A Madness of Sunshine

[Reading] ➬ A Madness of Sunshine ➳ Nalini Singh – Johndore.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 344 pages
  • A Madness of Sunshine
  • Nalini Singh
  • English
  • 16 March 2018
  • 0593099133

About the Author: 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.


A Madness of SunshineNew York Times Bestselling Author Nalini Singh Pivots In A New Direction With Her First Mainstream Thriller That Will Be Sure To Keep Readers On Their Toes Anahera Rawiri Left New Zealand At Twenty One, Fleeing Small Town Poverty And The Ghosts Of Her Childhood With No Plans To Look Back But Eight Years Later, She Returns, Seeking Familiarity As Respite From The Shattered Remains Of Her New Life And Despite The Changes Brought On By A Bump In Tourism The Shiny New Welcome Sign At The Town Line And A Decidedly Less Shiny New Police Presence Golden Cove Appears Much As It Ever Was A Small Settlement On The Savage West Coast Of The South Island, Populated By All The Remembered Faces And Set Against A Backdrop Of Lush Greenery, Jagged Cliffs, And Crashing WavesDetective Will Gallagher Knows All About Ghosts His Own Chased Him Out Of A Promising Career In Christchurch, Landing Him As The Sole Cop In A Quaint Town Where His Most Pressing Concerns Are Petty Theft And The Occasional Drunk When Golden Cove Resident Miri Hinewai Goes Out For A Run And Fails To Return, Will Finds Himself Heading Up A Missing Person S Search That Rapidly Escalates Into An Official Investigation After This Case Is Connected With Similar Ones From The Past As An Outsider, Will Begins To Rely On Anahera S Knowledge Of The Area And Its Residents To Help Him Delve Into Golden Cove S Secrets, And To Determine Whether It Shelters Something Far Dangerous Than Just An Unforgiving Landscape

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10 thoughts on “A Madness of Sunshine

  1. Miranda Reads says:

    Nothing, there s nothing It s like she vanished into thin airAnahera was born and raised in Golden Cove seaside coast of New Zealand The land is wild, beautiful and savage and deadly When Anahera was a teen, a tragedy occurred one that haunts the residents to this dayThey never found the missing hikers, did theyAnahera left her hometown swearing she ll never return Onlyeight years later she finds herself on the very same shores that the women disappeared frNothing, there s nothing It s like she vanished into thin airAnahera was born and raised in Golden Cove seaside coast of New Zealand The land is wild, beautiful and savage and deadly When Anahera was a teen, a tragedy occurred one that haunts the residents to this dayThey never found the missing hikers, did theyAnahera left her hometown swearing she ll never return Onlyeight years later she finds herself on the very same shores that the women disappeared from She returned home two hundred and seventeen days after burying her husband while his pregnant mistress sobbed so hard that she made herself sick. Miriama was a girl last time Anahera was in town And has since grown into a beautiful womanand thenjust like that she s gone. Anahera s cold, hard heart threatened to crack. Faced with the horrifying reality that the missing hikers were never found and that Miriama disappeared in a similar wayAnahera knows that she can no longer sit asideIf you had an accident, it s possible no one will find you for daysWhew This one just snatched me up and spit out the pieces.I literally began the book, and next thing I knew I was turning the last page.Nalini Singh does an excellent job of transporting the reader into the wild, untamed West Coast The way she described the deadly cliffs, the wild bush and justwell..everything really drew me into the story.The main characters Anahera and Will really cinched it for me I thought Anahera was a good lead she was a strong woman and a fierce person She didn t back down and yet, she was honest, and kind without being overbearing.I loved Will the one and only police officer of Golden Cove His unwavering loyalty and determination to do what s ride really tied the book together I also thought his otherness he wasn t born in the cove added an interesting dimension as the plot unfolded He was an outsider How could he possibly know the secrets that tied together the residents of this town How could he hope to understand the wounds The actually mystery itself I don t want to give it away butwow Did NOT see that coming With thanks to the author and Berkley Publishing for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review YouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads

  2. Julie says:

    The Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh is a 2019 Berkley publication As a reader of romance, Nalini Singh s name is recognizable to me, and I have seen her books reviewed by some of my GRs friends However, I m not into fantasy romance novels featuring angels and demons, or changelings, so I ve never read any of her work However, when I saw the author had tried her hand at writing a straight up mystery suspense novel, it piqued my curiosity Singh did an admirable job with her first novel of The Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh is a 2019 Berkley publication As a reader of romance, Nalini Singh s name is recognizable to me, and I have seen her books reviewed by some of my GRs friends However, I m not into fantasy romance novels featuring angels and demons, or changelings, so I ve never read any of her work However, when I saw the author had tried her hand at writing a straight up mystery suspense novel, it piqued my curiosity Singh did an admirable job with her first novel of suspense The book is not without its flaws, but the story is solid when it comes to premise, mood, atmosphere, and location Anahera has returned to her hometown of Golden Cove, a small, secluded enclave in New Zealand after the death of her husband She hasn t even settled in good when she finds herself swept up in the search for a young, vibrant woman who has vanished without a trace The woman s disappearance brings to mind, a summer eight years ago, when several other women also disappeared Could the two cases be connected Will, the law enforcement officer working the case, is wrestling with his own demons, as he relies on Anahera to help him navigate the mysterious interconnections between the residents of the town and the missing woman I loved the atmosphere of this book The mood is tense, with so many secrets and possible motives to explore The book did have a few weaknesses, however I had trouble connecting to Anahera and Will There s enough background information provided about each of them, it just wasn t enough to bring the characters to life for me The chemistry between the couple felt forced, their dialogue stilted and wooden The plot is straightforward, not at all complicated but there is a good amount of tension hanging in the air, as the reader tries to puzzle out who had the best motive, who may be hiding a secret affair or harboring an unhealthy obsession or jealousy Some developments are fairly obvious, but there is a nice twist to keep things from being too predictable However, a seasoned mystery reader may see it coming anyway Overall, this is a descent mystery Because this is the author s first foray into a new genre, I m going to go a little easy on her The story is good but not great, and there s nothing here that stands out from countless others like it That said, it was an enjoyable enough read and I think, with a tighter plot and deeper characterizations, the author could carve out another successful niche for herself

  3. Sumit RK says:

    Sunshine.That s what she was.Sunshine.Bright A thing of life A thing that could burnA Madness of Sunshine ships 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 a closed knit community, living in peace That is until one fateful summer a beautiful young woman disappears without a trace, and the residents of Golden Cove wonder if there is so Sunshine.That s what she was.Sunshine.Bright A thing of life A thing that could burnA Madness of Sunshine ships 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 a closed knit community, living in peace That is until one fateful summer a beautiful young woman disappears without a trace, and the residents of Golden Cove wonder if there is someone sinister living among them It s not long before the dark past collides with the present and deadly secrets come to light.A Madness of Sunshine is a complex, character driven thriller, with a romance subplot Though a thriller, it has ample drama among characters to keep you engaged A madness of Sunshine starts off as an easy read where you have no idea where the story is going to take you.The book does an excellent job of transporting the reader to a remote world in NZ You can imagine the lonely landscapes, the deadly cliffs, the deadly cove which you make you feel like a part of the story The beautiful setting adds another dimension to the story that follows Not just the landscape, the language, the traditions, the small communities and beautifully brought to life on paper.The characters including, the main characters Anahera and Will were really well written A strong and Independent, Anahera and Will A loyalty and determined police officer gel well together in this book Both the main characters here are likable which makes the story engaging I did struggle with the pace of the story and the story gathers momentum only around the 2 3rd mark Much of the book is very much character driven withfocus on interactions and less action The story often went back to the original group of 6 friends but none of these friends except Anahera had a major role to play in the story, which felt like a wasted opportunity The book introduces way too many characters which are hardly used as the story moves forward Having said that the story does justice to the characters it chooses to focus on Overall, A Madness of Sunshine is a well plotted mystery with some well developed characters If you enjoy a character driven story with a bit of mystery romance, you will enjoy this one Three and a half stars Many thanks to the publishers Berkley Penguin Publishing Group and Edelweiss for the ARC

  4. Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews says:

    3.5 starsMadness of Sunshine started off as an easy, engaging read for me with that opening line that pulled me into the story right away The setting here is vividly written and Nalini Singh really knows how to pull that right into the plot making this a fascinating story because of that Things did start to go a little sideways here for me with the characters, though There are a few of them and many become suspects The characters then began to feel a bit stereotyped to me and things started 3.5 starsMadness of Sunshine started off as an easy, engaging read for me with that opening line that pulled me into the story right away The setting here is vividly written and Nalini Singh really knows how to pull that right into the plot making this a fascinating story because of that Things did start to go a little sideways here for me with the characters, though There are a few of them and many become suspects The characters then began to feel a bit stereotyped to me and things started to feel like there were meant to become complicated instead of red herrings Our main characters here Anahera and Will are likeable and vulnerable making their dynamics interesting and I enjoyed the romance element to the story The romance is light here and just a small part of the story Just the way I like it sometimes The ending well, hmm I am not sure I remember it now I recommend this one to readers who enjoy an easy beautifully written setting that really plays into the plot with a bit of romance and a mystery you don t need to think too hard about but just go along for the ride.I received a copy from the publisher

  5. Amy Imogene Reads says:

    Intensely character driven and held in an arrestingly deadly setting, this is a lingering read.Writing Characters Pacing Villain s Reveal s 1 2Full disclosure I ve been a long time fan of Nalini Singh She writes some of the most well written, beautifully plotted paranormal romances in the game As in, they re worthy of SFF labels but are tragically only published as mass market paperbacks I m a hardcover girl, but I bend my rule for this queen So when I heard she wa Intensely character driven and held in an arrestingly deadly setting, this is a lingering read.Writing Characters Pacing Villain s Reveal s 1 2Full disclosure I ve been a long time fan of Nalini Singh She writes some of the most well written, beautifully plotted paranormal romances in the game As in, they re worthy of SFF labels but are tragically only published as mass market paperbacks I m a hardcover girl, but I bend my rule for this queen So when I heard she was writing a mystery thriller, I was SHOOK As in, had to get a copy, was willing to beg, barter, andto get this gem And it DID NOT disappoint In fact, it s elevated my opinion so much that I hope this is just the beginning there better beA Madness of Sunshine unfolds like a tightly clenched fist in achingly slow fits and starts A young girl full of vitality, Miriama, goes out for a run one evening along the coast of Golden Cove, New Zealand She doesn t come back Will is a cop hiding from his former life as a hotshot detective in Golden Cove Not much happens in a small town where everyone knows everyonebut several female hikers have disappeared over the decades, and when Miriama goes missing, the old wounds resurface and the town of pleasant neighbors erupts Can Will solve this current missing persons case amidst the echoes of the past Anahera left Golden Cove one year and never looked back The past only holds pain and secrets, and she s never wanted to relive it until her London husband dies suddenly and the hidden mistress comes knocking at her door Shocked at the shattering of her perfect life, she returns to Golden Cove with fresh eyes and old wounds Will and Anahera come together over the disappearance of Miriama, and it s truly a character study of these two flawed characters finding solace in solving the problems of the past But, as with other Nalini Singh novels, each and every side character jumps off the page with personality and depth No one is two dimensional, and no one is overlooked This felt real I m so happy to see Singh branching out into the mystery thriller genre The mystery was tightly plotted, the villain s no spoilers here were deeply motivated, and the unfolding of the plot was extremely satisfying Don t miss this one Thank you to the publisher via NetGalley for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.Blog Instagram

  6. Kaceey says:

    3.5 A wonderfully written atmospheric novel set along the coast of New Zealand.Anahera returns to her home in Golden Cove following the un timely death of her husband in London It s high time to put that tragic event behind her Hopefully, she can slip back into her old life, returning to a place where everyone knows and cares for her Easier said than done Shortly after her return, tragedy visits her once again One of the most beloved young women in the village goes missing and everyone of c 3.5 A wonderfully written atmospheric novel set along the coast of New Zealand.Anahera returns to her home in Golden Cove following the un timely death of her husband in London It s high time to put that tragic event behind her Hopefully, she can slip back into her old life, returning to a place where everyone knows and cares for her Easier said than done Shortly after her return, tragedy visits her once again One of the most beloved young women in the village goes missing and everyone of course fears the worst Is there some sort of connection between this latest incident and the 3 missing hikers who also vanished in the same area Everyone is a suspect Nalini Singh writes a compelling novel that captured my attention immediately Don t expect a rapid paced thriller This is very much a slow, drawn out burn of a tale that guides you on a journey, ending with a very satisfying and, somewhat shocking ending,A buddy read with SusanneThank you to Elisha at Berkley Publishing for an ARC to read and review

  7. Michelle says:

    Well consider me a lonely inhabitant of minority opinion world because I m really bummed about this The book had a good start, but then it took too long for something to happen and in the meantime there were way too many characters introduced It was getting difficult for me to keep track of all of them and their importance in the story I got some The Dry vibes, but it didn t end up being nearly as suspenseful and I had trouble caring about the characters Also, there was a ton of over expla Well consider me a lonely inhabitant of minority opinion world because I m really bummed about this The book had a good start, but then it took too long for something to happen and in the meantime there were way too many characters introduced It was getting difficult for me to keep track of all of them and their importance in the story I got some The Dry vibes, but it didn t end up being nearly as suspenseful and I had trouble caring about the characters Also, there was a ton of over explaining and lots and lots of repetition Once you mention a point or two about the character, I don t need it to be hammered home 800 times I get it Please don t be discouraged by my review there are COUNTLESS favorable reviews, so clearly I am missing out on something Thank you to Edelweiss, Berkley Publishing and Nalini Singh for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this book.Review Date 11 22 19Publication Date 12 3 19

  8. Corina says:

    3.75 starsI m gettingandinto thrillers and want to add evento my 2020 tbr, so when I found out Nalini Singh was writing one, I got really excited about it.There were quite a few things I loved about this book.1 The story was set in New Zealand, and the author s familiarity with this country was obvious and also the part that grabbed me the most The language, the traditions, the small communities and the difficulties that come with them Beautifully described in detail, it cam 3.75 starsI m gettingandinto thrillers and want to add evento my 2020 tbr, so when I found out Nalini Singh was writing one, I got really excited about it.There were quite a few things I loved about this book.1 The story was set in New Zealand, and the author s familiarity with this country was obvious and also the part that grabbed me the most The language, the traditions, the small communities and the difficulties that come with them Beautifully described in detail, it came to live on paper, and had me wishing I could travel to New Zealand right this minute.2 Both main characters were mysterious, layered, and intriguing in their own way Touching but also captivating, those layers were peeled, one after another The entire process felt utterly natural and added to the mystery And yes there is a couple slow burn alert 3 The last quarter of the book was a nail biter wowzer And I loved how it all came together.What I struggled with was the pace of the story It was slow going It felt like the first 3 4 of the book was very much character driven, less action,talking There were so many suspects So many opportunities So many directions the story could go.Overall I needed somethingto be glued to the pages.I m a bit embarrassed to admit it, but it actually took me almost an entire week to finish this book.On the other hand, I really liked how it all came together And I ll definitely be readingof her thrillers if the author decides to writeThrillers is one genre I want to readof, and having a favorite author writing this genre, just makes it easier on me.ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.___________________________________Findreviews and book recommendations on my blog.Find me on Bookstagram

  9. marilyn says:

