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A woman survives a horrific attempt on her life, only to feel like a stranger in her own home, in the electrifying new novel from New York Times-bestselling author Karen Robards. The house is all wrong. Her clothes are all wrong. When Katharine Lawrence recovers consciousness on the kitchen floor, staggers to her feet and looks at herself in the mirror, the beautiful faceA woman survives a horrific attempt on her life, only to feel like a stranger in her own home, in the electrifying new novel from New York Times-bestselling author Karen Robards. The house is all wrong. Her clothes are all wrong. When Katharine Lawrence recovers consciousness on the kitchen floor, staggers to her feet and looks at herself in the mirror, the beautiful face staring back at her is familiar-but wrong. Despite all the evidence-her pictures are all over the apartment, the clothes in the closets are the right size, and it's her hair caught in the brush atop the dresser-everything feels wrong. Maybe the trauma of the attempt on her life has given her some kind of amnesia. She's twenty-nine, the special assistant to the head of the National Security Agency, and she's lucky to be alive. She also knows she can trust no one. Before she can act on her instincts and run for her life, CIA Agent Nick Huston arrives on the scene. The CIA is conducting a special investigation of Katharine's boss, and the mystified woman in her "unreal" house is the key to the operation. But the real Katharine Lawrence has been whisked away for debriefing, and this expendable lookalike, Jenna Hill, is being used until the CIA gets the information it needs. But no one counted on Jenna Hill's outrage at being used. And no one-least of all Nick-could have anticipated the heat that flares between them as the game plays on....

Title : Obsession
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ISBN : 9780399154164
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 340 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Obsession Reviews

  • Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
    2019-04-23 05:12

    I rarely take the time to write reviews (good or bad) but I feel the need to warn unsuspecting readers away from this twaddle. Where to even start? The title - It makes no sense. Even after completing the book (a real chore) I cannot comprehend what 'obsession' had to do with anything. At all.The plot - Suspension of disbelief does not even begin to cover it. Just check reason and common sense at the door. The plot is so utterly farfetched and beyond belief that it's incredible. My biggest complaint is that the pacing was so incredibly slow. More than 100 pages in to the book and less than 12 hours had elapsed. I was begging for something, anything, to happen. For God's sake, get on with the story already. Heroine (and I use the term loosely) - How difficult is it to create a protagonist that you want to see make it to the end of the novel? Apparently it is beyond the capacity of Robards because our intrepid 'Katharine' was so annoying and scatterbrained that I couldn't be bothered to care if she survived her ordeal or not. Being privy to her every passing thought grew tiresome quickly. And her ability to function and stay on the run despite a physical attack, a hospital stay, lack of sleep, torture... come on... I'm so not buying it.The ending - The ending, which was supposed to tie back into a seemingly unrelated first chapter which was never mentioned again over almost 400 pages, felt too pat and, again, beyond belief.This was my first try at a Robards novel and I do believe i have learned my lesson. Run. Run away. Fast.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-04-17 05:17

    Tiresome beyond belief. Threw away copy about 85% in (yes, it is so bad that a) could not care to find out how the silly plot came to its denouement,and b) enough time wasted on it already). I long for the time when a RS will come up with a heroine who's interesting, intelligent, has common sense, and is mature enough to understand her vulnerability and be aware of her limitations. How refreshing and exciting would that be! A word of advice to RS writers, from a fan of the genre, don't try to sell me the most stupid heroine ever in a package that says 'tough' and 'spirited', it does not work. And FFS put some medical and biological realism into your novels, people with an upset stomach take longer to recover than these heroines who've been attacked, shot, beaten, tortured, thrown through glass windows, and all without ever being in need of food or sleep.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-12 22:27

    This book started out really great but went downhill from there. I was about 40% through when I realized that the synopsis on Goodreads does NOT match the one for the book, and actually gives away some spoilers. WTF GOODREADS? It might have been better if I didn't know that Dan/Katharine were Nick/Jenna. I mean I would have figured out Nick, but not Jenna.The guy was hot. The first half of the book was really interesting, even if it was confusing. Then it goes downhill from there. Lots of running from place to place and the ending sucked. (view spoiler)[ A better place for the fish? What?(hide spoiler)]It started out so promising! (view spoiler)[ They should have just stayed on the run from the beginning and cut out all the running/driving/plethora of safe houses. Plus, she goes from feeling hugely betrayed/angry/hating the guy to having sex and repeating that she loves him over and over afterward. Girl. Seriously?(hide spoiler)]And then the worst part of all that I literally laughed out loud at the cheesiness: Tastes like strawberries. If you have read it, you know what I'm talking about.

