A Madness of Sunshine
New York Times bestselling 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 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.

A Madness of Sunshine Details

TitleA Madness of Sunshine
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 3rd, 2019
PublisherBerkley
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Fiction, Adult, Mystery Thriller, Contemporary, Suspense, Contemporary Romance

A Madness of Sunshine Review

  • Miranda Reads
    January 1, 1970
    "Nothing, there's nothing. It's like she vanished into thin air." Anahera was born and raised in Golden Cove - seaside coast of New Zealand. The land is wild, beautiful and savage - and deadly. When Anahera was a teen, a tragedy occurred - one that haunts the residents to this day. "They never found the missing hikers, did they?" Anahera left her hometown - swearing she'll never return. Only...eight years later she finds herself on the very same shores that the women disappeared from. She "Nothing, there's nothing. It's like she vanished into thin air." Anahera was born and raised in Golden Cove - seaside coast of New Zealand. The land is wild, beautiful and savage - and deadly. When Anahera was a teen, a tragedy occurred - one that haunts the residents to this day. "They never found the missing hikers, did they?" Anahera left her hometown - swearing she'll never return. Only...eight years later she finds herself on the very same shores that the women disappeared from. She returned home two hundred and seventeen days after burying her husband while his pregnant mistress sobbed so hard that she made herself sick. Miriama was a girl last time Anahera was in town. And has since grown into a beautiful woman...and then...just like that...she's gone. Anahera's cold, hard heart threatened to crack. Faced with the horrifying reality that the missing hikers were never found and that Miriama disappeared in a similar way...Anahera knows that she can no longer sit aside. "If you had an accident, it's possible no one will find you for days." Whew! This one just snatched me up and spit out the pieces.I literally began the book, and next thing I knew I was turning the last page.Nalini Singh does an excellent job of transporting the reader into the wild, untamed West Coast. The way she described the deadly cliffs, the wild bush and just...well..everything really drew me into the story.The main characters - Anahera and Will - really cinched it for me. I thought Anahera was a good lead - she was a strong woman and a fierce person. She didn't back down and yet, she was honest, and kind (without being overbearing).I loved Will - the one and only police officer of Golden Cove. His unwavering loyalty and determination to do what's ride really tied the book together. I also thought his "otherness" (he wasn't born in the cove) added an interesting dimension as the plot unfolded. He was an outsider. How could he possibly know the secrets that tied together the residents of this town? How could he hope to understand the wounds... The actually mystery itself? I don't want to give it away but...wow. Did NOT see that coming!With thanks to the author and Berkley Publishing for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review!YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat @miranda.reads
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  • Brenda -Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsMadness of Sunshine started off as an easy, engaging read for me with that opening line that pulled me into the story right away. The setting here is vividly written and Nalini Singh really knows how to pull that right into the plot making this a fascinating story because of that. Things did start to go a little sideways here for me with the characters, though. There are a few of them and many become suspects. The characters then began to feel a bit stereotyped to me and things started 3.5 starsMadness of Sunshine started off as an easy, engaging read for me with that opening line that pulled me into the story right away. The setting here is vividly written and Nalini Singh really knows how to pull that right into the plot making this a fascinating story because of that. Things did start to go a little sideways here for me with the characters, though. There are a few of them and many become suspects. The characters then began to feel a bit stereotyped to me and things started to feel like there were meant to become complicated instead of red herrings. Our main characters here Anahera and Will are likeable and vulnerable making their dynamics interesting and I enjoyed the romance element to the story. The romance is light here and just a small part of the story. Just the way I like it sometimes. The ending well, hmm I am not sure I remember it now ......I recommend this one to readers who enjoy an easy beautifully written setting that really plays into the plot with a bit of romance and a mystery you don't need to think too hard about but just go along for the ride.I received a copy from the publisher.
