Publisher: Putnam Adult
Publication Date: 4/16/2013
Reviewed by Chrystal Dorsey
Passion, obsession, compassion, and humor flow together in a novel about two people opening themselves up to the truth, and to each other, while enduring the murder investigations that surround them.
Whiskey Beach is the story of a man, who, after his wife is murdered, is grinded down by the relentless and perhaps “false” pursuit by an overzealous detective – as he is also forced to struggle against the love story which ensues along the way.
Former Boston defense attorney, Eli Landon has left Boston and headed to Whiskey Beach, his ancestral home, in an effort to get some peace of mind from the cloud of suspicion he’s lived under since his wife’s murder a year ago. While Hester Hakim Landon, Eli’s nearly 80 yr old grandmother and owner of Bluff House, is in Boston recuperating from a nasty and suspicious fall. There he meets Abracadabra Walsh, a woman with an open heart combined with an overbearing brand of nurturing, who has lovingly cared for Bluff House since her escape to Whiskey Beach.
Although no formal charges were brought against Eli, his reputation as well as his soul is in despair. Eli had discovered his soon-to-be ex-wife’s body in their house while he “innocently” was in the process of removing some valuable family heirlooms. That also happened to be the very same day they had a public brawl about their impending divorce as well as his wife’s ongoing affair. Detective Wolfe, the detective in charge of the case, made it his mission in life to harass Eli relentlessly and pin the murder on him at any cost. However, it seems Detective Wolfe isn’t the only one with a dogmatic interest in Eli. There are a number of mystery characters that are thrown into the mix, who are not only trailing Eli, but may also be trying to eliminate him all together. The question is who, and what does it have to do with his wife’s murder, and why has it followed him from Boston to Whiskey Beach?
It’s a well written romantic suspense story that is told in captivating detail which will take the reader on a journey of discovery—one which includes some fascinating history involving an oddly interesting yet ruthless family told within an incredible story. Through Nora Roberts’ gift for descriptive writing, readers will be, as I was, able to run along the beach with some endearing characters such as: Eli, Abra & Barbie the dog as they encounter every breath taking moment of suspense, intrigue and romance.
Within the pages of Whiskey Beach, Nora Roberts showcases her talented ability to craft characters and setting, which are in sync with an excellently executed plot, enabling the reader to focus purely on the perfection of the entertaining story she is trying to convey, which only adds to the beautiful picture she paints with prose.