  • Christine
    2019-03-31 05:01

    By this point in my life, I should realize that it's never a good sign when someone wakes up with amnesia. In my defense, I was hooked before I realized that was going to happen. Both the prologue and the first chapter set up exciting possibilities, and when Katherine woke in the hospital, she was more disoriented than fully amnesiac. The book had just the right level of creepiness to keep me furiously turning pages for about the first half. She doesn't feel like this is her body? She doesn't trust her boyfriend? The floor tiles being the wrong size was particularly creepy.But when we finally figured out what was going on, it was just plain stupid. I hate to write reviews with spoilers, so I won't, but the implausibility factor was through the roof.I read this because I wanted to read something quick and brainless, and it was definitely that!

  • Julia
    2019-03-31 03:05

    Overall, this book was pretty great. It had an excellent beginning and ending, but the whole middle part, while I was reading it, confused the hell out of me. It all made perfect sense in the end, but while I was reading the middle, I read really slowly. Almost every chapter ends with intense suspense, which was great, but really annoying when I would tell myself to only read one chapter and then there would be something crazy and I'd have to keep reading. The ending was pretty great, and I recommend it, but you really need to stick through it, and not give up in the middle. Edit: And the whole concept was really really cool and the main guy was sexy.

  • Cheri
    2019-04-14 23:27

    I know a lot of readers did not like this book too much. I will be the one to differ. Amnesia may sound like a lame storyline, but it was not your usual amnesia. I liked the storyline to this book. It has several mysteries to it. I admit I did not see the last one coming at all. Yes, it was a little slow going but not too much for me to even consider giving up on it. I was up until midnight finishing it last nite!

  • Leslie Whaley
    2019-04-11 01:59

    This book was sooooooooooooo (I can't emphasis that enough) slow!! I seriously would dread picking up this book and reading more of it; but I don't like leaving books unfinished, so I kept on reading. I don't know if I can say too much that's good about this book. It had an ok storyline, that's about it.

  • Gina
    2019-04-24 05:10

    Damn near ‘Unputdownable’!Right from the prologue and the first chapter, Robards sucked me right into the story and wouldn’t let go!While the story can be confusing at times, I think there’s a reason for that confusion, and it all has to do with Katharine, the heroine of the story. The reader is confused because she is confused, and you’re drawn into the goings on surrounding her.Katharine isn’t who she’s made to believe she is - and we get the why of that later. Dan isn’t who is supposed to be either. The confusion and suspense are thick in this book, and I enjoyed that thoroughly. As the story progresses, you finally begin to understand who Katharine is, and why, and what Dan has to do with it.Twist upon twist make this novel an unbelievable and damn near unputdownable page-turner that will have you going on well past the time you should be in bed sleeping. Action scenes are great, suspense thick enough you can slice it with a knife, and lots of electricity between Katharine and Dan to get you hot under the collar. Excellent read!

  • Sharon
    2019-04-20 04:20

    This book was s-l-o-w. Ten minutes of listening while Katherine, the heroine, tries to decide whether to answer the phone. Over and over saying that she can't remember anything - yes, we know, you have amnesia. I was about 1/4 of the way through disk 5, which was about Katherine and Dan, the hot man who was helping her for some undefined reason, riding in a van trying to escape bad guys, when there were technical difficulties and I had to switch to disk 6. It didn't matter - Katherine and Dan were still riding in the van. (I went back and found the print version and saw that indeed, I had missed the van trip and a stop at the grocery store).In addition to the fact that this book could have been much shorter, I just didn't find the story compelling at all. I should know better than to read a book in which the premise is amnesia. Shame on me for that.

  • Kristen
    2019-03-28 04:02

    I liked the concept of this story, however I just feel as though it lacked quite a bit to make it 5 star rating. First of all, I have no idea why it was titled "Obsession"? It has nothing to do with the meaning of the word? Then, I felt as though there wasn't enough character development. I like reading books where I feel as though I am sitting right beside them experiencing what they are experiencing and I didn't feel that in this book. Some parts didn't make any sense and some points were never resolved. I did however read it cover to cover, the author does have a way with grabbing your attention. It was suspenseful and it did keep my on the edge of my seat. I was dying to find out what was going on. I really did enjoy it, I just don't think I will pick it up again.

  • Mary Jo
    2019-04-13 23:28

    Sometimes you just gotta do it... read a good whodunnit, I mean. And that's what this book is. It has a few weird twists and turns and surprises and kept me going back for more until I finally finished it and knew what was really going on. A little sexual innuendo, some frightening scenes now and then, a lot of puzzles to solve... maybe a bit too wordy, but Robards writes in a way that almost makes you think you're talking to one of your good friends. Sometimes you just gotta do it!

