Cover image for River's end
Title:
River's end
Author:
Roberts, Nora.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
420 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780399144707
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Olivia's parents had been one of Hollywood's glittering golden couples...until the night the monster came. The monster who destroyed their beautiful home and took her mother away from her forever. The monster with the face of her father...

Now a young woman, Olivia finds her memory of that night has faded. Her mother's grieving family spared no effort to keep Olivia safe from the publicity, sending her to grow up in the beautiful natural splendor of the Pacific Northwest. But despite the terror, and the years that have passed, a part of her still yearns to recall those horrifying events, to know the truth about her childhood.

With the help of a young writer named Noah Brady, she could have the chance. The son of the police officer who found Olivia cowering in her bedroom closet so many years ago, Noah wants to reconstruct that infamous night -- and tell the story that has become a part of Hollywood history. With Noah, Olivia has the opportunity to confront her tragic past -- and the longings in her own lonely heart.

But before she can confront her past, she must safeguard her future. For in this haven of forestland, this remote corner of the country, the monster walks again....


Author Notes

Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland on October 10, 1950. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published in 1981. Since then, she has written more than 150 novels. She writes romances under her own name including Montana Sky, Blue Smoke, Carolina Moon, The Search, Chasing Fire, The Witness, The Perfect Hope, Inner Harbor, Dark Witch, Shadow Spell, The Collector, The Villa, The Liar, and The Obsession. She writes crime novels under the pseudonym of J. D. Robb including the In Death series. She has been given the Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award and has been inducted into their Hall of Fame.

(Bowker Author Biography) Nora Roberts is the author of nearly 140 novels, including several #1"New York Times" bestsellers, with more than 106 million copies of her books in print. She lives in Maryland.

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Reviews 4

Booklist Review

The name Nora Roberts guarantees sales in the hundreds of thousands because she consistently gives her fans what they want--complex characters, snappy dialogue, and an intriguing plot--and her newest is no exception. It revolves around Olivia MacBride who witnessed a murder so horrific her four-year-old mind erased her memories of that night--the night her father murdered her mother with a pair of scissors. Why did Olivia become the object of intense media attention? Because her mother reigned as the hottest female star in Hollywood, while her father's star was falling. In the wake of the trial and the ongoing lack of privacy, Olivia's grandparents took her home to River's End Lodge in the Pacific Northwest. Now, 20 years later, the murder of Olivia's mother still fascinates the merely curious, die-hard fans, journalists, and writer Noah Brady, whose father was the first police officer on the scene. With several best-sellers under his belt ala Ann Rule, Noah decides to pursue his obsession with the unexpected help of Olivia's father, who contacts him from prison with an offer to tell his side of the story. Noah's investigation takes him to River's End, but Olivia wants nothing to do with his research or him, until his persistence has an unexpected side effect--the monster from Olivia's childhood has returned, determined to have her or to make sure no one else does. Even though Noah fails to make some obvious connections, Roberts' suspenseful tale is still a success, and demand will be high given book-club selections and a groundbreaking promotional stunt: the packaging of excerpts in 12-and 24-packs of Diet Coke. --Melanie Duncan


Publisher's Weekly Review

Her signature florid style again serving a suspenseful mystery combined with a fated romance, bestselling Roberts (Hot Ice) tells a Helter Skelter-type Hollywood horror story lurid with murder, drugs and insanity. One summer night in 1979, four-year-old Olivia Tanner finds her doped-up father, Sam, bloodied shears in hand, poised over the dead body of her movie-star mom. Haunted by the image of "the monster" pursuing her, Olivia is sent to live with her grandparents in the Pacific Northwest, where she is sheltered from her memories by towering Douglas firs. Two decades later, the specter of the "monster" returns. From prison, her father urges young investigative reporter Noah Brady‘son of the police detective who discovered Olivia after the murder‘to research the crime. Noah accepts this task eagerly, heedless of Olivia's rebuffs and undeterred by violence and danger, especially after Olivia begins to remember the crime. The denouement brings both of them into a bloody confrontation with the past. Roberts's careful research, particularly into the ecosystems of the forests of the Pacific Northwest, makes for vibrant background detail. Her artful manipulation of the plot, contrived so that amour and horror escalate in tandem, reaffirms her ability to deliver entertaining fiction. 275,000 first printing; 300,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selection; author tour. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

A classic case of domestic violence or something more sinister? Four-year-old Olivia's testimony put her father behind bars for the murder of her mother. Twenty years later Sam Tanner wants to tell his story, and he wants true-crime writer Noah Brady, the son of the cop who arrested him, to write it. Noah agrees because the story has haunted him all his life. Olivia is first appalled, then curious. Noah is everything she had ever imagined, but he is probing deeply painful memories. Sandra Burr adds her considerable talents to this tightly written romantic thriller from the author of Inner Harbor (Audio Reviews, LJ 4/15/99). Her child's voice is eerily memorable, her teenage Livy aches of womanhood, but she shines with the adult Livy and Noah. Their sexual tension is palpable, and the story's suspense is even more tightly strung. Highly recommended for all fiction collections.ÄJodi L. Israel, Jamaica Plain, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

YA-Life changes completely for four-year-old Olivia McBride the night she encounters the monster standing over her mother holding a pair of scissors covered with blood. Until then, she had been the only child of one of Hollywood's most glittering couples, dearly loved by her parents and loving them in return. But the monster, with her father's face, takes away her mother forever. She is whisked away from Hollywood and all the publicity surrounding the murder and her father's subsequent trial and imprisonment to live with her mother's loving and protective family. Growing up in the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, Olivia's monster is almost forgotten until a young writer, contacted by her father, agrees to write a book about the events of that night so many years ago. Thus, the monster that has been at bay for so long is reawakened. This novel, with elements of suspense and romance, also has vivid and atmospheric geographical descriptions.-Pamela B. Rearden, Centreville Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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