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Publisher's Summary

The riveting novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Liar.

“She stood in the deep, dark woods, breath shallow and cold prickling over her skin despite the hot, heavy air. She took a step back, then two, as the urge to run fell over her.”

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. No matter how close she gets to happiness, she can’t outrun the sins of Thomas David Bowes.

Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, a rambling old house in need of repair, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the kindly residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up - especially the determined Xander Keaton.

Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But the sins of her father can become an obsession, and, as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

©2016 Nora Roberts (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

What the critics say

"[Narrator Shannon] McManus gives a moving performance of Naomi's struggles to overcome her horrific past in a psychological thriller listeners won't want to miss." (AudioFile)

What listeners say about The Obsession

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The Obsession should have been called The Boring!

Wow I can't believe all the good reviews this got! The start of the book was real promising and I looked forward to another great book by Roberts. However it quickly went down hill from there!

Each time she talked about which room she was decorating and what with I wanted to scream! When she went to the second hand store I wanted to kill someone. That was all the book was about and it went on...and on...and on...

The narration could have been better although no narrator could have saved this one!

The ending wrapped up so abruptly (& the who dunnit was so obvious), it was like Nora had a dinner party she had to go to but needed to finish the book before she could go. I was very disappointed because I have really enjoyed the other books of hers I have read so far!

I would skip this one though! Try another of her books over this one!

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Skip chapter 7-24

Was about to be great then for so many hours it turned into a documentary of a home renovation that added no benefit to the story, another few hours of getting to know her dog, and another few hours learning about an FBI brother who in the end didn’t help solve anything. Quite annoying. I’m a guy who has read the Witness (good) and thought I’d try another Nora Roberts but this was a miss choose a different story for sure! Do not download.

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A good murder mystery

The narrator is good, the characters are strong & the story is suspenseful. An all-around good book.

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Wonderful

I absolutely loved this book. Strong story, fantastic character development. Well written. Just plain great.

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Narrator was fantastic

Great storyline! The narrator is integral to my enjoyment of an audiobook and Ms. McManus executed the delivery and characters perfectly. I highly recommend this novel.

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back to books with audible

love it. kind of gave up reading awhile back. too much to do. not now.

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great listen

Really enjoyed the book. Usually just have my headphones in to listen to something while I work, but wanted to really hear the story line with this one. Perfect blend of the crime and romance that I love to read.

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Enthralling every step of the way!

Loved every moment. Couldn't stop reading until the very end. Can't wait for what's next!

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good story.... but

I liked the story, well written as usual. not sure about reader though.... voice is too fast to enjoy

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Narrator was amazing!

Story was riveting and narrator amazing! Didn't want to stop listening, book was so engaging.

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  • 2016-07-02

3 hours about a home remodel ...

The beginning started off great and built up a great story.

The middle lost me. I wish she focused on more details that were important to the story line. Instead the middle was about a detailed home remodel that had little relevance to the overall story.

The end was ok. A little predictable.

This was my first Nora Roberts book and I'm not convinced I would read another.

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  • Eva
  • 2016-07-09

Just FYI

This book is not really about an obsessive stalker/murderer and the struggle to catch him. This book is about a young woman with unlimited money buying and renovating a house, while she takes photos, goes furniture shopping, has un-realistic conversations, and works hard to not get attached to the hunkiest bachelor in town. That is pretty much the whole book right there.
I bought it based on the ratings, but buyer be ware! When a book goes best seller, everybody and their grandmother will give it 5 stars and the rating system goes out the window.

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  • Laura
  • 2016-05-13

Starts out promising, slow descent into boring and cliche

The first half of this book was so good! Really interesting premise. After most of the major plot points have been set up, it just peters out. The characters stop being interesting and become sadly one-dimensional and the story becomes incredibly predictable. The romance tilts into him just telling her what to do most of the time. Even though the stalker storyline does add some spice, it too becomes predictable and by the end, you don't care too much what comes of anyone. The narration was fine at the beginning, but eventually becomes a bit too much - too overdone.

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  • lisa
  • 2016-08-01

Some of Naomi's dialogue was too immature for a character who is in her position.

I'd like to see a woman portrayed as a brave character without the high school dialect.

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  • Lisa
  • 2016-07-28

Likeable characters ruined by the narration

Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Shannon McManus?

Nora Roberts, yes. Shannon McManus... not sure

What other book might you compare The Obsession to and why?

No idea. The first part of the book with young Naomi finding out what her father is was well done but after that it kind of became predictable. The baddie was obvious from the get-go, the profiling aspect (which could have been made very interesting) was cliched. I did like the house renovation parts though. And the dog.

Would you be willing to try another one of Shannon McManus’s performances?

It depends but I'd definitely listen to a sample and take note of other reviews before downloading. She did a good job with the female voices but I found the male voices irritating (I think she was going for 'commanding' but her dragging out of the beginning of sentences and over pronouncing was distracting)

What would have made this romance irresistible?

If they'd cut out him always telling her what to do and her yelling "stop telling me what to do".

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  • linda blakely
  • 2018-09-07

it's a no

so boring, the whole story is her fixing up her house. I wasted a credit

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  • joshua
  • 2016-04-14

Typical Nora Roberts

I enjoyed this book, it was a good listen but some things were very typical of Nora. Her endings always seem rushed to me. I see her sitting at her computer just hammering out the last chapter in ten minutes so she can call it done. Other than the rushed ending it was easy to figure who the killer was, which is not very typical but I think this book is more about the main characters life with the killer just added for some extra drama. Overall this book is worth a credit and you'll enjoy the story!

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  • Sandy
  • 2016-04-15

Could have been great. Needed a different narrator

What made the experience of listening to The Obsession the most enjoyable?

I have enjoyed countless NR books and generally can't wait to listen to the story. And have listen to many several times. The narration made this less enjoyable.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There was no emotion. this book screamed emotion in places. It could have been so much better.

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  • Lucinda Parsons
  • 2016-04-14

Roberts is back on track

While her recent books have become formulaic, she stepped up and added some zing to this one. Instead of the quick one chapter prelude, that lays the groundwork for current event, she took three or four chapters in the beginning to thoroughly introduce character and important details.
While I did identify the bad guy when he was originally introduced, she kept me guessing til the last few chapters.
I'm back on board the wAgon!

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  • Allie
  • 2017-07-30

Ehhhhhh...

I bought this book with high hopes that it would be thrilling. It was not. It has a very strong beginning, but then when the lead character becomes an adult, the interactions seem unnaturally happy and fake. Plus, the first 10 hours are filled to the brim with fluff about home renovations. The narrator was almost trying too hard and wound up sounding like a valley girl... not worth the credit.

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