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  • Corina
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 starsI’m getting more and more into thrillers and want to add even more to my 2020 tbr, so when I found out Nalini Singh was writing one, I got really excited about it.There were quite a few things I loved about this book.1) The story was set in New Zealand, and the author’s familiarity with this country was obvious and also the part that grabbed me the most. The language, the traditions, the small communities and the difficulties that come with them. Beautifully described in detail, it 3.75 starsI’m getting more and more into thrillers and want to add even more to my 2020 tbr, so when I found out Nalini Singh was writing one, I got really excited about it.There were quite a few things I loved about this book.1) The story was set in New Zealand, and the author’s familiarity with this country was obvious and also the part that grabbed me the most. The language, the traditions, the small communities and the difficulties that come with them. Beautifully described in detail, it came to live on paper, and had me wishing I could travel to New Zealand right this minute.2) Both main characters were mysterious, layered, and intriguing in their own way. Touching but also captivating, those layers were peeled, one after another. The entire process felt utterly natural and added to the mystery. And yes there is a couple – slow burn alert!!3) The last quarter of the book was a nail biter – wowzer!! And I loved how it all came together.What I struggled with was the pace of the story. It was slow going. It felt like the first 3/4 of the book was very much character driven, less action, more talking. There were so many suspects. So many opportunities. So many directions the story could go.Overall I needed something more to be glued to the pages.I’m a bit embarrassed to admit it, but it actually took me almost an entire week to finish this book.On the other hand, I really liked how it all came together. And I’ll definitely be reading more of her thrillers if the author decides to write more. Thrillers is one genre I want to read more of, and having a favorite author writing this genre, just makes it easier on me.ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Amy Imogene Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Intensely character driven and held in an arrestingly deadly setting, this is a lingering read.Writing: Characters: Pacing: Villain(s)/Reveal(s): 1/2Full disclosure: I've been a long-time fan of Nalini Singh. She writes some of the most well-written, beautifully plotted paranormal romances in the game. As in, they're worthy of SFF labels but are tragically only published as mass market paperbacks (I'm a hardcover girl, but I bend my rule for this queen). So when I heard she was writing a Intensely character driven and held in an arrestingly deadly setting, this is a lingering read.Writing: ★★★★★Characters: ★★★★★Pacing: ★★★★★Villain(s)/Reveal(s): ★★★ 1/2Full disclosure: I've been a long-time fan of Nalini Singh. She writes some of the most well-written, beautifully plotted paranormal romances in the game. As in, they're worthy of SFF labels but are tragically only published as mass market paperbacks (I'm a hardcover girl, but I bend my rule for this queen). So when I heard she was writing a mystery/thriller, I was SHOOK. As in, had to get a copy, was willing to beg, barter, and more to get this gem. And it DID NOT disappoint. In fact, it's elevated my opinion so much that I hope this is just the beginning—there better be more!A Madness of Sunshine unfolds like a tightly clenched fist in achingly slow fits and starts. A young girl full of vitality, Miriama, goes out for a run one evening along the coast of Golden Cove in New Zealand. She doesn't come back. Will is a cop hiding from his former life as a hotshot police detective in the small town of Golden Cove. Not much happens in a small town where everyone knows everyone...but several female hikers have disappeared near Golden Cove over the decades, and when Miriama goes missing, the old wounds resurface and the small town of "pleasant" neighbors erupts. Can Will solve this current missing persons case amidst the echoes of the past?Anahera left Golden Cove one year and never looked back. The past only holds pain and secrets, and she's never wanted to relive it—until her London husband dies suddenly and the hidden mistress comes knocking at her door. Shocked at the shattering of her "perfect" life, she returns to Golden Cove, New Zealand, with fresh eyes and old wounds. Will and Anahera come together over the disappearance of Miriama, and it's truly a character study of these two flawed characters finding solace in solving the problems of the past. But, as with other Nalini Singh novels, each and every side character jumps off the page with personality and depth. No one is two dimensional, and no one is overlooked. This felt real. I'm so happy to see Singh branching out into the mystery/thriller genre. The mystery was tightly plotted, the villain(s) (no spoilers here!) were deeply motivated, and the unfolding of the plot was extremely satisfying. Don't miss this one!Thank you to the publisher via NetGalley for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Well consider me a lonely inhabitant of minority opinion world because I'm really bummed about this. The book had a good start, but then it took too long for something to happen and in the meantime there were way too many characters introduced. It was getting difficult for me to keep track of all of them and their importance in the story. I got some ‘The