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Lunacy, Alaska - population 506 - is Nate Burke's last chance. As a Baltimore cop, he'd watched his partner die - and the guilt still haunts him. Maybe serving as Chief of Police in this tiny, remote town, where darkness falls by midafternoon and temperatures fall to zero and below, will bring some kind of solace....

Title : Northern Lights
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ISBN : 9780749935856
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 535 Pages
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Northern Lights Reviews

  • Blacky *Romance Addict*
    2019-04-30 01:57

    I think this is the first dude-lit book I've ever read. I have to say I loved it!! Maybe it was the narrator (who was brilliant), or just the character of Nate <3 but I really enjoyed this one.What's really surprising is that the story here is REALLY slow, the romance as well, the suspense takes hours to get to it, but damn, I didn't really give a sh*t ahahahhahahah I just wanted to know more about him and his past and how he adjusts to life in Alaska.Watched the movie too. Sucked. But the main actor was cute, so it wasn't a total waste XD

  • Anna Casanovas
    2019-05-10 19:40

    3,5 Estrellas.Nora Roberts es una de las autoras a las que recurro cuando acabo de leer un libro que no me ha gustado y no sé qué lectura elegir a continuación porque desconfío de mi instinto. Los libros de Nora tal vez no me sorprendan después de haber leído tantos, pero siempre me reconfortan. Es algo así como beber una taza de té caliente (al menos para mí)."Aurora boreal" tiene la típica estructura de los libros de la señora Roberts y mezcla misterio con una historia de amor. En este caso, el misterio se ve a venir a la mitad de la novela y creo que le da demasiadas vueltas al tema. La historia de amor es bonita, es lo mejor del libro, y el protagonista masculino, Nate, está muy bien construido. Me ha gustado especialmente que la señora Roberts se haya arriesgado con un protagonista que sufre una depresión y no tiene miedo de reconocerlo. La protagonista femenina me ha confundido un poco al principio, me ha parecido demasiado fría y distante, pero al final la he entendido.En resumen, una novela que funciona, con una técnica perfecta y que ha conseguido que ahora elija mi próxima lectura con más ganas. Y he averiguado que hay una película, buscaré si la hacen en algún canal del satélite.

  • Vishous
    2019-05-10 22:46

    bUdDy rEaD wItH mY BeLgIuM wAfFlEThis was slow, but I've read books that are slower. Loved the journal entries the most, and everything how Alaska was described, especially because I have always wanted to go and see it. The main hero was perfect, tortured soul, but NORMAL!!! Didn't like the main heroine till almost the end. Started to like her when she started to act more ... let's say tender.Wish I could say it gripped me, but sadly it didn't. I would even love it more without romance in it, but then I wouldn't experience him in the throes of passion and that would suck a lot.But I have to admit that this is the first book ever by Nora Roberts that I finished it. All others I started, I gave up because I was always bored.

  • Evaine
    2019-05-17 19:31

    This was Nate's book, not Meg's, and man, was that ever cool. One of Nora's biggest strengths is her wonderfully flawed, quirky, sexy, fully-fleshed out male characters; and with Northern Lights she finally gave the man a starring role. Depressed and broken Nate arrives in Alaska and finds a reason, a multitude of reasons, to not give up. That's the gist of it, in a nutshell. But Nora does it in such a way that it's an incredibly entertaining read. This book wasn't so much about the romance and the hot sex - yes, there was some, but it was by no means the focal point of the story. Nor was the growing relationship between Nate and Meg. It was the story of Nate making himself a place. Going from 'Outsider' to belonging and becoming more or less at peace with his past. Some of my favorite scenes were Nate interacting with his deputies, Otto and Peter, and his office manager/dispatcher/aide-de-camp, Peach. How they all came to like and respect one another despite suspicions and events getting in the way. Other favorite scenes included Nate constantly butting heads with the natives and long-time residents of Lunacy as he spends his first long night of winter as the town's police chief. Wonderfully colourful and endearing characters, a beautiful setting, a mystery that kept me wondering until the very end; Northern Lights was a juicy and fun read and left me with a big smile on my face. Yeah, Nate and Meg got their happily ever after, but the more satisfying end was that Nate allowed himself to heal and make a new and better place for himself.

  • Linda
    2019-05-11 19:39

    Besides the fact that one of GRs friends (Thank you, Pa!) told me that NORTHERN LIGHTS had some similarities to THE WITNESS, (my favorite NR’s romantic suspense), I was intrigued to see the story posted under What Book Would You Like To Live In?. Of course, there were over 2,500 books listed under this title but I was still interested nonetheless. So while I was sweltering in our humid 90+ degree weather and waiting for autumn to arrive, I decided to visit Lunacy, Alaska. Population: 506. And before you ask, yes, the townspeople refer to themselves as Lunatics. And, no, I never saw the movie and don't wish to.Nate Burke arrived in his new job as police chief with some emotional baggage. Ms. Roberts portrayed an honest look at depression. I found it refreshing that she chose Nate to suffer from this disease and that she told the story from his POV. The townspeople were a contrary sort but Nate eventually formed an odd type of fondness for most of them. Especially the bush pilot, Meg Galloway. And before long, there was a mystery with a fair amount of suspense. Ms. Roberts was in no rush developing the characters, then introducing a romance and, finally, bringing about the suspense. At over 600 pages, the story was a gradual climb but I had no problem with this. The mystery itself was actually pretty good; the author managed to stump me. I thought I had the killer pegged but I was wrong. I still favor THE WITNESS but I enjoyed Nate's adventures, too.

