On the rugged West Coast of New Zealand, Golden Cove is more than just a town where people live. The adults are more than neighbours; 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.
Rating: Narration – A; Content – B
I have a confession to make. This is only the second book by Nalini Singh I’ve ever read (the other being an old Harlequin that I remember enjoying over a decade ago!). I know she’s the author of a number of very successful series, including the hugely popular PsyChangeling books – but I just haven’t found the time to pick up any of them (one of these days…). So when I saw that she was branching out into the suspense genre with A Madness of Sunshine, a standalone title set in her homeland of New Zealand, I was intrigued; and seeing that the excellent Saskia Maarleveld had signed on to narrate it just cemented my decision to pick up the book in audio.
Anahera Rawiri returns to her hometown of Golden Cove on the coast of New Zealand’s South Island eight years after turning her back on it forever, or so she’d hoped at the time. Having pursued a glamorous career as a classical pianist, Anahera based herself in London, but decided to return to NZ following the death of her famous playwright husband, who – she’d discovered after his death – had not only cheated on her but left his mistress pregnant. Even though she’d worked hard to get away from Golden Cove, a small, provincial town that offered no prospects, something has called Anahera back there, and she decides to make her home in the remote cabin that she had lived in with her late mother.
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