Come Sundown

Come Sundown

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2017.
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9781250123077
Characteristics: 466 pages ; 24 cm

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Gadget18917
Oct 16, 2020

I'm not going to finish this book. I like to read before sleep and this story is very disturbing. A young woman is hitchhiking home and accepts a ride from a stranger who knocks her out and imprisons her in his basement, repeatedly abusing and raping her. She becomes pregnant and delivers a baby girl who he feels is inferior and wants to sell her. Can't take any more of this story. Really disappointed that this came from Nora Roberts. I read more than 30 of her books and never found any this disgusting.

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AMWayment
Jun 22, 2020

It all starts in 1991 with twenty one year old Alice Bodine making her way back home to the family ranch in Montana after having run away to California at eighteen. Due to an turn of events Alice doesn't make it back and her family has no idea that she was returning home. The story then transitions into the present day life at the Bodine Ranch and Resort, and we are introduced to Bodine Langbow. Smart, strong and self-reliant, Bo runs the resort. They are all living a peaceful, happy and busy life in the mountains managing the four generation old family business.

Things start getting interesting when Bo's childhood crush and Chase's best friend, Callen Skinner returns back home after making a small fortune in Hollywood and starts working for the family. Soon after, two back to back murders take place in the otherwise peaceful town with no obvious suspect. Meanwhile, there are occasional flashbacks, unraveling the heartbreaking and painful incidents that occur in Alice's life, the abuse and torture that she is forced to endure in the clutches of a psychopath.

With another turn of events and some luck Alice manages to escape her captor and returns back to her family after nearly three decades. But she is left a fragile and broken version of her former self, given to the years of suffering and torment. The two mysteries of figuring out the dangerous serial killer on loose in present day Bodine Ranch and the unwinding of Alice's dark twisted past along with the family dynamics of this close knit kin is what constitutes the major chunk of the story. Combined with excellent writing and lush descriptions of the beautiful Montana backdrop, Come Sundown is a satisfying read.

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Morcy
Jun 27, 2019

Same ol' same ol'. If you've read any Nora Roberts, this is exactly the same, just different names and places. Not worth it if you know what's coming.

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Wendy_J
Mar 08, 2018

Loved this classic Nora Roberts book. Extremely fast read, easy to follow story and enough action to keep things interesting.

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firefly5
Jan 20, 2018

Easy read, fun and interesting. Read this in 3 days and enjoyed it!

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sandyjoy55
Nov 25, 2017

Nora Roberts is a GREAT author......she always has strong women & men roles, with suspense and predictability in her writing. The good guys always win..... which is comforting to me with all the evil and craziness that is in our world today.

JCLEmilyD Nov 14, 2017

I really enjoy Nora Roberts' (and J.D. Robb's) writing but this one was too predictable to me.

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GordieB
Oct 23, 2017

Lousy

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jackzelda
Oct 05, 2017

every once in a while I have a hankering for a Nora Roberts book. This one wasn't the one. Almost quit halfway through. Alice intrigued me though and her recovery. That was the only thing that kept me going. Don't think I'll have than hankering again if she keeps writing like this. Used to really enjoy her writing.

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writermala
Aug 22, 2017

The book has an interesting concept in that it tells us about running a ranch and resort as a business. To make it interesting there is romance and suspense thrown in. Good idea but I wish the 'Suspense' did not involve so much violence.
The Bodines and Longbows run the ranch with three generations of women playing an active part. Alice leaves home never to return. Alice's life and the Bodines' are described in parallel till they coalesce in a horrifying way; will there be a happy ending? Read and find out!

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