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A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh
Published by Berkley on December 3, 2019
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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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.
My experience with this author has normally been paranormal romance but I enjoyed her work. A Madness of Sunshine is a mystery / thriller, with a bit of romance. The setting is a small town in New Zealand where Ana comes back to town after 8 years as things happen to reveal secrets old and new.
The layers of story kept it interesting. Ana is a widow who has had some difficulties in her past. She is still coming to terms with the loss of her husband in some ways. I wish there was a little more to understand what happened to her around some of the events in her past.
Will is the town cop, a detective, banished from a city after a tragic case. He does a great job looking after the townspeople and shutting down trouble before it can start. When a beautiful young woman goes missing, he starts a search and investigation right away. I enjoy watching him do his police work. He is an outsider, new to town. Ana is surprising to him and although she has been gone, she knows these people. She helps him.
There were some twists but the bad guys showed themselves at times. Psychopaths are also narcissists. They think they are most important and should just always have their way. A murder investigation clearly points out that many men are assholes; there are too many possible suspects. That makes the good guys all the dearer.
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