Can you honestly believe I’ve never read a book written by Nora Roberts until now?  I must have been living under a rock.  I have finally popped my figurative cherry and picked up a Nora Roberts book that sounded interesting.

“The Obsession” is a whirlwind of events beginning after a young girl, Naomi Bowes, discovers a cellar in the woods belonging to her father, a serial killer, unbeknownst to her until this moment.

This book spans across eighteen years of Naomi’s life, and tells a tale of pain, loss, redemption, and love.

About this book:

453 Pages

Release Date: April 12th, 2016

Genres: Romance, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

“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.

Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the 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 as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.” -Goodreads

My thoughts:

Nora Roberts provoked a bit of paranoia into my system, making me look over my shoulder in public and study my surroundings more closely.  The mystery and suspense in this book can truly make for a nail-biting experience.  I felt for Naomi Bowes, her life was nothing short of tragic, and yet she continuously tried to turn it around and make a better name for herself other than the one that related her to her father.

At one point in the book, you almost forget that Naomi had the childhood that she did, which is complete genius on Robert’s part because when the subject comes up in a serious matter, you’re almost slapped in the face with it.

Almost like, “WHAT?!  But things were going so well!”

Speaking of well, the romance in this book is wonderful.  It’s slow building but explodes into action just at the right moment, and only proceeds to get better as the book progresses.  Xander, the love interest, is such an understanding yet stern character.  He takes ZERO shit from anyone, but does it in a mature manner.  I absolutely adore the support characters in this book and their different quirks, you’ll know exactly who I’m talking about once you’ve read the book.  AND THE DOG!  Tag, Naomi’s dog, made the entire book.  Reluctant to take on a dog she found on the side of the road, Naomi goes about keeping him with a semi-cold shoulder, but begins to fall for the dog day by day.

I highly recommend picking this book up, with my review of FIVE OUT OF FIVE RFR Bookmarks!

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My Highlights From the Book:

  • “If you do all that, you’ll never put it behind you.”  “You put something behind you, Nome, it’s got its eyes on your back.  I’d rather keep it in front of me, so I can see where it’s going.”
  • So this was what it was, this was how it fit.  How his half fit anyway, he thought.  It fit, all those moving parts, because he was in love with her.  Shouldn’t the universe have given him a heads-up on that?  He needed a little time, needed to adjust, regroup, needed to–  Then she glanced over, and her eyes met his.  It blew through him, that storm of feeling, all but took his breath.  For an instant he wondered how people lived this way, how they could carry so much for someone else inside them.
  • As long as there’s love, she thought, sighing into the kiss.  And the good, strong place to build a life together.  A life of sunrise and lilacs, of friends and quite moments.  And a really good dog.