River's End

River's End

by Nora Roberts


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A thrilling "page-turner"* from the #1 New York Times bestselling author

The author of Dance Upon the Air presents her most seductively suspenseful tale-a story of one woman's shattered innocence, a terrifying search for truth, and a heart's journey toward healing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399144707
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 03/01/1999
Pages: 420
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.38(d)

About the Author

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.


Keedysville, Maryland

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Silver Spring, Maryland

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“Roberts keeps the suspense building…Her fans will love this book.” —Chicago Sun-Times

"River's End moves at a frantic pace…Great descriptions…Heart-stopping encounters between Olivia and the obviously smitten Noah.”—Chicago Tribune

“A plot that delivers both suspense and romance.”—Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

“Roberts weaves a story like no one else.”—Denver Rocky Mountain News

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River's End 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 197 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG this story is rock solid. So good I cudnt put it down. Oh I wish there had been just a little more to wrap up the ending farther.. That's my only complaint. I just think with such drama, heartbreak, turn twisting mystery & above all LOVE there shud have been an Epiloge. BUT I'm creedy LOL, RHop
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read everything of Nora's and I still think this was one of her very best. Nora is the great escape, as you live her characters. Her books are always a great escape.
laurierobb_MI More than 1 year ago
Oh wow...suspense, thrills, and I can't help but think how this mirrored some of my life. I'm going to get every other book Nora Roberts has done!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Actually my mum took this book from the library... But I was kinda bored and started reading this one. And what can I say? It was great! I couldn't put the book aside, because it was so exiting. I recommend this one, if you don't like those usual love stories, where it's all about those 2 lovers. It is worth reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I read by Nora Roberts and never be the last. It's fast-pace, intriguing and a page-turner, with a great hook and great plot. All I can say this book is excellent! Definitely a must-read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first Nora Roberts book and OH MY GOSH.....I read this one while at the beach and ended up with a major burn because I couldn't put it down...finished it in a day....I was totally engrossed in every part of the book....the suspense, the romance...why...I could even say that I fell in love with Noah Brady!!! I would recommend this one to anyone who just wants to get swept away for while....because it stays with you long after you read it....
Njkinny More than 1 year ago
Twenty years ago, a gruesome murder destroyed many lives and Olivia was one of them. Daughter of the fairy tale couple of Hollywood, Julie and Sam, Olivia was supposed to have a prefect life but the sudden and horrible murder of her mother left her father in prison and Olivia, the sole witness to the crime is taken away by her grandparents to a place far far away. Sheltered and kept away from the harrowing details of that night, Olivia has only vague memories of the murder and when Noah Brady, a writer starts writing a book on the events of that night, she is forced to look back. Noah wants to reconstruct the night and bring to light the complete events from an unbiased perspective. It also helps that Sam Tanner is willing to talk now. Will Olivia and her family be able to look back and brave all the heartache all over again? Was Sam Tanner correct when he said that he didn't kill his wife? Can Olivia finally let go and look forward to a life Noah is willing to show her? Will she survive this time when she knows that the "Monster walks again"? Nora Roberts is an author who can write both a romantic suspense with grisly crimes and soft, sensuous romances with equal ease. River's End is another proof of that. Nora creates an atmosphere of darkness, mystery, hatred, anger and fear. Olivia was the sole witness to fer mother's murder and has always feared that night. According to her the man who killed her mother was a monster with her father's face. The characterization is beautifully done and they are the base on which the story flows. Olivia's father, the man who told her funny stories and who loved her so much seems like a good man but then he turns into a monster who shouts, throws things and finally kills her mother. People with strong characters and varied facets to their personality, this book gives the reader a deep insight into human nature and the delicate balance between good and bad. Olivia and Noah have a complex relationship and Nora gives a romance that isn't soft nor is it the cozy type. Olivia is struggling with her past and her doubts about herself. Noah is determined to make Olivia accept his love. I loved the scenes involving them and could empathize with them. The plot is not that exceptional but the fluid narration and expert skill of presentation makes the book so engrossing the you would feel compelled to finish it in one sitting. Having read ingenious mysteries and being a fan of the mystery genre, I was able to pick out the end beforehand but this, in no way, lessened my interest and I was hooked in the story from start to finish. The beautiful and vivid descriptions of places, events and people add more appeal to the book. The author is able to bring the story alive and running in the minds of the readers and I felt as if I was right there in the story, seeing and feeling everything that was going on in the book. All in all, a book that will hook you and thrill you. I give River's End a 4.5 out of 5 and recommend it to everyone. A book that will take you to the posh localities of LA and into the lives of celebrities, to the faraway serenity of nature with beautiful flora and fauna and a peace that eludes us in the cities, this is a book that you should read if you love a good plot with plenty of thrill and great characters. This review is also available on the blog Njkinny's World of Books..
