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3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  6,009 Ratings  ·  352 Reviews
Secrets, betrayal, and a mysterious family history plague the heroine in the latest novel from New York Times-bestselling author Karen Robards.

The past is never over. It just gets dusty.

Lisa Shewmaker was a rising star in a prestigious law firm in Lexington, Kentucky; that is, until the firm went bankrupt and she lost her job. With an ailing mother to care for, Lisa t
Hardcover, 388 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by Putnam (first published 2010)
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Lynsey A
Apr 07, 2010 Lynsey A rated it really liked it
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Rating: 2.5 / 5

I've been reading Karen Robards since not long after I started reading romance. She has some really great romantic suspense books, but unfortunately, her last few books have been subpar, in my opinion. And honestly, I considered this book her last chance at keeping me reading her new releases. Did she win me back? Probably not.

After lawyer Lisa Grant loses her job when the firm she works for goes belly-up, she decides to return to her hometown of Lexington, Kentucky and he
Judi/Judith Riddle
Aug 12, 2010 Judi/Judith Riddle rated it liked it
This was an easy book that rolled along for me as at a good pace. My only complaint is that it was too much "bodice ripper" and not enough mystery. I listened to this book on CD in my car and it took me more time than had I read it. This is the kind of book I enjoy while riding in the car, a light, easy to follow romantic thriller. The mystery was intriging even though I instantly knew how the story was going to evolve.

While researching some cold case files, Lisa Grant, assistant reviewer to D.
Jul 19, 2011 Pamela rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
What a horrible book. Boring premise, ridiculous ending with stupid, childish characters. Hard to believe the main character is a lawyer. Everything was so forced. Lisa gets a cold-case file, sees the dead woman looks exactly like her and right away she thinks she's adopted; that her estranged father is behind it.There's an accident at her house within the first few chapters and again she's wondering if it happened because of the file. Are you kidding me? By the way, where was the editor? The na ...more
Jan 09, 2011 Michelle rated it it was ok
I've read quite a few books by Karen Robards, but I'd have to say 'Shattered' didn't top the charts for me. I find Robards a very descriptive writer, and while I like authors to set the scene, I find it very cumbersome to read descriptions that last over a page, and describes something that in the end adds no value to how the story plays out. 'Shattered' in my opinion falls victim to descriptive filler. Many times during the course of reading this story I found myself skimming over the page just ...more
Mar 25, 2012 Bluefly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfetta miscela di suspense e romance, con personaggi ben delineati e una trama sapientemente sviluppata. La Robards è molto brava a descrivere lo stato d'animo dei protagonisti, lo scorrere della vita quotidiana nella quale, improvvisamente, un imprevisto cambia tutto. Il romanzo tiene incollati fino all'ultima pagina, in uno stile scorrevole e coinvolgente.
When Lisa Grant moves back home to care for her mother, she must take a job as research assistant to the local district attorney, even though she has been a lawyer for a number of years. The DA just happens to be a Scott Buchanan whom she's known since they were both children. Although she finds him annoying, she is strongly attracted to him. While performing research, Lisa discovers a cold case file that has a photo in it of a young woman who looks exactly like her. As she starts investigating, ...more
TBR Challenge 2012--Personal Challenge: Shattered has been on my to-read list since 2010.

I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic suspense by Robards. The plotting is well done and I like both main characters. The mystery defies solution for most of the book. I could almost figure it out, but a few details prove elusive. The author does withhold one clue until the end, but it was necessary for the story.

