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Book Review: The Obsession by Nora Roberts

The Obsession by Nora Roberts


“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 Carson, Xander Keaton


Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Romance (2016)

My Thoughts:

Naomi Bowes is a typical little girl on the eve of her birthday. Thinking her father was hiding a present for her, she follows him into the woods thinking he might go for a swim in the blistering hot night. Only, as she moves through the woods and hears her father down in a root cellar, things aren’t what she’d thought. When he comes out, his face is wrong. Hiding in terror, she waits for him to leave. Opening the cellar, she hopes it’s the bike she’s wanted. But, when she descends the stairs, the sights and smells she finds, changes her life forever. A woman tied to a bed naked, alone, afraid greets her. Naomi, helps that woman out of the root cellar and treks across miles to get her to the sheriff and to safety. That night, she finds her father isn’t who she thought he was.

After the revelation of her father’s crimes, her uncles take her and her little brother in, along with their mother. Changing her name from Bowes to Carson, she wants desperately to avoid being in the press. Events in her childhood, family trauma and grief, and her inability to trust, have Naomi moving around unsettled.

As an adult, she’s a professional photographer who uses her work as an excuse to not settle in one place for long. However, in Washington State, she buys a house, hires a crew to fix it up, and gives settling a try. As she gets comfortable in the town, she starts to form attachments (like to Xander, a mechanic and band member) she didn’t intend on. Falling in love with the town, its inhabitants, and her view, she feels maybe it is time to put down some roots.

Nightmares don’t always go away and when those nightmares change, life gets harder to accept.

Roberts book is full of suspense, great characters, small town charm, plenty of renovations, and dynamic story that brings Naomi’s story to life. Her storytelling brings you through the struggles of overcoming trauma, trying to connect to others when you’ve never before, and accepting what is. A riveting, at the edge of you seat, and beautifully written tale will take you on a ride. Better hold on tight.

4 thoughts on “Book Review: The Obsession by Nora Roberts”

    1. It was pretty intense. I loved it. I wasn’t sure how quickly it was going to pick up, but it pretty much did from the start. I loved it and there is some twists that come in that make the book that much more compelling.

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