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 to not 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Nalini Singh is a master of paranormal romance with a knack for drawing out tension and suspense in irresistible ways. She puts those gifts to work in her first mystery, which follows the disappearance of a teenager from a tiny New Zealand town whose residents rally to solve the case. The crew of investigators includes prodigal daughter Anahera and detective Will, two very different characters connected by their experiences of betrayal. As Singh teases out the town’s buried secrets, she brilliantly captures people’s inner lives and hints at romantic sparks. Twists and dark secrets drive the story forward, but this thriller makes an impression thanks to its strong, diverse, and beautifully developed characters.
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.
While I have loved everything Nalini writes, I was a little hesitant venturing in this due to her warnings to her readers but I feel the warning was unwarranted. I loved it and it reminded me of Nora Robert’s suspenses. I loved how her characters had so much depth and they had some dark aspects that kept me guessing. I also appreciated learning of a new culture. I agree with another reviewer that I liked the element of romance. If it wasn’t there, it might have left me a little unsatisfied.
At first I didn’t know if I liked this book. But as o keep reading I couldn’t put it down. The suspense was good. I really started to like the characters especially the two main characters. I hope she keeps writing these kind of books. I look forward to the next book.
Kept me guessing right until the end