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was an amazing book, the first book I read by Nora Roberts, and it was hard to put down! I really recommend this book if you like romance, suspense, mystery, and crime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fabulous book..I highly recommend it..Martha Byrd
Anonymous 5 months ago
There is no writer better at weaving a story than Nora Roberts. I've read and loved her books since a teen. This book was one I could not put down!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So many twist and turns and hard to put down.
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Loved thisbook
ImBookingIt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was 3.5 stars for me. In deciding whether to list it here as 3 or 4 stars, I decided to round down, since my standards for Nora Roberts are pretty high.I actually liked the first half quite a bit. The book took its time setting up the primary romance, starting when Olivia was only 4 years old, and revisiting her at her first meeting with Noah when she was 12 (no romance) yet. Their next meeting (when she was 19) was full of sparks, which lead to some burns, and a refusal of all contact for more years. This also gave time to develop some secondary characters, particularly the family members. Noah's parents were great characters. I did like Olivia's aunt and grandparents, but they weren't as intriguing to read about.All of this building of the characters and the overall story was great. I liked both leads, I found the characters interesting, I had a guess as to where the whole story was going.Unfortunately, once the story kicked into full gear, I had a couple of problems with it that really got in my way.The first is a common aspect of romance novels that doesn't appeal to me. Olivia is unwilling to get involved with Noah, but he knows better. She tells him to back off, but he proceeds to kiss her, and of course she discovers that's what she really wanted all along. And then she backs off and thinks about it, and the whole thing starts over again.The second is the guess I had about the surprise direction the book would take. I guessed early on where it was going, but didn't really see anything to support it through the book until the end. Either the reader is supposed to know what's going to happen, and there should be more support for it through the book, or it is supposed to be a surprise, and I shouldn't have guessed so early.I still enjoyed the book, and if I'd gone in with lower expectations, I probably wouldn't have let either of these things bug me as much.
fishhook7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in this book. It's a weird mix of Nora Roberts and JD Robb. (I know they're the same author, but they're definitely different styles.)I found the precipitating 'incident' disturbing although I understand how it was needed to frame the rest of the story. Then I found the rest of the book an odd blend of 'mystery' and romance with the romance almost an afterthought.On the upside, I had read this book before and KNEW the twist at the end. Yet, I still ended up reading the entire thing and not knowing exactly how it would wrap up. I would credit Roberts storytelling ability for that. Even though this was not my favorite by her (and not my favorite, in general) I still gave it 3 stars because it was an interesting and mainly entertaining read.
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bland, forgettable, and pointless. Nora Roberts has much better stories out there, so I recommend steering clear of this one.
chrissywest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed River¿s End. The character, Olivia was a bit of a pain in the butt, while I understand the reasons she behaved the way she did, she came off as cold and uncaring and because of that, I didn¿t like her character. I think the best character in the book was, Frank. I wish he was in the book more. Nora Roberts did a great job with the descriptions of the forests of the Northwest. This is a excellent who-dun-it novel because up until the last pages you have no idea. This novel has everything. A good plot, suspense, drama, love, trauma and romance - a great novel and a must read!
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm only docking it the half star because Noah is pretty much Michael from Public Secrets, and I'm a little creeped out by an 18-year-old boy falling in love with a 12-year-old girl.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow some great twists and turned.i really enjoyed this book I will read it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want to visit the Olympic rain forest now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast moving read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read almost everything Ms. Robert's has written. I believe this is probably one of her best novels. The characters are well developed, as well as the dynamics of the plot. Very good.