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3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,702 Ratings  ·  199 Reviews
A woman survives a horrific attempt on her life, only to feel like a stranger in her own home, in the electrifying new novel from New York Times-bestselling author Karen Robards.

The house is all wrong. Her clothes are all wrong. When Katharine Lawrence recovers consciousness on the kitchen floor, staggers to her feet and looks at herself in the mirror, the beautiful face
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by Putnam Adult (first published April 1st 2007)
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Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
I rarely take the time to write reviews (good or bad) but I feel the need to warn unsuspecting readers away from this twaddle. Where to even start?

The title - It makes no sense. Even after completing the book (a real chore) I cannot comprehend what 'obsession' had to do with anything. At all.

The plot - Suspension of disbelief does not even begin to cover it. Just check reason and common sense at the door. The plot is so utterly farfetched and beyond belief that it's incredible. My biggest compl
Jun 25, 2013 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2013
This book started out really great but went downhill from there. I was about 40% through when I realized that the synopsis on Goodreads does NOT match the one for the book, and actually gives away some spoilers. WTF GOODREADS? It might have been better if I didn't know that Dan/Katharine were Nick/Jenna. I mean I would have figured out Nick, but not Jenna.

The guy was hot. The first half of the book was really interesting, even if it was confusing. Then it goes downhill from there. Lots of runnin
May 11, 2011 Christine rated it it was ok
By this point in my life, I should realize that it's never a good sign when someone wakes up with amnesia. In my defense, I was hooked before I realized that was going to happen. Both the prologue and the first chapter set up exciting possibilities, and when Katherine woke in the hospital, she was more disoriented than fully amnesiac. The book had just the right level of creepiness to keep me furiously turning pages for about the first half. She doesn't feel like this is her body? She doesn't tr ...more
Feb 26, 2015 Elizabeth rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: not even those I dislike
Recommended to Elizabeth by: mea culpa
Tiresome beyond belief. Threw away copy about 85% in (yes, it is so bad that a) could not care to find out how the silly plot came to its denouement,and b) enough time wasted on it already). I long for the time when a RS will come up with a heroine who's interesting, intelligent, has common sense, and is mature enough to understand her vulnerability and be aware of her limitations. How refreshing and exciting would that be!

A word of advice to RS writers, from a fan of the genre, don't try to se
May 08, 2012 Julia rated it really liked it
Overall, this book was pretty great. It had an excellent beginning and ending, but the whole middle part, while I was reading it, confused the hell out of me. It all made perfect sense in the end, but while I was reading the middle, I read really slowly.
Almost every chapter ends with intense suspense, which was great, but really annoying when I would tell myself to only read one chapter and then there would be something crazy and I'd have to keep reading.
The ending was pretty great, and I reco
Damn near ‘Unputdownable’!

Right from the prologue and the first chapter, Robards sucked me right into the story and wouldn’t let go!

While the story can be confusing at times, I think there’s a reason for that confusion, and it all has to do with Katharine, the heroine of the story. The reader is confused because she is confused, and you’re drawn into the goings on surrounding her.

Katharine isn’t who she’s made to believe she is - and we get the why of that later. Dan isn’t who is supposed to be
This book was s-l-o-w. Ten minutes of listening while Katherine, the heroine, tries to decide whether to answer the phone. Over and over saying that she can't remember anything - yes, we know, you have amnesia. I was about 1/4 of the way through disk 5, which was about Katherine and Dan, the hot man who was helping her for some undefined reason, riding in a van trying to escape bad guys, when there were technical difficulties and I had to switch to disk 6. It didn't matter - Katherine and Dan we ...more
Feb 28, 2011 Kristen rated it liked it
I liked the concept of this story, however I just feel as though it lacked quite a bit to make it 5 star rating. First of all, I have no idea why it was titled "Obsession"? It has nothing to do with the meaning of the word? Then, I felt as though there wasn't enough character development. I like reading books where I feel as though I am sitting right beside them experiencing what they are experiencing and I didn't feel that in this book. Some parts didn't make any sense and some points were neve ...more
Cheryl Gil
I loved it! This book had me scared and thinking logically about plausible reasons for what was going on.
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"A woman survives a horrific attempt on her life, only to feel like a stranger in her own home, in the electrifying new novel from New York Times-bestselling author Karen Robards.

