Nora Roberts’ River’s End, the story of a woman who as a child witnessed the murder of her movie star mother by her own father, will be reissued as a Berkley trade paperback Sept. 6, 2011. First published in 1999, River’s End shares its revelation of the glitter and glamour of Hollywood with Roberts’ Genuine Lies (1991) and Tribute (2008).
Olivia MacBride now has few memories of the night when, as a four-year-old, she woke to discover her father, Sam Tanner, standing over the dead body of her mother, Julie MacBride, holding a pair of bloody scissors in his hand. Her grandparents quickly removed Olivia from the intense publicity surrounding Sam’s subsequent arrest, taking her to River’s End, their resort lodge located deep in the rain forests of Washington State.
Twenty years later, Sam, soon to be released from prison, decides to tell his version of the events of that night to true-crime writer Noah Brady. Noah already has a connection to the case. His father, Frank Brady, had been one of the first police officers at the crime scene. Frank found the terrified young Olivia hiding in a closet in her family home.
Olivia had met Noah briefly when, at twelve, she sought out Frank Brady to discover more about her mother’s death. Learning that Noah now wants to delve even further into her painful past causes her to question the affection she has continued to feel for him. Threatening events that begin to occur at River’s End convince her, though, of the need to confront her past.
As with Tribute’s tale of the death of Cilla McGowan’s grandmother, Janet Hardy, and Genuine Lies’ glimpse into the past of Eve Benedict, River’s End provides a retrospective look into the world of a legendary film star. In each of these books, present day characters must look beyond the dazzle of of Hollywood to come to terms with events that took place there many years ago.