The Obsession by Nora Roberts

The Obsession, Nora Roberts, 2016

My favorite quote: “You put something behind you, Nome, it’s got its eye on your back. I’d rather keep it in front of me, so I can see where it’s going.”

Notable characters: Naomi Bowes/Carson, a photographer and daughter of a serial killer; Xander Keaton, the Nora-Roberts-style sexy car-mechanic-love-interest who makes men everywhere look and feel substandard; Mason, Naomi’s brother, the FBI profiler

Most memorable scene: What young Naomi discovers in the root cellar in the woods out back

Greatest strengths: Smooth(ish) head-hopping. I’m still not a fan of unexpected point-of-view shifts within the same scene, but I’ll say that good old Nora does it about as well as it can be done 

Standout achievements: Its twist ending. I thought for sure I knew who the baddie was. I thought wrong  

Fun Facts: Nora Roberts was the first author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame

Other media: While I wouldn’t doubt there’s some Hallmark-esque film version of this floating around out there somewhere, I’ve found no evidence of its existence 

What it taught me: That romance can go anywhere. That’s what I like about Nora Roberts. It’s romance, sure… but it’s also suspense and drama and comedy and horror and … well, you get the idea

How it inspired me: I think about Nora Roberts a lot when I’m writing scenes that involve the squishing of the gibbly bits. I like the way she does it … not too tame, but not too explicit, either. Of course, I always go straight for the vein when it comes to parking the Plymouth in the old love garage, but I do admire Nora’s subtler sexual finesse. In short, no one does gland-to-gland combat quite like her

Additional thoughts: Even if you’re not into romance novels, this one’s worth checking out. It’s been a long time since I read it, but as I recall, the love story wasn’t in the driver’s seat. Or maybe that was just my perception — I’m far more interested in the suspense elements

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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