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A Madness of Sunshine

Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (110 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling 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 to not 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.

©2019 Nalini Singh (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Dark and addictive. I couldn’t stop reading! Singh’s twisty new thriller will sweep you along until the last shocking revelation." (Laura Griffin, New York Times best-selling author)

"Nalini Singh’s latest novel, A Madness of Sunshine, has more twists and turns than the rugged New Zealand coastline on which it’s set. Behind every closed door of Golden Cove is a secret, behind every truth, a lie. As one girl goes missing, Anahera Rawiri, the heroine begins to unravel a twisted web of sex, betrayal, greed and murder where no one is safe and no one can be trusted. Chocked full of unique characters and red herrings, this book is just my kind of pulse-pounding mystery. I loved it! Though A Madness of Sunshine is the first novel of Ms. Singh’s I’ve read, it won’t be the last." (Lisa Jackson, New York Times best-selling author)

"Lush, atmospheric, and addictive, A Madness of Sunshine seduces with its beautiful sense of place and layered, compelling characters, then hooks you right in with a riveting noir mystery. When a beautiful girl goes missing and a dark past collides with the brutal present, the truth is as harsh and unforgiving as the landscape in which Nalini Singh's twisting tale is set." (Lisa Unger, New York Times best-selling author of The Stranger Inside)

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  • 12-08-19

Very Different

But in a good way. I like murder mystery some times and this was a good listen. It was easy to keep up with the characters and their sub stories.
I liked it A LOT!!!
Lovely narration that did not butcher the kiwi accent too.

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This is one sleepy mystery

This first foray into mystery genre by this author was a fail for me. The story wa ridiculous and predictable. The tie-ins were soft and not complete. Finally the narrator was humdrum. I only pushed through because I like a few of her other series. This was is a no for me.

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great mystery

This is a different kind of story for Nalini Singh. It's not a paranormal romance if tjat is what your looking for. It is a great mystery if tjat is what you like. I like both, so I really enjoyed it. The vocal performance was wonderful.

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Enjoyed

I love Nalini's other books. This one is a bit of a departure but was still good. It was quite a bit darker in tone than her others. If you are looking for light and breezy this is not the book for you. if you are looking for a darkly toned small town secrets mystery you will enjoy this book.

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Modern mystery

This is an excellent story, but if you are looking for a more traditional Nalini Singh book, this isn’t it. His is a small town with several big mysteries. The narrator is excellent. A lot of emotions. It shows one never really knows what people’s lives are really like.

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Quality work

Well done murder mystery written with Singh’s level of quality in plotting and characterization. There’s much more mystery and less romance than her series books, but if you’re a fan, you’ll be satisfied.
Maarleveld does a great job of narration.
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just ok

The names were confusing and similar. The story was easy to figure out before the end. Not a horrible book but one I could have gone without reading.

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Great book

Wonderful. Book. One of the best I have read. Great characters. Story wonderful recommend highly

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Perfection!

To go from Silver Silence to this... I'm left speechless! Utter perfection; laid out perfectly.

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Suspensful Twist!

I am a true fan of Nalini's novels. Her writing has a way of instantly drawing you in and this new direction of her writing did not disappoint. Of course, coming out of the worlds of Psy/Changeling and Guild Hunter, where there is exciting action, suspense, high intensity but romantic sexual scenes, this novel focuses on a story of murder, secrets and lies. If you are expecting the same intensity as her other novels, this is not it. However, there is an underline attraction between the two main character’s, but it is not the focus and is barely touched upon. I expect we will see more from Will and Anahera and what their future travels will unfold!