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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 can’t mask the darkness that lies deep withina 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 than schoolmates. 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 can’t 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 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 more dangerous than an unforgiving landscape.   It’s not long before the dark past collides with the haunting present and deadly secrets come to light.


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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 can’t mask the darkness that lies deep withina 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 than schoolmates. 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 can’t 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 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 more dangerous than an unforgiving landscape.   It’s not long before the dark past collides with the haunting present and deadly secrets come to light.

30 review for A Madness of Sunshine

  1. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    "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. She "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. 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 woman...and then...just 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 way...Anahera 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 just...well..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 but...wow. 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

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sumit RK

    Sunshine. That's what she was. Sunshine. 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 Sunshine. That's what she was. Sunshine. 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 someone sinister living among them. It’s not long before the dark past collides with the present and deadly secrets come to light. A Madness of Sunshine is a complex, character-driven thriller, with a romance subplot. Though a thriller, it has ample drama among characters to keep you engaged. A madness of Sunshine starts off as an easy read where you have no idea where the story is going to take you. The book does an excellent job of transporting the reader to a remote world in NZ. You can imagine the lonely landscapes, the deadly cliffs, the deadly cove which you make you feel like a part of the story. The beautiful setting adds another dimension to the story that follows. Not just the landscape, the language, the traditions, the small communities and beautifully brought to life on paper. The characters including, the main characters - Anahera and Will – were really well written. A strong and Independent, Anahera and Will - A loyalty and determined police officer gel well together in this book. Both the main characters here are likable which makes the story engaging. I did struggle with the pace of the story and the story gathers momentum only around the 2/3rd mark. Much of the book is very much character-driven with more focus on interactions and less action. The story often went back to the original group of 6 friends but none of these friends (except Anahera) had a major role to play in the story, which felt like a wasted opportunity. The book introduces way too many characters which are hardly used as the story moves forward. Having said that the story does justice to the characters it chooses to focus on. Overall, A Madness of Sunshine is a well-plotted mystery with some well-developed characters. If you enjoy a character-driven story with a bit of mystery & romance, you will enjoy this one. Three and a half stars Many thanks to the publishers Berkley & Penguin Publishing Group and Edelweiss for the ARC.

  3. 5 out of 5

    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 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 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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    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 was writing a 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 was writing a mystery/thriller, I was SHOOK. As in, had to get a copy, was willing to beg, barter, and more 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 more! 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, New Zealand. She doesn't come back. Will is a cop hiding from his former life as a hotshot detective in Golden Cove. Not much happens in a small town where everyone knows everyone...but several female hikers have disappeared over the decades, and when Miriama goes missing, the old wounds resurface and the 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 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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Corina

    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 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 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, more talking. There were so many suspects. So many opportunities. So many directions the story could go. Overall I needed something more 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 more of her thrillers if the author decides to write more. Thrillers is one genre I want to read more of, and having a favorite author writing this genre, just makes it easier on me. ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mackey

    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 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 small hamlet by the ocean. There he simply wants to be a ghost, do his job overseeing petty crimes and live out his days in quiet. Ana has come home after fleeing the village and vowing never to return. Her childhood was traumatic and one that she wanted to leave behind her forever. Now, she has returned to forget the new life she has made. She, too, longs to be a ghost, to be left alone in solitude. Neither gets what they want when a beautiful young girl goes missing and rumors begin to tie her disappearance to hikers who vanished 15 years before. While the premise of the story may seem, on the surface, like one we have read before, what sets this story apart from the rest is the location, the rugged New Zealand West Coast and its beautiful Maori people, and the incredible character development. I’ve read more than my fair share of crime fiction and come across plenty of down and out cops but few have reached out and grabbed me like Will did. There was something about the flaws of all of the characters, the major and minor ones, that made them more real, brought them to life, had them haunting my dreams. Has them in my head even now. A Madness of Sunshine is what all crime fiction should be. Apparently this is a departure in genres for this author and I can only hope that we see more of this type of writing from her. If you haven’t already read A Madness of Sunshine you will want to add it to your must-read list, I promise.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    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 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: 11/22/19 Publication Date: 12/3/19

  8. 5 out of 5

    Aisling Zena

    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 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 it. The book had all that in spades! I couldn't put my finger on who the murder was straight away and that definitely earns points for me. Instead of a thriller factor we got this deep melancholy and sadness peppered with restrained rage. And I think that's what didn't entirely work for me. By the end I was thoroughly depressed.. It's an exquisitely descriptive book in terms of location and setting. The whodunnit element is not easy to pinpoint and that's the hard part in books like this. Overall a good murder mystery and an excellent genre change from Nalini Singh. Please do NOT read spoiler unless you have read the book. I'm also keeping the spoiler as vague as I can.(view spoiler)[I just didn't want the person who killed Miriama to be who it was in the end. I know it made the most sense/realistic and all but I just wanted it to be someone else. (hide spoiler)] 11/4/19 Thriller and Nalini Singh?!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    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 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 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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mindy Lou's Book Review

    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 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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    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 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 New Zealand with much the same flair as her more out there worlds featuring shapeshifters and angels. The biggest strength of this book is the atmosphere she creates her; the place she portraits seems effortlessly creepy and stifling. Set in the rough West coast of New Zealand's South Island (a place I was lucky enough to visit last year), her town and its inhabitants come to life in a really satisfying way. I also enjoyed the central romance, even though it did take the backseat to the mystery. These two people are damaged in their own way and find solace in each other - and I was so here for that. Content warning: miscarriage, cheating, infertility, serial killing, stalking, arson I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    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 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 mirrored by the jagged cliffs, thrashing waves, and thick forest of the New Zealand coast. I’d venture to call this a gothic mystery because the setting is so powerful, almost a character itself. Anahera grew up in Golden Cove, but she left it behind and moved to find a new life in London. Following the death of her cheating husband and the confrontation with his pregnant mistress, Anahera returns reluctantly to Golden Cove. She has few happy memories there. An abusive father, the memory of her mother’s untimely death, and the shock of her husband’s affair and death is too much. I loved how unpredictable the nature of New Zealand was. The rocks of the cliff feel jagged and menacing. Storms roll in from the ocean with alarming force. And something is brewing under the seemingly safe community of Golden Cove… A woman disappears while out jogging. Could it have been an accident? Perhaps she got lost in the thick forest. Anahera already fears the worst. It reminds her of the three women who went missing in Golden Cove many years before, when she was a teenager. Detective Will Gallagher also suspects a connection between the three cold cases and the recent disappearance. As an outsider, Will sees the residents of Golden Cove with an objectivity that Anahera cannot. But Anahera also knows the secrets of Golden Cove. In a community this small, there are only so many dark corners to hide in. A fantastic mystery with a setting that is truly exceptional—this is a great escape read that you won’t be able to put down! Thank you to Berkley for my copy. Opinions are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marialyce

    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 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 death of her husband and a terrible secret about him being revealed, returns home to Golden Cove, a place she vowed never to go back to. The town's inhabitants are a varied group and when one of their young beloved residents, Miriama, goes missing, it sets in motion a search for her that unearths many secrets and lies and eventually a scenario so evil and bizarre makes the book end on quite an unanticipated note. However, along the way many of the characters at times seem to muddle the story telling. They seemed to make the story somewhat more convoluted than it needed to be. Too much repetition also was a flaw that I saw in the story. However, overall, it was an interesting story more for the remoteness of the setting and the lives of the two main characters. Thank you to Nalini Singh, Berkley Publishing, and Edelweiss for a copy of this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    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, 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, 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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker

    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 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 seventeen days after burying her husband while his pregnant mistress sobbed so hard that she made herself sick. In this standalone, Singh has written an intoxicating mystery suspense. The writing was smooth in a way that sucked me in and wouldn't let me go; I was lost in the beautifully dark atmosphere. Readers are pulled in with the character of Anahera, a woman who grew-up in Golden Cove. Her father was an abusive alcoholic who her mother didn't kick out until he began to turn his abuse on Anahera. While she still has friends that live in Golden Cove, it's not a place of happy memories for her. The background Singh creates for Anahera, abusive father, widowhood that surprises her with a husband who cheated on her, and a miscarriage, all perfectly shapes the character we see on the pages, steely contained, strong, and heartfelt willing. “Everyone has secrets,” he repeated after completing the maneuver. “It's often the people who look like they have no secrets at all who turn out to have the biggest ones.” While we're led into the story by Anahera, she gives us the lay of the land and townspeople, the emotional aspect, the new town cop Will leads the technical, murder mystery part that takes over the middle of the story. As a reader, I was emotionally locked in the story because of how Singh quickly and thoroughly created a web spun with the townspeople from Anahera's experiences and feelings about them. This made me eager to follow along with Will as he gathered evidence and tries to piece together the how and why about Miriama's disappearance. While I didn't connect as much with Will, he had his own layered backstory of how he ended up in Golden Cove and gave credence to his feelings and actions. The focus of the story is the mystery of Miriama's disappearance but for those looking for it, the bonding relationship that develops between Anahera and Will, infuses the story with a slow burn romance. That was the thing with this town---the way the gossip flowed, you'd think you knew everything. But there were secrets here, a thick tide of lava beneath the surface. Along with the atmosphere and emotions evoked, the details that Singh includes made this story a cut above for me. How Will goes about the investigation and the facts and alluding he finds or is told along the way kept my eyes on everyone. When Will finds out that three woman hikers disappeared from the Golden Cove area fourteen years ago too, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. If you weren't feeling the atmosphere as much as I, I could see how the middle could drag a touch, as there might be considered one too many red-herring dancing to and away reasons given out. I also thought the villain(s) reveal started to creep into info dump reveal as it went on a beat too long. The ending also felt abrupt but it could be me just not wanting to say goodbye to these characters. A Madness of Sunshine was a small town mystery suspense that showcased the good, bad, and ugly of a small New Zealand town while chilling me to the soul at times and at others, having me smile through the tears.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mara

    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 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 more in this genre from Nalini Singh!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Navessa

    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. Blog | FB | Twitter | IG | Pinterest | Tumblr | YouTube

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carol Dass

    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 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 place in New Zealand, a small community called Golden Cove. Will was sent there to be the only cop, partly as a punishment for just trying to save the life of an abused woman and her son, both of whom died. Anahera returned to her home in Golden Cove, to attempt to come to terms with what has happened in her life. I do hope Nalini continues to write more thrillers and it was great to read a stand alone for a change! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    ✨ A ✨

    ARC received from Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    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 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 soul. Then the unthinkable happens, a beautiful nineteen-year-old woman disappears and hunt is on to find her before history repeats itself and all that is left is her battered body. Nalini Singh has created an atmosphere of darkness and foreboding, mistrust and doubt as Anahera and Will become embroiled in a case that will have readers on high alert through this twisted tale. Fabulous small town characters, an uncertainty of who can be trusted, as lies and deceit are uncovered, one wretched piece at a time. Does evil reside in Golden Cove? No one can be trusted, and Nalini Singh keeps us guessing which path this tale will take until the very end explodes with revelations that will have readers sitting back on their heels. I received a complimentary ARC edition from Berkley Publishing Group! My review is honest and voluntary. Publisher: Berkley (December 3, 2019) Publication Date: December 3, 2019 Genre: Crime | Thriller Print Length: 352 pages Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble For Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  21. 5 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    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. It’s one where the young move away but somehow find 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. It’s one where the young move away but somehow find there way back. Such is the case with Anahera. She is returning to the cove after eight years and crushed dreams. A bit of car trouble has her meeting the town’s police officer Will. A decorated officer with a promising career he was transferred from the force in Christ Church after an incident. Locals still consider him an outsider but a tolerable one. When a popular, young girl goes missing on her nightly run the past collides with the present and the mystery that unfolds soon has Will and Anahera crossing paths and working together. It isn’t long before the attraction they feel for one another leads to more. I would not call this a romantic suspense, but would classify this as a suspense thriller with romantic elements. I admit I approached this with both excitement and trepidation. I have enjoyed this authors urban fantasy and paranormal series and wondered what she would bring to the table. Nalini Singh, delivered a seasoned character driven suspense thriller that was rich, well plotted, entertaining, intriguing and addictive. The story builds slowly as we gain knowledge, character background and the author sets the tone, for some this may drag, but I loved and appreciated the details. I felt the narration enhanced theses aspects. From the coastal setting to the characters I slipped into this story and felt the imagery appear before me. The main characters were flawed, held depth and believability as did the murder(s). The suspects, interviews and pieces to the puzzles kept me guessing. Just when I thought I had it narrowed down things took a turn and wham it left me to puzzle over the pieces again. It was brilliantly done and tightly woven. Saskia Maarleveld was the perfect narrator for this tale and she captured the coastal setting, suspenseful plot and essence of the characters. She added a layer of magic to an already superb thriller. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shawna

    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 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 second half is better but still didn't quite make up for the overall slow pace of the book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    ♛ Garima ♛

    Rating: 4 stars Cover: Pretty like sunshine Trigger: 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! Review in image/gif: Recommended: Yes Aftermath: (possible spoilers)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Quirkyreader

    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. 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. Give this fast paced story a go.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Helen Power

    Synopsis When Anahera’s 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 it’s up to Anahera and the town’s 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... Plot A Madness of Sunshine is an engaging read from its very first line. While engaging, it is a slower read, and Singh puts an Synopsis When Anahera’s 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 it’s up to Anahera and the town’s 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... Plot A Madness of Sunshine is an engaging read from its very first line. While engaging, it is a slower read, and Singh puts an emphasis on building the town and its characters prior to introducing the overall mystery.  The plot takes on the characteristics of an Agatha Christie mystery.  Whatever happened to Miriama, it’s clear from the beginning that someone in town knows what happened to her. It becomes evident that we already know the character responsible for her disappearance, and it's up to Anahera and Tom to find out who.  While reading the book, I wrote the note “these people are all assholes”, and that’s true. There are so many potential murderers/psychopaths, that it seems like anyone could be responsible for Miriama’s disappearance.  Characters This novel is told from two perspectives, that of Anahera and Tom. Anahera has returned home to the small town after her husband’s heart attack. She learned after his heart attack that he’d been having an affair, and she needs to come to terms with her grief and the knowledge that she will never be able to confront the man that she once loved.  This makes for a beautiful character arc throughout the novel as she faces this internal struggle. Tom is a former hero cop, but something in his past happened that resulted in him being sent to become this town’s sole police officer. It’s clear from the beginning that this is meant to be a romantic suspense, but I felt that the two had very little chemistry, and I wasn’t even sure if I was reading the signals right until they fell into bed together. The romance felt forced to me, like Singh wanted this to be a romantic suspense, and she felt that she had to push two lovers together who might have been better as friends.  I’m a fan of her paranormal romance series, so I know for a fact that Singh is capable of writing passionate romance, but this book did not deliver on this front. As a lover of romantic suspense, I felt this is definitely more of a thriller, and the romance is another twist in the plotline, rather than a major appeal of reading this book. As mentioned before, the focus of this story is on the plot rather than their romance, so if you weren’t expecting a romance subplot, then you won’t be disappointed. Setting & Language  To me, the setting is the major appeal of this novel. Set in a small town in New Zealand, it quickly becomes evident that the author knows this setting like the back of her hand. Singh has a fabulous way with words, and the way she describes the landscape clearly painted a picture in my mind. Even the title of the book “A Madness of Sunshine”, clearly demonstrates her handle of language and her ability to manipulate words to elicit conflicting emotions in the reader. The descriptions are beautiful, and the dichotomy of such a beautiful setting with such a horrific plotline makes for an engaging and fascinating read. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a thrilling mystery with beautiful prose, captivating characters, and a hint of romance. *Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley for the advanced reader copy for review* This review appeared first on https://powerlibrarian.wordpress.com/ Instagram | Blog | Website | Twitter My 2019 Reading Challenge

  26. 5 out of 5

    Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]

    ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you! So, as you guys may know, I’m a HUGE fan of Nalini Singh. Her Psy-Changeling books are my ultimate comfort read and probably my favourite adult fantasy series, while her Guild Hunter books are everything that is dark and erotic and awe-inspiring. I haven’t read her contemporary romance series yet, but they’re certainly on my TBR list! A Madness of Sunshine is her first contemporary suspense novel. While the excellent writing made it ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you! So, as you guys may know, I’m a HUGE fan of Nalini Singh. Her Psy-Changeling books are my ultimate comfort read and probably my favourite adult fantasy series, while her Guild Hunter books are everything that is dark and erotic and awe-inspiring. I haven’t read her contemporary romance series yet, but they’re certainly on my TBR list! A Madness of Sunshine is her first contemporary suspense novel. While the excellent writing made it still distinctively a Singh book, I have to say that I was a bit underwhelmed. It was relatively easy to guess the criminals and the romance was almost non-existent. Twenty-nine-year-old Anahera Rawiri left the tiny coastal New Zealand village of Golden Cove a decade ago, to get away from a tragic family history. She never expected to return. But when her husband dies – and she discovers that he was cheating on her – she packs up her bags and leaves London. Golden Cove has barely changed. It’s still very close-knit, very nosy, and all her old childhood friends are still hanging around. That’s not necessarily a good thing. While most of them have changed, not all of them have changed for the better. ➽ There’s Josie, Anahera’s best friend, who’s found fulfilment in running a café and being married to the love of her life Tom Taufa. ➽ Vincent Baker is the golden boy, complete with the ideal politician’s wife, but can anyone be that perfect? Especially a man whose younger brother is a confirmed psychopath? ➽ Nikau, once one of Anahera’s closest friends, is no longer the boy she knew. He’s damaged by the discovery that his beloved wife Keira was cheating on him with his friend Daniel May. It’s made him bitter and twisted inside, prone to obsession. There are also a couple of new faces on the scene. Detective Will Gallagher was once a rising star in the force, but a terrible case of police brutality has landed him on duty in Golden Cove, in the middle of nowhere. Places like that are never welcoming to outsiders. There’s also nineteen-year-old Miriama Tutaia, the most beautiful girl in town. When she vanishes, the town will have to come together to find her – especially since this isn’t the first time a pretty young woman has disappeared in Golden Cove: fifteen years ago, three hikers vanished out in the bush. Past and present crimes interweave as Will and Anahera race to find Miriama, facing their own demons in the meantime. What I liked: ✔️ Singh has a real gift for description, particularly of places. The eerie, gorgeous isolation of Golden Cove is practically another character in the book. ✔️ Interesting main characters in the form of Will and Anahera. ✔️ Extraordinary levels of diversity. Anahera, Miriama, and some other characters are Maori; Tom is Tongan; and there were Chinese, Korean, and Indian-ancestry characters on the periphery. I must admit to doubts as to how diverse a tiny New Zealand town actually would be, but impressive multiculturalism has always been one of Singh’s trademarks. ✔️ In hindsight, I actually appreciate the fact that there was only the barest hint of romance. It didn’t detract from the main disappearance story which was what I was really interested in. What I didn’t like: ❌ It got to the stage where it felt like EVERY SINGLE MALE CHARACTER had some kind of deep, dark, horrible secret in his history. I understand it was to muddy the waters as to who the criminal was, but it felt a bit crazy that Will seemed to be the only non-criminal male in the place. ❌ I actually really disliked the character of Miriama. No spoilers, but she’s my age and I found several of her decisions objectively stupid. There was also that problem of her being presented an extreme angel, a totally unrealistic ray of light, etc, just to counteract the stupid decisions. ❌ The identity of the criminal(s) was not really a surprise. Overall I was hooked on the story of Miriama’s disappearance, but once it was over I realised that almost nothing about it had surprised me. I loved the location descriptions but not enough to tip this book into a 4-star rating. [Blog] - [Bookstagram]

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I don't usually read thrillers but Nalini Singh is such a favourite author of mine that she's an auto-buy no matter what genre she decides to write in. I was still a little nervous going into A Madness of Sunshine though because I really had no idea what to expect. It was very different to her other books with a much slower and more character driven plot that concludes in an action packed, edge of your seat finale and I found that I just couldn't put it down. I really enjoyed getting to explore I don't usually read thrillers but Nalini Singh is such a favourite author of mine that she's an auto-buy no matter what genre she decides to write in. I was still a little nervous going into A Madness of Sunshine though because I really had no idea what to expect. It was very different to her other books with a much slower and more character driven plot that concludes in an action packed, edge of your seat finale and I found that I just couldn't put it down. I really enjoyed getting to explore this small sleepy costal town in New Zealand through Nalini's eyes, we get an in depth look at the culture and atmosphere of small town living and it made me want to pack a bag and book a flight so I could go and explore Golden Cove for myself. There are a lot of secrets in this town, everyone seems to be hiding something and there were so many possible suspects that I really had no idea who was the killer. It was actually a bit disturbing the way most of the men in the town had such possessive and controlling feelings about the women around them. Anahera left her hometown years ago and never planned to come back but after the death of her husband she just needs some time to lick her wounds and it's almost an automatic reaction to return to the place that is most familiar. So much about Golden Cove has stayed the same in her absence but there are some changes, like the addition of a permanent police officer, Will. It's only when a local girl goes missing, bringing back memories of past disappearances that haunt the town, that they realise there might be a killer still living among them. I loved the slow build romance between Anahera and Will but that definitely wasn't the focus of the story. These are both complex and layered characters who have plenty of secrets to uncover and it was fun getting to know them but I do wish we'd found out a little more about Will, about his family and where he came from before he ended up in Golden Cove. I made multiple guesses about the killer along the way but I was never able to pin down exactly who they were, they were one of my suspects but pretty low down on my list. A Madness of Sunshine was very different to my usual reads and very different to the books Nalini usually writes but I enjoyed it all the more because of that. I really hope she decides to explore this genre further in the future and I'll definitely be first in line to buy the books if she does. ______________ Thoughts before reading: I don't usually read thrillers but I'd read Nalini's shopping list if she chose to publish it so this is a MUST read! I'm quite excited to try something different

  28. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    A decorated officer of the law makes a mistake that has his career derailed, sending him to the middle of now-where New Zealand. A townie who made it, who now is returning to her routes after realizing life on the outside wasn't what she dreamed of. A beautiful young woman, Miriama, has gone missing after jogging into the bush. As the detective, Will, searches for clues with the help of Anahera, the returning townie, into Miriama's disappearance. unexpected town secrets bring into question even A decorated officer of the law makes a mistake that has his career derailed, sending him to the middle of now-where New Zealand. A townie who made it, who now is returning to her routes after realizing life on the outside wasn't what she dreamed of. A beautiful young woman, Miriama, has gone missing after jogging into the bush. As the detective, Will, searches for clues with the help of Anahera, the returning townie, into Miriama's disappearance. unexpected town secrets bring into question even their closes friends and neighbors. Everyone always said there's no secrets in a small town. That might hold true for some secrets but then there are secrets that are so dark, they were never meant to see the "sunshine". A Madness of Sunshine is a mystery thriller that will chill you straight to your bones. Singh pens a tale of mystery, intrigue and betrayal that will have you white knuckle reading till the wee-hours of the morning...and leaving you in a complete book withdraw after you are through. I received this ARC copy of A Madness of Sunshine from Penguin Publishing Group - Berkley. This is my honest and voluntary review. A Madness of Sunshine is set for publication December 3, 2019. Nalini Singh is the New York Times bestselling author of the Guild Hunter series, which includes, most recently, Archangel’s War. She is also the author of the Psy-Changeling novels, including Silver Silence, Ocean Light, and Wolf Rain. My Rating: 5 stars Written by: Nalini Singh Print Length: 352 pages Publisher: Berkley (December 3, 2019) Publication Date: December 3, 2019 Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC Genre: Romantic Suspense | Thriller www.nalinisingh.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorNaliniSingh Twitter: @NaliniSingh Instagram: @authornalinisingh Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Madness-Sunshi... Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-ma... Itunes: https://books.apple.com/us/book/a-mad...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Hollis

    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.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elle Rudy

    I had such high hopes for this book, but I feel a little let down. It’s fine, but that’s 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 weren’t meant to be off-putting. I think I was a little disappointed with the overall tone of the novel, not so much the plot. It’s so reliant on old misogynistic I had such high hopes for this book, but I feel a little let down. It’s fine, but that’s 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 weren’t meant to be off-putting. I think I was a little disappointed with the overall tone of the novel, not so much the plot. It’s so reliant on old misogynistic tropes, even if it’s not being outright so itself. I’m so tired of all the women being the same in every ‘domestic’ suspense style book I read. There’s the attractive, young victim woman who’s mere existence is enough to give reason to her attacker(s). The heroine that’s icy or cold or ‘strong’ or bitter, whatever seemingly innocuous adjective she’s assigned that means more than just the word itself. Maybe there’s a bubbly friend or an insecure one who inexplicably calls herself “fat and slow” to a group of mostly men. I guess I just checked out before I even got into the story. And the men were, whew, not great. From the totally invasive and stalker-like cop who is ‘just checking in’ on random women he doesn’t know, to literally every town resident with eyes & a penis constantly leering at a teenager, as if that’s normal and acceptable. I couldn’t begin to list them all even if I wanted to, there were just so many names dumped on us at the beginning. I also don’t accept ‘welp, it’s a small town’ as an excuse for every bizarre fixation or inappropriate behavior. Really, any book that unironically expresses the sentiment that, “A woman that attractive to men didn’t usually have that many female friends,” is gonna be a huge UGH from me, dawg. I’ve read so many better versions of this story that I’m probably not going to remember I read it a month from now.

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