This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Berkley
Released on December 3, 2019
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.
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