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A Madness of Sunshine

By: Nalini Singh
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
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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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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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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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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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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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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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FABULOUS SURPRISE

Not her usual changling book. Rich interwoven storyline. Mystery that keeps you guessing. you won't be disappointed

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Really good read

I have read Nalini Singh paranormal books and loved them. This book was just as good. Really interesting setting and characters. I hope she writes more mysteries.

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Ugh. Whispery delivery of very depressing story

I'm a fan of Nalini's many PNR novels and was hopeful for something similar. But what a long depressing, excruciatingly over detailed story. "And then I fastened my seatbelt after checking the rearview mirror and the tire's inflation ".... before chasing down some murdering psycho for 10 hours. And forget listening to this while driving. Almost all the internal dialog is in an excessively quiet whispery delivery. Avoid.

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I tried to like it

I just couldn't get in to it it was slow and boring . Took me a week to finish it. I do love her psy and angels series.

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