  • Thyago | MrsMargotBlog
    2019-04-28 01:44 slow reading but get us trapped with the mystery of "who is the killer?", making us distrust different people with each chapter we read and leaving our nerves to the skin. Nate is a rich character who makes us want to confort him and let his ghosts fade, we want to cherish his heart and heal every wound. He is an excellent cop, with his heart in the right place and with the great efficiency, cold and distant enough, until he falls in love and begins to tear down the walls around him. A passionate character undoubtedly, unlike Meg, who is cold, distant, physical, carnal, wears armor and lifts a fortress around her and doesn't let anyone into her heart, solves things with sex and when things start to staying out of her control, she tends to flee and isolate herself. Two strong personalities who can only calm things down in bed. It was the first work I read of the author and I liked it very much, although I found the story a little slow, it did not become very boring and it was easy to follow and from the middle of the book, we became contaminated with the investigation and we couldn't stop until we discovered who's the killer. I just wanted the ending to bring us more explanations about the reasons for those deaths.

  • Lidia
    2019-04-28 18:31

    3,5. Me ha gustado, aunque se me ha hecho un poco largo, quizá demasiada paja cuando ya sabíamos quién era el culpable desde la mitad del libro más o menos. Y lo que se hace de rogar Nora para darnos una escena sobre los sentimientos de la pareja...Lo que siempre me gusta de ella es que no te presenta a una prota fuerte e independiente para luego convertirla en una pánfila. Y menos mal, porque es algo que no soporto. Nada que decir sobre el protagonista, salvo que se lo compro.Las pocas escenas románticas, chapó. Alguna me la he leído hasta un par de veces, aunque carezcan de azúcar (o quizá sea por eso). Sí, la recomiendo.

  • Michelle
    2019-04-20 18:37

    "This book is a perfect example of why I love Nora Roberts so much. It takes a lot for me to want to move anywhere in the north where winters are long and harsh. Yet, even long after finishing Northern Lights, there is a part of me that really wants to move to Alaska. Her descriptions of its harshness, quirkiness, and more importantly, its beauty, leaves me breathless every time and makes me want to experience it myself, even though I hate winter and snow.[return][return]Meg is the perfect heroine. She's tough but realistic, driven and yet ordinary. I love how Ms. Roberts creates characters that are normal. They worry about mundane, everyday life as much as we do - from paying the bills to work to family issues. One can easily step into the shoes of one of her characters and not feel out of place in them. In her earlier novels, Ms. Roberts' heroines were fabulously wealthy, impossibly beautiful and people that are more the exception than the norm. I really like the fact that her heroines, including Meg, are much more believable and relatable.[return][return]I also adore Ms. Roberts' portrayal of men. The dialogue she writes them cracks me up because of the fact that I would expect my brother, my husband, or my closest males friends to say something similar. Nate is no exception in that aspect. I do realize that no female can quite conquer the male mind, and that if a man were to read this book, he would probably scoff at Nate as unrealistic. To me, he's just another enjoyable character.[return][return]This book definitely kept me turning pages long into the wee hours of the night. The mystery's resolution caught me off-guard, and Meg and Nate's relationship definitely hits all the right notes in the romance category. There is something so believable about these characters that had me caught up in the story line from the very beginning. The Alaskan backdrop is a character on its own. Together, they blend into one fabulous story."

  • Glamdring
    2019-05-07 17:53

    *Buddy read with V <333*There's so many things I loved in that book.First, the fact that the book was told from the hero's POV. It's not the first book Nora Roberts wrote that way, but I love her heroes in general so it's always a good surprise when she does it. Second, I loved the way she spoke of Alaska and climbing in extreme conditions. In most of her books the location is part of the story and in Northern Lights she really made both feelings really vivid. Finally, I loved both MCs and the secondary characters. As the book is focused on Nate's personal journey, the pace, romance or suspense wise, is slow but it's really worth the read.

