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The Obsession

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  66,516 ratings  ·  5,385 reviews
“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
Hardcover, 453 pages
Published April 12th 2016 by Berkley
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Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
Well, I haven't given a book such a low rating in a while... I am such a big fan of Nora Roberts! I don't know WHAT happened with this one!! Yet, I seem to be the minority as it gets shining reviews on GoodReads.

Naomi was only 12 years old when she saved a young woman from one of the most notorious serial killers the country has ever known. He was also her father. As an adult now, Naomi moves from place to place and hasn't been able to settle down because people find out her true identity - as t
Pleeeeeeeeeeeease! Somebody put me out of my misery.

I almost died of boredom. It took me eleven days to reach the 50% mark. And I was reading it non-stop.

I. Can’t. Do. It. Anymore.

If, by any chance, you are planning to renovate your home, this book is perfect for you. Remodeling 101: A Home Remodeling Guide for Beginners.

Don’t believe me? Here’s a short summary of the plot:

Kick ass beginning.

Heroine’s new house description.

Rooms, plans and furniture descriptions. Everybody comes to see the new
Alex is The Romance Fox
1,5 stars

Let me start by stating that I've been a HUGE NORA ROBERTS fan for years and years. But something seems to be off with her latest books...........maybe it's just me, but the spark in the earlier books is missing!

And The Obsession had a "spark" missing for me!!!

The beginning was pretty good and I began thinking...yay....this is going to be a winner!!! But by the middle..........hell, forget the winner!!! It was downhill all the way. I just wanted to scream....
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Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite

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.

With that description, I was pretty sure I was going to be hooked on this one straight away. And I was.

Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Nao
Geri Reads
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!!

This book reminded me why I love Nora Roberts. And although I haven't picked up a Nora Roberts book in a long time, I still count her as one of the greats who really fed on my romance addiction. From the engaging plot to the cast of complex and layered characters, The Obsession grabbed my attention from the very first page. And when I say first page, I mean that literally.
Holy freakin' prologue is what it was. It was creepy and scary and had this sinister feel that really put the rea
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, mystery
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. I'm a fan. 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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Poor little Naomi had to find out her father was a rapist and serial killer. But she saved one girls life. That's what matters.



"I know you had a hard night, and you're having a hard day on top of it. Do you know what's going on here?"
"Yes, sir. My daddy hurt Ashley. He tied her up down in that old cellar in the woods by this burned-out cabin place. 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 things.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. And The Obsession didn’t fail me. 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
Marta Cox
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
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 ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
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.D. 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 identi
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: I've been in a huge book slump lately, so when I was looking for my next read I thought "why not?" when looking at this suspenseful read. I have found success in branching out to other sub-genres in the past when looking to break a slump, but sadly I don't think it was the case here. The pacing and flow was ALL over the place (see pacing section below). I'm not quite sure how the publishers and editors that uber popular Nora Roberts has were okay with this. The book felt
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2016-nora
Omg! 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. Once I started reading I couldn't put THE OBSESSION down. 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.
First things first: TRIGGER WARNING!!!

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
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I might not 5star every book by Nora Roberts but I’ll definitly read every single standalone book that she writes. I’m not a big fan of her trilogies, those are hits and misses but her hardcovers are something I look forward to every single year.

Of course some speak to me more than others, but I liked this one a lot, enough to read it a second time this week.

If a book has either of these ingredients I’m a very happy reader….

A puppy or adorable dog.
An artist, like a photographer.
Flipping or remod
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting story, first romance I have ever read , I'll say it , I thought this book would be more centered on the mystery , but I hadn't taken into account who the writer was (turns out Nora Robert is a very known romance writer) . All taken into account , this book turned out better than expected once I found out it was a romance book. There are a lot of mentions of photography and construction, so if you don't like that then you will get bored , followed by a focus on the romantic aspect . T ...more
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
The first word that comes to mind now that I've finished this audio book is 'chilling'.

It's dark, especially when we are in the mind of the killer. It's hard for me to believe there are really people out there who have these thoughts, who can actually justify and condone their behavior.

I enjoyed getting to know Naomi and Zander, and watching their relationship grow but, to be honest, I was mostly interested in the crime aspects of the story, and in them finding the horrible person committing t
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Still rereading some of my favorites

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4 Suspenseful Stars!

As I started this book I was instantly drawn to young Naomi. Naomi is a couple of days away from her 12th birthday when she discovers what a monster her father is. As the story continues we see Naomi, her mother, and young brother Mason learning to live with the fallout of her father’s depravity with the help of her beloved Uncle Seth and his partner Harry.

