The riveting new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Liar. “She stood in the deep, dark woods, breath shallow and cold prickling over her skin despite the hot, heavy air. She took a step back, then two, as the urge to run fell over her.”
Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. No matter how close she gets to happiness, she can’t outrun the sins of Thomas David Bowes.
Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, a rambling old house in need of repair, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the kindly residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.
Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But the sins of her father can become an obsession, and, as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.
From the Hardcover edition.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Nobody mixes light and shadow quite like Nora Roberts. The Obsession is a compelling story of the terrifying evil humans are capable of and the incredible strength, courage, and heart it takes to survive and thrive even after facing that darkness.
The Obsession is a story that’s easy to fall into, thanks in no small part to its heroine. Naomi went through hell as a child, discovering that her father was a serial rapist and murderer. We spend a significant amount of page time with Naomi in the past, seeing how her life changed because of her father’s crimes. This is important, because it sets the stage for who Naomi becomes as an adult. She’s strong, so incredibly strong, but the past hurts her, causing her to throw up walls right and left. Naomi has never fully healed from the traumas of her childhood because she tries to keep the past behind a firmly shut and locked door. What I loved about The Obsession was watching Naomi grow as a character. She comes...
Lots of hype. Mediocre plot. This book was on fire at the beginning. Then about one third through, it bogged down so badly I wasn't sure I could finish it. Descriptions of scenery, photos and landscaping can only keep you interested for so long. i really didn't like the main character very well and some important plot points were never revisited. The ending was mildly to moderately interesting. This was a pricey kindle book from a number one rated author. I definitely expected more.
This book started out intriguingly, then sputtered. Though the likeable characters sometimes had complex histories, they were ultimately too predictable, and their relationships overly sweet for my taste. The unlikeable characters were also predictable, a redeeming quality or two would have made them more interesting. I read this on my Kindle and couldn't believe it when I glanced down and realized I was only 33% through when I was really ready for things to wrap up! The story was ok, just not very compelling.
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