The house is all wrong. Her clothes are all wrong. When Katharine Lawrence recovers consciousness on the kitchen floor, staggers to her feet and looks at herself in the mirror, the beautiful face staring back at her is familiar-but wrong. Despite all the evidence-her pictures are all over the apartment, the clo
Mary Jo
Apr 22, 2009 Mary Jo rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you just gotta do it... read a good whodunnit, I mean. And that's what this book is. It has a few weird twists and turns and surprises and kept me going back for more until I finally finished it and knew what was really going on. A little sexual innuendo, some frightening scenes now and then, a lot of puzzles to solve... maybe a bit too wordy, but Robards writes in a way that almost makes you think you're talking to one of your good friends. Sometimes you just gotta do it!
Allyson Abu-hajar
Feb 04, 2016 Allyson Abu-hajar rated it it was amazing
Katharine Lawrence is supposed to be enjoying, a visit with her good friend, Lisa, over the weekend. They had a girls night out, and were rudely pulled from their beds by men in masks and carrying guns. Katharine and Lisa, both had their hands and feet, duck taped. One of the men had Katharine by her hair demanding she tell him where it is...except Katharine has no idea, what 'it' is. When his demands aren't met, he smashes her face into the floor.

Katharine wakes up to Lisa urgently ordered her
Jan 12, 2009 Megan rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down. As in, reading until the early hours of the morning. (Just one more chapter! more!) Incredible mystery, increasing suspense and really engaging characters. When you take a step back from the plot it seems a little far-fetched, but damn, when you're reading it, it's absolutely absorbing.
Narrator: Joyce Bean

Plot had potential and would have been a good thriller under the hands of a real thriller writer, rather than a romantic suspense one. It is books like these than make pure-suspense readers treat romantic suspense with disdain.

Warning: If you haven't read this book and plan to, DO NOT read the hardcover version blurb. I made the mistake of doing that and it's a big reason why this book failed for me. I'm surprised Goodreads allowed a book bl
Susan (the other Susan)
Enough loose ends to knit a sweater, an utterly implausible plot, and characters who indulge in flirty banter within moments of one being rescued from a horrific event. Don't bother.
Jan 26, 2011 Kari rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2011
Great book. It had some surprises that I didn't expect. I loved the characters. This is why I love Karen Robards! Also, I love Joyce Bean's voice. She is an excellent reader!
Apr 07, 2013 Wendy rated it it was ok
Story moves fast, sometimes so much that it is hard to follow. The story is ok, but requires suspension of belief sometimes.
Jan 02, 2011 Kayla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure whether to give it three or four stars, but I've given it a four, simply because I liked it better than Vanished. I had to change it, because this was my second Robards novel, and now that I've read more, it's just not worth four stars.

This one, while the title didn't make much sense, left me feeling far more satisfied than Vanished. I felt there was more plot and more action that kept the story moving, even if the plot was a little farfetched and lacking something in execution.

Jan 14, 2012 Brown rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Katherine Lawrence has no idea what hit her. The attack came out of nowhere. Only hours earlier she was enjoying a girls-only weekend with an old college friend. Now she finds herself lying bound and gagged on her kitchen floor, staring with terrified eyes at her friend Lisa while two masked gunmen search her house for - what? She doesn't know. She knows only that, unless they can escape, whatever it is the men are searching for could end up getting both her and Lisa killed.

But Katherine's night
Mar 31, 2012 Heather rated it liked it
The mystery element in Obsession is what truly kept me reading. Now why the book was called Obsession I don't know... There are a few lines towards the end that mention the word but I really didn't see that as significant enough to name the book that . Especially when the book isn't about any obsession.

A lot of this book I found myself as confused as Katherine is. She doesn't feel like herself after waking up in the hospital after being almost murdered in her home the night prior. She seems to
Jul 13, 2013 Jennifer rated it liked it
Anyway, the book wasn’t too much of a disappointment. As a matter of fact, it did keep me holding on to it with its suspenses. Karen Robards had successfully weaved a mystery which seemed to be nonsensical at first, but the surprise at the end explained it all.

Katharine Lawrence, our main lead in the story, just survived a horrifying attack which left her best friend dead. However, as she woke in the hospital after being rescued, something doesn’t seem to be right. Although she knew her name was
Oct 11, 2012 Ns rated it really liked it
Superb mystery - Obsession is my favourite Robards novel to date. Although, the title is a little misleading. "Deceptive" would be more suitable, as this story is full of it. Deception and danger make for a very interesting and tension-filled read that I could not put down.

