Review: The Obsession by Nora Roberts

The Obsession

Shannon McManus (Narrator)   –   Audible Audio, Unabridged  – 14 hrs and 19 mins

Published April 12th 2016 by Brilliance Audio    –   ASIN:  B01DDXXPNE

Rating 5*

Nora Roberts does it again with this brilliant piece of work – THE OBSESSION !    What a story, plotting and absolutely fabulous characters!

From the moment Naomi Bowes followed her father into the wood, and seeming him enter a root cellar in the woods Naomi  knew she had to see what he was hiding in there thinking that it just might be the bicycle she had wished for her birthday coming in two days.   What she found was a naked young girl who had been chained to the wall on a bed of rags.   Freeing the girl Naomi half dragged her out of prison and walked through the forest before finding a neighbor who drove them to the police station where she revealed her father’s infamous crimes.

Years later Naomi is a successful photographer living under her new name of Naomi Carson who has come a long way from the hills of West Virginia.  On the other side of the states, Naomi has found solitude in the old house on a hill in Washington state.  She wants to live in solitude but the friendly folks in Sunrise Cove have been forcing her to open up and become part of the tight knit community – especially the very determined auto mechanic Xander Keaton.

Unfortunately, just as she is feeling comfortable within the community, bad things are happening to some of the young women in the area – bad things Naomi’s seen before.  All of a sudden Naomi’s past seems to be catching up to her – with horrific nightmares.

Wow – in a word – wow! Once again Ms. Roberts has created a storyline that has all the grit and suspense that I really love.   I do confess, I did have a niggling feeling as to the despicable madman who had come back into Naomi’s life to terrorize her again.   But even though I did figure out who the villain was, the rest of the story was simply marvelous with characters you have to love and a wonderful dog whom I fell in love with.      Final word – absolutely brilliant writing and an expert narration by Shannon McManus!

Marilyn Rondeau


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