Melody



ISBN: 0399154345
Pub. Date: July 10, 2007
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)

Wow! I absolutely enjoyed this book! I'd have finished this book sooner, if I wasn't sick and delayed my reading. Anyway, I like the plot, as well as the characters and the suspense behind the story.

Phoebe MacNamara is the top hostage negotiator with the Savannah Police Department. While trying to prevent a suicidal bartender from jumping off the roof, she gets to know Duncan Swift, who happens to be the bartender's employer and he owns a sports bar. She manages to coax the bartender down from the roof, and after this incident Duncan can't seem to stop thinking about her. Phoebe, on the other hand isn't so sure about their relationship, since she has left her ex-husband some years ago and is very happy with her young daughter and her agoraphobic mother whom they have survived from her ex-lover who had broke into their house and terrorized them when she was younger. Till now, Phoebe's mom doesn't dare to step out from her house. It was partly this incident that Phoebe decides to become a hostage negotiator, taking after Dave, who was the negotiator then and is now her mentor/superior.

Then, someone assaults her in the police station by putting a hood over her head and humiliates her. Subsequently, she starts to receive a mutilated doll and dead animals at her doorstep. Thinking it is a subordinate she had had an issue with, she confronts him but later finds out that someone other than her subordinate is watching her every moment closely. She soon learns he is out to get revenge, and she intends to stop him before he succeeds in getting what he wants.

I was really hooked to the story from the beginning to its ending. Nora Roberts succeeds in creating a great suspense and holding it and never let go. There were times I was impatient and couldn't wait to find out what happened next. And another thing is, I like everything about the hero, Duncan. He is such a sweet and understanding man, that at times I wish he is real. High Noon is definitely a keeper for me.
9 Responses
  1. Julia Says:

    OHHHH Can't wait to get this book on Tuesday or few days after! I have enjoyed all of Nora's books and know she is auto buy for me!

    Great review!


  2. Melody Says:

    Hey Julia! I'm hoping you will get this copy soon....I know how much you like her books!!!


  3. Alice Teh Says:

    I was so tempted to get it at Kino just now, you know... I saw another cover for High Noon; I think it's the UK version one.

    Great review BTW!


  4. Melody Says:

    Thanks, Alice! So, did you get it or did you not? LOL.

    Usually I go for the US version. :D


  5. Alice Teh Says:

    The stubborn me still wanted to get the smaller paperback version one. Hehe... :P

    Any reason why you prefer the US version one? :D


  6. Melody Says:

    I agree that the paperback version is handy...and I'll usually wait for the PB to release unless the bookstores have discounts on HC or tradesizes. I can't possibly miss this opportunity!!! LOL.

    There are two reasons why I prefer the US version: 1) most of the covers are more attractive; 2) the fonts are bigger too. :)

    But the good thing of UK versions is some of them released much earlier than the US versions. :p


  7. Julia Says:

    Alice - I can understand why you prefer the paperback over hardcover. I have budget buying books and normally have a plan to figure out which books I will buy in paperback and which in hardcover.

    NR in this case, I buy all of her stand alone book in hardcover. But the rest(series, trilogy), I just buy those in paperback.


  8. Alice Teh Says:

    Hi Mel, there's another review on High Noon by Marianne Arkins here. I hope you'll enjoy it! :D


  9. Melody Says:

    Hi Alice, thanks for sharing with me. :) I think Marianne has written a great review.