The Obsession

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It could have been asocial Goth girl Monica, it could've been angst-ridden Jill - or maybe it was the plain girl nobody suspected. Johanna is a therapist on the verge of a midlife crisis. When one of her patients is found brutally murdered, she takes it upon herself to solve the mystery. But why is this stressed-out Deborah Matthews' divorce from her husband Jason Matthews has just been finalized. She filed for divorce because she believed he was cheating on her. Jason has since moved away to work on an often communication inaccessible research ship.

That fact and the divorce itself does not sit well with their sixteen year old daughter, aspiring ballerina Erika Matthews, who blames her mother for her parent's martial problems due to her being a workaholic and for her not forgiving Jason for the indiscretion, which he vehemently denies. To make matters worse, Erika's long time ballet coach, Leonard Capas, has just quit before her important audition into the Ballet America summer program. Capas' resignation was solely by a cryptic letter with no in-person good-bye to staff or the students. Luckily, the ballet school is able to fill immediately Mr.

Capas' job by a young man named Reed Halton, who believes he can help Erika prepare for her audition. Reed has been a widower now for eighteen I saw this about two years later for Canadian Thanksgiving, probably because our 'W' television network needed to serve up a turkey. Those who saw it when it was released got it right. This is borderline awful. The evidence is that the production company hasn't done a movie since putting out this turkey.

I would also like to add my voice to those who saw Elise Gatien as miscast as an aspiring ballerina. I'm not an aficionado of classical ballet by any means but Elise Gatien doesn't have the body of a ballet dancer. She's far too busty and heavy - look at her fanny for example. The other thing is that the cops in this town must be the dumbest on earth, staking out one home but not another.

Aren't there more than two cops to do all the police work? If it shows up again on your cable late at night, give it a pass. Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video. Thanks to new friends, a new lover, a rescue dog, and her FBI-agent brother, she might weather this dangerous situation, but discovering someone has been shadowing her formerly nomadic life gives her a new appreciation for her own strength, resilience, and many blessings.

A little uneven and with an abundance of detail that occasionally slows the pace, this is still an appealing story from a romantic-suspense favorite. There was a problem adding your email address. Be the first to discover new talent! Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. It was creepy and scary and had this sinister feel that really put the readers right into the middle of the action. Naomi was about to turn 12 years old when she discovered the true nature her father and the extent of his crimes.

It was one of be most gripping sequences in book and like I mentioned above, I was hooked. The plot moved quickly taking us through the aftermath of her discovery and how she and the remaining members of her family dealt with it. It showed readers how much her father's notoriety affected Naomi's view about relationships and her reticence in having people know about her.

Things get even more exciting the moment the book caught up to the present. The present being Naomi having just bought a huge house in the middle of Nowhere, America despite not wanting roots and all the responsibilities that come along with it. The present also brought us Xander "be still my heart" Keaton.

I'm going to go off tangent a little bit to say that Romantic Suspense is probably my least favorite sub-genre of romance because most of the time, it either has great suspense but weak romance or it has great romance but a weak suspense arc. And at first, I was concerned that The Obsession was going to be one of those great suspense but weak romance type of book. But boy was I wrong.


So wrong because once Xander was introduced, the romance angle got really interesting and really fascinating. That is not to say that the book wasn't interesting prior to Xander's appearance because it was but there's nothing more exciting than reading about two people falling in love despite the eff up situation they're in. Xander just blew me away. He's probably my most favorite among Nora Roberts' heroes. Roarke held that title for a while but Roarke's character feels remote and inaccessible at times.

Xander has the swagger and the confidence that Roarke has but none of the standoffishness. He didn't overwhelm the story or overshadowed Naomi's development, which really worked for me big time. Aside from Naomi and Xander, this book has so many characters that stood out to me. I really want Mason's story.

Mason is Naomi's younger brother and like Naomi, his father's crime fundamentally changed him. Fingers crossed Nora writes a book about him. Overall, this book definitely rekindled my love for this author's writing. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. View all 26 comments. Poor little Naomi had to find out her father was a rapist and serial killer. But she saved one girls life. Do you know what's going on here? My daddy hurt Ashley.

He tied her up down in that old cellar in the woods by this burned-out cabin place.

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He hurt her really bad, and he hurt other people, too. There were pictures of them down there. I don't know why he did those th Poor little Naomi had to find out her father was a rapist and serial killer. I don't know why he did those things. I don't know why anybody would do what he did. The character of Naomi when she was a little girl was very strong and grew up into an even stronger woman. The book tells the story of what Naomi, her brother Mason, and her mom go through with the dad going to jail. The mom was an idiot and kept seeing the father even in jail.