  • Andrea Hussey
    2019-04-26 01:42

    Of course we start out with an unlikable character using crude language and talking about sex in a completely trashy manner, two characteristics that are sure to come in a Nora Roberts book. He’s talking about him and his group all sleeping with the same whore before they leave to go to the mountain. Ew. He’s cheating on his wife and family. How admirable. We pick up with the main guy and there’s more crude language. The 1st person he meets tells him there’s an older woman that’ll try to get in his pants. How classy.I liked how he wasn’t good at public speaking and it made him nervous.It was a run-of-the-mill story that’s been done so many times it had no effect on me at all. Every military or detective or something like that has had a partner killed and they blame themselves and it haunts them and all that, but I wasn’t feeling anything for Nate. She said he fell into a void or depression and darkness and all that and I just couldn’t summon up any energy to care.When he 1st meets Rose, a waitress or w/e, he thinks she’s so arresting, so serenely beautiful that he blinks.When he meets Charlene, the older woman, he calls her a bombshell with very impressive breasts.Charlene places her hand on Nate’s thigh; he removes it but becomes aroused. Wth? That’s the mother of the woman he’s going to get with. Set some freakin’ boundaries for Gods’ sake.He even thinks Hopp looked hot at the party.He sees Meg out the window at night and their eyes connect. When he sees her the next day he tries to decide if she’s pretty.She shouldn’t have been—her eyebrows were too straight, her nose a little crooked, her mouth top-heavy.That’s what he thinks about Meg, his future love interest, but her mom was man-killer Barbie.There’s something wrong with this picture.He’s just attracted to everybody, isn’t he?Nora Roberts is so obsessed with having there be jealousy and conflict that she doesn’t realize just how perverted and wrong it comes out as. The mother of the woman is not the person to use for that role. I mean, think about it. When they’re married or w/e, how awkward would it be that he thought his mother in law was a bombshell?I didn’t like that Nate had already been married.Meg is very direct and doesn’t beat around the bush or mince words, which is a quality that I do not like, especially when they’re talking about sex with a person they just met. At least Meg didn’t want him if her mom slept with him.She speaks so crudely she comes off as manly. Being so direct that you go out of your way to use bad language isn’t admirable, it isn’t funny, it’s unnecessary and classless.He goes to Meg’s house and she just assumes he wants sex, which is very forward and she seems a little full of herself that she thinks she’s so desirable. She tells him which room to go to and when he starts to say he just came there, not for sex, she says she’s going upstairs and getting naked. She also says she looks really good naked. Wth. Conceited much?She’s acting like a whore, taking in customers at the drop of a hat and directing them to her room.She was being way too forceful, and I didn’t like her at all. The way she kept calling him cutie like she was an old cougar going after a younger man got on my nerves. It’s absolutely disgusting the way they treat sex. You meet someone for the first time and you’ve got the woman jumping the men and getting down to business and asking for sex when they don’t even know if the guy likes them. They have no shame and it’s deplorable. They’re over-confident to the point of cocky, which is a bad trait. They jump the men and give them no choice and the men just follow along because it’s sex. Then love comes out of nowhere.Nate deserves better than this classless piece of trash and I hated that he went along with her plan. She’s no different than her mother. I had no desire to see where this was going, and I had to slam it down. I’ve read enough of her books to see where it’s going.They don’t take no for an answer. They’re one step above a whore, I guess, since they don’t charge anything for it, but the behavior is the same.I can only conclude, since Nora Roberts’ characters are always the same, that Nora Roberts is this way. It’s crude, it’s distasteful and it’s majorly unlikable. Her behavior is disgusting. There’s nothing mildly sweet or romantic about it.

  • RavenclawReadingRoom
    2019-04-22 18:41

    Trigger warnings: murder, death of a parent, death of a friend (in flashbacks), animal cruelty, slut shaming, lots and lots of guns. 2.5 stars. Okay, I'm going to be perfectly honest here: I only read this book because I'm trying to read books set in US states that I haven't yet read books set in yet in 2017 (if that makes any kind of sense). I searched my local library's catalogue for books set in Alaska. This came up. I used to read Nora Roberts back in the days when I was young and foolish and YA didn't exist yet, and I remembered liking her stuff. So I was sold. And the murder mystery side of things? Yeah, that was pretty decent. Basically, after a traumatic event, a Baltimore cop accepts a position as police chief in a small Alaskan town. A body is found, and it's a cold case for two reasons: 1. The murder was committed like 15 years ago; and2. The body is frozen. Sorry. Sometimes I make jokes in extremely poor taste. Aaaaaaaaaaaanyway. The murder mystery side of things? It was fine. Probably a 3.5 star book. But then we add the romance into the equation, and OOF. It was rough. I live tweeted my reading of this book on Twitter, so there's a whole thread over there if you want more quotes and ridiculousness. But here are some gems:- "Dress that soldier, and let's go to war". Said when he pulled his pants down and had a boner. - "She's beautiful. Well, she's not, but she is."- "What were his mountains but other whores? Cold, white whores that had seduced him away from her?"- "If you do me right, I'll hear my own music anyway."- "I expect you to ring the big bell tonight, seeing as I'm an engagement-sex virgin." I just... WTF?? It's like every single line between Meg and Nate was taken from a book of truly terrible pick up lines. Was it the worst book I've ever read? Nope. Not even close. Was it laugh-out-loud funny when it was trying to be swoony and romantic? Uh, yeah. Like, a LOT of the time. And not in a good way.