  • Megan
    2019-04-24 04:05

    I could not put this book down. As in, reading until the early hours of the morning. (Just one more chapter! more!) Incredible mystery, increasing suspense and really engaging characters. When you take a step back from the plot it seems a little far-fetched, but damn, when you're reading it, it's absolutely absorbing.

  • Susan (the other Susan)
    2019-04-23 23:12

    Enough loose ends to knit a sweater, an utterly implausible plot, and characters who indulge in flirty banter within moments of one being rescued from a horrific event. Don't bother.

  • Cheryl Gil
    2019-04-24 04:20

    I loved it! This book had me scared and thinking logically about plausible reasons for what was going on.

  • Wendy
    2019-04-21 23:05

    Story moves fast, sometimes so much that it is hard to follow. The story is ok, but requires suspension of belief sometimes.

  • Kari
    2019-04-16 23:24

    Great book. It had some surprises that I didn't expect. I loved the characters. This is why I love Karen Robards! Also, I love Joyce Bean's voice. She is an excellent reader!

  • Trisha
    2019-04-14 22:05

    I found many typos in the book along with a poor choice of words in certain sentences. The ending was confusing and how it jumped around made me lose my train of thought or I thought I skipped a page. I finished-since I can not leave a book unfinished. However, I would not read it again. I am big into mystery, thriller, horror, and suspense. This was none of those to me. Although there was violence it contained more sex scenes than anything else.

  • Mitch
    2019-04-07 21:08

    Yeah, not my cup of tea. And I love tea.It would make a good Lifetime Network movie of the week, perhaps Hallmark channel. Seriously. The story has potential, just don't make me read it again.We read this book in a book club. My OBSESSION, was to be done with this novel.I shall never think of strawberries again the same way.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-12 05:29

    i really wish i had read the other reviews of this book before i wasted my time with it. everything in the other reviews is true, so i won't waste time repeating it. i tend to like the majority of Karen Robards books but this one was like it was written by someone else. my advice would be to skip this one and move on to something else.

  • Dav
    2019-04-18 04:01

    The title "amnesia" or "blackmail" would work, but there is no obsession.A mostly interesting story, though far-fetched. The ending is BS as the writer makes her stalwart FBI guy abandon reality and go nuts, for no reason. Way to trash the ending Robards!

  • Anita
    2019-04-01 04:26

    Two dysfunctional, addicted couples with questionable mental faculties and morals see how thoroughly they can ruin each others lives with deceptions, affairs and murder. Like a train wreck you couldn't look away from, I read on to the end hoping it was going to get better. 2.8/5 stars.

  • Nancy Crane
    2019-04-23 22:06

    Unfortunate that there is not a zero star rating. First Karen Robards book I have read and will definately be the last. I did finish it and am now wondering why ... probably thought nothing could really be that bad. So wrong!

  • Christine
    2019-04-25 23:13

    I was initially entranced in the storyline and even more so later on. I loved the premise of the amnesia of the heroine and the mysterious doctor, but when the reveal as to the “why” it happened came about...was when the luster of the story was lost to me. Nobody that cares about another person; no less “loves” them would have put that person into that sort of situation. When I realized at about 85% where it was going...I didn’t even want to continue reading. However, I did keep reading and I absolutely hated the ending. The reality is that there would be no HEA for such a couple, because no self-respecting woman would have forgiven such deceit; the “deal” made earlier was beyond sick. It was quite disappointing to have a book I was totally absorbed in, to fall apart for me like it did. I’ve never read anything by the author before and I will keep an open mind that her other works are worth my time reading. This one just seemed like I’d wasted it...and what was up with the title???? Who was obsessed with whom? I guess I missed that one....

  • Helen
    2019-04-03 21:24

    Wow! Gripping from beginning to end! I love it when a story makes my heart race and with an ending leaves me with the "I didn't see that coming"!

  • Tuesday's Child
    2019-04-02 02:08

    Actually turned out to be a really solid story!

  • Shoshana Frank
    2019-03-28 03:05

    Robards’ wrote a classic suspense novel with a lovely hint of romance. Towards to end of the book when all the puzzle pieces were coming together she also showcased the love of family, and the importance valuing those closest to you. Obsession was quite a page turner, keeping the reader guessing from the very beginning, with heart stopping action filling every word. The final plot twists were thought provoking and added an interesting twist to the conclusion of the story. While the romance had a rather predictable outcome the backstory of the two characters only intensified the suspense. One downside was the delay in the romantic elements, since their appearance didn’t occur until more than half way through the book. It would have been interesting to include more romantic elements tied more closely to the suspenseful build. Largely this was an enjoyable read and a potentially good introduction for suspense readers to begin enjoying romance.

