Any Nora Roberts fans out there? This was my first time reading anything from the author. Here’s what I thought.
Adrian Rizzo 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.
Soon after, Adrian was dropped off at her grandparents’ house in Maryland, where she spent a long summer drinking lemonade, playing with dogs, making a new best friend―and developing the stirrings of a crush on her friend’s ten-year-old brother. Lina, meanwhile, traveled the country promoting her fitness brand and turning it into a billion-dollar business. There was no point in dwelling on the past.
A decade later, Adrian has created her own line of yoga and workout videos, following in Lina’s footsteps but intent on maintaining creative control. And she’s just as cool-headed and ambitious as her mother. They aren’t close, but they’re cordial―as long as neither crosses the other.
But while Lina dismisses the death threats that Adrian starts getting as a routine part of her daughter’s growing celebrity, Adrian can’t help but find the vicious rhymes unsettling. Year after year, they keep arriving―the postmarks changing, but the menacing tone the same. They continue after she returns to Maryland and becomes reacquainted with Raylan, her childhood crush, all grown up and as gorgeously green-eyed as ever. Sometimes it even seems like the terrifying messages are indeed routine, like nothing will come of them. Until the murders start, and the escalation begins…
If you are looking for a long read where a lot happens, Legacy is a great choice. It follows Adrian and the rest of the characters over the span of about twenty years. Within that period, a lot happens: death, love, loss, new friendships, new businesses, and, of course, murder. However, though a lot happens, I felt that the book was somewhat dragged out for me. I put that down to my focus solely being on Adrian’s threatening messages. While we do hear from the killer sporadically throughout Legacy, they don’t really come into play until the last 10%, where action really starts kicking off for me.
I know a lot of readers will also love the characters in Legacy. However, I felt unable to connect with it really care for them. By no means do any of the characters have the perfect life. But they don’t seem to have any flaws and we’re ultimately too sweet for me. I can’t connect with characters like that.
I guess, overall, Legacy wasn’t as dark as I was expecting from the blurb. This made it a slightly disappointing experience for me, but I sure others will enjoy this book. If you are one of the latter, you can pick up your copy of the book here.
Thanks to Netgalley and the author for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.