  • Kristalia
    2019-04-19 20:52

    Final rating: 3.75/5 stars7th book by Nora Roberts that I have read, and the first one I consider a weak compared to the others. Reason? I really, REALLY, hated the heroine. And hero was very loveable. Maybe even one of the best of heroes by Nora so far. Also of note, I read the translation of the book on my language. I don't really feel like writing a long review for this one so I will just keep it simple. Besides me hating the heroine, i liked the story. But then, there was also the pacing. It is very slow book. Most of the story is about settling the side cases, meeting the town people and insta-lust on sight. Long, long time passes for the love to come out in the picture.► STORY: Nate Burke is a Baltimore cop, who went to the Lunacy town in Alaska to be a chief of police after death of his partner makes him go into shock, severe depression and nightmares. He wants a new start - away from everyone he knew and everything he had known. There, he meets citizens of the town, sees his surroundings and figures out where he is standing. One day, he meets Meg Galloway, a lone wolf woman who would rather bite of the head of anyone who tries to help her. And she is one of the rare pilots the town has. As soon as they meet, they feel attracted to each other and soon start a friends-with-benefits relationship.After one particular incident happened on the mountain, the town is thrown into chaos when the news of a discovered body is spread. The man found frozen and killed is none other than famous Patrick Galloway, a man who went "missing" sixteen years ago. And the news that he was killed made a shocking impact on the citizens. Especially on his lover and his daughter Meg.► CHARACTERS: ◈Natefell into severe depression after the loss of his partner, where he was wounded and survived, while his partner didn't. And he feels deep regret that he survived - because he had no one - and his partner didn't - because he had wife and children. And ever since then, he wanted to give up and just stay dead. But it's hard to stay dead when you are actually not dead. And therefore, he needs a new start. Even if it means abandoning everyone he knew and going into small town. Nate is, beside being depressed, pretty normal guy, with a clear background, but who is also estranged from his mother and other relatives. It was routine he wanted. More than routine, he craved a rut where he wouldn’t have to think, one that got deeper and deeper so he didn’t have to see what was beyond it. He could go through the motions here, handling minor disputes, easing through the day with the same faces, the same voices, the same tasks repeating like a loop. He could be the mouse on the wheel. And maybe the ridiculous cold would keep him from decomposing. That way no one would know he was already dead. ◈ Megis the long wolf - she wants to do everything on her own, she takes care of herself and her dogs on her own, and she doesn't need anyone's help. Not now, not later. She has a strong attitude towards it and prefers being alone. She enjoys being a pilot and she loves soaring the sky with her plane. Meg is in very complicated relationship with her mother - they just can't stand each other. She is also selfish, reckless, insensitive and frozen. Most of the time, she loves thinking only of herself, but Nate's sad and tired eyes break her cold interior... but only barely. She doesn't want commitment of any kind, unless it's friendship with benefits.“I don't kick a man when he's down, unless I'm the one who put him down in the first place. I don't put him down unless he deserves it. And I don't break my word if I give it. So I'll give you my word.” ◈ Others:Mackie brothers are my favorites. The best thing about the whole book. There were many side characters and potential suspects. I also liked cop trio beside Nate, I just loved them.► OVERALL: Overall, nice read and light one. After a dark read like Honest Illusions, this was a nice one. But not as good. LIKED: ☑ hero☑ story☑ side casesDISLIKED: ☒ heroine☒ slow pacing☒ (view spoiler)[ why did the original murder happen anyway????? What actually happened here? (hide spoiler)]OTHER IMPORTANT INFO:⚠ Standalone: Yes⚠ Point of View: First POV, one character / Third POV, multiply characters⚠ Cliffhanger: No⚠ Triggers: (view spoiler)[deaths of animals (hide spoiler)]⚠ Love triangle: No⚠ Angst: Yep⚠ Supernatural: No⚠ Explicit content: Yes⚠ Ending type: (view spoiler)[ HEA(hide spoiler)]⚠ Recommended: If you want a light read, with slow pacing, heavy accent on characters, with (subjective opinion) annoying heroine, but wonderful hero, and with a good mystery (you can't figure out the villain until villain is made known. To those who guessed: good job. ► MY REVIEWS OF OTHER ROBERT'S BOOKS: Stand alone books:◈Whiskey Beach◈Honest Illusions◈Northern LightsChesapeake Bay Saga:◈Sea Swept (Chesapeake Bay Saga, #1)◈Rising Tides (Chesapeake Bay Saga, #2)◈Inner Harbor (Chesapeake Bay Saga, #3)◈Chesapeake Blue (Chesapeake Bay Saga, #4)

  • Krista (I remember you, Min) (Critical)
    2019-04-25 17:49

    I seriously loved everything about this book. First of all, it was mostly about Nate, which was AWESOME! NR NEVER writes books about the hero! And it was soooo refreshing. On top of that, I ADORED Nate. He is seriously everything I want my future husband to be. How Nate sat with the little boy for breakfast every day was sooo cute. It made me want to kiss him. I loved spending time with him as he adapted to life in Lunacy. Okay. I loved the setting of Alaska, because I pretty much knew nothing about it beforehand, and found it very interesting. Plus, who doesn't love a town called "Lunacy" whose residents are called "Lunatics?" Really. All of the characters were fully developed, including the secondary ones, which I liked, because it didn't take away from the development of Nate and Meg and their relationship. Another thing I loved was that it was the heroine who had a nick name for the hero. That never happens. Every time she called him "cutie," a smile would spread over my face. It was new and awesome to have people warning the hero that the heroine might break his heart. Loved that. I even liked the characters that I didn't like, including Charlene. I really ended up feeling for her and her struggle with getting old and her love for the husband that left her. I didn't like Jacob either, but found him intriguing. The mayor was cool, too. Annoying, but likable. I also liked all of Nate's police team. They worked well together. It was so cute that Nate refused to shoot the moose. Could he be any more perfect? About Meg. I didn't LOVE her, but I have to say I liked her because she was so unique. She was a little cold and selfish, but she got over it in the end, so it was all right. I actually thought she and Nate worked well together. She really brought out the fire in him. :)I thought the emotions of the characters were so true and real, like when one of the characters died. Very realistic reactions. Following Nate as he adapted to life in Lunacy and dealt with the residents was soo fun. I wasn't bored for one second. Seeing him trying to work through the major blizzard was great, too. As for the killer, I had no idea who it was. I never suspected this person. It was good, because there were so many characters and so many people it COULD have been. Basically, I REALLY hope NR writes another book w/ the hero as the main character. And Nate, will you marry me, please? Thank you.

