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The Collector (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Nora Roberts
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Produktbeschreibungen

Pressestimmen

“America’s favorite writer.”—The New Yorker

Kurzbeschreibung

Lila Emerson is fascinated by other people's lives. As a house-sitter, she loves looking after the glamorous, sophisticated homes she could never afford herself. And as a writer, she enjoys watching the world go by, dreaming up stories for the people she sees from her window.

But then one day she witnesses something only too real - the brutal and shocking murder of a young woman living across the street in New York. And now, because of what she saw, Lila's own life is in immediate danger from an audacious, single-minded assassin who kills for profit and for pleasure.

With the police following a false lead, Lila is on her own. Her only hope is to team up with Ashton Archer, an artist with his own complicated reasons for getting involved. Lila wants to trust the passionate, quick-witted Ash - but is she letting her feelings blind her to his motives? Either way, Lila will never watch from the sidelines again...

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1174 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 497 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0749959304
  • Verlag: Piatkus (15. April 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00FAT9LP6
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #29.285 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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Mehr über den Autor

Was macht eine Hausfrau und Mutter von zwei Kindern, wenn ein Schneesturm sie von der Außenwelt abschneidet? Nora Roberts schreibt einen Roman, der zwei Jahre später, 1981, unter dem Titel "Rote Rosen für Delia" veröffentlicht wird. Sie denkt sich weitere Geschichten aus und gilt inzwischen mit einer Gesamtauflage ihrer Romane von über 400 Millionen Exemplaren als eine der erfolgreichsten Romanautorinnen weltweit. Nora Roberts wurde 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, geboren und ist in zweiter Ehe mit einem Zimmermann verheiratet. Das Paar betreibt gemeinsam einen Buchladen, in dem sicherlich auch die Werke angeboten werden, die sie unter den Pseudonymen J.D. Robb, Jill March oder Sarah Hardesty veröffentlicht.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Deutlich besser 23. April 2014
Von Leonore
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
als die letzten beiden Serien und "Whiskey Beach", aber nicht so stark wie "The Witness" oder "The Search".

Der Inhalt ist kurz gesagt: Lila ist professionelle Haussitterin für wohlhabende Urlauber und wird so Zeugin eines Mordes in der Nachbarschaft, der tatsächlich ein Doppelmord ist. Sehr schnell findet sich Lila mit dem Bruder eines der Opfer zusammen, um das Geschehen aufzuklären. Dass die beiden ein Paar werden steht von Anfang an fest, was aber die Spannung nicht beeinträchtigt, da der Schwerpunkt eher auf der Krimihandlung liegt. Diese leidet erstaunlicherweise nicht darunter, dass parallel die Dinge auch aus Sicht der Täterin geschildert werden, weil ziemlich lange ein unbekanntes Element verbleibt. Es bedarf des Geschicks und der Routine einer sehr erfahrenen Schriftstellerin, um bei der vorhersehbaren Entwicklung trotzdem ein spannendes und stimmiges Buch zu produzieren. Eine sehr unterhaltsame Sommerlektüre, auch wenn vermutlich kein nachhaltiger Eindruck verbleiben wird.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Enttäuscht 27. Juni 2014
Von A. Seidel
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Normalerweise sind die Romantik-Krimis von Nora Roberts sehr unterhaltsam, dieses allerdings wirkte sehr zusammengestückelt. Als hätte sie mehrere Ideen gehabt (Houssitting, Künstler, Faberge) und irgendwie versucht sie zu verbinden. Was nicht so gut geklappt hat. Die Charaktere bleiben unzugänglich, was ich nicht gewöhnt bin! Aber so richtig lieb gewonnen habe ich niemanden. Da ist die Hauptperson jahrelang Nomade aber sie hat natürlich insgeheim immer nur auf den richtigen Mann gewartet... Gähn.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Finally! 15. April 2014
Von Nicole Turner - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I was apprehensive about this book, I wasn't a fan of her last In Death book or her new Irish trilogy but this was really good! I won't go into plot, this isn't a spoiler review. Suffice to say the are twists I didn't see coming, nothing major but enough to keep it interesting. The main characters are engaging and, my favorite part, strong. I hate weak characters, male or female. The secondary characters are also good, likeable without being cloying. It isn't overly descriptive or sparse on the art and antiques or the romance and heat.
I was starting to lose Roberts as a favorite author but this puts her back on my list.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A great mix of Nora Roberts' formulas 15. April 2014
Von Suncoast - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Many Nora Roberts fans worry that she writes her many books following repetitive formulas that have been overused - the romantic formula in her Harlequin type books, romantic suspense in more recent books like THE WITNESS and detective thrillers when she writes the In Death series as J D Robb. In THE COLLECTOR Roberts has mixed up the formulas to make an entertaining, somewhat different, romantic suspense thriller which even throws in a sociopathic killer and some torture to spice up the mixture.

Lila Emerson loves her nomadic life as a house-sitter for wealthy clients. She stays in some fantastic homes throughout the world looking after the home, the pets and anything else to make her clients' happy. She spends her spare time writing successful YA Werewolf style novels. In between house sits she stays with her twice divorced best friend Julie. Many of the houses have great views and she always takes binoculars in her pared down luggage.

Her latest housesitting is a luxury apartment in central NYC which has great views of apartments across the way. Late one evening Lila is looking through her binoculars at a nearby apartment when she sees an attractive woman being attacked by an unidentifiable person. Within seconds the woman is pushed through the window and falls many floors to her death. Her male partner is found dead in the apartment by the police, with signs of apparent suicide.

