The Obsession by Nora Roberts| Book Review

Book Title: The Obsession

Author: Nora Roberts

Genre: Romance/Thriller/Suspense

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis – At 12 yrs old, Naomi Bowes followed her father into the woods one night and stumbled upon a shocking & disturbing truth. From that moment, life would never be the same for Naomi, her mother, and her brother, Mason. Years later, Naomi’s past follows her wherever she goes, making her develop a nomad-like attitude for her job as a photographer, bumping around from place to place. In the present order of events, Naomi is in her late twenties and decides to root herself in a small town by purchasing a huge house in need of many repairs. She befriends the town folk and even finds love in Xander Keaton, the town mechanic. While Naomi busies herself with taking pictures and bartering them for odds and ends needed around her house, and sparks fly between her and Xander, her horrific past resurfaces and she can’t help but blame herself, and want to retreat into a space where she hasn’t opened her heart and life to others.

My Review – if you’re familiar with my blog, you’d know I love most of what Nora Roberts writes, how she writes, her manner of storytelling. It’s the way I love my own stories to be. A dash of romance tied in with mysteries, suspense and thriller.

I must admit I had an inkling of the climax in this book but not because of a weak plot. I’m just an alright detective(hehe). This book was very character driven. The characters were fully explored and examined, their growth and progress added to the story. Without all of this meaningful clutter, I don’t see how the main plot would work as a whole book. Overall, I would recommend it as it doesn’t narrow in on just a romantic story. That’s just a fraction of what this book is about. Without selling the story away, I’ll say it’s a tie in of murder, mayhem, healing, strength.

*Before heading into this book you should know that there are some dark moments, mentions of rape, torture and murder by a disturbed serial killer. *

Thanks for stopping by. Happy reading!

Xo Kat

Thriller September Reads| TBR | Books

Halloween is already in my air. Two days of weather in the 60s and I’m already gearing up for my favorite season, the haunted season. Random Kat Facts: I didn’t grow up in the US so Halloween was just a TV thing to me but ohhh how I wished I could be part of that world. Growing up on movies like Beetlejuice, Hocus Pocus and a ton of horror movies which I wasn’t allowed to watch. Well…fast forward a few years and here I am. Both my kids and I are excited about it. Have any of you started picking out costumes as yet? We haven’t but my daughter is bouncing around ideas. I feel like she’s leaning towards Trolls.

Without further ado, let me explain my Thriller September theme for reading. I read most genres but I pick and choose what I’m reading based on what vibrations I’m getting, and recently I’ve been feeling a thriller/horror binge.

Here’s what I have in mind for my upcoming reads:

Current reads: IT by Stephen King – As with any movie based on a book, I read the book just before the movie comes out.

  • Great Tales of Terror by HP Lovecraft – I’ve always wanted to read Lovecraft because Stephen King, whom I absolutely adore has spoken about being influenced by Lovecraft. I love that it’s a huge volume with a lot to offer, can’t wait to get into it.
  • Penny Dreadfuls (Sensational Tales of Terror) – Compiled by Stefan Dziemianowicz
  • Kingdom Keepers II (Disney at Dawn) – Ridley Pearson
  • End of Innocence – Stephen King
  • Lives of the Mayfair Witches – Anne Rice

Most of these are what I’ve had on my TBR for the longest while. If you have any scary reading suggestions, leave them in a comment!

Happy Reading!

xo Kat


June TBR list

Hey y’all! What are you reading this weekend? Here’s my June TBR/haul. I’m sure I won’t be getting into all of these by even the end of July as I’m reading slowly. Investing my time in writing so bear with my slow book reviews.

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

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Recently I’ve been eyeing this book at my local pharmacy. They have a bestseller section. The cover alone has a certain pull to it.  I don’t want to spoil these books for myself so I didn’t look at any thorough reviews. From what I understand this is a thriller, there’s a murder and it might be connected to a detective’s past. Yeah, that’s what you get from me…I avoid spoilers like the plague because I know I won’t read it if I know details.

Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi

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I’ll be honest, I’m not really interested in this book but there was a hype around it on Booktube so I thought why not check it out at some point? It’s about a girl named Juliette who is locked up for murder who doesn’t touch anyone because the last time she did, she landed up locked up.

Into The Water – Paula Hawkins

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This is one I’m excited about because I absolutely loved The Girl on The Train. Not that it’s the same or anything but when I like an author, I like them a lot. A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Friendship between a group of four friends turns destructive.

There are tons of books in my TBR pile that I want to share with you but as I can’t share them all at once, I break them into monthly TBRs. Happy reading and have a great weekend!

xo Kat

May TBR List…books books books whoooo!

Good Friday folks! It’s a beautiful day out but I am inside tidying the explosion my tiny humans make ten times daily. How was your week? How is your Friday going so far and what are your plans like this weekend?

Most Importantly….what are you reading????

I am currently reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I’ve actually started this book maybe a week ago or almost a week ago but I’m reading super slow….I get so tired at night(ugh) especially now that my toddler has learned to climb out of her crib.(Sigh) Hopefully I can make some headway with this book in the next couple of days so I can get started on my May reading.(yay!)

Note: I don’t complete my entire TBR list each month(womp womp womp) but I do get two or three of it crossed off. I’m always hauling books so I’m not going to unrealistically set a goal of twenty books. I’ll share a few that I’m hoping I will get into before the end of May. By the way, have you readers set reading challenges for the year? I’ve set a fifty book challenge and I am down thirteen so far(not very good) but we’ll see. No pressure!

