A Madness of Sunshine

Nalini Singh. Berkley, $27 (352p) ISBN 978-0-593-09913-1
Paranormal romance bestseller Singh (the Guild Hunter series) ventures into noir territory with this atmospheric if flawed thriller. Classical pianist Anahera Rawiri flees London for Golden Cove, the remote New Zealand hometown she couldn’t wait to leave eight years earlier, soon after her playwright husband suddenly dies—and his pregnant mistress subsequently surprises her. But before Anahera can even start to come to terms with the tragic past she tried to put in the rearview mirror, there’s an emergency in Golden Cove: beautiful, universally beloved teen Miriama Hinewai Tutaia vanishes during her daily run, reminding those with long memories of three young female hikers who disappeared from the town during a single summer 15 years before. And in this largely Maori community with little trust of either outsiders or the law, it falls to cop Will Gallagher, a recent arrival with plenty of his own baggage, to lead the search. Though Will and the equally prickly Anahera initially butt heads, the crisis quickly promotes mutual respect—and maybe even warmer sentiments. Several members of the cast, particularly the men who become prime suspects in Miri’s disappearance, come across as plot-propelled chameleons. But the one character that rings absolutely true is the untamed, sometimes treacherous, always breathtaking New Zealand landscape. Agent: Nephele Tempest, Knight Agency. (Dec.)
Reviewed on : 11/19/2019
Release date: 12/03/2019
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Library Binding - 978-1-4328-7826-9
Mass Market Paperbound - 480 pages - 978-0-593-09909-4
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Audio book sample courtesy of Penguin Random House Audio
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