I always associate Nora Roberts with romance trilogies where sisters fall in love, brothers fall in love, best friends fall in love and sometimes all three in the same storyline. So it always surprises me when I come across one of her books that has romance but also a large element of Criminal Minds. Come Sundown is one of those books.
The book has two very strong storylines that eventually merge/catch up with each other. The story starts out with Alice Bodine. A young girl who left home, not on good terms with her family, the night of her sister’s wedding. After struggling for a few years, Alice decides to return home but she never makes it there. Her car breaks down, a guy gives her a ride, but instead of taking her the few miles to her family’s ranch, he kidnaps her. Her family never knew Alice was headed home so they think she wants nothing to do with them with her disappearance.
The second storyline takes us more than 20 years into the future to Bodine Longbow, a young professional woman who runs the Bodine Ranch and Resort. She has her hands on everything, which made me wonder how she had time for a personal life let alone getting any sleep. Then Callen (Cal) Skinner comes back home. A childhood friend of Bodine and her brothers who is amazing with horses. He’s soon hired on at the ranch along with his horse and he soon starts a relationship with Bodine. The same time of Cal’s return, women start turning up dead, which makes a local police officer and childhood enemy of Cal’s, point his finger right at Cal. He is determined to put Cal in jail.
The Bodine Ranch and Resort is a tightknit team. Everyone is treated like family whether they are family or just work there. Roberts does a great job of pulling the reader into the lives of the characters and making you care for all of them. So when one of them goes missing, everyone hurts.
This is a heart-pounding, terrifying and laugh out loud story that will take you on a roller coaster of emotions. When women start going missing and showing up dead, my heart would race and I kept saying not her. Like that would make a difference.
This is such a wonderful book. I could not put it down. I have already recommended Come Sundown to several friends and family and I recommend it while on vacation or wrapped up in a blanket on the couch on a quiet day. This one is well worth your time.
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.
Until next time…enjoy the view from your passenger seat