by Nora Roberts
Review by Gayle Surrette
Berkley Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780399175169
Date: 12 April 2016 List Price $28.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Naomi Bowes was excited that soon she would be twelve and, if wishes could force the universe to comply, the owner of a bicycle; but it was the heat that kept her awake. Naturally, she decided to go outside to see if it was cooler and, when she saw her father leave the house, she followed. The decision to follow him that night would change her life and that of her brother and mother profoundly. She'd found his hiding place. When he left, she expected to find a bicycle but instead found that his latest victim was still alive and with effort Naomi helped her escape and get to the police. Nothing had been the same since that night.
Naomi was now Naomi Carson and she'd finally found a place that called to her--one that felt like home. She was a photographer and could do her work from anywhere and maybe now she could put down some roots. But the past has a way of showing up at your door unannounced. Someone was killing women here in her new home town ... was her past coming to destroy her future?
The book starts when Naomi rescues the young victim from her father's killing room. From there we learn about Naomi's life after that event and move from her present situation and new home via flashbacks to fill in her past beginning with that fateful night. The story unfolds naturally as the reader gets to know Naomi and understand her reluctance to let people get close, except for her immediate family.
Her new home and the people she meets don't let her withdraw and that makes things much more difficult when the body count begins to rise. The tension is in who is the killer, how does it relate to Naomi's past, what is she going to do about it, and how will that effect the new life she's finally let herself believe she can have?
As you'd expect there's suspense, danger and, of course, romance. But there's also a tight story, twisty mystery, witty dialogue, and interesting characters. The Obsession is definitely a story that will keep the reader turning the pages.