98 points, 5 STARS!

Blurb:

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.

Available from Amazon and other major outlets December 3rd, 2019. Preorder now!

Quote:

She returned home two hundred and seventeen days after burying her husband while his pregnant mistress sobbed so hard that she made herself sick.

Review:

A Madness of Sunshine was a very good thriller. I don’t typically read just normal thrillers. Typically mine need to have a vampire or something to get me interested. This had none of that. I requested this simply because it was Nalini Singh, who I love as an author and I really wanted to see what she would do with a plain thriller. I found I was genuinely interested, even without the angels, vampires, psys, or changelings that I love in her other works.

A Madness of Sunshine is all about the disappearance of a young woman from a very small town. Everyone adores Miriama. No one wants to see that something bad has happened to her. She is beautiful and has a bright future ahead of her. Yet her disappearance brings up old memories of a long ago trio of disappearances and the fact that there might be a serial killer in the small town of Golden Cove.

This book takes us through all the turns in the investigation. We start in the beginning, when her aunt reports that Miriama hasn’t come home on time before heading right into the massive search through New Zealand wilderness for her. A Madness of Sunshine takes you through all the leads that go nowhere, to the dark depths of the the characters, the radiant joy everyone had for the young woman and everything in between.

This is also the least romantic book from Nalini Singh I have ever read. Which is… it is actually quite a shock. I honestly just figured this wasn’t being labelled as romance by the publishers so it could play up the thriller parts, since this is a new thing for Nalini Singh. Nope. This just wasn’t very romantic. I’m actually pretty happy.

There is a bit of romance, but not what I expect from Singh. It is just so very basic it almost feels like she was writing it because it was expected of her. The book follows the perspectives of two people. Anahera, who is home again after her husband died and his mistress turning up on her doorstep pregnant, and all the pain those two things combined have caused. She has come home to lick her wounds and doesn’t really want to be around anyone.

Then there is Will, who is a cop who has come to Golden Cove because he messed up and was sent away to a backwater speck of nothing town. He is a good cop, it was just that everything became too much and he lost perspective. He is more than a little broken, too, and is happy to be in this out of the way little village.

A Madness of Sunshine was a very powerful, moving novel and I’m really glad I read it. Straight thrillers aren’t exactly something I typically go for, but I thought the author would be enough to keep me interested. And it was. It was a really good book and I hope this is received well.

I received this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Nalini Singh, Berkley Books, and Edelweiss for providing the opportunity to review this copy.