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Nightwork de Nora Roberts
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Nightwork (edició 2023)

de Nora Roberts (Autor)

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"Harry Booth started stealing at nine to keep a roof over his ailing mother's head, slipping into luxurious, empty homes at night to find items he could trade for precious cash. When his mother finally succumbed to cancer, he left Chicago--but kept up his nightwork. Wandering from the Outer Banks to Savannah to New Orleans, he dons new identities and stays careful, observant, distant. He can't afford to attract attention--or get attached. Still, he can't help letting his guard down when he meets Miranda Emerson. But the powerful bond between them cannot last--because not all thieves follow Harry's code of honor. Some pay others to take risks so they can hoard more treasures. Some are driven by a desire to own people the way they own paintings and jewels. And after Harry takes a lucrative job commissioned by Carter LaPorte, LaPorte sees a tool he can use, and decides he wants to own Harry. The man is a predator more frightening than the alligators that haunt the bayou--and when he strongarms Harry into robbing a Baltimore museum, Harry abandons Miranda--cruelly, with no explanation--and disappears. But no matter what name he uses or where he goes, LaPorte casts a shadow over Harry's life. To truly free himself, he must face down his enemy once and for all. Only then can he hope to possess something more valuable than anything he has ever stolen."--… (més)
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Títol:Nightwork
Autors:Nora Roberts (Autor)
Informació:Griffin (2023), Edition: Reprint, 464 pages
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I found Nightwork to be an interesting story in that it focuses primarily on the life of a male main character who has faced hardship and loss and been a thief since he was quite young. Following a MMC who is a sort of anti-hero is something I don’t see a lot in the types of books I have read thus far, so it was entertaining to read a story that was a bit different from what I am used to reading. I liked that we got to learn about Harry’s back story and see how he came to be the man he is later in the book.

That said, I did feel like about a third of the book could have been cut out and I wouldn’t have missed anything. The pace was leisurely, with some of the scenes not really moving the plot along or adding much to the story. There were instances where what I was reading felt like a rehash of a scene I had already read with a couple of minor details changed.

I found the ending to wrap up a bit too tidily without delving into the more realistic mess that would have come along with the circumstances as well.

Overall, the story was entertaining but parts of it were also skimmable. ( )
  erindarlyn | Jan 25, 2024 |
rounded down from 4.25 ( )
  tackyj | Aug 3, 2023 |
There was a book in here that I think I would have liked better. As an exploration of grief and reinventing yourself, I think I would have found this novel a lot more compelling. I actually found the first third of it interesting, if slowly paced, and I would have given Nora Roberts a lot of props for doing something different. Unfortunately, that more interesting narrative got shoehorned into an overly complex--and increasingly fantastical--revenge plot that got harder and harder for me to swallow, in no small part because I never found the villain terribly threatening. And, of course, it came with the standard romance, which was...okay, but not something I particularly felt invested in. Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if five years after the end of the novel the couple finds they didn't have much in common beyond adrenaline and a lingering obsession that was fueled by the lack of closure in their first go-round.

I will say that Roberts continues to craft lovely, sumptuous descriptions. She painted a picture of New Orleans that sounds incredible. (And also made me pretty hungry!) ( )
  Jeslieness | Jun 25, 2023 |
Harry's mom had cancer several times and Harry saw an opportunity in the houses he cleaned to, well, clean out some valuables and sell them to keep the wolf from the door. He discovers that he has a gift for it and uses it to find a life for himself that appeals. However once he starts getting away from that life he discovers that his past can catch up with him, no matter what he does and a man called Carter LaPorte is determined to use him for his purposes. When he eventually finds himself back in the US, he finds himself in small town USA teaching Drama and English and finds that it's a good place to be, what he doesn't expect is a girl from his past whose heart he broke to keep her safe. Now when Carter LaPorte comes looking for him, he has reasons to stay and to solve his problems for once and all.

It was fun, no depth to it but a fun read. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Mar 27, 2023 |
I have read a LOT of Nora Roberts (thanks Grandma!) and it used to annoy me how much disbelief I had to suspend, but now I just go with it. "Nightworks," a story about a young thief who has never been caught raises so many questions--would a master thief (especially one hiding from an enemy) always use parts of his real name, or the names of his friends, in his fake identities? In this day and age, would it be possible for him to fake recommendations from previous employers where he never actually worked? Sure he can ask his aunt to play the headmistress of a fancy New York boarding school when she is called for an interview, but who wouldn't do a video call these days? When his tarot reading friend tells him to watch out when he thinks about making deals with the devil, would he really not think IMMEDIATELY about the devil he had just made a deal with a couple chapters ago? (Though I have to appreciate the nuance there--readers will all think we know the devil in question, until the thief's former love interest shows up and makes a deal with him, and we all think, oh no! Is SHE the devil we should be worried about?? Is this going to end badly?). This was also the first audio book I listened to with a male narrator, and I have to say, this narrator and a severely limited repertoire of female voices. The aunt, the love interest, the old neighbor, they all sounded the same. Whereas I never fail to be impressed by how versatile Roberts' female narrators are with their male voices. ( )
  sanyamakadi | Feb 3, 2023 |
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"Harry Booth started stealing at nine to keep a roof over his ailing mother's head, slipping into luxurious, empty homes at night to find items he could trade for precious cash. When his mother finally succumbed to cancer, he left Chicago--but kept up his nightwork. Wandering from the Outer Banks to Savannah to New Orleans, he dons new identities and stays careful, observant, distant. He can't afford to attract attention--or get attached. Still, he can't help letting his guard down when he meets Miranda Emerson. But the powerful bond between them cannot last--because not all thieves follow Harry's code of honor. Some pay others to take risks so they can hoard more treasures. Some are driven by a desire to own people the way they own paintings and jewels. And after Harry takes a lucrative job commissioned by Carter LaPorte, LaPorte sees a tool he can use, and decides he wants to own Harry. The man is a predator more frightening than the alligators that haunt the bayou--and when he strongarms Harry into robbing a Baltimore museum, Harry abandons Miranda--cruelly, with no explanation--and disappears. But no matter what name he uses or where he goes, LaPorte casts a shadow over Harry's life. To truly free himself, he must face down his enemy once and for all. Only then can he hope to possess something more valuable than anything he has ever stolen."--

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