Dry’ vibes, but it didn’t end up being nearly as suspenseful and I had trouble caring about the characters. Also, there was a ton of over Well consider me a lonely inhabitant of minority opinion world because I'm really bummed about this. The book had a good start, but then it took too long for something to happen and in the meantime there were way too many characters introduced. It was getting difficult for me to keep track of all of them and their importance in the story. I got some ‘The Dry’ vibes, but it didn’t end up being nearly as suspenseful and I had trouble caring about the characters. Also, there was a ton of over explaining and lots and lots of repetition. Once you mention a point or two about the character, I don't need it to be hammered home 800 times - I get it. Please don't be discouraged by my review - there are COUNTLESS favorable reviews, so clearly I am missing out on something. Thank you to Edelweiss, Berkley Publishing and Nalini Singh for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this book.Review Date: 11/22/19Publication Date: 12/3/19
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  • Sumit RK
    January 1, 1970
    Sunshine.That's what she was.Sunshine.Bright. A thing of life. A thing that could burnA Madness of Sunshine ships 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 a closed knit community, living in peace. That is until one fateful summer- a beautiful young woman disappears without a trace, and the residents of Golden Cove wonder if there is Sunshine.That's what she was.Sunshine.Bright. A thing of life. A thing that could burnA Madness of Sunshine ships 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 a closed knit community, living in peace. That is until one fateful summer- a beautiful young woman disappears without a trace, and the residents of Golden Cove wonder if there is someone sinister living among them. It’s not long before the dark past collides with the present and deadly secrets come to light.A Madness of Sunshine is a complex, character-driven thriller, with a romance subplot. Though a thriller, it has ample drama among characters to keep you engaged. A madness of Sunshine starts off as an easy read where you have no idea where the story is going to take you.The book does an excellent job of transporting the reader to a remote world in NZ. You can imagine the lonely landscapes, the deadly cliffs, the deadly cove which you make you feel like a part of the story. The beautiful setting adds another dimension to the story that follows. Not just the landscape, the language, the traditions, the small communities and beautifully brought to life on paper.The characters including, the main characters - Anahera and Will – were really well written. A strong and Independent, Anahera and Will - A loyalty and determined police officer gel well together in this book. Both the main characters here are likable which makes the story engaging. I did struggle with the pace of the story and the story gathers momentum only around the 2/3rd mark. Much of the book is very much character-driven with more focus on interactions and less action. The story often went back to the original group of 6 friends but none of these friends (except Anahera) had a major role to play in the story, which felt like a wasted opportunity. The book introduces way too many characters which are hardly used as the story moves forward. Having said that the story does justice to the characters it chooses to focus on. Overall, A Madness of Sunshine is a well-plotted mystery with some well-developed characters. If you enjoy a character-driven story with a bit of mystery & romance, you will enjoy this one. Three and a half stars Many thanks to the publishers Berkley & Penguin Publishing Group and Edelweiss for the ARC.
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  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first book by this incredibly talented writer, so I had very few, if any, expectations. I was swept away by the beauty of descriptions of the West Coast of New Zealand:....She stood on a jagged cliff looking out over the crashing sea below as fog wove through the treetops, a light misty rain falling and dissipating before it ever got to her...Anahera Rawiri returns to her home town of Gloden Cove after eight years of absence, a successful career as a classical pianist and the death of This is my first book by this incredibly talented writer, so I had very few, if any, expectations. I was swept away by the beauty of descriptions of the West Coast of New Zealand:....She stood on a jagged cliff looking out over the crashing sea below as fog wove through the treetops, a light misty rain falling and dissipating before it ever got to her...Anahera Rawiri returns to her home town of Gloden Cove after eight years of absence, a successful career as a classical pianist and the death of her handsome, elegant and cheating husband. Anahera is a fascinating character and you gradually discover how her strength/ hardness are the result of tragic experiences in her childhood and adolescence. You also discover that she is fiercely loyal and kind.Will is a decorated police officer who got sent away from Christchurch and is now serving as the one and only policeman in Golden Cove. He takes his job seriously and is liked by the locals, although he will never be able to change his status of an outsider.When nineteen year old local girl Miriama goes on a run and vanishes into thin air, he leads first the search party and then investigation and finally solves the mystery, not only of Miriama's death, but also the cold case of hikers who disappeared several