  • Lyndi
    2019-04-21 19:40

    Ugh. This book gave me a raging headache. I don't remember who half the characters were and couldn't remember them while reading. There were just too many of them. Lots of time spent in awe of the snowy mountains. I mean, this is a busy book. Lots of things are happening. The repeated descriptions of the scenery weren't necessary. The repeated descriptions of depression weren't necessary. Damn near half the conversations weren't even necessary.The reason this gets three stars instead of two: I was wrong about the villain. Nora Roberts made a concentrated effort to make the reader focus on one particular character - he totally seemed like the villain and I almost DNF'd it because I was like "Oh come on, it's gotta be him!" But it wasn't. It was probably the last person I would have expected aside from the little old lady or children. So yeah, that was a shocker and I really liked being surprised.On the other hand, we never get any explanation as to why the original murder happened. We get, via old journal entries, a jist of the fight that resulted in murder... but once they caught the guy, we should have gotten his explanation aside from "Oh em gee, it was self-defense, you have to believe me!" (view spoiler)[ In the journal entry, the victim writes about how the villain is jealous of him, wants his woman, etc. But after the murder, the villain never made any play for the victim's woman. Maybe it wasn't as important as the journal entry implied, but that argument and jealousy is what focuses the reader on a specific, though wrong, character. I wanted to know the villain's side of things. Though maybe it was all about money in the end, it seemed like it was about jealousy.(hide spoiler)]Anyway, there was too much going on, too many characters, too much superfluous descriptions of scenery. It dragged on forever. Took me 10 hours to finish, reading nearly nonstop. Too. Damn. Long.Nora Roberts is a fabulous writer, but a few of her books I've read recently are needlessly long and border on tedious.(I just checked - this has to be one of her longer books... 637 pages. Obviously I need to check these things before starting a book at 6pm.)

  • Tina
    2019-04-27 23:35

    I liked this one. Nora Robert is, in recent books of hers that I've read, 3 for 3 with the prickly heroines/cool heroes. Like Birthright and Tribute, I liked the hero more than I liked the heroine. Police Detective Nate Burke comes to a small town Lunatic, AK (pop. around 600) to get away from the crushing despair he's felt since his partner in Baltimore died in an alley in his arms. Nate is hired on as the Sheriff of the small town. Over time he begins to heal while taking in the quirks of both the town and the people. And he meets and falls in love with Meg Calloway. But a 16 year old murder mystery surfaces, one that one member of the town will do anything to make sure no one solves.This was a nice little whodunnit. Almost read like a cozy mystery in places. I could easily see her setting a series in Lunatic, AK especially with the townspeople to provide local color, both comic and tragic. The mystery plotline (kept me guessing although I did figure it out before it was revealed) and individual characters were stronger than the romance plotline. The romance was almost a by the numbers thing. If I had one quibble it is the same one that I am finding with all of her more recent stand alone titles. I am a long time fan of NR's and I think my longevity with her actually works against me sometimes. I have noticed that there is a sameness of speech patterns amongst her characters that cross books boundaries. So a character's dialogue and speech cadences in Angels Fall will sound incredibly similar to those of characters in High Noon or even this book. Interestingly, I don't find this to be true when I go back and re-read books from earlier in her career.Even so, this was a pretty darned good read. I recommend.

  • Morgan
    2019-05-11 17:57

    I don't like to give bad reviews, but sorry, Nora really missed it with this one. As an Alaskan woman, I was offended by her portrayal of Alaskan women. The only character in the book I liked was her hero. Every other character came across as stupid, slutty, selfish, greedy, or a combination of all the above, and it didn't matter if it were the men or the women.I once read a reader review in which the reader gushed about how she now knew what Alaska was really like. Well, that was Alaska in someone's imagination, not how it really is. Come visit for a few months to truly capture the flavor.I have a lot of respect for what Ms. Roberts has accomplished in the Romance genre and writing in general. But sometimes even the best have a bad day. This was it for Ms. Roberts.

  • Stephanie Tracy
    2019-04-30 19:33

    I had really high expectations for this book - for starters, because I love Nora and tend to love everything she writes, and also because it’s set in Alaska and I thought that would just be really cool. Well, the setting WAS cool. But the overall story left too much to be desired, and I’m left feeling a little disappointed (I’m sorry, Nora). Ex Baltimore cop, Nate Burke, takes a job in Lunacy, Alaska, after tragically losing both his partner and his wife back home. He becomes the new Chief of Police and slowly settles into life in the snow-covered small town. He meets the locals (a great cast of characters, for the most part), and sees this as a way to hopefully heal from the depression that’s been gnawing at him. Nate is a pretty likable character. But then he meets Meg Galloway. She’s a local bush pilot, and she charms him immediately. But WHY that is, I can’t figure out. I have never disliked a Nora heroine more than I dislike Meg. She is crass, rude, harsh, and (I hate to say it) - cheap. Within five minutes of knowing Nate she’s tossing out crude invitations to hop into bed with him. Now I’m not saying a romance heroine needs to be a graceful demure lady without a naughty thought in her pretty little head... but Meg was just too much. And when Nate fell hard for her, I lost some respect for him. She was just... ick. The mystery was fairly good. Ish. A body is found in a cave up on the mountain - a body tied to Meg’s past (gasp!), and that takes up the rest of the book. Nate dives into solving the mystery of how this man died, and then he ties the “ice man” to a new murder in town. The next 500 pages of the book consists of questioning the townspeople, talking about the murder, and getting absolutely nowhere with it - until the final 10 pages. And I’m sorry... some reviewers have hailed the ending as an amazing surprise, but I was so let down. No, I didn’t guess the murderer (which is good), but the actual murderer turned out to be someone I’d paid little-to-no attention to throughout the book, and therefore packed NO punch. This is uncharacteristic of a Nora novel. Usually I’m blown away by the ultimate reveal. And the book was over 600 pages. Yiiiikes. Overall, I’m just left a little let down. I had great hopes, but besides the nice setting and the fairly likable hero, I’m bummed. Glad I read it, but probably wouldn’t recommend too highly to another Nora fan. She can do (and has done many times) way, way better than this.

