It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Then the shooters arrived. The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever.
...from page one I was amazed and horrified by the events that rock a small Maine town ... You can’t help but admire the way Ms. Roberts has written the villain in this piece, as warped and dangerous as they come ... There’s emotion after emotion on every page. A lot more characters are involved that pull at your heart strings as the years go by. The story and unfolding events are timely, unfortunately, in our world today ... It is eye-opening, heart-rending, and one of the best reads of the year.
...carefully paced, rendered in lively prose and supporting a handful of interesting subplots ... With its hidden and manipulative antagonist, Shelter in Place might remind some readers of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes ... lively and thoughtful summer reading.
Roberts’ latest polished novel delivers all the literary touchstones her fans have come to expect, including high-stakes suspense, a generous dollop of romance, a thoughtful exploration of the strong bonds of family and friendship that women create for themselves, and, of course, some HGTV fixer-upper moments. As a significant bonus, the book’s chilling, brutal opening scenes should be required reading for any politician waffling on the issue of gun control.