The Obsession – Nora Roberts

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The Obsession – Nora RobertsThe Obsession by Nora Roberts
Published by Berkley on April 12, 2016
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Suspense
Pages: 464
Format: Kindle
Source: Netgalley
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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.


 I have not read a Nora Roberts book in about four years and I generally only read her supernatural trilogies, as I thought her others were more contemporary romances. So I was not sure what to expect going into The Obsession as it was not a supernatural based story, but the synopsis did not sound like a romance. What I found was a gripping story about the children of a serial killer and the psychological toll parents can inflect on their children. Add in a bit of romance, some unexplained deaths and a loveable dog and The Obsession was a well rounded book.

The plot was interesting and engaging. I did figure out the twist about 3/4 in, but that did not ruin the reading. There is a reason Nora Roberts is such a well known writer. She combines the average and the outlandish in a way that makes sense in the scope of the tale. The pacing had a few issues as there was too much build up at times, but in general it worked. The world built was very vivid. The locations were described with a nice attention to detail, but were not weighed down by flowery language. The emotions ran high in The Obsession. At times they were a little overwrought, but that is expected in this type of book. I did like the majority of the characters. The uncles were fantastic and I wanted much more of Mason, the brother. Naomi as a main was at times frustrating, as she pushed everyone away and at times pushed the reader away as well.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed The Obsession. It was a great mix of thriller, romance and contemporary women’s fiction. I am happy I took a chance on it as it changed my opinion of Nora Robert’s writing. She is more diverse than I gave her credit for. And while The Obsession was not a perfect read, it contained enough exciting elements to keep me intrigued and entertained.

Favorite lines – “Get over it.” She stared at him. “Get . . . over it?” “Yeah. Get over it, move on. Your father’s as fucked up as it gets. That doesn’t mean you have to be.” “My father is the most notorious serial killer of the century.” “It’s a young century yet,” he said with a shrug, and had her staring again.

Biggest cliché – As long as no one knows my past, I’ll be fine.

 Have you read The Obsession, or added it to your TBR?

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2016 Diverse Books Reading Challenge
  • 2016 New Release Challenge
  • Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
  • The Goodreads Challenge

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Posted April 5, 2016 by Laura in Reviews / 4 Comments

4 responses to “The Obsession – Nora Roberts

  1. I’ve read almost all Nora Roberts’ novels I could get my eyes, hands etc on.
    I love it. I love her writing even when storyline isn’t one of my favorite, or scares me so much I don’t go around the house without all lights turned on, or when it isn’t a favorite at all – it’s rare but there has been books that I don’t like the story, can’t stand characters etc etc. But in over 100 books she’s a favorite. Definitely!
    There are two books from Nora – technically one and some pages of the second (as I still don’t have my copy of The Obsession) – that made me feel physically ill immediately when starting reading. One was Midnight Bayou and I’m such a coward that I didn’t move beyond the first pages. And now this one. But I’m waiting for it eagerly. And your appreciations were very helpful to take away some of that fear of it. That favorite line helped a lot too…
    Thank you!