  • Carina Carvalho
    2019-04-22 19:33

    Fiquei cheia de vontade de visitar o Alasca.

  • Ian
    2019-05-03 23:44

    I sometimes wonder if there are two authors named Nora Roberts. Some of her books are very good, others are so dull beyond belief. This is one of the good ones. OK it's a little cliched but burnt out Baltimore cop Nate Burke accepts the job of Police Chief in a remote Alaskan town called Lunacy. While there he investigates a 30 year old crime. As with many Nora Roberts books the women are tough. Nate's love interest in this book is Meg Galloway, a shy of commitment bush pilot who takes on bears in her underwear. You generally know what's coming with a Nora Roberts novel and there are no surprises in this one, but it's still worth the effort.

  • Anita
    2019-05-13 20:50

    Actual Rating: 3.5 StarsEven though it took about 30% for the main conflict and excitement to begin, this book was actually a lot of fun.  On a side note, I have a thing for wintry settings, especially those with a possible crime thriller plot.  And admittedly, despite the rather banal, everyday happenings of our newest Lunacy Chief of Police, I really, really enjoyed Northern Lights.True to form, there were still a lot of things about this book that didn't work for me, but oddly enough, the little snippets of journal, the two or three "Police Log" entries in the town's only newpaper, and even some of the really subtle, but much appreciated humor made this book shine amidst all the crazy.  Lunacy, Alaska is very aptly named, and all the strange hijinks of the small town people made this extremely long book very worthwhile.I also found the spin on the name 'Lunacy' for different aspects of the town kind of endearing.  The residents refer to themselves as 'Lunatics,' the newspaper is named 'The Lunatic,' and so on.I would have liked for the crime thriller portion of the book to be a bit more exciting, if I were to be totally honest.  And I would have liked for Meg to be a bit less bitchy, and for Nate to be a bit less neanderthal.  But all-in-all, between the atmosphere and all the unique, colorful characters, I found myself quite immersed in the day-to-day goings on of the Lunatics, especially as seen from a fresh set of eyes, a man from the Lower 48, who finds everything amusing, strange, and kind of 'Twilight Zone' to boot.The murder mystery that finally got presented at the 30% mark was quite twisty-turny, and I found myself analyzing each and every possible suspect alongside Nate.  It was actually quite unpredictable, but at the same time, not so surprising when the main culprit was finally revealed.  The ending, on the other hand, was a little too daintily packaged, but there's a Happily Ever After, and the rest of the book was entertaining enough, so I'm not really complaining too much.On a side note, I've yet to encounter a Nora Roberts romance that I've actually liked.  I have a bone to pick with almost every one of them--with most of the Nora Roberts heroes being incredibly pushy and acting like cavemen; or the heroines being more bitchy and stupidly stubborn than I would like.However, in truth, if I were to choose one Roberts hero who comes close to being a favorite, though, I might choose Nate Burke.  He's got a tragic history, a broody persona, but all-in-all he's quite down-to-earth, and takes steps to help himself climb back out of his own black hole.  I love his spunk and how well he handles the irrational actions and behavior of the people of Lunacy, especially when they look for reasons to hate him for being an Outsider appointed as their Chief of Police.The one thing I DON'T like his is penchant for shoving Meg behind him when everyone and their mothers know that she can take care of herself just fine.  Granted, she's got a reckless streak about her, and she might be bitchy and stubborn as heck, but I found it a little insulting that, when faced with a wilderness of danger, his first instinct was to tell Meg to hide.  Yes, maybe in a less politically correct world, this might seem heroic and swoon-worthy.  But being that Meg has had much more experience living in the outskirts of Lunacy, Alaska, facing down tough flights, harsh winters, and wandering wildlife, you'd think he'd trust her instincts more than his own need to protect.Anyway, before I jump on top of another soapbox, I should probably just bring this piece to a close.Northern Lights was pretty entertaining, and no one is more surprised than I am to find how much I enjoyed reading a Romantic Suspense that felt more like a banal Contemporary Romance.  It wouldn't be the first time, and probably won't be the last.  But this time, I'm pleasantly surprised to admit that I hadn't even worried that the 'suspense' part of this Romantic Suspense felt a little unbalanced.Nora Roberts, you've done it again.  Another conflicting feel to another well written novel.***Booklikes-opolyRoll #29:Author was born pre-1955.Page Count:  562Cash Award:  +$15.00Updated Bank Balance:  $210.00

