Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
Publication Date: April 16, 2013
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Synopsis (Goodreads): For more than three hundred years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore—and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home…
A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of—but never arrested for—the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife.
He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though. Whiskey Beach’s resident housekeeper, yoga instructor, jewelry maker, and massage therapist, Abra is a woman of many talents—including helping Eli take control of his life and clear his name. But as they become entangled in each other, they find themselves caught in a net that stretches back for centuries—one that has ensnared a man intent on reaping the rewards of destroying Eli Landon once and for all.
Personal Thoughts: I was really looking forward to this new book by Nora Roberts. I was not disappointed. It has a lot of mystery and suspense and enough romance to satisfy. The overlapping of the mysteries really worked and it was hard to pinpoint, but it kept me turning the pages as fast as I could read them. We definitely get to see the dark side of what the media can do to a person and those close to them.
Eli and Abra were well developed characters and we really got to know them throughout the various scenes in the book, especially when Eli was around Abra and when they were in Whiskey Beach. My initial thought about the title was correct but I won’t reveal it yet for those that have not read it yet.
I loved the history that was intertwined within this book, dating back to the early 1800s and even talked about the roaring twenties. Whiskey Beach was a batch of surprises that kept coming. I completely got the culprit wrong because I thought it was someone else entirely. However, it was satisfying to see who it was.
Eli’s grandmother was a great character and I loved how indirectly she was involved in getting Eli and Abra together. Don’t you just love it when grandparents meddle and matchmake? 🙂
Overall, it wasn’t the best book that I have read by Nora Roberts, but Whiskey Beach had all the elements that one has come to expect from a Noro Roberts book. There was plenty of romance, the characterization was done well, there was just enough mystery and suspense.
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars