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A Madness of Sunshine

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  7,189 ratings  ·  1,269 reviews
Anahera Rawiri left New Zealand at twenty-one, fleeing small-town poverty and the ghosts of her childhood with no plans to look back. But eight years later, she returns, seeking familiarity as respite from the shattered remains of her new life. And despite the changes brought on by a bump in tourism--the shiny new welcome sign at the town line and a decidedly less shiny ne ...more
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published December 3rd 2019 by Berkley Books
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Merike The mystery gets fully solved by the end of the book, no real loose ends left hanging.
But of course, she might write more with the characters. I did e…more
The mystery gets fully solved by the end of the book, no real loose ends left hanging.
But of course, she might write more with the characters. I did enjoy it and would read any she writes.(less)

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Miranda Reads
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"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 fr
Jun 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
A Madness of Sunshine, by Nalini Singh, places us in Golden Cove, a small New Zealand settlement, on the savage West Coast of the South Island. Twenty-nine year old concert pianist Anahera Rawiri, is back, having married a wealthy man at the age of twenty-one and living a life of glamour and luxury in London. But her husband dropped dead less than a year ago and her heart was shattered when she meets his pregnant mistress at the funeral. Now Ana has returned home, where she grew up in poverty, d ...more
The Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh is a 2019 Berkley publication.

As a reader of romance, Nalini Singh’s name is recognizable to me, and I have seen her books reviewed by some of my GRs friends. However, I’m not into fantasy romance novels featuring angels and demons, or changelings, so I’ve 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
Dec 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this reminded me a lot of tana french and jane harpers books, so much so that i have no trouble saying is basically ‘the searcher’ combined with ‘the survivors’ (just with a tiny bit more romance).

and what makes these stories so interesting is that the setting totally steals the show. with this, it really felt like i was in a small coastal NZ town where everyone knows each other and their business. its the kind of immersive storytelling that makes the setting feel like a character all on its own
Sumit RK
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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 can’t 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 so
Eight years ago, on New Zealand’s South Island, over a short period of time, three young women, each hiking solo, vanished. They were unknown to each other, had nothing in common other than their youth and the fact that they were travelling alone. In the remote fishing community of Golden Cove rumours were squashed, people quick to cite the twin dangers of the green jungle inland, and the crumbling cliffs above the sea; no one, at least in public, pointed out that, where two might be coincidence ...more
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
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
3.75 stars

I’m 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 author’s 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 cam
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 didn’t end up being nearly as suspenseful and I had trouble caring about the characters. Also, there was a ton of over expla ...more
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 wa
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it
A wonderfully written atmospheric novel set along the coast of New Zealand.

Anahera returns to her home in Golden Cove following the un-timely death of her husband in London. It’s high time to put that tragic event behind her. Hopefully, she can slip back into her old life, returning to a place where everyone knows and cares for her. Easier said than done.

Shortly after her return, tragedy visits her once again. One of the most beloved young women in the village goes missing and everyone of c
Have you ever been so caught up with the characters of a book that you miss you once you’ve finished? I have been walking around for a week trying to figure out what I’ve misplaced, who I haven’t contacted, what I’ve left undone, only to realize that what I’m 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
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Stars.

The Past Never Stays in the Past.

Anahera never imagined that she would return to Golden Cove, New Zealand, after eight years. When her life in London shattered into a million pieces, returning home seemed like the perfect answer.

Good or bad, the small town of Golden Cove hasn’t changed much over the years. Most of Anahera’s friends left for greener pastures and returned, the same as her.

If only Golden Cove was as peaceful as Ana remembered.

When local resident Miriama Hinewai goes missi
Aisling Zena
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 i
NAT.orious reads ☾
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
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 23, 2022 rated it really liked it
Don't trust men. Not your neighbor. Not your husband. No one.

I've read a few of Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter novels back when PNR was in its prime. I want to get back into it, but my tbr is insane.

I didn't realize Singh is Indo-Fijian, hence the use of the prompt.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but this genre is out of the ordinary for Singh. As an avid Nordic crime reader, it was nice to see the wave of crime (not thrillers - they're very different) hit Australia, and now New Zealand.

Miri goes missing
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
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 de
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 introduc
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, thriller-ish, 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 N ...more
Dale Harcombe
Three and a half stars.
Golden Grove is a peaceful town in New Zealand but it is also a place where 3 young women hikers go missing. No trace of them is found. Life moves on after a fashion and some of the inhabitants of Golden Grove escape to other places. Anahera is one of them. She is a concert pianist. Married to Edward, she has had a glamorous life overseas until Edward dies and she suddenly finds out her life was not so perfect after all. She returns to Golden Grove, the tragic past she lef
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
A widow returns home, a woman goes missing, and secrets from the past won’t 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 mirro
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 seven
I listened to “A Madness of Sunshine” by Nalini Singh performed by Saskia Maarleveld. It’s a great story and Maarleveld is phenomenal. Her voice range is amazing.

Singh was raised and lives in New Zealand which adds authenticity to her story. Her descriptions of the villagers and landscapes make the story. This is a crime fiction story set in a tiny and remote village. As with all crime mystery stories, it’s the pacing as well as the characters that involve the reader/listener.

A brief synopsis is
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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, int
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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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
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 where ...more
Dark and twisted, Nalini Singh’s 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 sou
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-2
I love a book that immerses you so deeply in the setting it’s like taking a mini vacation to a place you’ve never been. In “A Madness of Sunshine” Nalini Singh transports the reader to the rural coasts of New Zealand, where you must be careful not to wander off the trails, and the stark, harsh beauty of the landscape comes off the page with her exquisite writing. A girl has gone missing while running. In such a small community, everyone turns out to search.

I quite enjoyed the two main character
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