I do like to mix up my reading as I read everything from romance to horror to fantasy etc etc and most recently I’ve been feeling the need to revisit a few classics as well as integrate children’s literature into my reading.

  1. Confess by Colleen Hoover
  2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (I did start reading this but I shelved it to read Miss Peregrine’s ooops!)
  3. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  4. The Mortal Instruments Books 3-6 (yes, I haven’t read them yet although it’s one of my favorite series) – City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, City of Heavenly Fire
  5. R.L. Stine – I do want to read a few R.L Stine books in the Fear Street City really soon but I’m not sure which ones yet.

Have a great weekend! xo Coffee Doll

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What Did You Read As A Child?

Reading has always been a huge part of who I am. For as long as I can remember I was gifted books by my parents and we’ve always had shelves filled with books that I often lost myself in. At a very young age, reading became very valuable to me, as an escape, as a coping mechanism for when the world got tough. I was never the type of kid who made friends easily and the ones who I tried to befriend never had my best interests at heart so I learned hurt, rejection and disappointment at a very young age. Living within the pages of these books provided my soul the very thing it needed to survive.

I am approaching thirty years old so most of what I read isn’t being talked about in the online book community. At least I haven’t seen any content on it. I read Harry Potter when I was already a teenager and although it may be one of the best and most entangling series that I would ever encounter in life, I must share some of the other titles that took me far away to another place and time before I even hit the double digits.(ten years old)

  1. R.L. Stine/Goosebumps
  2. Fright Time – Fright Time is a series of books where each books hold three scary, gut wrenching stories for kids. Well at least they were bone chilling when I was a kid. I’d love to get my hands on this series again.
  3. Nancy Drew (Caroline Keene)
  4. The Hardy Boys (Franklin W. Dixon)
  5. The Secret Island (Enid Blyton)
  6. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
  7. The Prince and the Pauper(Mark Twain)
  8. Tom Sawyer/Huckleberry Finn(Mark Twain)
  9. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
  10. The Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum)
  11. The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
  12. Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
  13. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson)
  14. Black Beauty (Anna Sewell)
  15. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
  16. Disney Classics – Peter Pan, The Jungle Book
  17. Aesop’s Fables
  18. Charles Dickens – Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol
  19. The Little Mermaid (Hans Christian Anderson)
  20. Thumbelina (Hans Christian Anderson)
  21. The Nightingale (Hans Christian Anderson)
  22. The Babysitters Club
  23. Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility

Have you read any of these? Leave me a line in the comments! xo Coffee Doll

April 2017 TBR List

These are what I’m going to try to complete by the end of April if I get my hands on all of them. Comment down below what’s on your TBR list currently or even your most recent book haul. I’d love to know.

  • The King’s Man by Elizabeth Kingston (currently reading) – Historical Romance/Adventure
  • The City of Thieves by David Benioff (historical fiction)
  • The Cilantro in Apple Pie by Kimberly Nadine Knights
  • History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (Contemporary)
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown (Science Fiction)
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer – The Lunar Chronicles #3 (YA)

There are much more on my TBR List but these are what I intend to complete in April.

Happy Saturday folks! xo Coffee Doll



What’s On My Bookshelf (January 2016)

These do not include what’s on my Kindle App. It’d be impossible to add those, there are over 50 books on there. I will post reviews as I read them. Some of these are older books and not all of these I may read in 2016. These are what’s on my bookshelf as of January 2016. No specific genre, I read everything!

* The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (Read)

  • City of Bones
  • City of Ashes
  • City of Glass
* The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  • Cinder
  • Scarlet
  • Cress
  • Winter

*Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathi

  • The Immortals of Meluha
  • The Secret of the Nagas
  • The Oaths of Vayuputras
    *Throne of Glass Series
    • Throne of Glass
    • Crown of Midnight
    • Heir of Fire
    • Queen of Shadows
    *Frankenstein Series by Dean Koontz
    • Prodigal Son
    • City of Night
    • Dead and ALive
    • Lost Souls
    • The Dead Town

      *The Secrets of the Immortal Nicolas Flamel by Micheal Scott

      • The Alchemist
      • The Magician
      • The Sorceress
      • The Necromancer
      • The Warlock
      • The Enchantress
      *Stephen King (Author)
      • Revival
      • Salem’s Lot
      • The Stand
      *A Song of Fire and Ice by George R.R. Martin (Read partially)

      • A Game of Thrones
      • A Clash of Kings
      • A Storm of Swords
      • A Feast for Crows
      • A Dance with Dragons
      *Lev Grossman (Author)
      • The Magicians
      • The Magician’s Land
      • The Magician King

      *Leon Uris(Author)
      • Redemption
      • O’Hara’s Choice
      • Mila 18
      • Mitla Pass
      • Battle Cry
      • Armageddon
      • The Haj
      • QB VII
      • Topaz
      • The Angry Hills
      • Exodus

      * Nora Roberts (Author)
      • Whiskey Beach

      * Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
      *Steve Berry (Author)
      • The Admiral’s Mark
      • The Amber Room
      • The Balkan Escape
      • The Charlemagne Pursuit
      • The Columbus Affair
      • The Devil’s Gold
      • The Emperor’s Tomb
      • The Jefferson Key
      • The Paris Vendetta
      • The Romanov Prophecy
      • The Templar Legacy
      • The Third Secret
      • The Venetian Betrayal
      There are more books to be added to my shelf of course, I will do an update in the latter part of 2016. 
      xo Kat