In the romantic suspense genre, the serial killer is a common trope that easily captures the attention of readers and sucks them into a world that most of us, thank God, have never actually experienced in real life. While the killer and the victims are the obvious focus, Nora Roberts chose the equally popular angle on this story from the view point of Naomi, the serial killer’s daughter in The Obsession. Shielded from the serial killer’s point of view, we are instead taken on a journey through the impact he and his heinous crimes has on his daughter during her childhood and later when his crimes come back to disturb and threaten to destroy the life she’s building as an adult. Roberts is masterful in hooking you with the story in the beginning, with tense suspenseful scenes. After a thrilling intro though, the story falls off the cliff into the mundane and boring as Roberts sets the stage of the daughter’s adult life in a small town on the west coast. This section is reminiscent of Debbie Macomber’s Inn at Rose Harbor without the Pollyanna vibe and drones on a bit too long. It’s a struggle to push through this section of normal life as Naomi settles into the small town, but I implore readers to do just that. It is definitely worth it once you get to the other side where we are treated to an intriguing romance between Naomi and the local mechanic, Zander, in a tale of the tough girl and the tough guy falling in love. Expertly balancing the growth of this relationship with the tense danger that unexpectedly intrudes on Naomi’s life, Roberts delivers a strong story that ultimately satisfies in the end.