  • Sara ♥
    2019-05-15 17:35

    December 29, 2016 - January 1, 2017I read this at almost the EXACT same time last year! I keep noticing trends like this! WEIRD!!!! I think cuz it's winter and cold... and I'm thankful it isn't ALASKA cold here in Texas!!!!! I really like this book... :)December 31, 2014 - January 2, 2015I forgot how this ended! Awesome! :) It was interesting reading this already knowing who did it, too... Heehee... October 16-18, 20134.5 stars.Man, the end was pretty intense! I was like, "WHO IS IT??? WHOOOOO IIISSSS IIIIITTT?????" while banging on my steering wheel. My 3-year-old was like... "Who you talking to mom?" Hahahaha!The narrator was really good, too. I liked that it was a guy, since the story is primarily about Nate. And his female voices weren't totally annoying, which is a huge plus!! ;)To sum up my thoughts/feelings on this book... I thought Nate was wonderfully flawed and that he heals in a reasonable and believable way. I liked Meg quite a lot. She was a BIT too abrasive, but I felt like I understood why she was that way because of her past and upbringing. I'm on the fence about her mom. She was kinda humorous for a while, then she was acting like a big baby (all sorts of annoying)... I thought the interaction between mother and daughter kept things really interesting.I liked the mystery aspect of the story. It's was pretty intense! I liked how the hero and heroine basically made us a list of all the possible killers so I didn't have to sit there going, "Is it that random obscure character that was barely mentioned?" I was SOOOO HOPING the killer was who he was because he was such a jerk-face. But while Nora whittles it down some, that final part where Nate's like, "OMG! I totally know who it is!" I was like, "WHOOOOOOO IIISSSS ITTT???!?!??!?!?!?!??!" dying to know if I'd guessed right.The Alaska aspect of it, I didn't think I'd like. I read that HORRID book, Into the Wild. So when the book starts with climbing-the-mountain journal entries, I was worried. I have discovered that on the wanderlust scale of 1 to 10, I come in at about a -5. No desire WHATSOEVER to go into the wild. So while I'd never move to Alaska (it sounded terrible... all that dressing and undressing and FEET and FEET and FEET of snow...) at the same time, Nora made it really intriguing from an intellectual point of view. It was interesting to think what it would be like if you only had 4 or 5 hours of daylight or if you had 19 or 20 hours of daylight a day. And it was fascinating to think that PEOPLE REALLY LIVE LIKE THAT! Crazies. But it was intriguing.So yeah. This one ranks pretty high for me! Nothing has beaten Chasing Fire yet, but this one was up there!

  • Brenda
    2019-05-07 20:47

    As Ignatious Burke and his pilot, Jerk, got closer to their destination of Lunacy, Alaska, Burke was sure his life was about to end. The surrounding mountains, covered in snow and ice, the bucking plane and Burke’s churning stomach told him he really shouldn’t have climbed onto this plane. But land safely they did, and never had he been happier to stand on solid ground (albeit a frozen lake)! Ex Baltimore cop, Nate (please!) had just been hired as Lunacy’s first Chief of Police; their small township had decided they finally needed a police department and Mayor Hopp was his new boss. With Peter and Otto as his deputies and the extremely competent Peach his dispatcher, the town was set to keep law and order like never before. But Nate had some deep hang-ups; the dark depression and nightmares had been his constant companions for almost a year now – he and his partner Jack had been gunned down in an alleyway – he had survived, Jack hadn’t. The guilt ate deep into his soul. Life was peaceful for the first few weeks – a few minor problems easily handled – until three young teenagers decided to do a winter climb on a nearby mountain called No Name. Their subsequent rescue when Nate and pilot Megan Galloway weren’t sure if they were searching for the living or the dead started an investigation which went back sixteen years to when Meg’s father disappeared. Suddenly Nate found his calling once again – finding the truth, digging deeply into events of long ago – his cop instincts hadn’t failed him before and they wouldn’t fail him now.With Nate and Meg’s attraction to each other keeping their personal life interesting, and a current murder investigation keeping Nate busy, strange things began to happen. Suddenly there seemed to be danger wherever he turned; he didn’t know who he could trust. As the pace picked up, the events of past and present threatened to collide. Would Nate find what he was looking for? And what about Meg and Charlene? The tension was palpable!I loved this romantic suspense novel! It was gripping, the pace was intense, and my conclusion was very wrong! Full of mystery and intrigue, I have no hesitation in recommending this book for all lovers of this genre.

