Nora Roberts delivers a fabulous thriller/love story in The Obsession. Naomi Bowes discovers at the age of 12, when she follows her father in the woods, that he has been hiding a secret. He has been abducting women, holding them for days, raping and torturing and then murdering these women. Naomi, helps her fathers latest victim escape, and leading her to the police, who arrest and imprison him.
Naomi has lived her life on the surface, never letting anyone get too close, never settling down, until she falls in love with a house, buys it and starts to have it restored. This begins her transformation from victim, into someone who starts to build relationships, have a dog, friends, and falls in love. Shockingly, she becomes the obsession of a serial killer, and this becomes more than just a love story.
The following synopsis is taken directly from Amazon.com.
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.
If you are a fan of Nora Roberts, as I am, you would also know that she writes under the pen name J. D. Robb. I’m bringing that up because Naomi reminds me a lot of Eve. On the surface Naomi seems to have her act together, but underneath lies a frailty that comes from circumstances in her youth. A frailty that we see, but also watch both Eve and Naomi push through. A frailty which slowly loses its weakness and becomes strength. Naomi, is finally ready to settle in one place and put her past behind her, but she becomes a target, and instead of crumpling, she faces the threat dead on. That also reminds me of Eve. Eve, through her investigations as a Detective, faces her past in the similarities she finds in alot of her cases. When Ms. Roberts writes with this kind of sensitivity, she shows her strength as a writer, and that is when I like her novels the best.
As far as the other characters, what’s not to love? Xander, the dark, sexy, mechanic/bar owner/lead singer and love interest. Jenny and Keith, the sweet, kind, friendly, warm immediate friends. Lelo the ex-stoner/guitar player/landscaper, and especially the dog, Tag. Tag, who is exactly the kind of dog that we all want. Loyal, fun, loving, and fierce! I loved that dog!
This novel is Nora Roberts, at her very best. Pick up a copy and enjoy this weekend read. Don’t wait! Really!
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