A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh | Review

A Madness of Sunshine| Nalini Singh |Berkley Books | Pub: December 3, 2019 | Pages: 344

I procrastinated reading this book for so long and I regret it so much! This book was so unexpectedly good. I don’t know why I thought I would hate this book but “au contraire”, it’s one of my favorites and I truly hoped it would become a series, but unfortunately, it’s a stand alone.

I will read all of Nalini’s books thought, I’m a fan for life now!

The setting of this book takes place in New Zealand, which I thought was super awesome! For some reason, I end up reading books that are set in the U.S or the U.K so this was a really nice change. Being that the small town pictured in the novel is on the New Zealand coast, Nalini was able to include so much atmosphere. Just her description in the summary “West Coast of the South Island, populated by all the remembered faces and set against a backdrop of lush greenery, jagged cliffs, and crashing waves.” Brilliant!! Loved that so much.

Plus, I feel in love with the characters, HARD! The character development was excellent! You could tell that there was much love and respect for one other in the community (minus some characters of course) but I truly loved the feel of the book.

I expected this book to be more general fiction, but I was so wrong. Nalini did an amazing job at bringing in the suspense and mystery! Exceptional writing, great plot; I highly recommend this book to everyone!

Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group for providing me with an electronic ARC of this book via NetGalley. As usual, my reviews are my honest and unbiased opinions.


Anahera Rawiri left New Zealand at twenty-one, fleeing small-town poverty and the ghosts of her childhood with no plans to look back. But eight years later, she returns, seeking familiarity as respite from the shattered remains of her new life. And despite the changes brought on by a bump in tourism--the shiny new welcome sign at the town line and a decidedly less shiny new police presence--Golden Cove appears much as it ever was: a small settlement on the savage West Coast of the South Island, populated by all the remembered faces and set against a backdrop of lush greenery, jagged cliffs, and crashing waves.

Detective Will Gallagher knows all about ghosts; his own chased him out of a promising career in Christchurch, landing him as the sole cop in a quaint town where his most pressing concerns are petty theft and the occasional drunk. When Golden Cove resident Miri Hinewai goes out for a run and fails to return, Will finds himself heading up a missing person's search that rapidly escalates into an official investigation after this case is connected with similar ones from the past. As an outsider, Will begins to rely on Anahera's knowledge of the area and its residents to help him delve into Golden Cove's secrets, and to determine whether it shelters something far more dangerous than just an unforgiving landscape.


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