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A Madness of Sunshine

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  3,069 ratings  ·  686 reviews
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New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh welcomes you to a remote town on the edge of the world where even the blinding brightness of the sun cant mask the darkness that lies deep within a killer

On the rugged West Coast of New Zealand, Golden Cove is more than just a town where people live. The adults are more than neighbors; the children, more
ebook, 344 pages
Published December 3rd 2019 by Berkley
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Miranda Reads
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it

"Nothing, there's nothing. It's like she vanished into thin air."
Anahera was born and raised in Golden Cove - seaside coast of New Zealand.

The land is wild, beautiful and savage - and deadly.

When Anahera was a teen, a tragedy occurred - one that haunts the residents to this day.
"They never found the missing hikers, did they?"
Anahera left her hometown - swearing she'll never return.

Only...eight years later she finds herself on the very same shores that the women disappeared from.
Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it
The Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh is a 2019 Berkley publication.

As a reader of romance, Nalini Singhs name is recognizable to me, and I have seen her books reviewed by some of my GRs friends. However, Im not into fantasy romance novels featuring angels and demons, or changelings, so Ive never read any of her work. However, when I saw the author had tried her hand at writing a straight up mystery suspense novel, it piqued my curiosity.

Singh did an admirable job with her first novel of
Sumit RK
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it

That's what she was.
Bright. A thing of life. A thing that could burn

A Madness of Sunshine ships you to a remote town on the edge of the world, where even the blinding brightness of the sun cant mask the darkness that lies deep within a killer.

On the rugged West Coast of New Zealand, Golden Cove is a closed knit community, living in peace. That is until one fateful summer- a beautiful young woman disappears without a trace, and the residents of Golden Cove wonder if there is
Brenda -Traveling Sister
3.5 stars

Madness of Sunshine started off as an easy, engaging read for me with that opening line that pulled me into the story right away. The setting here is vividly written and Nalini Singh really knows how to pull that right into the plot making this a fascinating story because of that.

Things did start to go a little sideways here for me with the characters, though. There are a few of them and many become suspects. The characters then began to feel a bit stereotyped to me and things started
Amy Imogene Reads
Intensely character driven and held in an arrestingly deadly setting, this is a lingering read.

Writing: ★★★★★
Characters: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★★★★
Villain(s)/Reveal(s): ★★★ 1/2

Full disclosure: I've been a long-time fan of Nalini Singh. She writes some of the most well-written, beautifully plotted paranormal romances in the game. As in, they're worthy of SFF labels but are tragically only published as mass market paperbacks (I'm a hardcover girl, but I bend my rule for this queen).

So when I heard she
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it
3.75 stars

Im getting more and more into thrillers and want to add even more to my 2020 tbr, so when I found out Nalini Singh was writing one, I got really excited about it.

There were quite a few things I loved about this book.
1) The story was set in New Zealand, and the authors familiarity with this country was obvious and also the part that grabbed me the most. The language, the traditions, the small communities and the difficulties that come with them. Beautifully described in detail, it came
Well consider me a lonely inhabitant of minority opinion world because I'm really bummed about this. The book had a good start, but then it took too long for something to happen and in the meantime there were way too many characters introduced. It was getting difficult for me to keep track of all of them and their importance in the story. I got some The Dry vibes, but it didnt end up being nearly as suspenseful and I had trouble caring about the characters. Also, there was a ton of over ...more
Have you ever been so caught up with the characters of a book that you miss you once youve finished? I have been walking around for a week trying to figure out what Ive misplaced, who I havent contacted, what Ive left undone, only to realize that what Im missing are the people and places in A Madness of Sunshine! What a marvelous story and even better characters!

Will is a cop with a past that is dark and tumultuous. Once a rising star in the metro force, he now has been relegated to a very small
Aisling Zena
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars 6/1/20

Short review for this as I'm hungry, cooking dinner and I have a 6yr that just proclaimed in a dramatic voice and a hand on her forehead that her life is ruined because her dad cried her tears. Yes, you read that right.


