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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Book Review: The Obsession by Nora Roberts

The Obsession
by Nora Roberts
April 12, 2016
768 pages
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.

Naomi Bowes, as a child, saw her father  heading off into the woods 
one night. She follows him and he disappears, but she finds an abandoned cabin and what looks like a door in the earth. As it was almost her birthday and she thought that maybe her father was down there, putting together the bike she asked for her birthday. She opens it and goes down, even when she hears something whimpering. Instead of her father, she finds a naked college aged young woman, cut up, bruised, and tied up. She frees the woman and frightened, she leads the woman away from the root cellar and through the woods to the sheriff’s office in town. Because of that, her father is arrested as a serial killer.

Naomi, her brother, Mason, and their mother are taken by their mother’s brother, Seth and his partner, Harry,  to live in Washington D.C.. But the past catches up and they all move to New York City, where Harry opens a restaurant and the kids grow up, taking their mother’s maiden name. The last part of the romantic suspense happens when Naomi is grownup years later and a professional freelance photographer. She puts down roots in a small town in the state of Washington and buys a large house. Another serial killer who kills close to how her father did, begins to kidnap and kill women in the town. Meanwhile she and a local man, Xander, have this growing attraction neither can deny, no matter how they fight it.

Addictive. The scary suspense of The Obsession keeps your fingers turning the pages, while the passionate needs between the hero and heroine is the bright spot amidst all the darkness. Ms. Roberts definitely has another bestseller on her hands.

I give The Obsession 5 sheep

Pamela Kinney

About the Author:
Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the discipline of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.
She worked briefly as a legal secretary. “I could type fast but couldn’t spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever,” she says now. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate.
Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.

Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.

Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.
Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.”

1 comment:

  1. Sounds good. Sounds more like her writing as J.D. Robb. I have enjoyed many of her books under both Pen names.