Saturday, 16 April 2016

5* review: The Obsession by Nora Roberts

Naomi Carson is a survivor. As a child, her family was torn apart by a shocking crime. It could have destroyed her, but Naomi has grown up strong, with a passion for photography that has taken her all around the world.
Now, at last, she has decided to put down roots. The beautiful old house on Point Bluff needs work, but Naomi has new friends in town who are willing to help, including Xander Keaton - gorgeous, infuriating and determined to win her heart.
But as Naomi plans for the future, her past is catching up with her. Someone in town knows her terrifying secret - and won't let her forget it. As her new home is rocked by violence, Naomi must discover her persecutor's identity, before it's too late.

As a fan of Nora Roberts, I hate to say I found her last couple of offerings slightly disappointing, they just seemed slightly 'off brand', however The Obsession sees Roberts back to and beyond her blistering best.

Eleven year old Naomi on the eve of her twelfth birthday follows her daddy on a balmy evening into the woods to see if he's hiding her birthday surprise... she finds something more horrific than she could ever have imagined. Something that will change her life forever..

As Naomi grows older she face things that no child ever should, and is haunted by what she found in the woods that fateful night, she finds it impossible to forge any kind of close friendship other than with her family until she finds a rundown but beautiful coastal bluff house that she decides to try and make her own. Beginning to build friendships, even thinking that she has found somewhere to settle down eventually when the violent and horrific events of her past come back to haunt her once more, taking a fatal turn.

The Obsession is the best of Roberts' novels by far in my opinion and I have been a longstanding fan since The Northern Lights way back when. I certainly was not expecting what Naomi found in the woods and from really early on the book was fast paced and had me gripped.

Watching Naomi and her work crew rebuild the house on the bluff was fascinating and I would love to have seen it for myself! The description of the old furniture that was being renovated had me captured and I could see it clearly with my minds eye. Also the descriptions of her photography sounded stunning and captured the imagination..

I loved watching her beginning to make friends and learning to love once again, and loved the complimenting cast of characters around her.

An excellent book that I will return to time and again.

Many thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC in return for an honest review.


  1. It's ages since Iread Norah Roberts I must get this one.

  2. I used to enjoy her books ,not read any for a while.

  3. Just finished this - agree with you it's back to her brilliant best. I was not expecting the turn the book took - loved it! :)