But, she had 14 something years to be brainwashed by him. Naomi's uncle Seth and partner Harry had the family come live with them. I love the relationship with Naomi's uncle. He and even Harry were so good to the family. But the mom just had so many issues. I won't say how that all worked out. A little later it moves on to when Naomi is an adult and buys a beautiful house in the middle of nowhere that she is doing up. She also finds a love interest and a sweet dog! I loved Tag the dog: I mean a woman gets killed in the same way as the others when Naomi was little.

But it just didn't keep me reeled in like the beginning of the book. I figured out who the killer was during the beginning of the book. I think it was the beginning Well, I had my thoughts of who it was and I was right. I just wonder why it took them so long to try to find her. I think I know but I won't say. Lol Anyway, it was pretty good but that is my opinion so you can just decide for yourself.

Melissa Martin's Reading List I have had the pleasure of reading many books by this author and she always has a wicked way with a story. It can be contemporary, futuristic or even occasionally more historical but you can always count on being entertained. This book threw me straight from the offset. It's divided into sections and the first part takes place seventeen years ago.

Straight away there's something intimate about the writing. I felt I was with Naomi every step of the way. There's a sense of immediacy that held me I have had the pleasure of reading many books by this author and she always has a wicked way with a story. There's a sense of immediacy that held me riveted with descriptions that leapt into my minds eye. I could feel the hot oppressive night, sense things about Naomi's father that her young mind simply accepted as normal.

Most of all her trepidation, actual fear and even her heroic efforts felt real. Fast forward and Naomi has never been able to truly settle and hides who she is and the atrocities her father committed still continue to haunt her. Yet for some reason a dilapidated house that's truly a money pit calls to her artistic nature. It's a huge decision for this nomad but one she hopes will work out. Quiet town , no close neighbours and best of all her true identity is unknown. Naomi initially trusts and befriends her contractor and then of course there's his wife.

It would look odd not to engage with locals and the last thing Naomi wants is to inspire curiosity. Dreamy , yes but not on Naomi's list of projects to do but that guy certainly is persistent! Somehow Naomi parts company with her quiet life with even a dog in the house! Then things start going pear shaped as young women turn up dead and somehow it all seems scarily familiar! I really liked the characters in this story. It's a small town but ties bind so many. Xander has his work cut out as he slowly realises that this thing they have could be really important.

Of course there is the big secret that Naomi hides casting it's shadow but it doesn't stop her starting to live again. Romantic and sweet moments even an ending that made my eyes well up. Best of all I want to try steak a la Tag! This was a solid story and yes I did guess but there was a huge clue given shortly after work in the house commenced but that didn't spoil my enjoyment one iota. This lady can write! Recommended to those who enjoy romantic suspense. View all 19 comments. A compelling romantic suspense story.

Needless to say, Nora Roberts is a master storyteller, with the plots that grab you from the first to the last page and the characters that you are interested to learn more about. In this book, I was not only impressed by the suspense aspect which made me unable to put it down, but also by the way the author smoothly blends humor into the dialogue.


The playful and witty banter between Xander and Naomi totally hit the spot for A compelling romantic suspense story. The playful and witty banter between Xander and Naomi totally hit the spot for me. The strong bond and the love between them truly touched my heart. The ending brought a big smile to my face. It was retained from the beginning of the second half of the story onwards.

And I can tell you that it gave me the shivers to read about this psycho villain and that absolutely had me on the edge of my seat many times. Anyway, however much I enjoyed this book, I had to drop my rating down to 4 stars due to my problem with the romance part.

As you may know, one of my pet peeves is the heroine with commitment issues. So, I must admit that Naomi sort of rubbed me the wrong way every time she tried to push Xander away. That was quite annoying.


He was such an endearing guy! He was really into her and he cared about her. How can one say no to this man?! Nevertheless, this was a very enjoyable read. View all 38 comments. Nora Roberts' books all have the same kind of feel to them, so if you're an Eve Dallas fan, or liked other books of hers, you will like this one. But, sometimes, okay - always, I armchair quarterback books and think about what I wish had been done differently, and in this one I really wished she had gone a different route. Maybe I'll write my own book - my way - someday. Then again, probably not. All the good book ideas are taken In this book, we have Naomi, a photographer who just b Nora Roberts' books all have the same kind of feel to them, so if you're an Eve Dallas fan, or liked other books of hers, you will like this one.

