I live in a state which has had 2 tragic, terrible mass shootings: one in a high school and the other in a movie theatre. So I was a bit startled when I started reading Shelter in Place which begins with a mass shooting in a theater and mall. Once I could catch my breath again, I was drawn in the story. For fans of her “In Death” series, you’d probably enjoy this book. If you tend to enjoy more of Nora’s lighter books, not so much. We’re taken into the mind of a killer, a definite narcissistic psychopathic bitch from hell. She’s hunting down the survivors of the mall and/or their family, one by one throughout the country.
The characters are strong, I love CiCi, a self-proclaimed hippie artist and Essie, a present day Eve Dallas. I grew tired of the villain and her thoughts but really enjoyed Simone and CiCi’s conversations. I could definitely see a series starring Essie, a detective who was on-site at the shooting. The story continues from the day of the shooting to about 10 years later.
As typical of Nora’s stories, there are some funny moments, some to shed tears and no weak females. I love a great thriller and this is definitely one that was hard to put down.