years ago in a similar way.Will needs Anahera's help to discover what happened to the beautiful Miri, who was admired and courted by many local men as well as tourists passing through the town. There are plenty of suspects, as well as plenty of secrets that run 'like a thick tide of lava beneath the surface'. The poem in the prologue foreshadows the story: ...Sunshine.That's what she was.Sunshine.Bright. A thing of life. A thing that could burn.And this heart, it beat only for her.It could murder for her.For love. For Sunshine.There is a touch of romance, but mostly Madness of Sunshine is a thriller which focuses on the tragic loss of human life. Whether you are a fan of Nalini Singh or you are new to this author, and are just looking for a mystery set in New Zealand, this unique story has a lot to offer.Thank you to Edelweiss and Berkley for the review copy provided in exchange for an honest opinion.Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
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  • Mindy Lou's Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a romance genre girl through and through. When I saw that this was Nalini Singh, I knew I needed to give this book a try even though I hesitate at the genre. I'm really glad that I did. From the first chapter this book captured my attention and held. The writing is phenomenal. It doesn't matter what genre this author writes, she knows how to captivate.I think because I knew going in that this was a thriller, I really focused on everything I learned about all the characters that were I'm a romance genre girl through and through. When I saw that this was Nalini Singh, I knew I needed to give this book a try even though I hesitate at the genre. I'm really glad that I did. From the first chapter this book captured my attention and held. The writing is phenomenal. It doesn't matter what genre this author writes, she knows how to captivate.I think because I knew going in that this was a thriller, I really focused on everything I learned about all the characters that were introduced. I wanted to be able to make my guesses about who did it. Nalini did a great job giving us readers enough doubts about everyone that it did leave me guessing until the end. She also made feel enough for some of these characters that I was practically begging that they weren't the culprit. One particular person would have devastated me but that's only because of how it would have affected others.The author did give us a little bit of romance to enjoy in this book. I made myself think about if I would have liked this as much if it didn't have that small part to round things out. My conclusion, while Nalini Singh may have just opened me up to a new genre to enjoy, I still think I need that romance to feel satisfied at the end of a good read.
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  • Zoe
    January 1, 1970
    Atmospheric, gritty, and suspenseful!The Madness of Sunshine is a sharp, compelling read that transports you to Golden Cove, New Zealand, a small coastal town where the sudden disappearance of a local young woman with a bright future unearths a lot of strong emotions, tragic memories, and more long-buried secrets and skeletons than anyone could have ever imagined.The prose is vivid and precise. The characters are tormented, mistrusting, and diligent. And the plot, including all the subplots, Atmospheric, gritty, and suspenseful!The Madness of Sunshine is a sharp, compelling read that transports you to Golden Cove, New Zealand, a small coastal town where the sudden disappearance of a local young woman with a bright future unearths a lot of strong emotions, tragic memories, and more long-buried secrets and skeletons than anyone could have ever imagined.The prose is vivid and precise. The characters are tormented, mistrusting, and diligent. And the plot, including all the subplots, intertwine and unravel subtly into an engrossing investigative tale filled with life, loss, family, friendship, heartbreak, manipulation, abuse, violence, murder, and a sliver of romance.Overall, The Madness of Sunshine is an absorbing, dark, ominous tale that does an exceptional job of reminding us that evil can live easily amongst us and is often hidden behind masks of normality. It’s surprisingly the first novel I’ve read by Singh, but it certainly won’t be the last.Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Mara
    January 1, 1970
    It is so exciting when an author you love in one genre is able to successfully transition to another! This is one of my favorite small town thrillers that I've read- tightly paced, an evocative small town setting in rural NZ, characters that fit within in typical genre conventions with nice little twists, and a satisfying road of twists and turns. I particularly loved the main female lead in this one, and I really appreciated the exploration & validation of female anger. This isn't a book It is so exciting when an author you love in one genre is able to successfully transition to another! This is one of my favorite small town thrillers that I've read- tightly paced, an evocative small town setting in rural NZ, characters that fit within in typical genre conventions with nice little twists, and a satisfying road of twists and turns. I particularly loved the main female lead in this one, and I really appreciated the exploration & validation of female anger. This isn't a book where the moral of the story is that the heroine with an abusive past needs to "just get over it," which was so refreshing. Very exciting to see more in this genre from Nalini Singh!
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