Book Review: Legacy by Nora Roberts

Set to be released on 25th May, Legacy by Nora Roberts follows Adrian Rizzo who was seven when she met her father for the first time. That was the day he nearly killed her–before her mother, Lina, stepped in. A decade later, Adrian has created her own line of fitness videos, following in her mother’s ambitious footsteps but intent on making her own way in life. But when Adrian starts receiving death threats, she can’t help but find the vicious rhymes unsettling. Year after year, they keep arriving. They continue after she returns to Maryland and becomes reacquainted with Raylan, her childhood crush. Sometimes it even seems like nothing will come of the terrifying messages. Until the murders start, and the escalation begins…


Thank you to NetGalley for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Gripping and beautifully complex, Legacy feels like a legacy itself, with strong characters who you get to know over many years, engaging you emotionally from the start and captivating you with their endearing relationships.

This was my first experience of a Nora Roberts book, but I’ve heard so many good things about her that I had to give this one a go. And I can see why so many people adore her books. She blends the multiple genres really well, beginning with a shocking opening that sets up a mystery/thriller but then swiftly moving into a character-driven drama as we get to know Adrian from her youth to her adult years.

You get to know every character so in-depth that you really connect with every single one of them. Even the smaller characters have vivid personalities so you can’t help but feel invested in their story. I prefer my books to be quicker paced so there were a few sections that were a little long for me, as you get to know about every aspect of their lives. But it all pays off in the end as you really come to feel like a part of the family.

But because you spend so much time investing in the lives of these characters, focusing on the comforting family drama and the compelling romances, the thriller side of the story takes a backseat and feels a little underwhelming by the end. The story as a whole is rounded up really well, but it just failed to shock or interest me in the way that a general thriller would, as the focus is put on how these characters move on from the event rather than the event itself.

However, I love how true-to-life it all feels at the same time. Adrian’s trauma is handled in such a genuine way that it all builds up your personal connection to the story. The sense of family is strong and will lure you in from page one. This is certainly a book that will capture your heart with a group of characters that you will be sure to miss.


Legacy by Nora Roberts
Release Date: 25th May 2021
Print Length: 424 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group UK

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