  • Kem
    2019-04-06 04:16

    I wish I could give this 10 stars. Seldom do I read a book that holds me in thrall though to the end. Every page, every bit of dialogue, and every event held me in thrall. I couldn't stop till the end. Every time I thought I had it figured out, I had to rethink. The suspense is breathtaking. I could not ever figure out what was going on till it came about. Just when I thought it was solved and all is ok, there was more danger. This book is not to be missed if you love suspense.

  • Karen & Gerard
    2019-03-29 23:18

    This book kept me guessing all through, but at least I picked the right person that Katherine should trust, well, sort of. This has a wild plot and interesting characters. I especially liked Katherine’s cat, Muffy! Loved the ending! The one explicit sex scene I could do without, but other than that, I liked this contemporary thriller which is a page turner I recommend to anyone who enjoys a good mystery and unusual plots. (Karen's review)

  • ElaineY
    2019-04-25 01:04

    REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; APRIL 14, 2015Narrator: Joyce BeanPlot had potential and would have been a good thriller under the hands of a real thriller writer, rather than a romantic suspense one. It is books like these than make pure-suspense readers treat romantic suspense with disdain.Warning: If you haven't read this book and plan to, DO NOT read the hardcover version blurb. I made the mistake of doing that and it's a big reason why this book failed for me. I'm surprised Goodreads allowed a book blurb to contain such a huge spoiler.The story is rather poorly told. It's a pity because, as I said earlier, there's potential here. But I was bored by the repetitive thoughts from the heroine, annoyed by the implausible scenes, sex and romance at odd times (the heroine is near hysterical, lots of mental hand-wringing over the hero - is he the good guy or bad guy - but on the next paragraph they are kissing). The partial amnesia trope went on so long - but then, they always do - and was truly tiresome. By the time anything substantial happens and you think you're getting somewhere, it's so far into the book you've forgotten what the Prologue was about and why it was there. Don't worry because as prologues go, this one was rather lame, as is the book title.For those who have read amnesia (partial or full) stories, it's easy to guess what happened BUT...the explanation at the end of the book on how they got away with it wasn't quite believable for me. I had to give a lot of allowance for this to work and once the author makes me do that, it's lost a star, if not more.I listened up to chapter 28 (of 30). Towards the end, I couldn't be bothered to waste precious audio time so I skim-read the last 2 chapters from my Kindle.Amnesia stories are so passé and I stopped checking them out after the 90s. I also do not like plots that revolve around the hero/heroine waking up and sensing something is not quite right about his/her appearance nor are his/her surroundings. Despite that, I chose to try Obsession, hoping to discover another Mirror Image by Sandra Brown. Comparing these two books cement SB's place on my Top Ten Authors List (if I had such a list).

  • Allyson Abu-hajar
    2019-04-18 02:11

    Katharine Lawrence is supposed to be enjoying, a visit with her good friend, Lisa, over the weekend. They had a girls night out, and were rudely pulled from their beds by men in masks and carrying guns. Katharine and Lisa, both had their hands and feet, duck taped. One of the men had Katharine by her hair demanding she tell him where it is...except Katharine has no idea, what 'it' is. When his demands aren't met, he smashes her face into the floor. Katharine wakes up to Lisa urgently ordered her to use her mouth to try to free Lisa's hands. Meanwhile the men can be heard in another part of the house. After freeing themselves, they attempt to flee, but the men are right behind them. Katharine wakes up in the hospital, with her neighbor, Dr. Dan Howard by her bedside. She feels like she knows him, but she is having problems identifying how they met. Actually, when she looks in the mirror, she has a bigger problem, because the image looking back, isn't her. Blonde? Slim? After getting a call from Ed, her boyfriend, she is even more on edge. She has no memory of Ed, but her gut feeling is telling her to get out of the hospital and hide. After sneaking out of her room, into another person's room and "borrowing" their clothes, Katharine makes it out of the hospital...only to discover, she has no car, no money, and no idea where home is. Dr. Howard on his way out, notices her and gratefully, Katharine has found a ride.Untrusting of anyone, Katharine jumps out of Dr. Howards vehicle and heads to the townhouse, she calls home. While inside, quickly packing items, Katharine is attacked again. Dr. Howard hears her screams comes to her aid. Going on instinct, Katharine has no option but to trust her neighbor and once again, leaves with him. They head for a cabin, where Katharine has a nightmare, and Dan is in it. Frightened because her head is telling her not to trust Dan, while her gut states otherwise; Katharine makes a run for it. Only to wake up in a hotel room...and her nightmare is just starting.