Today I bring you something different, not only my review of Nalini Singh’s debut thriller A Madness of Sunshine but also I am giving away one copy of the US edition hardcover, as I was silly and preordered this book twice. So check out below for both my review and how to enter my giveaway.
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.
I was really excited about this book for two reasons, I love Nalini’s Psy-Changeling series AND I will always stan a Kiwi author! I was not disappointed in the least, and there was so much that I loved about this book which not only takes place in New Zealand but has a very strong focus on the things that make us unique. I loved that our main character is a Maori woman and there are plenty of Maori names throughout, as many books seem to make New Zealand seem like a miniature England.
I loved that the book had Te Reo Maori sprinkled into it and without being patronizing or over-explaining what they meant. It added the feeling of being in a small town on the west coast, and I loved it. I found the plot around the missing girl riveting and was thoroughly impressed with the multilayer storyline here. Anahera is not alone in having ventured out to the big smoke and coming back to her small town as it seems most her class has done the same.
I did find the overall romance aspect of this book a bit of a letdown, there was no real chemistry or build-up to it. It just seemed they were instantly obsessed with each other but it a standoffish way. I just didn’t seem to find it all that interesting. It’s okay though because the romance part of this book it really secondary and is not necessary to the enjoyment of a good old fashioned small-town murder mystery book!