“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.
The Obsession was hands down my obsession for every page flipping moment. Nora Roberts never ceases to amaze me in the diverse subject matter and genres she takes on. While I suppose this could be considered a romance, it rests far more comfortably in the suspense genre. While I’m proud to say, I figured out the “who done it” part before the end of the novel, it didn’t ruin my enjoyment of the book as in so many others. Roberts is, as always, a master craftswoman, deliberate with a deft hand, giving away just enough to make you go “What the–?!” Beyond the steadily paced suspense, it was so gratifying to read Roberts lush descriptions of a part of the country that has become part of my soul. I knew exactly where Roberts was taking us just by her descriptions even before she mentioned Hoodsport; the Hood Canal/Puget Sound region of Washington state is such beautiful country and it deserved to be a character in the hands of a Nora Roberts. I can’t say it was a pleasure having a peak into the mind of a psychopath, but Roberts creates something beautiful here, giving a different perspective to a horrific story: What happens to the wives and children of serial killers? It’s an interesting question and The Obsession is an often eerie and troubling, but intriguing answer.
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