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Publisher's Summary

The riveting 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.

©2016 Nora Roberts (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"[Narrator Shannon] McManus gives a moving performance of Naomi's struggles to overcome her horrific past in a psychological thriller listeners won't want to miss." (AudioFile)

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Just FYI

This book is not really about an obsessive stalker/murderer and the struggle to catch him. This book is about a young woman with unlimited money buying and renovating a house, while she takes photos, goes furniture shopping, has un-realistic conversations, and works hard to not get attached to the hunkiest bachelor in town. That is pretty much the whole book right there.
I bought it based on the ratings, but buyer be ware! When a book goes best seller, everybody and their grandmother will give it 5 stars and the rating system goes out the window.

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Starts out promising, slow descent into boring and cliche

The first half of this book was so good! Really interesting premise. After most of the major plot points have been set up, it just peters out. The characters stop being interesting and become sadly one-dimensional and the story becomes incredibly predictable. The romance tilts into him just telling her what to do most of the time. Even though the stalker storyline does add some spice, it too becomes predictable and by the end, you don't care too much what comes of anyone. The narration was fine at the beginning, but eventually becomes a bit too much - too overdone.

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3 hours about a home remodel ...

The beginning started off great and built up a great story.

The middle lost me. I wish she focused on more details that were important to the story line. Instead the middle was about a detailed home remodel that had little relevance to the overall story.

The end was ok. A little predictable.

This was my first Nora Roberts book and I'm not convinced I would read another.

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Could have been great. Needed a different narrator

What made the experience of listening to The Obsession the most enjoyable?

I have enjoyed countless NR books and generally can't wait to listen to the story. And have listen to many several times. The narration made this less enjoyable.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There was no emotion. this book screamed emotion in places. It could have been so much better.

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Typical Nora Roberts

I enjoyed this book, it was a good listen but some things were very typical of Nora. Her endings always seem rushed to me. I see her sitting at her computer just hammering out the last chapter in ten minutes so she can call it done. Other than the rushed ending it was easy to figure who the killer was, which is not very typical but I think this book is more about the main characters life with the killer just added for some extra drama. Overall this book is worth a credit and you'll enjoy the story!

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Roberts is back on track

While her recent books have become formulaic, she stepped up and added some zing to this one. Instead of the quick one chapter prelude, that lays the groundwork for current event, she took three or four chapters in the beginning to thoroughly introduce character and important details.
While I did identify the bad guy when he was originally introduced, she kept me guessing til the last few chapters.
I'm back on board the wAgon!

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NOT MY FAVORITE BUT...

While it took me a couple of listens for me to warm up to this book. I didn't really LOVE it the first time I listened to it but since I usually love Nora I decided to give it another try and then multiple other tries. I like it much better but it is still not my fave. I wish it gave me a bit more at the end.

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Nora Roberts'😘😘🤗

Her books stand out in audible format. Some authors are readable, but don't "listen" well. Hers do both. Yes, they are "expectable". But, to me, that's comforting. Like the chair that I read them in and the cup of tea by my side. With her I can still live in a world where the good guys love and work and win. Maybe a little too much landscaping and contracting and interior decorating, but, hey, she is writing what she knows and doing it in an entertaining way.

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Edge of your seat suspense and great Love stoy!

I couldn't put it down! It is a rich story that could have been torn from the headlines and thrust into the lives of any community. It is inntense and graphic in parts, but not gratuitously so that it doesn't make sense with the story. (i.e. written with care and strong but not just for shock value).

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Hella no voice

The story is good, slightly predictable but it's a romance novel, so what do you expect. The narrator's voice is Hella annoying.

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  • Veteran Listener
  • 04-30-16

Sorry Nora, this one isn't good enough...

Any additional comments?

...and seven hours too long. And the narrator, no, not a good choice to put it mildly. In short, did Nora really write this book?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-30-16

ok but not her best

Follows the general Nora Roberts formula, but several scenes have been lifted straight out of previous books. Maybe I've got used to the tension and suspense in her J D Robb books, but I found the storyline bland and the passion between the characters lacking.

