Friday, April 2, 2010

Remember When by Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb

Remember When
by Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb
3.5 stars

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My first thought about the book was “written by me and me” how weird is that? I am not sure how many people know that that J.D. Robb and Nora Roberts are one in the same. I thought what a clever way to get Nora Roberts fans to read J.D. Robb and vice versa.

The first part of the book is written by Nora Roberts. It, of course, gives the set up and background information for the plot throughout the novel. Roberts part is more about the love story between Laine Tavish and Max Gannon. The circumstances that brought them together is an important aspect of the novel as a whole but is more the means of getting the couple together in the first part of the book. Laine Tavish was born Elaine O’Hara, daughter to Jack O’Hara. Jack O’Hara was a theft and was passing that legacy on to Laine until her mother decided enough was enough and moved. Laine changed her name not because she was totally ashamed of her father but she was afraid that the name would prevent her from having the life she wanted because of people who believe apple not falling far from the tree. Max Gannon is an ex-cop turn private investigator. He was hired by the insurance company to track down over 28 million dollars of stolen diamonds. His investigation leads him to Laine and from there his heart never stood a chance. (First part takes place in 2003)

The second part of the story is written by J.D. Robb. It focuses more on the diamond heist. In the first part we learn that the diamonds were split into four parts. Jack pocketed a few stones just in case something happen with his share but 3 of the parts was found, one was still out there. Samantha granddaughter of Laine and Max wrote a book about the diamond heist. After coming off of her book tour she finds her friend and house sitter dead. It is up to Lieutenant Eve Dallas, newly promoted Detective Peabody and the ever endearing Roark to find out who is behind the murders. Eve is certain that whoever it is has a personal connection to those diamonds. The underlining theme of this novel is the question of nature or nurture.

I listened to the audio version of the book. The flow and pace was smooth. I never felled bogged down by too much useless information or stalling. The reader, Susan Erickson, does a wonderful job. With audio books, the reader’s voice is just as important as the story. If I do not like the reader’s voice then my experience with that audio book is done. Overall this was an entertaining read.

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