Young Naomi is excit
Apr 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
Pet peeves: Psycho's POV, sexism disguised as compliments, multiPOV
Warning: I'm not being vulgar or anything bad, but this book made me angry and I may be itsy bitsy sarcastic. I tried to leave the emotion out of it, but the longer I wrote, the more it showed. I may come to this review and make it more presentable in later days, months or years, but I wouldn't count on it.

The story was OK. Nothing new or even resembling originality, but it was a good read.

I don't know, why it's tagged as "myster
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
I was so hoping this would happen...

...or at least this…

...but, unfortunately, Tag was a nice dog…

I must say that I loved this book because of the way it was written!
It’s divided in several parts where the first is a huge shocker, the next ones a nicely developing romance and the last one a bang!

While the first put me in killer mode, where I wanted to torture her father to death (a very slow one, though!), the next parts were beautiful!

We see Naomi, now grown up, as she finally sto
Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hey I finally read a Nora Roberts book!!! It was about time and I enjoyed this quite a lot! I'm not sure what I was expecting exactly, but based on the cover I thought The Obsession would be more a fast paced thriller. It's definitely not that. Instead, this is a surprisingly cozy and domestic slow burn romance that also includes...serial killers? Yep, serial killers! Who knew you could have a cozy serial killer book?

The story begins when our heroine, about to turn twelve years old, discovers h

A long and boring story about a house renovation ( look, for that there's "House Rules"... of which I'm fan), with a lukewarm romance _ the number of stereotypes in which the guy falls into is ridiculous _ and almost no suspense (with the exception of the beginning of the story), in a supposed thriller.
The only reason this doesn't get a one star is because the author obviously knows how to write.

I've read so many NR's books and lately it seems as if the author has fallen into this clinical writi
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
I cannot even tell you how many Nora Roberts books I have read in my life I've been following her for so many years. It seems like every single one is engrossing and better than the next.

This book was an amazing read. I couldn't put it down and I kept sneaking back to it when I was supposed to be cooking dinner and doing other things. But it is so well written and as usual, Nora Roberts, kicks it up a notch with a wonderful romance and a twist of dark, suspenseful elements that just encourage yo
4.5 serial killer stars :D

“People don’t always know people close to them the way they think they do.”
- Naomi

* * *
“No, you couldn’t know everyone, and even when you did, you didn’t.”
- Xander

* * *
“I love you, Naomi. That’s the start, the finish, and everything in between.”
- Xander
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars

A gripping thriller of love, hope and betrayal by Nora Roberts, the world’s greatest storyteller.
That sentence is a direct quote from the back cover of Roberts’ new bestseller, The Obsession. After reading it more or less in one sitting (all 450 pages of sheer awesomeness), I feel that it pretty much tells you everything you need to know about Nora’s latest release. Nora Roberts IS the world’s greatest storyteller, proven by the fact that over the last 20 years or so, an average of 13
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An extremely captivating story. Although predictable at times, I still rate it 5 stars. Wonderful mystery and would recommend to anyone.
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Whenever I want a page turning, feel good read Nora Roberts is an author I go to with many novels to choose from. The Obsession has to be one of my favourites.

☘ Lily ☘
So, another Nora Roberts under the belt. Is it a surprise that I love it? The first chapter got me hooked from the get go. I don't believe any thriller/suspense book ever got me that anxious before.

So, basically Naomi is the daughter of the most famous serial killer of the century. And she was the one who revealed her father's activity to the public. Imagine the fuckedupness of that situation.

Two books in, I also think I got the hang of Nora's format of romance. As in, don't even expect the roma
Tanja ~ KT Book Reviews
How do you find peace when you have been running from a monster since childhood? Constantly on the move and not willing to take a chance. When you grow up with a killer hidden in plain sight it tends to have an effect on you. Never trusting and always with one foot out the door.

Naomi Bowes, daughter to one of the most notorious serial killers, has changed her name and grown up with an education few can understand. With her camera and her online business she has been able to live a sort of vagabo
Apr 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
I love Nora Roberts books. But not this one.
It was like someone else had written it. Not up to her high standard that kept me gripped before in her books.

The start.

The beginning was good, that got my initial interest peaked so I was ready to delve in.

But then it took some nose dives for me personal. The fact that she was young from the start of the book to a great big giant leap to her being grown was a shock to my brain. It was asking " what happened in between?" But of course, there was no sat
5 stars – Romantic Suspense

Loved this book! It grabbed me from the start and kept me totally engrossed in the story. It's definitely one of the better romantic suspense books I've read in awhile, one of NR's best, and one of my favorite reads of the year.
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Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Hideaway, Under Currents, Come Sundown, The Awakening, Legacy, and coming in November 2021 -- The Becoming -- the second book in The Dragon Heart Legacy. She is also the author of the futuristic suspense In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her book ...more

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