Published by Berkley on April 12, 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense, Realistic
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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.
A serial killer’s daughter learns settling down might be harder to do in this romantic suspense novel. Let’s review!
It was an interesting concept. How would you live if you found out you were the child of a serial killer? The first one hundred pages of the book explored our narrator’s struggle to live, but lost the initial momentum in the later half of the novel. It took too much time revealing the main threat to Naomi. On top of the meandering plot, I did not connect to the romance occurring between Naomi and Xander. I liked the two character separately, but not as a couple. I did enjoy the secondary characters, including the town residents and Naomi’s family. Quite frankly, I think the novel would have been more appealing if focused on the side characters than on Naomi.
I can’t end this review without talking about the money. Boy, did these people have a lot of money to throw around. Naomi came across as a hard working woman with a comfortable lifestyle, but I did raise my eyebrows about her financial ability to completely renovate an old house (mansion?). It didn’t feel true to her background, even with the explanation of “family” money. It pulled me out of the story as I glanced around my own home wishing for such a disposable income.
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tl;dr While an enjoyable book, the interesting plot was overtaken by lackluster main characters and a disappointing romance.