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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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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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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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Some of Naomi's dialogue was too immature for a character who is in her position.

I'd like to see a woman portrayed as a brave character without the high school dialect.

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Likeable characters ruined by the narration

Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Shannon McManus?

Nora Roberts, yes. Shannon McManus... not sure

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

No idea. The first part of the book with young Naomi finding out what her father is was well done but after that it kind of became predictable. The baddie was obvious from the get-go, the profiling aspect (which could have been made very interesting) was cliched. I did like the house renovation parts though. And the dog.

Would you be willing to try another one of Shannon McManus’s performances?

It depends but I'd definitely listen to a sample and take note of other reviews before downloading. She did a good job with the female voices but I found the male voices irritating (I think she was going for 'commanding' but her dragging out of the beginning of sentences and over pronouncing was distracting)

What would have made this romance irresistible?

If they'd cut out him always telling her what to do and her yelling "stop telling me what to do".

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it's a no

so boring, the whole story is her fixing up her house. I wasted a credit

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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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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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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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Ehhhhhh...

I bought this book with high hopes that it would be thrilling. It was not. It has a very strong beginning, but then when the lead character becomes an adult, the interactions seem unnaturally happy and fake. Plus, the first 10 hours are filled to the brim with fluff about home renovations. The narrator was almost trying too hard and wound up sounding like a valley girl... not worth the credit.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Elizabeth McCully
  • 11-25-21

Fantastic, exciting and thrilling love story.

What a fantastic experience as Nora Roberts leads you into a harrowing life experience with the main character. I didn’t want this book to end as the characters were all- apart from two- so real and positive. Shannon McManus kept the characters alive and inter active, even Tag the dog! There were many characters in the story and as you follow the trail, cleverly intertwined amongst brilliant, descriptive details, it was easy to forget that there was a killer on the loose. I can’t wait to hear what else Nora Robert’s has written as her style is beautiful and it will be a bonus if Shannon McManus reads for us, too. I highly, highly recommend this book!

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  • c crooks
  • 09-01-21

Kept you gripped throughout.

The narrator brought the characters to life. The book had me gripped from the beginning to end

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  • Crazycats
  • 08-30-21

couldn't get use to the narrators voice.

didn't enjoy this story as much as other audio books by nora Robert's. narrator voice just spoilt for me. started really well then went a bit flat.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Agincourt
  • 01-11-17

Good bits - but I don't care about interior design...

Good bits - but I don't care about interior design...and there was about 4 hours of that in the middle which just seemed like the author indulging in one of her interests as opposed to enhancing the story. I found this passage quite dull.

The start was great - all dark, gruesome, full of suspense and brilliantly described - but as the book develops and the relationship within blossom, it ends up being more 'chick-flick with scatter-cushions' than Silence of the Lambs.

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  • B. Morrison
  • 12-16-16

Shocking start, weak and predictable ending

Narrator and production were good. Story was disappointing. Characters seemed predictable and too sterio typed.

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