Northern Lights by Nora Roberts | Book review

northern lights

Title: Northern Lights
Author: Nora Roberts
Pages: 637
Publisher: Jove
Date: September 27th 2005

About Northern Lights

The town of Lunacy, Alaska, was Nate Burke’s last chance. As a Baltimore cop, he’d watched his partner die on the street – and the guilt still haunts him. With nowhere else to go, he accepts the job as chief of police in this tiny, remote Alaskan town. Aside from sorting out a run-in between a couple of motor vehicles and a moose, he finds his first few weeks on the job are relatively quiet. But just as he wonders whether this has been all a big mistake, an unexpected kiss on New Year’s Eve under the brilliant Northern Lights of the Alaskan sky lifts his spirits and convinces him to stay just a little longer.

Meg Galloway, born and raised in Lunacy, is used to being alone. She was a young girl when her father disappeared, and she has learned to be independent, flying her small plane, living on the outskirts of town with just her huskies for company. After her New Year’s kiss with the chief of police, she allows herself to give in to passion – while remaining determined to keep things as simple as possible. But there’s something about Nate’s sad eyes that gets under her skin and warms her frozen heart.

And now, things in Lunacy are heating up. Years ago, on one of the majestic mountains shadowing the town, a crime occurred that is unsolved to this day – and Nate suspects that a killer still walks the snowy streets. His investigation will unearth the secrets and suspicions that lurk beneath the placid surface, as well as bring out the big-city survival instincts that made him a cop in the first place. And his discovery will threaten the new life – and the new love – that he has finally found for himself.


It is not the first time that I read a book by Nora Roberts. I also read Blue smoke and I remember I had no expectations back then.

It is funny how almost nothing ever happens in Lunacy and Nate arrives and suddenly a lot of things are going on. From stealing things, missing kids and murder of 2 and a dog. But it was a good decision for Nate to move to Lunacy. He went through hell when his partner (police) died in front of him. In the beginning, he was feeling depressed and got nightmares, but he started to feel better when he starts to hang out with Meg.

Nate Burke is looking for the murderer of Pat, Max and the dog. And normally I am pretty good at figuring out who the murderer is, but not this time. I had no clue. Every chapter I thought of someone different. I like a good plot twist and that you don’t can guess who the murderer is.

If I have it to compare to Blue Smoke, I would choose that one. I liked the story better, but that is just personal preference.

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