BOOK REVIEW: The Obsession by Nora Roberts

By Nora Roberts
Publisher: Piatkus
Publication Date: 14th April 2015
Format: Hardback (456 pages)
Source: Review Copy

She changed her name. She changed her life. But someone won’t let her go. The brand-new novel of love, drama and hope from legendary 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. (Goodreads)


After having the privilege of reading The Liar last year, I was more than excited to be given the same opportunity with Nora Roberts latest Romantic Suspense novel, The Obsession. While Roberts has once again crafted a story that has a brilliant romance and in this book, she has also created a rather reasonable mystery. True, once again I did guess who the person was behind this reign of terror, I felt that the two plotlines didn’t seem to fit well together. That wasn’t to say I didn’t enjoy the book, because I quickly became engrossed in it. This was mainly due to the chemistry between the two leads.

The opening part of the book was one of the strongest openings to a romantic suspense book I have read in a long time. It did a lot to set up Naomi as a character and by the end I was really rooting for her to get her happy ever after. In the first 80 pages, Naomi character develops dramatically. Yes, it is over a number of years, but Roberts is able to let you see how Naomi became the woman she is in this short time. It proves effective and it is always in your background as you see her try to build a life and put down roots in this small time.

Each little milestone from adopting the dog, to the renovation of the house she has bought, feels such a major accomplishment. The biggest of these is the friendships she builds with the residents of the town. This is such a big deal, especially with the skeletons that are lurking in her past, ready to obliterate her carefully constructed life.

Throughout this book Naomi is proven to be such a survivor. From the ashes of her past she has created a new life. She has tried her best not to let her past define her. Yes, she has made adaptions in order to keep her past in the shadows, she is has still led a very fulfilling life, at least professionally. There are times when her past has held her back in a personal sense; she is starting to move forward in this aspect too.

As for Xander, I felt he served the purpose of helping Naomi move on and opening up to the prospective of relationships with friends and potential partners. He knows to give her space and knows when to give her support. Xander did come across as a good guy, but he didn’t seem to have very much personality or at least something that makes him stand out.

What was really surprising was that I found myself really becoming invested in Naomi’s younger brother, Mason. For me I wanted to find out more about his life as a Criminal Profiler. From the moment he reappeared in Naomi’s life, he made a big impact in the story and he had the personality that for me, Xander seemed to lack. He was more than just a means to the end and his relationship with Naomi seemed so much stronger. It did seem strange that by the end of the romance book, I wanted a spin off story about Mason.

The mystery aspect of the book was some of the weakest parts of the book, mainly because there was very little build up to it and the victims of this crime spree just suddenly seemed to appear. There was no ominous figure in the background, lurking like the boogie man waiting to strike out. The sudden appearance was jarring and with very few suspects, my candidate for the person who was behind it all, proved to be true.

Though there is much I really liked about this book, trying to rate really did prove to be difficult. I liked the elements separately, but when put together it just didn’t seem to gel as well as The Liar.

However, I still really enjoyed this book a lot as it the character development of Naomi more than covers the parts I didn’t like. She was just such a strong and interesting character that I know I was reading this for her. It was this aspect alone that made the book a strong 3 star, but not enough to make it a 4 star

3 star







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