A Madness of Sunshine

A Madness of SunshineNew 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 Can T Mask The Darkness That Lies Deep Within A Killer On The Rugged West Coast Of New Zealand, Golden Cove Is Than Just A Town Where People Live The Adults Are Than Neighbors The Children, Than Schoolmates That Is Until One Fateful Summer And Several Vanished Bodies Shatters The Trust Holding Golden Cove Together All That S Left Are Whispers Behind Closed Doors, Broken Friendships, And A Silent Agreement Not To Look Back But They Can T Run From The Past Forever Eight Years Later, A Beautiful Young Woman Disappears Without A Trace, And The Residents Of Golden Cove Wonder If Their Home Shelters Something Far Dangerous Than An Unforgiving Landscape It S Not Long Before The Dark Past Collides With The Haunting Present And Deadly Secrets Come To Light 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 Onlyeight years later she finds herself on the very same shores that the women disappeared from She returned home two hundred and seventeen days after burying her husband while his pregnant mistress sobbed so hard that she made herself sick. Miriama was a girl last time Anahera was in town And has since grown into a beautiful womanand thenjust like that she s gone. Anahera s cold, hard heart threatened to crack. Faced with the horrifying reality that the missing hikers were never found and that Miriama disappeared in a similar wayAnahera knows that she can no longer sit aside If you had an accident, it s possible no one will find you for days Whew This one just snatched me up and spit out the pieces.I literally began the book, and next thing I knew I was turning the last page.Nalini Singh does an excellent job of transporting the reader into the wild, untamed West Coast The way she described the deadly cliffs, the wild bush and justwell..everything really drew me into the story.The main characters Anahera and Will really cinched it for me I thought Anahera was a good lead she was a strong woman and a fierce person She didn t back down and yet, she was honest, and kind without being overbearing.I loved Will the one and only police officer of Golden Cove His unwavering loyalty and determination to do what s ride really tied the book together I also thought his otherness he wasn t born in the cove added an interesting dimension as the plot unfolded He was an outsider How could he possibly know the secrets that tied together the residents of this town How could he hope to understand the wounds The actually mystery itself I don t want to give it away butwow Did NOT see that coming With thanks to the author and Berkley Publishing for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review YouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads 3.5 starsMadness 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 to feel like there were meant to become complicated instead of red herrings Our main characters here Anahera and Will are likeable and vulnerable making their dynamics interesting and I enjoyed the romance element to the story The romance is light here and just a small part of the story Just the way I like it sometimes The ending well, hmm I am not sure I remember it now I recommend this one to readers who enjoy an easy beautifully written setting that really plays into the plot with a bit of romance and a mystery you don t need to think too hard about but just go along for the ride.I received a copy from the publisher. 3.75 starsI m getting and into thrillers and want to add even 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 came to live on paper, and had me wishing I could travel to New Zealand right this minute.2 Both main characters were mysterious, layered, and intriguing in their own way Touching but also captivating, those layers were peeled, one after another The entire process felt utterly natural and added to the mystery And yes there is a couple slow burn alert 3 The last quarter of the book was a nail biter wowzer And I loved how it all came together.What I struggled with was the pace of the story It was slow going It felt like the first 3 4 of the book was very much character driven, less action, talking There were so many suspects So many opportunities So many directions the story could go.Overall I needed something to be glued to the pages.I m a bit embarrassed to admit it, but it actually took me almost an entire week to finish this book.On the other hand, I really liked how it all came together And I ll definitely be reading of her thrillers if the author decides to write Thrillers is one genre I want to read of, and having a favorite author writing this genre, just makes it easier on me.ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review. Intensely character driven and held in an arrestingly deadly setting, this is a lingering read.Writing Characters Pacing Villain s Reveal s 1 2Full 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 was writing a mystery thriller, I was SHOOK As in, had to get a copy, was willing to beg, barter, and to get this gem And it DID NOT disappoint In fact, it s elevated my opinion so much that I hope this is just the beginning there better be A Madness of Sunshine unfolds like a tightly clenched fist in achingly slow fits and starts A young girl full of vitality, Miriama, goes out for a run one evening along the coast of Golden Cove in New Zealand She doesn t come back Will is a cop hiding from his former life as a hotshot police detective in the small town of Golden Cove Not much happens in a small town where everyone knows everyonebut several female hikers have disappeared near Golden Cove over the decades, and when Miriama goes missing, the old wounds resurface and the small town of pleasant neighbors erupts Can Will solve this current missing persons case amidst the echoes of the past Anahera left Golden Cove one year and never looked back The past only holds pain and secrets, and she s never wanted to relive it until her London husband dies suddenly and the hidden mistress comes knocking at her door Shocked at the shattering of her perfect life, she returns to Golden Cove, New Zealand, with fresh eyes and old wounds Will and Anahera come together over the disappearance of Miriama, and it s truly a character study of these two flawed characters finding solace in solving the problems of the past But, as with other Nalini Singh novels, each and every side character jumps off the page with personality and depth No one is two dimensional, and no one is overlooked This felt real I m so happy to see Singh branching out into the mystery thriller genre The mystery was tightly plotted, the villain s no spoilers here were deeply motivated, and the unfolding of the plot was extremely satisfying Don t miss this one Thank you to the publisher via NetGalley for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. 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 explaining and lots and lots of repetition Once you mention a point or two about the character, I don t need it to be hammered home 800 times I get it Please don t be discouraged by my review there are COUNTLESS favorable reviews, so clearly I am missing out on something Thank you to Edelweiss, Berkley Publishing and Nalini Singh for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this book.Review Date 11 22 19Publication Date 12 3 19 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 herAnahera 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 her handsome, elegant and cheating husband Anahera is a fascinating character and you gradually discover how her strength hardness are the result of tragic experiences in her childhood and adolescence You also discover that she is fiercely loyal and kind.Will is a decorated police officer who got sent away from Christchurch and is now serving as the one and only policeman in Golden Cove He takes his job seriously and is liked by the locals, although he will never be able to change his status of an outsider.When nineteen year old local girl Miriama goes on a run and vanishes into thin air, he leads first the search party and then investigation and finally solves the mystery, not only of Miriama s death, but also the cold case of hikers who disappeared several years ago in a similar way.Will needs Anahera s help to discover what happened to the beautiful Miri, who was admired and courted by many local men as well as tourists passing through the town There are plenty of suspects, as well as plenty of secrets that run like a thick tide of lava beneath the surface The poem in the prologue foreshadows the story Sunshine.That s what she was.Sunshine.Bright A thing of life A thing that could burn.And this heart, it beat only for her.It could murder for her.For love For Sunshine.There is a touch of romance, but mostly Madness of Sunshine is a thriller which focuses on the tragic loss of human life Whether you are a fan of Nalini Singh or you are new to this author, and are just looking for a mystery set in New Zealand, this unique story has a lot to offer.Thank you to Edelweiss and Berkley for the review copy provided in exchange for an honest opinion.Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion. 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 introduced I wanted to be able to make my guesses about who did it Nalini did a great job giving us readers enough doubts about everyone that it did leave me guessing until the end She also made feel enough for some of these characters that I was practically begging that they weren t the culprit One particular person would have devastated me but that s only because of how it would have affected others.The author did give us a little bit of romance to enjoy in this book I made myself think about if I would have liked this as much if it didn t have that small part to round things out My conclusion, while Nalini Singh may have just opened me up to a new genre to enjoy, I still think I need that romance to feel satisfied at the end of a good read. 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 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, intertwine and unravel subtly into an engrossing investigative tale filled with life, loss, family, friendship, heartbreak, manipulation, abuse, violence, murder, and a sliver of romance.Overall, The Madness of Sunshine is an absorbing, dark, ominous tale that does an exceptional job of reminding us that evil can live easily amongst us and is often hidden behind masks of normality It s surprisingly the first novel I ve read by Singh, but it certainly won t be the last.Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. 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 the moral of the story is that the heroine with an abusive past needs to just get over it, which was so refreshing Very exciting to see in this genre from Nalini Singh ARC received from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review