The Collector

Roberts, Nora

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Collector
When professional house-sitter Lila Emerson witnesses a murder/suicide from her current apartment-sitting job, life as she knows it takes a dramatic turn. Suddenly, the woman with no permanent ties finds herself almost wishing for one. Artist Ashton Archer knows his brother isn't capable of violence--against himself or others. He recruits Lila, the only eyewitness, to help him uncover what happened. Ash longs to paint her as intensely as he hungers to touch her. But their investigation draws them into a rarefied circle where priceless antiques are bought, sold, gambled away, and stolen, where what you possess is who you are, and where what you desire becomes a deadly obsession.

Publisher: New York :, G. P. Putnam's Sons,, [2014]
ISBN: 0399164456
Characteristics: 483 pages ;,24 cm


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Jan 29, 2015
  • lbarkema rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I was unfortunately a bit underwhelmed by this and it almost 100% stems from the fact that it was too long. If Nora would have cut it down to even 400 pages instead of almost 500, it would have made a world of difference. By the time I got to the end, I didn't care that much anymore.

Nov 10, 2014
  • BBurnett rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

certainly better than her latest trilogy series, but still a bit humdrum. Sort of a fun romance story, but needs a bit more suspense. The HAG assassin was stereotypical, as was the collector. Lila, the heroine was likable, as were her friends.

Aug 23, 2014
  • lilyofthevalley3 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the story but I couldn't help but imagine a different ending.

Aug 19, 2014
  • Liselara rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a fun read. I found the lead male character far more interesting than Lila (female lead) but this is far more of a fantasy novel than mystery and intrigue. Some sections are down right silly but mostly, I couldn't put it down.

Aug 06, 2014
  • PeaceLilyWizard rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I really wanted to like this book, but found the characters to be shallow and boring. Plot was a bit far-fetched, with the characters being stereotypical cliches of good vs. bad. Random trips thrown in, with all of a sudden family connections to move the plot forward led to a mediocre storyline.

Jul 29, 2014
  • BookluvrShPk rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was yet another fabulous Nora Roberts novel! The story was lengthy, woven with intrigue, and hard to put down. Definitely a great book for summer.

Jul 23, 2014
  • Nic8917 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The story was longer than it needed to be. Some scenarios almost too crazy to be true. Main characters are well written and evenly matched. Always a fan of Nora Roberts books

Jul 21, 2014
  • writermala rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a book where bodies are literally flying. The book starts with Lila, a house-sitter, seeing a body fly out of a high rise. Subsequent events put her and Ashton in grave danger. They navigate it smoothly all the time living perilously close to danger. The romance in this book is of a an Elizabeth/Darcy Jane/ Bingley type and proceeds satisfactorily. All in all a very entertaining read.

Jul 18, 2014
  • tbatson rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As always, Nora Roberts delivers a fast-paced, but delightfully in-depth mystery/romance. I don't know how she has packs so much character development and plot twists into one book while still maintaining that light-read feel.

Jul 04, 2014

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "A fun, easy summer read. Lila witnesses a murder while looking through binoculars into a window. She then gets drawn into a mystery involving two missing Faberge eggs."

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