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3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,818 Ratings  ·  339 Reviews
While investigating the cold-case disappearance of a baby girl 28 years earlier, attorney Lisa Grant begins to believe that she herself was the missing toddler. That makes Lisa's life a lie, and whoever erased the truth isn't through with her...
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Signet (first published 2010)
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Lynsey A
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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
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.
Jan 09, 2011 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 19, 2011 Pamela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
John Yelverton
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.
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
DeAnna Rigney
Jan 31, 2011 DeAnna Rigney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 09, 2010 Marty rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Tabatha Hibbs
Aug 22, 2014 Tabatha Hibbs rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Profoundly tedious. This was listed as a mystery which is why I picked it up, but it's not. It's a romance,which I find mind-numbingly dull in the best of cases. This was not a best case. I didn't like the characters. Lisa is whiny; Scott is arrogant. The author doesn't trust me to "get" that Scott and Lisa have a thing for each other--she has to spell it out. And the situations that arise in the novel are laughable in their absurdity. Example: the two main characters escape from a burning house ...more
Anna Mcfadden
Aug 08, 2014 Anna Mcfadden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
@KarenRobards "Shattered" After coming home to take care of her mother who has ALS lawyer Lisa Grant takes a a job as a research assistant to District Attorney Scott Buchanan. Scott is disagreeable as he is sex and figures put he only hire of Scotts fond feeling for Lisa's mother who hire him to work on her ranch whenever he had time growing up. After being a hour late punishes her by making her file cold cases when she comes across a file and picture of a missing family from 30 years ago with a ...more
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
Jul 20, 2014 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After losing her job and moving home to care for her invalid mother, Lisa Grant takes a job as a research assistant to District Attorney Scott Buchanan. While organizing cold-case files, Lisa sees a photo of a family who disappeared without a trace 30 years ago. The file draws her attention when she notices that the mother in the photo looks exactly like herself. Soon Lisa is digging into the case, trying to find out more information about the missing Garcia family. But someone doesn't want the ...more
Christina Harlin
"Shattered" is a rather formulaic romantic thriller, which isn't a complaint, as you'll get exactly what you expect and be reasonably entertained throughout. While working in a law firm, our heroine Lisa discovers a cold case of a missing family. The family's mother looks enough like Lisa to be her twin, and this spawns her interest in the file. The setup is a little slow to get started, but does pick up speed at the halfway point, when Lisa's life is obviously in danger, as are the lives of tho ...more
Laura Elizabeth
Aug 26, 2014 Laura Elizabeth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-stars
I might be a little biased, as my first romance writing love was Nora Roberts. But GRs suggested I might like reading Karen Robards, and I started picking some out. Honestly, there are some that are pretty good. This one might not be the best example though.

For this, Lisa loses her job and returns to her home town to take care of her ALS stricken mother. Long story short, she ends up researching an old case about a missing family, with a member who looks exactly like herself. Now for the story,
Mar 07, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing. It is a romantic suspense at it's very best. It's a story of old families, old money and secrets. Lisa had always been in love with Scott but they came from different parts of town. Lisa went on to law school even though her Mother and Father had divorced and now her mother was very ill and money was scarce. Scott worked hard and was now District Attorney and although he did not want to, he gave a research assistant job to Lisa. He did not want to be around her every day w ...more
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Andrea Porco
Jun 25, 2014 Andrea Porco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book! This, by far, is one of my favorites! I loved the story line, the characters, and the mystery! One of the things I really enjoyed was the relationship between Scott and Lisa. One of my favorite things to read about is a relationship like theirs. Since the two characters had such history between them, it made the relationship so much more special and believable. Also, I kind of liked that she waited until more towards the end of the story to get to the "good part" of their rela ...more
Sandra Cook
Jul 23, 2016 Sandra Cook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lisa Grant was a rising star in a prestigious law firm in Lexington, Kentucky, when the firm went bankrupt and she lost her job. With an ailing mother to care for, she takes the first job she can find: research assistant to District Attorney Scott Buchanan. Scott is as disagreeable as he is sexy, and Lisa suspects the only reason she got the job was Scott's fond feelings for her mother, who treated him well when he was a farmhand on the Grant's large horse farm while Lisa was growing up. After s ...more
Sep 23, 2014 Sue rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I think I've read this before because I kept getting a sense of deja vu. Overall I did enjoy it. The romance was believable enough and it was suspenseful, though I did think she jumped way to far in terms of conclusions at the beginning because I always think thats the reader's job. She was the classically stupid heroine however when she get attacked and says it was nothing. I was kind of blindsided at the actual culprits.. the lead up to them just confused me. I just didn't feel like actual clu ...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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