A summer at his grandparents’ South Dakota ranch is not eleven-year-old Cooper Sullivan’s idea of a good time. But things are a bit more bearable now that he’s discovered the neighbor girl, Lil Chance, and her homemade batting cage. Each year, with Coop’s annual summer visit, their friendship... show more
A summer at his grandparents’ South Dakota ranch is not eleven-year-old Cooper Sullivan’s idea of a good time. But things are a bit more bearable now that he’s discovered the neighbor girl, Lil Chance, and her homemade batting cage. Each year, with Coop’s annual summer visit, their friendship deepens from innocent games to stolen kisses, but there is one shared experience that will forever haunt them: the terrifying discovery of a hiker’s body. As the seasons change and the years roll by, Lil remains steadfast to her aspiration of becoming a wildlife biologist and protecting her family land, while Coop struggles with his father’s demand that he attend law school and join the family firm. Twelve years after they last walked together hand in hand, fate has brought them back to the Black Hills when the people and things they hold dear need them most. When small pranks and acts of destruction escalate into the heartless killing of Lil’s beloved cougar, memories of an unsolved murder in these very hills have Coop springing to action to keep Lil safe. Lil and Coop know the natural dangers that lurk in the wild landscape of the Black Hills. Now they must work together to unearth a killer of twisted and unnatural instincts who has singled them out as prey.
Publish date: July 7th 2009
Pages no: 472
Edition language: English
A very enjoyable story with a wildlife refuge setting full of exciting action that moved right along. I liked following the progression of the relationship and the heroine's dilemma felt realistic. The secondary romance was nice. Growing up, Coop often visited grandparents farm and developed frien...
3.5 star readNot great but not bad either. Probably perfect as a weekend/beach read. Characters and storyline are believable while reading but completely forgettable once finished.
The amount of research that went into writing this book about the South Dakota setting and the wild animals was extraordinary...one of the reasons I always enjoy Ms. Roberts' books-- unlike many other authors in this genre she really makes the story believable. But this one just had too much extra...
I didn't like this one as much as I like her others... I'm not sure why. Might have been the bad guy. But I couldn't stop reading it, either.So... where's my next Nora?
First let me say I love Nora Roberts. But I struggled through this book.The syntax was distracting.I didn't see a lot to like about (the adult) Cooper. Cooper figured out the bad guy way too easily.I liked the secondary characters more than the leads.And, I just didn't feel the romance and love.