This was not a thriller really, but it was a decent murder mystery. In my opinion a good murder mystery involves a fascinating setting and several suspects with equal motives and opportunities and you can't help changing your mind at least three times over who did
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, thriller
This is my first book by this incredibly talented writer, so I had very few, if any, expectations. I was swept away by the beauty of descriptions of the West Coast of New Zealand:

....She stood on a jagged cliff looking out over the crashing sea below as fog wove through the treetops, a light misty rain falling and dissipating before it ever got to her...

Anahera Rawiri returns to her home town of Gloden Cove after eight years of absence, a successful career as a classical pianist and the death of
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
I love books that take you to remote settings and transport your mind to places you probably will never be fortunate enough to visit. In this story, Nalini Singh was able to do just that. She aptly portrayed the beauty of New Zealand, and its breathe. She presented us with characters living and sometimes hiding out in a small town environment, the typical haves and have nots and many of her characters were admirable.

The story is complicated and one of the characters, Anahera, reeling from the
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I'm a romance genre girl through and through. When I saw that this was Nalini Singh, I knew I needed to give this book a try even though I hesitate at the genre. I'm really glad that I did. From the first chapter this book captured my attention and held. The writing is phenomenal. It doesn't matter what genre this author writes, she knows how to captivate.

I think because I knew going in that this was a thriller, I really focused on everything I learned about all the characters that were
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-ish, arc, romance
I adore everything Nalini Singh does - so much that I read her newest book even though I rarely, if ever, read anything that could be categorized as either thriller or crime. And I am very glad I did. Everything I adore in her writing was present here, especially her wonderful hand with world-building. Obviously world-building in a real world setting is a lot different to world-building in a paranormal setting, but in the end Singh manages to portrait this small town at the end of the world in ...more
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
A widow returns home, a woman goes missing, and secrets from the past wont stay buried for long In this tensely-plotted, taut thriller, Nalini Singh crafts a breathtaking mystery set in the wild thicket of a small coastal New Zealand community that hooked me from page one!

The tension that Singh has built in the community of this book is pulled so taut it feels it could snap. The mystery is so well-plotted that it is almost breath taking. The anger and turmoil boiling below the surface is
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Atmospheric, gritty, and suspenseful!

The Madness of Sunshine is a sharp, compelling read that transports you to Golden Cove, New Zealand, a small coastal town where the sudden disappearance of a local young woman with a bright future unearths a lot of strong emotions, tragic memories, and more long-buried secrets and skeletons than anyone could have ever imagined.

The prose is vivid and precise. The characters are tormented, mistrusting, and diligent. And the plot, including all the subplots,
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Full review to come! Thanks so much to Berkley for our ARC of this. What a lush, atmospheric mystery. The wild coast of New Zealand was like a character unto itself.

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4.7 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Anahera is going back to her hometown, a place that she never wanted to return to but somehow finds she needs the comfort of. While there, Miriama, a young beautiful girl disappears while out jogging and Anahera finds herself helping the new town cop, Will, uncover the secrets of Golden Cove and it's residents.

She returned home two hundred and
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3 desolate STARS ★★★✩✩
This book is for you if you'd like to see what else Nalini can do, besides sci-fi Romance. This recommendation only stands, however, if you're willing to tone down your expectations and don't take it out on her other books.