    A Madness of Sunshine, by Nalini Singh, places us in Golden Cove, a small New Zealand settlement, on the savage West Coast of the South Island Twenty nine year old concert pianist, Anahera Rawiri, is back, having married a wealthy man, at the age of twenty one, and living a life of glamour and luxury in London But her husband dropped dead, less than a year ago, and her heart was shattered when she meets his pregnant mistress at the funeral Now Ana has returned home, where she grew up in pover A Madness of Sunshine, by Nalini Singh, places us in Golden Cove, a small New Zealand settlement, on the savage West Coast of the South Island Twenty nine year old concert pianist, Anahera Rawiri, is back, having married a wealthy man, at the age of twenty one, and living a life of glamour and luxury in London But her husband dropped dead, less than a year ago, and her heart was shattered when she meets his pregnant mistress at the funeral Now Ana has returned home, where she grew up in poverty, daughter of a mother that endured years of abuse from her father Ana is bitter and hard now, willing to leave her concert pianist career behind, it seems, to live in the broken down cabin that she and her late mother had called home Detective Will Gallagher is the town s lone officer, having been a hero during a hostage crisis but later having fallen apart when two people he had vowed to protect, perished at the hands of an abuser After several anger related issues, Will is happy to be banished to Golden Cove, where he makes his rounds day and night, checking on every single household, ordering kids on street corners to go home when it s late, making sure each of the residents of Golden Cove are safe He s broken and feels like this is where he needs to be, accepting that his rising star career is in shatters and that he deserves this new position Fifteen years earlier, three young women hikers went missing in this area and the women were never found Some think they got off trail, never to find their way back, but others wonder if there is a serial killer in their midst Ana and five close friends were carefree teenagers back then and surprisingly, all of these friends are still living in Golden Cove or have come back to Golden Cove for some reason or another This is the setting in which a nineteen year old beauty goes for a run and never comes back The small town is full of angry, entitled men who could have harmed the girl and it s up to Will to find out what has happened Being an outsider to the area, Will leans on Ana to help him investigate the people and the land, as they look for the young woman The story has promise but, at awkward times, Will, butoften Ana, can get lost in their memories of the past, often very repetitive memories, that begin to weigh down the story, in the present There are also so many characters in the story that it s hard to keep track of them all, and people like Ana s best friend, who has a presence in the early part of the story, seem to be forgotten as the story progresses I also cannot understand how Ana became a concert pianist using the lone church piano, when the town doesn t seem to have any resources for her to learn her skill There are other things that didn t ring true to me so I had a hard time connecting to the characters and the story Thank you to Berkley Penguin Publishing Group and Edelweiss for this ARC

  10. Mackey says:

    Have you ever been so caught up with the characters of a book that you miss you once you ve finished I have been walking around for a week trying to figure out what I ve misplaced, who I haven t contacted, what I ve left undone, only to realize that what I m missing are the people and places in A Madness of Sunshine What a marvelous story and even better characters Will is a cop with a past that is dark and tumultuous Once a rising star in the metro force, he now has been relegated to a very Have you ever been so caught up with the characters of a book that you miss you once you ve finished I have been walking around for a week trying to figure out what I ve misplaced, who I haven t contacted, what I ve left undone, only to realize that what I m missing are the people and places in A Madness of Sunshine What a marvelous story and even better characters Will is a cop with a past that is dark and tumultuous Once a rising star in the metro force, he now has been relegated to a very small hamlet by the ocean There he simply wants to be a ghost, do his job overseeing petty crimes and live out his days in quiet Ana has come home after fleeing the village and vowing never to return Her childhood was traumatic and one that she wanted to leave behind her forever Now, she has returned to forget the new life she has made She, too, longs to be a ghost, to be left alone in solitude Neither gets what they want when a beautiful young girl goes missing and rumors begin to tie her disappearance to hikers who vanished 15 years before.While the premise of the story may seem, on the surface, like one we have read before, what sets this story apart from the rest is the location, the rugged New Zealand West Coast and its beautiful Maori people, and the incredible character development I ve readthan my fair share of crime fiction and come across plenty of down and out cops but few have reached out and grabbed me like Will did There was something about the flaws of all of the characters, the major and minor ones, that made themreal, brought them to life, had them haunting my dreams Has them in my head even now A Madness of Sunshine is what all crime fiction should be.Apparently this is a departure in genres for this author and I can only hope that we seeof this type of writing from her If you haven t already read A Madness of Sunshine you will want to add it to your must read list, I promise