinion It’s one of her best books so far BONUS it also had an adorable puppy as a sidekickI received a copy of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review My opinions have not been influenced by the publisher or the authorFind reviews and book recommendations on my blogFind me on Bookstagram


  8. says:

    Nora Roberts is BOLD I don't know of many authors who could get away with what Nora accomplished in Shelter In Place without losing some fansIn her newest book set to come out in the summer of 2018 Nora tackles a topic that has become all too common in society today a mass shooting When I read the synopsis I wasn't sure what my feelings were I had just come off of reading the ARC for Year One a masterful new direction for Nora due out December 5th and I was apprehensive that Shelter in Place would fall flat in it's heels or worse having Nora losing some fansBy page 25 Shelter in Place already met one of my criteria for a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️rating but I was still concerned over the subject matter What I read was a fast flowing grab your attention story that flowed so well you were quickly thirteen years removed from the tragedy and into a typical Nora Roberts romantic suspense novel that reminded you it is just a story I was impressed most with the way she blended all the characters in their own way of dealing with the tragedy and their healing While we all pray that we are protected from such a horrific event in real life it may just help open eyes of those who have never been touched by such an event what those who have or will experience it in the future to be sympathetic and understandingI will say it again Nora Roberts is BOLD This is the second story in a row that she has taken a new approach The story could have had fans alienating her because of the subject matter But I sincerely believe anyone who reads it will have a fascinating summer read with a little bit of human awareness thrown in It just proves that Nora continues to be a master of her craft and isn't afraid take new directions or play it safe to keep her readers entertainedA solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating from me THANK YOU again to Marissa at St Martin's Press for the honor of being one chosen to review this Advanced Reader Copy


  9. says:

    Full review now postedIn my opinion Nora Roberts is one of the most underrated authors ever Yes she’s incredibly popular but her work is relegated in people’s minds to chick lit and breezy mindless beach reads There’s so much to her work than that especially her recent novels There’s a depth to her prose and characterizations and descriptions that is overlooked by those who belittle her work and believe that she just writes fluff I’ve never come across another author who can make me care as deeply about her characters or make me feel their joys and sorrows profoundlyWith this novel Nora broaches a topic that is unfortunately all too common in our modern world mass shootings Shelter in Place begins with such a shooting and follows the lives of survivors as they try to put their lives back together You can never move on from such a travesty but you can move forward and that’s what one of our main characters does After the DownEast Mall shooting that rips his life apart this character decides to become a cop in hopes of helping prevent other such happenings in the future Another character dedicates her life to art as a way to block out the past to try to forget When someone starts picking off survivors of the shooting these two come together And in the midst of this reopened wound there is healing And love because this is still a romance after allWithin the first ten percent of the book Nora had me in tears Her descriptions of the shooting and the victims and survivors were so realistic that I could hear the pop of bullets and the terrified screams of mall shoppers and movie goers I felt like I was there While I’ve been heartsick every time I’ve heard about a shooting in the news no news coverage has ever sucked me into the midst of death and pain and fear like Nora did through her writing I was in awe of her skill even as I read on in horror But what was hardest to read was the stories of survivors trying to figure to how to go on living their lives Thankfully our main characters had family and friends who pulled them up and helped them rebuildMy favorite character hands down was CiCi a free spirited artist who is a little bit psychic She’s also a loving grandmother and is there for the granddaughter who needs her so much She opens her heart and home and life to so many people and I love her for it There’s no one else quite like her and she felt incredibly real to meI don’t want to name any other characters or go into much detail because I don’t want to spoil anything for those who decide to pick up this book But I will say that I absolutely love when Nora adds art into her stories because she does such an amazing job describing both the process and the final result In no other books can I see art so clearly as I can through Nora’s writing Whether it’s a painting or a sculpture Nora has such an amazing way of describing art where I can almost look up at my wall and expect to see the pieceIf you can’t tell I have this deep and abiding love for Nora Roberts There is no other author who I’ve read or reread And I have such deep respect for her choice in recent years to start incorporating hard topics that have touched her heart into her work If I had to choose a favorite author it would honestly be her For of my reviews as well as my own fiction and thoughts on life check out my blog Celestial Musings


  10. says:

    Just when I think I know exactly what I'm getting into Ms Roberts regales with something entirely unexpected and creepy current