Narration was not bad, but it was difficult to hear the difference between characters in conversations as her female voices sounded too similar.

Overall ok, but not a patch on her Chesapeake novels or the High Noon era writing.

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  • jacqueline bain
  • 04-18-16

Disappointing and predictable

Not one of her best. The narrators voice has strident edge to it.
The story seemed better than it was. I'm not a trained investigator but the villain was so obvious, I stuck with this waiting for the twist that would prove me wrong. Sorry to say I'm still waiting!

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  • Rachael Berridge
  • 01-05-20

Brilliant book

Spent too much time listening to this story and enjoying the plot. Wasn’t a difficult plot. But a simple enjoyable story. Not too much violence or sex for me. A good book for filling up the hours.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-30-19

The Obsession

Fantastic story am never disappointed when I start a
Nora Roberts book keep them coming

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-19-19

❤❤

I love it and the narration was perfect, I love the voice it sounds like the character Naomi😍

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  • JillyB
  • 12-10-18

Another written by rote

Why are some Nora Roberts books really good, and some so darn poor. This was padded out so much with an incredibly expensive house makeover, in detail, and cooking tips. I really enjoyed something like The Witness and had hoped this would be similar. Always feels that there’s hours of padding which could be replaced with some storyline. Or just cut. And I can’t believe that she walked away from the trauma so lightly. Another to go back.

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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 04-20-16

Dependable

Back to an old favourite, Nora Roberts!

Quite a creepy beginning for her, more scary details than usual; but then into normal territory. A girl exposes her dad as a serial killer and has to live with the press intrusion all through her childhood. Finally getting some distance from it all, the murders start again, but dad is in jail isn't he?

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  • Francisco M
  • 09-26-22

Boring Stuff

Barely any suspense. Endless chapters where nothing happens. First and last book i read from this author.

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  • Carolyn Graham
  • 01-03-22

Great Book

Really enjoyed this book would recommend it. Well read great voice for audio books.

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  • Jayne
  • 09-16-16

Slow in some parts

I enjoyed the book overall, but some parts dragged on and on!
I would not listen to it again.

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  • Katrina
  • 06-14-16

Read read read!! 📖📖

Awesome book!!! Couldn't put it down towards the end. Enjoy this book!!! I Highly recommend!!
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  • karilyn
  • 06-09-16

Not good.

Hated it. the american accent drove me crazy. the story line was even worse. Sorry.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-22-16

Excellent Read

A perfect balance of mystery & romance. Thoses who love a good romance will love this book.

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  • Tezza
  • 08-08-16

Terrific

Truly excellent read from beginning to end. I am now a dedicated Nora Roberts fan!

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  • Amanda
  • 06-21-16

Typical Enjoyable Nora

A good read, not her best work but her usual style that delivers good light reading and drama.

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  • Dannielle
  • 06-13-16

Addictive drama

This story starts with a bang and keeps you hooked until the end. Very enjoyable.

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  • Daina
  • 05-20-16

More like a renovation journal

Where was the mystery? 3/4 of the book was about furniture and paint samples! The killer was SO predictable and the only bady amongst a bunch of seriously goody two shoes characters.

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  • Tracey
  • 05-19-16

Fell short :(

I really wanted this book to be good, but I felt it dragged on and on and on.....
Started great, ended ok, middle 20 chapters were hard going.

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  • Emma
  • 05-09-16

Loved it so much, it may even be my favourite book

Would you consider the audio edition of The Obsession to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version but I'm not a good reader, prefer audiobooks.

What other book might you compare The Obsession to, and why?

I listen to a lot of crime, thriller type books but none of them have a similar story line to this.

Which character – as performed by Shannon McManus – was your favourite?

Probably the main character, I was very invested in her.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I got teary at the end, it was all tied up perfectly.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed the balance of gruesome and easy going - a nice change to what I usually read, I think this made me feel even more involved than usual.

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