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If You Like Books by Karen Robards

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Darkness by Karen Robards
BOOM. That's the sound that changes everything for Dr. Gina Sullivan, a renowned ornithologist on a group research grant trip on the remote island of Attu, Alaska. When an everyday outing turns sinister at the onset of one of Attu's infamous storms, Gina expects thunder and lightning--but what she doesn't see coming is the small jet plane that drops out of the sky and into the water mere feet from her boat. Even more unprecedented: there's a sole survivor from the crash, and he needs Gina's help. But it turns out that rescuing the stranger and getting them both out of the oncoming storm is just the beginning. (catalog summary)
 

Karen Robards's style of romantic suspense and domestic fiction sugests that these titles may appeal to you:




First Light
by Bill Rancic
A moving story of love, family, and survival against all odds from beloved entrepreneur and reality TV star Bill Rancic. (catalog summary)


 

 



Flawless
by Heather Graham
There's a pub in New York City that's been in the Finnegan family for generations. Now Kieran and her three brothers own it. Kieran Finnegan is also, as it happens, a criminal psychologist—a fitting reaction, perhaps, to her less-than-lawful teenage past. Meanwhile, New York's Diamond District has been hit by a rash of thefts. No one's been killed—until now. FBI agent Craig Frasier is brought in to investigate; he and Kieran meet at a jewelry store in the middle of a heist. She's there to "unsteal" a flawless stone taken by her light-fingered youngest brother as an act of vengeance. Craig's there to stop the gang. (catalog summary)

 


Hard Light by Elizabeth Hand
Cass arrives in London where she meets and is reunited with her long-lost lover, Quinn O'Boyle, who is wanted by both Interpol and the Russian mob. When Quinn then fails to show at their rendezvous point, Cass is fearful she'll be the next to disappear, and she goes on the run. (catalog summary)

 



 



Mrs. Kimble
by Jennifer Haigh 
The award-winning debut novel tells the story of Birdie, Joan,and Dinah, three women who marry the same charismatic, predatory, and enigmatic opportunist: Ken Kimble. Resonating with emotional intensity and narrative innovation reminiscent of Ann Patchett's Bel Canto, Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible, and Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, Haigh's Mrs. Kimble is a timeless story of grief, passion, heartache, deception, and the complex riddle of love. (catalog summary)

 

 



Never Tear Us Apart
by Monica Murphy
Katie Watts was almost thirteen when she was kidnapped at an amusement park. Held captive for days, she's finally rescued by her captor's teenage son, Will, who's been subjected to his father's mental and physical abuse for years. In the aftermath, Katie was sent into seclusion with her family, and Will was shipped off to one foster home after another, completely disappearing from her life. Fast forward to present day and Katherine is ready to tell her story on primetime news. She believed talking about it would help purge all the self hatred and devastation once and for all. But she was wrong. (catalog summary)

 

 



The Obesession
by Nora Roberts
In freeing the woman trapped in the root cellar, Naomi Bowes revealed the horrible extent of her father's crimes, made him infamous...and discovered she can't outrun his sins. Now a successful photographer under the name Naomi Carson she has found a place that calls to her: a rambling old house in need of repair offers the solitude she seeks. But the kindly residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton. Her new life offers something she's always secretly craved...but her past is never more than a nightmare away...(catalog summary)

 

 


Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine by Ann Hood
It is 1969, and as Peter, Paul, and Mary croon on the radio, poster paints splash the latest antiwar slogans. Suzanne, a poet, lives in a Maine beach house awaiting the birth of her love child, whom she will name Sparrow. Claudia, who weds a farmer during college, is planning to raise three strong sons. And Elizabeth and Howard get married, organize protest marches, and try to raise their two children with their own earthy, hippie values. (catalog summary)

 


 


Troublemaker
by Linda Howard
For Morgan Yancy, an operative and team leader in a paramilitary group, nothing comes before his job. But when he's ambushed and almost killed, his supervisor is determined to find out who's after the members of his elite squad—and why. Due to worries that this unknown enemy will strike again, Morgan is sent to a remote location and told to lay low and stay vigilant. But between a tempting housemate he's determined to protect and a deadly threat waiting in the shadows, keeping under the radar is proving to be his most dangerous mission yet. The part-time police chief of a small West Virginian mountain town, Isabeau "Bo" Maran finally has her life figured out. She's got friends, a dog, and a little money in the bank. Then Morgan Yancy shows up on her doorstep. Bo doesn't need a mysterious man in her life—especially a troublemaker as enticing and secretive as Morgan. (catalog summary)