Robards weaves all the parts of the story together, including the mutual history of Lisa and Scott
Mar 16, 2014 Yona rated it really liked it
I liked it but the end was too open for me.
Mar 23, 2015 ElaineY rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mf, romantic-suspense
Narrator: Susan Ericksen

What a pleasant surprise from an author that has been a hit and miss with me. There were niggles, just a couple, so I'll get them over and done with first:

Lisa, the supposedly hotshot young lawyer with a Boston law firm, now lowly researcher for DA, Scott Buchanan, came across as a bit of a ditz at first, then later, as merely beautiful, rich, trophy-wife material. She's supposed to be a lawyer from a prestigious Boston law firm
Feb 22, 2014 Marj rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense
*spoilers ahead*
i think my biggest problem with this book is that i never felt like i had a choice in speculating on the connection between lisa and the garcias because from the onset, when strange things started happening to lisa, she immediately connected it with the garcia case when she doesn't even know them or anything about the case except that she looked like them.

second problem is that the story focused more on the love story between lisa and the guy and the various accidents and attempt
Georgiann Hennelly
Jul 02, 2011 Georgiann Hennelly rated it really liked it
Lisa Grant was a rising star in a law firm in Kentucky. But when the firm went bankrupt she lost her job. So she came home to care for her ailing mother. She took the first job she could find, research assistant to the district attorney. But after missing an imortant court date Lisa gets banished to the basement to sort through cold case files. But what she expects to be a boring job becomes interesting.When she runs across a missing persons case an entire family disappeared more than 28 years a ...more
This was okay. My first time reading this author. The mystery was intriguing and kept me guessing although you knew generally what was up but there was just enough doubt to not be sure and to keep the reader guessing. The romance was hot while at the same time sweet but wasn't real intense. There was not a lot of doubt where the relationship was going, not any real big conflict. They had always had the hots for each other and when the hero decided to stop running from her (a habit from when she ...more
May 18, 2010 Sherrie rated it it was amazing
This is a really good book. You have mystery and romance all rolled into one. The Mystery: why does Lisa look like the woman in the picture, that is suppose to have come up missing, so much? Where did they disappear too? Then strange things start to happen to Lisa. Her house catches on fire, someone knocks her over the head, someone is following her, and then someone makes her wreak her car. The Romance: Scott, he's one good looking guy and sexy too. He's someone Lisa has know since childhood. H ...more
OK -- so I'm a truly omnivorous reader...I read 'trash' too! Robards' style is suspense-romance, and this one is typical stuff. Lovely Kentucky setting with class-warfare subplot. Murder, intrigue, ambition, and ok...a couple who don't figure out they're destined for each other until 100 or so pages to go...

Not sure she set up the final twist carefully enough, but unlike FIGHT CLUB, I won't be re-reading this to look for foreshadowing...good summer fare. Now I have my guilt-pleasure reading for
Jun 09, 2010 Marty rated it it was ok
The mystery of this book is not bad, however the CHeeeeeeeeeezzzzzzzeeee love story part was a bit much. I had to check the book cover a couple of times to see if Fabio was pictured with his hand on some women's breast. The sex was hot and steamy, but really was not necessary to move the story along. I had to read it more than once to be sure I got it right, all the moves ect.
I also got tired of how often Lisa had cold shivers. It really could have been better but then again, I did skip some pa
DeAnna Rigney
Jan 31, 2011 DeAnna Rigney rated it did not like it
Never read Robards before, and unless someone I trust is very convincing in the promotion of another book by the lady, I will never be reading one of her books again. "This doesn't look like something you'd read anyway," you might be thinking. True. My book group requested it because it takes place in Lexington...they didn't like it either. This was written poorly, the mystery was so-so, and the love story was ridiculously stuffed with cheese of the bad sort. I consider this time wasted...time t ...more
Dec 03, 2012 Terri rated it it was ok
Lisa gets banished to the basement of the DA's office where she finds a picture in a cold case file that looks exactly like her. So she investigates a little then danger keeps cropping up around her.