In this book, we have Naomi, a photographer who just bought a giant-ass house by the beach and is completely renovating.

It has haunted her all of her life, so this is the first time she has ever tried to settle in one place. She immediately meets a stray dog and not-stray man and things get complicated. We once found a poor little kitten on the side of the road and I named it "Free Cat" until it fulfilled its name-destiny. But, Naomi is a bigger sucker than I am because that dog eventually gets a real name. The guy, Xander, is a mechanic in town and also plays in a band. He also sticks around way more than Naomi was expecting, and already had a stupid name.

She likes using that formula as much as she likes making her females tall, thin, and with short hair. I don't mind - I just notice it a lot. I think if she ever had a chubby, short, long-haired female who's a bit on the clingy side as her heroine, I'd wonder if someone stole her identity and kept writing books in her name.

Identity theft is no joking matter. Unfortunately, while Naomi is settling into domestic life with man and dog, there is a killer out there doing the exact crimes her father did and he happens to pick a girl who happened to pick a fight with Naomi the night she went missing. Now, here's what I thought should have happened: Girls keep getting taken and killed and the killer starts sending Naomi photos of them.

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Finally, the FBI figures out who the killer is and calls her, and it turns out to be the guy standing right next to her! He's in the house! That would have been sweet. That would fuck her up so badly. First, her father, then she finally lets a man in her life and he's a serial killer too. Oh, that's good stuff But, that is not what happened. So, don't worry about spoilers. I'll just stick to reviewing books. View all 16 comments. I can honestly say that this book will probably conclude my Nora Roberts reading experience. After reading several of her books have I come to the conclusion that I'm not the right person to read her books.

I still want to read her J.

The Obsession by Nora Roberts

Robb books because they have proven to work better for me. But, there is something about the way Roberts write her books that just doesn't work for me. And, I'm pretty sure I know what it is. First, the story is way too obvious. I figured out the killer's identit I can honestly say that this book will probably conclude my Nora Roberts reading experience. I figured out the killer's identity quite early very easy to do and then I spent the rest of the book waiting to see if I was right and I was.

And, that just takes away the enjoyment of reading the book. I did however like Naomi and the first pages or so in the book was really good and for a moment I thought that this book would turn out good. Then Xander turned up in the story and everything went to hell. Honestly, suspecting who the killer was could I have lived with when it came to this book. But I couldn't stand Xander Keaton, the main characters Naomi's love interest. For some reason, I can't stand the way Roberts write romance. It feels the same way every time I read one of her books.

Up until Xander, the book was good despite me suspecting and guessing right what would happen later on , but after that, the book quickly turned less enjoyable and I started to skim through the book so that I could get to the end. I wouldn't have minded seeing Mason having a larger part in the book. His presence towards the end of the book made the book a bit better. Unfortunately, there are no surprises in the book, I feel that Roberts has found a safe way to write and sell books and then she stuck to it.

I wish the book could surprise me more, not just the typical woman meets a man that makes her feel safe and loved after a hard time and then they face trouble together before the happy ending. Some like that kind of books, I don't! View all 7 comments. Oct 14, Susan rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is by far the best book I have read this year.

I've always loved Nora's books and this one hooked me from page one. It took me almost until the end of the book to figure out who was obsessed with Naomi. I found myself cheering for her and hoping she could get past all the tragic things she saw in her life. Be prepared to do nothing once you start reading her heartbreaking tale. ARC received from Netgalley for an honest review.

I wish I'd had a bit more of one going into this. Yes, you can tell from the blurb that something horrible happens, since Naomi is rescuing some woman from a cellar, but this is a central theme throughout the book. Rape and torture happen, not just once or twice, but multiple times, and we experience these things from not just the heroine's speculation and memories, but from the perpetrator's thoughts. There have been a couple of times while reading this book First things first: There have been a couple of times while reading this book that it's been a bit too much for me.

I skimmed long sections detailing what the 'bad-guy' was doing, thinking, feeling and skimmed many sections where it was speculated on. This probably affected my reading and, consequently, how I feel about this book overall. Nora Roberts' books and I have a long and varied history. This fell somewhere in between. Part of my problem is that the romances just don't feel as believable to me anymore. It never feels rushed or too quick.

So, it's weird that now it does feel rushed and too quick and slightly unbelievable. Maybe that's my growth as a reader, wanting different things from my books.