I was hooked on the first page as the characters came alive in Lunacy, Alaska. Northern Lights by Nora Roberts is one very exciting story. So many of Roberts books are about women and how they turn their lives into something everyone would be proud to be. Just as easily some of her main characters have been men and they accomplish the same feat as the women. Nate Burke is the main character in Northern Lights. A former Baltimore cop, who watched his partner die in the line of business, and feeling partly responsible for his death takes a job as chief of police in a town in Alaska. While creating a life for himself he meets many fine townspeople and falls in love with Meg Gallawoy, a hard headed young woman who is more comfortable doing things her own way.
Nestled in this small Alaskan town of Lunacy, where Nate is looking for peace and quiet but instead uncovers a 16 year old murder. The body of a former town member and Meg’s father, Patrick Galloway was found in one of the icy caves on the mountain top. Thinking that he just took off 16 years ago the entire town is in shock at the thought of one of their own having been killed. Even more horrifying to them is that when the police chief is convinced that the murderer is still walking the streets of the town he holds every town member in suspicion. Tensions increase between Nate and the townspeople as he sets out to find the murderer using the big city instincts that made him a cop in the first place. We find Roberts throws in a few twists and just when you think you have figured out the murderer she leads you down a different path. Finding the murderer may just threaten the new life and the new love Nate has just found.
Now for those of you who haven’t read the book I won’t give away the ending. I will tell you that Roberts doesn’t disappoint her fans in this thrilling tale of murder, relationships, love and romance.