Katherine Lawson finds herself under attack and for the life of her she has no idea why. At first she figures it's just a routine robbery but as the threats become more menacing and the assault more physical she realizes much
Ok, I feel really bad for Katharine not knowing who she is in the beginning, but I also think I would have Doctor Dan to get me a psychiatrist or someone else to get a second opinion from before I left. Also, a person can't just walk out of a hospital, they need to be checked out, and you think Doctor Dan would have pointed that out, he also would have pointed out that he might have to work and can't just take off with her on a whim like he did when she left the hospital. Also, did it not occur ...more
May 31, 2014 Jan rated it really liked it

I see from below that this book did not receive good ratings from many people. However, this is the 2nd time I've read it, and I enjoyed it as much as the first time, which was a lot. It is rare that I read a book twice. I didn't find it confusing - and loved the sense of mystery and suspense.

Katherine Lawrence was attacked with an old college friend, Lisa.Two masked gunmen are searching the house. She is saved by "Dan" who lives next door. What happens with their relationship and who "Dan" real
Dec 30, 2009 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller Suspense, Covert Ops
This is my first Karen Robards book and I highly recommend it. The plot was engaging with plenty of twists and turns.

The only negative I noticed was that parts of the book are too wordy, with a lot of words and phrases repeated. Sometimes, the description of the heroine's thoughts are so long-winded that the stop in the action becomes frustrating. But as the action picks up, the author puts some of these lengthy descriptions to good use as they build up the suspense. The description of the hero
Lori Alyssa
Mar 03, 2014 Lori Alyssa rated it really liked it
I really liked the intense drama and suspense right from the beginning. The mystery of the main character, Katheryn,was really good! Her amnesia keeps her from knowing who the bad guy is and who she can confide in. She cannot remember important things but she does know that the skinny, tanned blonde in her mirror is not what she looked like. She and her friend were brutally attacked in her kitchen where Katheryn spent the night with her hands and feet tied. She remembered her 12" kitchen tile an ...more
Jan 10, 2013 Kimmie rated it really liked it
A good, tightly written mystery suspense novel, this book features a convoluted, twisting plot structure that still manages to make sense. An enjoyable, fast-paced read, and gets four stars because it covered every unanswered question I had about "what really happened and why" by the end of the book. Brief synopsis: Amnesiac burglary victim wakes up in the hospital, and nothing about her life sounds familiar to her. She doesn't buy the idea that the vagueness was caused by her head injury, and s ...more
Mar 31, 2013 Lori rated it it was ok
I am not even sure why I gave this book 2 stars, but I know there are people out there that might like this sort of book. Just don't think about the plot. Don't question what a Deputy Director of Operations actually does for the CIA. Don't question exactly what the first chapter of the book is about. Don't worry about the partial amnesia. Just sit back and try to enjoy what is supposed to be a fast paced book with a complex plot. Complex? No. Confusing? Yes. Weak, pathetic heroine that I wanted ...more
Nov 30, 2007 Lain rated it liked it
I'm a sucker for a good psychological thriller, and this book had all the right ingredients... a high-level governmental mystery, a beautiful woman with a spotty memory, and bad guys galore. But somehow the ingredients don't combine to make a memorable book. Unfortunately, the plot is big on flash and small on substance. We don't figure out what the heck is going on utnil three-fourths of the way through the book. By that point, it's too late to grab us and any sort of revelation is going to fee ...more
Dec 19, 2010 Kerry rated it liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Starts out great then went downhill Fast!

I'm glad this novel was given to me by good friend to read. I'm still wondering how this mediocre story got published. Well, maybe I shouldn't wonder because there are some real dozzies (hope I spelled that word correctly) out there being promoted as bestsellers.
When I started reading Obsession the plot unfolded and kept my interest and I felt really excited and I was very intrigued with the story. I read on and then my senses started to sour and then t
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Karen was born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. She has been writing since she was very young, and was first published nationally in the December 1973 Reader's Digest. She sold her first romance novel, ISLAND FLAME, when she was 24. It was published by Leisure Books in 1981 and is still in print. After that, she dropped out of law school to pursue her writing career. Today she is a regular on the New ...more
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