Night Tales #2- Nightshade by NoraRoberts
DeborahO’Roarke was already introduced in the earlier book, Night Shift, which dealt with the story of CillaO’Roarke, her elder sister. In Night Shift, Deborah was still a student of law. This book deals with her story. Its a tale that tells us how an Assistant District Attorney (Yea! She’s the ADA) works to bust a gang of smugglers.
Deborah is a bold and headstrong ADA. She thinks that justice should prevail whatever be the circumstances. One night, while returning to her car after carrying out the required research for the case she’s working on, she is cornered by a thief. The thief wants to take complete advantage of the silent night and the beautiful company but before he can make a move comes Nemesis, the shadow that walks and protects the dark streets of Urbana. He saves Deb from the thief and disappears. Being a crime fighter herself, Deborah is intrigued by Nemesis’ way of work.
Within a few days, she meets the handsome, rich and a former cop, Gage Guthrie. Gage is bewitched by Deborah and makes advances towards her. Deborah, who is getting weak in the knees under Gage’s sophisticated charms, can not quite decide whether it is Nemesis she wants or Gage. It is only after another encounter with Nemesis that she finally makes up her mind.
The story is about Deborah’s fight against a drug dealer, EnricoMontega who wants Deborah dead. Enrico is also being chased by Gage who wanted to get even with him. It was Enrico that had killed Gage’s partner and injured him severely while he was working as a cop and it was that event that led Gage to leave the police duty and take law in his own hand.
Meanwhile, as Deborah spends time with Gage, she starts to fall in love with him. She also moves in with him as the gang attacks are getting closer and more dangerous than before. During the stay at Gage’s mansion, she discovers that when Gage was in coma, he was blessed by a super-human ability (discussing this will leak out an important secret, but then again, if the reader is smart then they can connect the dots).
In the climax, Enrico kidnaps Deb’s friend and Deborah is summoned to meet Enrico and hand in the evidences against him in return for the life of her friend. Its at the meeting point where the entire story unfurls and all the twists and turns are straightened to reveal a shocking truth. And since it is a ‘romantic’ thriller, its obvious Deborah is rescued in the end by Nemesis as expected.
The plot is good enough, but the idea of having a super-power while getting out of coma is a little out of the way. I also do not fancy stories that centre on a girl who can’t decide between 2 men. There are a few things that are not up to the mark and hence this book is not entirely as enjoyable as other Roberts’ books, but a passable read nonetheless.
My Rating: 3/5
Next Review: Night Tales #3- Nightshade by NoraRoberts