Weeeelll... I'm not too happy with this, but not too dissatisfied either. Overall, I expected A Madness of Sunshine to be twisted. Nalini has always proven to be creative in regard to crimes, even in her romance novels. As the crimes in this
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-owned
It is so exciting when an author you love in one genre is able to successfully transition to another! This is one of my favorite small town thrillers that I've read- tightly paced, an evocative small town setting in rural NZ, characters that fit within in typical genre conventions with nice little twists, and a satisfying road of twists and turns. I particularly loved the main female lead in this one, and I really appreciated the exploration & validation of female anger. This isn't a book ...more
Carol Dass
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-read, arcs
A stunning story! Nalini has always been one of my favourite authors and this new direction of hers into the genre of mysteries/thrillers is amazing! She is a master of storytelling and this new book is no exception. I love the descriptions which paint a picture and the characters are so vibrant. Anahera is flawed, flawed by the betrayal of her husband which she only discovered after he died. Will is flawed too, by the strength of his emotions in doing the right thing as a cop. The story takes ...more
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Jun 23, 2019 marked it as interested
ARC received from Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dark and twisted, Nalini Singhs A MADNESS OF SUNSHINE lays bare the very soul of a small New Zealand coastal town when the nightmares of the past collide with the horrors of the present and no one can feel safe anymore.

Anahera is back years after leaving to follow her heart and her dreams, only to have them turn to dust and ash. Will was once a decorated police officer, but one emotional mistake leads him to the backwater town of Golden Cove where the normally tranquil area is a balm to his
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Singh weaved small town politics, interesting characters and small-town characteristics into the seaside town of Golden Cove. Where not much happens, unless you count those missing folks eight years back. They never solved the case(s). Many townsfolk have ideas about it though. Was it a hiking accident, were they swept out to sea or did something more nefarious happen?

Golden Cove is a close-knit community where people have ties to one another. Its one where the young move away but somehow find
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm on the fence here, but for me it was a 2.5 stars for a generous rating. I tried to give it a 3 star for New Zealand, but I just can't. With better nature descriptions, I might have.

It has too many characters that are plot encompassed within too many plot lines. And because of that structure to hang them all on, it becomes way too long and also language redundant. You are told the same thing about 10 or 20 times in personality emotive or physical description. Tall, slender, skin color, shape
3 stars - Crime/Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

I love Nalini Singh's books, and I was super excited when I heard she was writing a thriller. I had high hopes/expectations for A Madness of Sunshine, but it was too slow for me and honestly just not very "thrilling." The first half of the book really dragged, and I struggled to stick with it. There are a lot of details and descriptions of the Golden Cove, New Zealand setting and so many characters that I found it a bit confusing and distracting. The
♛ Garima ♛
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

Pretty like sunshine

Physical abuse
Domestic violence
both not detailed but mentioned in passing

Short review:
I have written a good review for this book but guess what, Goodreads lost it and I didn't think of having a copy of that and I am not writing the same review again.
So, a good book, great book, I enjoyed it a lot!

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Elle Rudy
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I had such high hopes for this book, but I feel a little let down. Its fine, but thats about it. The setting as described is beautiful, and it was nice to hear Christchurch, New Zealand mentioned in a different context. But I just never clicked with any of the characters, and I ended up really resenting most of them, even if they werent meant to be off-putting.

I think I was a little disappointed with the overall tone of the novel, not so much the plot. Its so reliant on old misogynistic tropes,
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
Oh my how to review this one.

It was a non stop thrill ride that went all the way to the end. I wanted to finish this book in one go but sleep won.

This story is set in New Zealand and features a strong Maori woman as the main character. Mostly, it is is a small town mystery. And once secrets turn up no one is safe no matter how long you have known them.

I liked how Singh described the landscape. It made me feel as though I was there experiencing the tension unfolding along with the characters.

Nov 07, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: ebook, arc
Gave this 20% and it failed to hook me and all the characters read very flat.

Disappointing as I was looking forward to a good thriller set in New Zealand but oh well.
Helen Power
When Anaheras husband dies, she decides to return home to Golden Cove, a little town in New Zealand where she grew up. But soon after her arrival, a popular young woman goes missing, and its up to Anahera and the towns sole cop to figure out what happened to her.  Nothing is as it seems, and this little town has more than its fair share of suspects...

A Madness of Sunshine is an engaging read from its very first line. While engaging, it is a slower read, and Singh puts an
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