Through the police investigation the male victim's brother, Ashton Archer, a handsome successful artist from a very wealthy family, seeks out Lila for more information. There is immediate attraction especially when he asks her to pose for him. As they get together personally they also start to work out what is happening.

What follows has something for everyone's tastes. Two romances, family stresses and an increasing body count as a cold blooded killer is involved.

As the book cover says "Either way Lila will never watch from the sidelines again...." This book has a bit of everything for Nora Roberts' fans which may, or may not, subdue the comments about overuse of the Robert's formula. Whatever some people think I am sure that this book will be another bestseller for Nora Roberts.

My thanks to The Reading Room and the publisher for providing an Advance Reading Copy of this book. My wife read it first and really enjoyed it, but as usual I finished up reading it myself.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Highly Entertaining! 15. April 2014
Von Kimberly - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Like the priceless Fabergé eggs the titular character covets, The Collector is not only gorgeous, but exquisitely crafted. The Master of Romance, Nora Roberts, has woven an engrossing tale of love, family, and the lengths some will go to possess that which they desire the most.

At the heart of The Collector are Lila and Ash. Ashton’s a famous artist from a wealthy – and incredibly large – family, but he’s no spoiled rich boy. Ash puts his heart and vision into his paintings and saves his patience for his (over a dozen) siblings. I loved the juxtaposition of soulful painter and managing brother in Ash. What was even more fun was seeing him thrown a bit off his stride by Lila. She’s a YA author with a promising career and a penchant for people-watching who finds her in a Rear Window type of situation, one which ultimately leads Ash to her. Lila is also the “do it yourself” type to the extreme. She has a way of drawing people to her, but she’ll never let herself count on anyone for anything (with the exception of her best friend, Julie) and she doesn’t have any desire to risk her heart. Ash garners her sympathy from the start because of his heartache over losing his brother, Oliver, but his take-charge attitude rubs her the wrong way even as she finds herself reluctantly attracted to him. Though it’s a tragedy that brings them together, Lila and Ash find what they never knew they needed in one another. Their romance is both lovely and fun – the banter, ups and downs, and slide into love is all classic Nora Roberts (and I mean that in the very best way).

A secondary romance between Ash and Lila’s best friends brings further charm and unexpected moments of delight to The Collector, but what really makes this a well-rounded story is the mystery of who had Oliver Archer killed and the historically significant art Ash’s quest for answers uncovers. The detail Ms. Roberts layers into The Collector brings the lost Imperial eggs to life and I found myself invested in learning the eggs’ history alongside our protagonists. And while there isn’t any heart-pounding suspense in the book, there is definitely building tension when it comes to the assassin who is hunting Lila and Ash. I won’t spoil the story by going into too much detail, but I will say that each stop on the path Ash and Lila follow makes the reader more invested in the journey and the action-packed climax of the book is well worth the buildup.

Though it may sound odd to describe a book containing murder, fanatic collectors, and ruthless assassins as a comfort read, that’s just what The Collector is to me. Reading a Nora Roberts novel is like coming home – her distinctive style and hero and heroines you’d love to have as friends make even her darker books welcoming. Fans of Ms. Roberts old and new are sure to be entertained by The Collector. I, for one, am looking forward to enjoying Lila and Ash’s story for many years to come.

Kimberly
Review courtesy of Wit and Sin
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Should have been better 25. April 2014
Von sle-tx - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe|Verifizierter Kauf
I like Nora Roberts’ books. I am a fan. The woman is prolific - in many languages. It would be impossible to pick just one favorite; I’d need a list of at least ten. That being said…

If you are planning to write another book about a murder witness – it can even be said it was a mob-like murder – then you need to exceed what you have written before. One can’t read this book without the mind blinking back to The Witness. The Collector does not have the depth of character development or plot development readers found in The Witness. And Nora Roberts undoubtedly knew there would be comparisons, but it’s not a comparison I’m making.

First, I was pleased I didn’t run into those Nora Roberts’ phrases that seem to carry forward from book to book. That was nice.

Second, the love-making paragraphs were almost non-existent when compared to other works. I’m okay with this. Do something different for a change. Why not?

And okay, one true comparison to The Witness: I’m not even annoyed that there is also an artist in The Collector who paints whimsical beings – I just don’t buy that the artist is a macho, take charge guy.

However, …

The characters were not as well developed; I found them to be flat, one-dimensional. And our heroine and her friend seemed to be so chatty it became annoying – like watching a bad movie where you are thinking the scene could have been edited out. The chatty conversation didn’t add to either the characters or the story.

The relationships didn’t really develop, either. Sure, the best friend (Julie) could have been doing quite a bit of relationship development when she and her ex-husband (Luke) were not front and center to the story. But we really do not see the relationship between Lila (our heroine) and Ashton (the whimsical artist) develop. Their passion and love grew from almost nothing. People thrown together in intense situations can form quick bonds, but not to the extent they decide to marry.

The police investigators were so mild they were almost comatose.

I don’t mind knowing the assassin will free herself from her captors at the end to give our heroine one more try; how many times do we see the bad, monstrous guy die and yet we know he isn’t? We know he will jump up from the grave, the bathtub the bushes. But make it work my sticking around. The Collector doesn’t. It’s almost anti-climatic. No big finish. No satisfying finish.

I know there will be readers who disagree with me on every point, but after waiting for months for this book to come out, I’m disappointed in the result. My overall opinion is: if you are a fan and have to read this, by all means read it. But have one of your favorites handy to satisfy your mind when you have finished. The Collector will definitely not make my list of all time best Nora Roberts’ books.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen a great read 21. April 2014
Von Herbert Marsh - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Great Characters and a story that kept a great pace. I couldn't put it down. One of Nora Robert's better stand alones
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