Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous.
Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.
Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.
Published: 14th April 2016
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Series or Stand-Alone: Stand-Alone
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
What I liked about this story... It's Nora Roberts, what is there not to like! From the moment I knew this existed I was so excited to read it. Having only recently, in the past few years, discovered my love of Nora Roberts' work (The Reef being one of my favourites) I knew that this was a book that I had to read sooner rather than later. This was a very shocking story, right from the outset. The main character of this story, Naomi, being a very young child when she discovers a secret about her family, a secret so big and so horrible she has to go 'into hiding' and assume a new identity. For me, the best part of this story was watching Naomi as she struggles to come to terms with what she finds out and how she learns to survive in a world she is now unsure of.
What I didn't like about this story... Honestly speaking, there were two main points in this story that I really didn't like. The first was the character of Naomi's mother. The fact that in times of jeopardy a mother is supposed to be strong for her children must have missed Naomi's mother right by. She comes across as a weak character and not willing to change to help her children through this situation by choosing to keep in contact with someone who she really shouldn't. The second point, which is not a big point, but that when reading this book I had gone in with the preconceived notion that this book was going to be full of suspense with lots of twists and turns but this story really was not like that at all and that is entirely my fault on that point for having those prejudgements to start with. What makes this book great is the journey of Naomi throughout this story and seeing her relationships with other characters grow as the story goes on.
Trigger Warning - I do have to point out that this book does feature some issues that some people may find distressing. Unfortunately I don't want to spoil the story by saying what those aspects are but if you do want to know please do email me and I will let you know what those are.