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ARC Review: Shelter in Place

  • Title: Shelter in Place
  • Author: Nora Roberts
  • # of pages: 438
  • Advanced Reader Copy
  • Publisher: St Martins Press
  • Date of release: May 29, 2018
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance novel, Domestic Fiction
  • My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

* I received this book from a giveaway in a Nora Roberts fan club I’m in.

* All opinions are my own.


It 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 tending to customers. Then the shooters arrived.

The 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 art.

But 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.


I absolutely loved this book.  When I first learned about the opening of this book I was a little skeptical about the impact it could have.  I shouldn’t have worried.  Teen mass shooting are a major political and social topic right now and Nora Roberts does a wonderful job of navigating these issues with class.

Nora Roberts found the right balance of real and make-believe.  Allowing me, and others, to see beyond the first chapter and absorb the story after this tragic event.  The reader is expertly guided through the lives of some of the survivors in a way that although you are reminded of the event your focus is held by their attempts to continue on.  The different characters attempts to continue on take them down many different paths. The variety of paths Nora Roberts wrote are a great examples of the different mentalities people have after such an event.

I was impressed with how psychological issues were woven into the story lines of both the protagonists’ and the antagonist.  The antagonist’s psychosis was extremely well done and shows how seemingly unimportant things can influence a person’s life.

I have been a Nora Roberts fan for a long time and I think this is my favorite book.  I will definately read this book again.  I encourage every one to read this book. If you have doubts, look past them and give this book a try.

Happy reading!!!




I was a bibliophile before I learned the alphabet. From an early age I have used books to relieve the pressures of reality. I was I teenager before I appreciated the learning power of books. Now, as an adult, I read books for both learning and relaxation.

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