Putnam Adult, July 2006
Reviewed by Barbara Fielding
Reece Gilmore is running from her past. She's on a cross country road trip
to heal herself. Counseling, medication and hospitalization have not
helped her recover from the violent death of her friends and co-workers.
She's fragile because she is the sole survivor of a robbery and shooting
spree at a restaurant in Boston where she had become a chef. On the night
of the massacre she was celebrating her move to launch out her own after
working at a family restaurant since she was sixteen. Her employers were
like family and their loss has left her a ghost of her former self.
Out on the road her car breaks down in Angel's Fist, Wyoming and she
decides to settle for a while. Since Reece is low on cash, she takes a job
as cook at the local diner--the Angel Food Cafe. Going back into the
kitchen is another step towards recovery. The locals are friendly but just
as she is starting to feel secure, violence enters her life once again.
While she is exploring the area on a hiking trail along the Snake River
she witnesses a man and woman fighting on the opposite bank. She watches
through her field glasses as a murder unfolds--again she is unable to stop
it or help. A local writer, Brody, is also on the trail that day but by
the time Reece reaches him and they return upriver the body is gone. When
they return to the area with the police, no tracks are found and all
traces of the murder are gone.
Reece bravely struggles to keep a grip on reality and not sink back into
depression. She's shaky but determined to heal her life. However, strange
things begin happening to her--simple things like finding her hiking boots
in the kitchen cabinet rather than the closet, and packing and unpacking
her clothes when she doesn't remember doing it. Is she becoming delusional
again or is someone trying to push her there?
ANGELS FALL is a mystery wrapped around a romance novel. The good thing
about reading Nora Roberts is you know ahead of time exactly what you are
going to get. Some may not like the predictability of her stories but I
love it. I expect a good story and I always get it. ANGELS FALL has great
characters, emotional impact, perfectly timed suspense and surprising
villains. Reece Gilmore's emotional struggle and recovery are well done.
The residents of Angel's Fist are fun and interesting---readers will get
caught up in the cozy mountain community and thrown off center when the
killer is revealed.
Lifetime TV produced a movie in 2007 based on the novel ANGELS FALL
starring Heather Locklear as Reece Gilmore. The movie version is available
All cover art used at Reviewer's Choice Reviews is copyrighted by the
respective publisher. All reviews and articles found at Reviewer's Choice
Reviews are the sole property of the contributor and are copyrighted by