The mystery and romance didnt seem to have a smooth balance in this one for me. Lisa and Scott were hot together but it just didnt flow with the suspense as much as I had hoped. Not my favorite of her books
John Yelverton
Mar 31, 2016 John Yelverton rated it it was ok
The theme of this book really intrigued me, and it started off well; however, it was filled with foul language, there is an extremely graphic sex scene, and the dues ex machina villain left me severely disappointed.
Emily Higgins
Dec 10, 2016 Emily Higgins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspence, romance
Lisa Grant is an attorney reviewing cold cases when she sees a photo of a missing family. The mother of the family looks eerily like Lisa. Curious, Lisa begins to investigate then strange things start to happen.
Nov 02, 2016 Debbie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Darn good romance & (mild) thriller. Suspenseful, but not scary and the romance scenes are really good. I have already added more Karen Robards to my "Want to Read" list.
Nov 25, 2016 Cavendishmk rated it did not like it
Listened to half of the audiobook before quitting. Nothing much happened. Very repetitive. Unlikeable heroine.
Oct 23, 2016 Spencer rated it it was amazing
Holds readers attention from the start. Very well written with lots of excitement! Lots of twists and turns.
Oct 29, 2016 Melinda rated it really liked it
Good beach read. The mystery held my attention and wasn't boring.
Oct 17, 2016 Kem rated it it was amazing
This is a book that, for me, comes under the heading of "I-can't-cant-put-it-down". The plot is unique and no way could I guess the real bad guys. Unfortunately the worst of the bad guys was already dead, but his minions were still operating. They were trying to keep the original crime covered up by killing more people. The love interest was so-so mostly, but I liked the characters. I'm a sucker for happy endings.
Katie Rekowski
Oct 13, 2016 Katie Rekowski rated it really liked it
2010. Read by Susan Erickson. Lisa Grant is a young attorney with a huge law firm in Lexington, Kentucky. The firm bankrupted. She moved home to take care of an ailing mother. Temporarily, she sought work in the D.A.'s office. Just so happens, the current D.A. is Scott Buchanan, who she knew from her childhood. Getting on Scott's not so good side, she was sent to the basement to go over cold cases. One such case was about a family who disappeared 30 years ago in its entirety. It tugged at her. D ...more
Ria Lize
2.5/ 5

It wasn't a bad novel. No, no it was not. However, it was terribly infuriating reading this book. When I read, I want to feel a variety of emotions, mostly to laugh, or cry or perhaps be on the edge of my seat, puzzling over a murderer. I read because I want to smile. Or feed that hungry creature that resides within my heart that wants to... feel. I read because I have the hunger to feel. To be honest, my problem with this one must be because I've taken this one a little too seriously. I t
Apr 18, 2010 Judi rated it really liked it
I've been reading Karen Robards for at least 20 years and she's always been an auto-buy author for me. You can count on her to deliver a great romantic suspense read.

Shattered delivered on both counts, but not without a few issues.

One issue I have to mention right up front (doesn't really have anything to do with the storyline). Both the author's website and Goodreads list the heroine's name as Lisa Shewmaker when in fact her name in the book is Lisa Grant. How does that happen?

On the romance
Judy Serrano
Sep 25, 2011 Judy Serrano rated it liked it
From Publishers Weekly: Book Description

After Lisa Grant loses her job at a Lexington, Ky., law firm in this seductive romantic thriller from bestseller Robards (Pursuit), she heads home to Grayson Springs, a once thriving Kentucky horse farm, owned by her mother, who's dying from ALS. Lisa becomes a research assistant for former crush Scott Buchanan, the Lexington-Fayette County DA. While she initially finds Scott's grumpy personality unappealing, she begins to feel differently after looking in
Aug 29, 2010 Kavyen rated it liked it
Lisa Grant is back home in Kentucky to take care of her ailing mom. While there she takes up a job as a research assistant with Scott Buchanan, her childhood crush. Scott may have a soft corner for her as well but treats her very similarly to the other employees. In one such impartial moment, she gets banished to the basement and is asked to review old case files. In the basement, her co-worker shows her a picture of a family that she insisted will intrigue Lisa and it definitely did. The mother ...more
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Karen was born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. She has been writing since she was very young, and was first published nationally in the December 1973 Reader's Digest. She sold her first romance novel, ISLAND FLAME, when she was 24. It was published by Leisure Books in 1981 and is still in print. After that, she dropped out of law school to pursue her writing career. Today she is a regular on the New ...more
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