Review: A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh

Posted December 3, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 10 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh
A Madness of Sunshine

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Genres: Mystery Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on December 3, 2019
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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A disappearance in a small coastal New Zealand community is only the small stone dropped into a pond sending out ripples that rock so many people as dark shadows that have remained hidden start to surface.  Atmospheric, slow-build, and twisting, A Madness of Sunshine was engrossing from cover to cover.


A Madness of Sunshine begins when the prodigal returns to her home village after shaking off it’s dirt years before.  Anahera was the toast of London as a concert pianist before her husband died and she learned a painful truth when she shared the graveside grieving with his mistress and their children.  The solace of her late mother’s rustic cabin by the sea is where she runs to and the comfort of the old, familiar.  But, then a bright and gorgeous young woman goes missing and she is assisting the village cop.  He is as broody and angry on the inside as she so she is drawn in.

Will was transferred from the force in Christ Church after a long successful career to the backwater of a coastal, tourist town to keep the peace.  It could have been humiliating for a man with his career, but it was just the sort of uncomplicated out of the way thing he wanted.  Then he had a real case and felt himself coming alive again because he was needed in spite of his past guilt.  Or maybe, he was feeling alive because of the hard woman with the stormy, pain-filled eyes?  Either way, his instinct says its no accident victim they’re hunting.

I’ve read her contemporaries, her paranormal romances, and urban fantasies making me an addicted fan.  This thriller was fabulous.  Even the setting felt like a character to go with the layered and complicated cast of characters and the plot that was teased out so that the tension had me holding my breath at that crucial point.

Will and Anahera were great characters.  They were broody and had tough situations to get past, but they were strong and didn’t tend to wallow.  I liked when he was on the case and brought her into his investigation because they played well off one another.  This was not strong on overt romance, but the low key sizzle of attraction and the sensuality that sparked alongside their partnering kept me in high anticipation when they could work past the troubles in the present and their personal lives to bring what they had out into the open.

The mystery is dark and gritty, but felt like a modern gothic Maori-style.  I figured out who the villain was, but that still didn’t bring me to a solution.  Let’s just say it got complicated and I couldn’t figure out how certain things tied together.  I was not frustrated and flipped pages madly especially toward the end when the pace had increased to a storm gale speed and lashed at me to get through the dangerous part.

Oh yes, we have a winner here, folks!  I want more thrillers from this author.  Fans don’t hesitate to try her in this new genre and newbies, just pick it up and anticipate wanting more.

My thanks to Berkley Romance for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met

New Release #175
Reading Assignment Fall Semester #9 Professor Genre



About Nalini Singh

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Jen T
2 years ago

Yea! I’m so glad this is a winner for so many. I don’t read thrillers (or even romantic suspense) really any more, so I passed on this one. But I do love Nalini and glad this is doing so well for her.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Jen T

I was a little nervous about it being a new genre for her, but she aced it like a champ. 🙂

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I was so tempted by this one but knew that I wouldn’t have the time to get to it. I am going to have to grab myself a copy soon and immerse myself in it. It sounds fabulous.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I know what you mean. So many! I think you’ll enjoy when you get the chance, Carole. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I am hoping she writes more in this genre. Such a talented author. Wonderful review!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yes!!! More please!

Carole Rae
2 years ago

New Zealand? you have caught my my interest!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Heh, heh, yes, the location is definitely a prime element, too.

2 years ago

I so need to start reading her books. Great review.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Nadene

Yes!!!! They are fabulous, Nadene. 🙂