  • Jane Stewart
    2019-04-23 23:41

    Really good mystery, some romance to go with it, feel good ending, enjoyable escape.STORY BRIEF:Nate was a cop in Baltimore. His partner was killed on the job. Nate felt responsible and was sad, withdrawn and depressed for months. He left Baltimore to become police chief of a small town in Alaska, hoping to further lose himself. He meets Meg who is a fiercely independent bush pilot, flying people and supplies around Alaska. She has more masculine traits than feminine and is the initiator of casual sex. Some mountain climbers discover a dead body with an axe in his chest. The body has been sitting in a cave on the mountain for 16 years. Nate’s cop instincts awaken as he investigates. The murderer starts doing things to stop the investigation.REVIEWER’S OPINION:It was a long book and a little slow at first. But the last half made it worthwhile and kept me interested. It was an interesting group of characters. I enjoyed watching what life was like for a small town police chief, breaking up fights, taking care of drunks, dealing with teenage orneriness. Nate was a good man, taking care of his town. But when murder happened, he turned back into the tough, Baltimore cop - investigating and protecting. Solving the murder and his relationship with Meg brought him back to life.I would have liked a little more understanding of the motivation for the murder. The love story between Nate and Meg could have used more relationship development. It started with Meg wanting casual sex and later they sort of realized they were in love. It was ok but could have used a little more sizzle. I enjoyed the Alaskan lights in the sky, the beautiful wilderness, and the lifestyle. DATA:Story length: 635 pages. Swearing language: strong. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 4. Total number of sex scene pages: 10. Setting: 1988, 2004 and 2005 Alaska. Copyright: 2004. Genre: romantic mystery.OTHER BOOKS:For a listing of my reviews of other Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb books, see my 4.5 star review of "Angels Fall" posted on 6/30/08.

  • Mónica Silva
    2019-04-18 22:49

    Opinião no blog http://howtoliveathousandlives.blogsp...Assente no Alasca, este livro permitiu-me viajar até às montanhas inóspitas, ao frio cortante da neve, ao aconchego da vila de Lunacy. Senti uma vontade irreprimível de procurar esta região, encontrar um chalé onde pudesse passar o meu tempo com uma manta nas pernas, uma chávena de chocolate quente numa mão e um livro noutra. É esta a magia das descrições de Nora Roberts, fazem-nos ansiar por uma realidade bem diferente da que vivemos!Surpreendentemente, neste livro temos acesso a uma perspetiva masculina, pouco comum nos romances desta autora. Nate é um polícia atormentado pelo passado, um homem íntegro e sensível, que enfrenta uma difícil integração numa vila em que é visto como um estranho. Nesta localidade irá conhecer diversas personagens, com personalidades moldadas pelo ambiente rude e agreste que os rodeia. Uma destas é Meg, uma mulher simples mas irreverente, que rapidamente conquista o coração empedernido de Nate. No entanto, um homicídio vem abalar os alicerces desta pequena comunidade. A sua resolução não será simples e a revelação final é surpreendente. Mais um excelente romance com o cunho de Nora Roberts!

  • Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
    2019-05-07 00:01

    At 672 kindle pages a little on the long side but nevertheless a really good slow unwinding romantic suspense combining a cold case murder, the quirkiness of a remote small town characters and interesting hero and heroine. And the inclusion of several possible murder suspects meant the whodunit kept my interest to the very end. ★★★★☆ (4.5 stars)

  • Samantha
    2019-04-27 00:38

    Out of the many, many Nora books I've read, this one pleasantly surprised me. It's unlike any of her other books, this one having more "gore"... but it was still such a nice read. Very well written, and of course, no one can set a scene that makes you feel like you're standing in the middle of it like Nora Roberts can, even if that scene is Alaska.

  • LibraryLass
    2019-04-24 18:52

    Fantastic! I absolutely loved this whole book. Especially loved the fact that the book was primarily from Nate's POV. Highly recommended. Another hit for NR.

  • Mollie Matusick
    2019-05-08 18:47

    I've only read two Nora Roberts' books--this one and Tribute--and I liked this one much better. I'm still thinking about the characters weeks after finishing. I feel like I miss them and could pick the book back up and open it to a random page just to visit with them for a little while. The story is set in a remote village in Alaska, and the main character is a cop from Baltimore who gets hired by the mayor to become chef of police after his partner was killed in the line of duty. The characters found their way under my skin. Story wise, two parts weren't really feasible to me, but the development of the relationships the new chief builds with the residents and the challenges he faces trying to rebuild his life and the challenges the community face as a whole living very cut off from the rest of the world where what I liked best, more so than the plot. I could visualize the people and the settings perfectly in my head. Then ending I really couldn't see happening that way at all, but I don't want to give out spoilers. I just think the person in question's actions were very out of character and without cause.

  • Cheryl Landmark
    2019-04-22 01:59

    Although I'm not a fan of her romance novels, I've read a number of Nora Roberts' mysteries and fantasy trilogies and I think she's a very prolific and good writer. I found this book to be no exception. I loved Nate's quirky sense of humour and his interactions with the many colourful characters in the small Alaskan town where he moves to pick up the pieces of his life and start over again. I love my female heroines to be strong and independent, but sometimes Meg was just a little too prickly and aloof for my taste. She did soften toward the end, though, and allowed her growing feelings for Nate to puncture that tough exterior. And, someone who loves her dogs as much as she does certainly deserves likeability points, in my opinion! Ms. Roberts' vivid descriptions of the Alaskan solitude and breathtaking beauty were very well-done. The mystery kept me guessing to the end and wondering who the murderer was out of all the possible suspects. All in all, I found this to be a very enjoyable read.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-03 17:38

    Northern Lights was interesting, but not what I've come to expect from Nora Roberts. The characters really come to life in this book and the reader gets dragged into the story. What was refreshing was that it was realistic...the hero wasn't superman, the heroine wasn't wonder woman....they were real, normal people. However, the story did have a tendency to was really slow paced. Not to the point that you didn't want to keep reading, but you didn't have the urge to read 'just one more chapter' before going to bed. One major thing I would change with this book would be Meg's character...though I liked her realism and the fact that she wasn't a wimp....she was also FAR TOO bold and a little bit too much on the trashy side.