The Obsession by Nora Roberts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Obsession is a romantic suspense novel.
It opens in 1998 when eleven year old Naomi discovers a brutally attacked women in an old root cellar in the woods. She rescues her, takes her to a police station and is key to the arrest of a local member of the community.
Thomas David Bowes put the small town of Pine Meadows on the map; now it is home to a serial killer. He was convicted and sent to prison, and the consequences for his family were horrific.
By 2016 Naomi finds herself on the west coast of America. She falls in love with a rambling old house in need of repair, an abandoned dog and a strong stable man. But, just when she feels she can stop running and put down roots, the body of a young woman turns up and her nightmares begin again.
I eagerly read this book, from the moment Naomi set out hoping to find a much wanted birthday present, to the very last line.
I really liked Naomi’s house on the bluff, especially the enthusiasm which came from the local people who helped bring it back to life. The writing was so good that I actually felt a part of the revamp. And that’s what makes a really good book, isn’t it? One where you feel as if you’ve stepped inside the pages, where you feel you are friends with the characters and you ride every high and low of the story with them. I’m rarely a ‘dog-person’, but I defy anyone not to fall in love with Tag, from his skittish fear of small dogs to his early morning 5am alarm call.
Nora Roberts already has a large fan base who enjoy her writing style and her storylines. This one backs up her ability to make me hang on every page of her work in this genre.
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“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.