When Helen Honeycutt falls in love with Emmet Justice, a charismatic television journalist who has recently lost his wife in a tragic accident, their sudden marriage creates a rift between her new husband and his oldest friends, who resent Helen's intrusion into their tightly knit circle. Hoping to mend fences, the newlyweds join the group for a summer at his late wife's family home in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Helen soon falls under the spell not only of the little mountain town and its inhabitants, but also of Moonrise, her predecessor's Victorian mansion, named for its unique but now sadly neglected nocturnal gardens. But the harder Helen tries to fit in, the more obvious it is that she will never measure up to the woman she replaced.
Someone is clearly determined to drive her away, but who wants her gone, and why? As Emmet grows more remote, Helen reaches out to the others in the group, only to find that she can't trust anyone. When she stumbles on the secret behind her predecessor's untimely death, Helen must decide if she can ever trust - or love - again.
©2013 Cassandra King (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
King’s latest novel takes inspiration from Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, keeping the best of the latter’s atmospheric tension without falling into melodramatic cliché...A suspenseful Gothic that gives a nod to its predecessors while still being fresh." (Publishers Weekly)
“Moonrise touches all the night notes to make it a suspenseful story and also a romantic one. Kudos to Ms King for getting it right…this is a story that impacts the reader, and its mixture of emotions will linger long after you have closed the book." (Huffington Post Books)
“Though darker than King’s other novels, Moonrise succeeds at what she does best: masterfully weaving a story with threads that bind some characters together while pulling other strands loose. Moonrise dives into the waters of women’s friendships with the same level of honesty readers admire in Margaret Atwood’s “Cat’s Eye” and “The Robber Bride.” Moonrise further cements King’s high standing as a writer of contemporary women’s fiction.” (Charlotte Observer)
Story-wise, it wasn't necessarily the most original thing I've ever come across but it was quite enjoyable nonetheless and the mystery was excellently plotted. Also, despite what some of the other reviewers have said, the accents are very authentic, and this is coming from someone with family in the Carolinas. The accent isn't exactly the most pleasant I've ever come across but, truth be told, it is very accurately portrayed here, to the readers' credits.
Again, as said above, I'm not sure what the complaints over these narrators are about. I have listened to several books by Jennifer Bradshaw and she is AMAZING. I have not listened to Willow Hale or Elle Newlands previously but I thought they both performed admirably and I would happily listen to them again.
I listen to my audiobooks in my car on my commute to work. That being said, my commute is quite long (I travel from the city to an off-site base out in the middle of nowhere) and I happily finished this book in about half a work-week.
Where's the movie?!?
I loved this book! The narrators were all great. The narration pulled me in and made it very enjoyable. You can tell all the narrators put a lot of effort and heart into their characters, making it seem very real like I was there with them! The sound quality was great. Excellent choice making this book a multi-narrator book. I think if one narrator read it, it wouldn't have been as good and engaging. Overall, very good book!
Yes. The author was very descriptive and captured a nice, southern feel.
All three narrators were fully devoted to their characters.
I actually thought the accents were regionally accurate.
Phat Girl Slim
I decided to get this because it was 1 of the 3 in the banner on the homepage of Audible. It seemed like it would be a suspenseful story with good characters. The plot was weak and it just never picked up. The main character is gullible beyond belief and with the exception of Lync and Willa, the characters are not anyone I would ever want to be around, much less socialize with. They are all shallow and the 2 women (Tanzy & Kit) were just plain mean. From their interactions, it seemed impossible to believe that they'd remained friends for so long. The narrator that did the voice for Tanzy was SO ANNOYING. She talked entirely too slow, putting odd emphasis on certain words, where no emphasis was necessary. Sentences that weren't questions ended as though they were. I suffered through the chapters she read. The other 2 narrators were good, but, again, the plot was just weak. The ending left me feeling a bit cheated. There were many loose ends, not enough to warrant a sequel, but enough to make me feel that the book ended entirely too abruptly. It was also a very anti-climactic ending. There was so much build up and then it just fell flat. I would not recommend this book.
Intriguing southern story
I enjoyed both Helen and Willa as they came from two very different worlds. It was nice to have the variety of characters throughout the book.
I enjoyed that this book had three different readers, as it gave variety to the story that matched the various characters. I preferred the readers doing Helen and Willa. In fact, I enjoy listening to Jennifer James Bradshaw's readings and seek out audiobooks she has read. She always does a great job with a variety of character voices (hear her Willow Springs reading). Willa's character was well done also with the Appalachian/Scottish accent. My least favorite was the Tanzy reader, but I chose to use the 1.5 speed function on the audible app to get through her parts more quickly so it wasn't a big deal.
I never have that much time in my life, so probably not! But, I do typically listen to two 40 minute stretches a day during my commute to and from work.
This was an enjoyable story and was enhanced by the Helen and Willa narrators.
I was really excited about this book because I loved Rebecca. I understand some of the complaints about the Tanzy narrator. While she was my least favorite narrator (the other two were great) it was not so bad that it was unlistenable. A great listening experience.
I purchased this book based on other reader reviews which compared it to Rebecca. Rebecca it was not!!! The flimsy storyline took forever to get started and it was just too easy to see where it was going. The ending was unsatisfactory. For my Aussie ears, the accents were just downright irritating and the bitchiness of some of the characters almost too hard to take. I persevered to the end due to the reviews given by other readers, hoping for some final twist that would give the book some WOW factor. It didn't come! For me, it was not an enjoyable experience and a waste of money. I wish I had bought my second choice!!
Say something about yourself!
I am from Tennessee. We have different accents than Atlanta, Mississippi or along the southeastern coast. Most people have to use the overdone accents from Clampets of Beverly Hills fame. It is sooo annoying. The narrators for this story have Atlanta and Florida accents wrong but that's okay cause they don't over do it. How they think the Blue Ridge mountain native caretaker can have a Scottish accent (because her ancestors were from Scotland?) is kind of nuts but I just let that one go. The story was pleasant, the characters were a mixed lot, just like in life, full of quirks and contradictions. There was a bad person but it was well hidden and revealed in a series of believable encounters.
This was an enjoyable listen. While I didn't find it as engrossing as other reviewers, it was a pleasant story set in the south that was modern and showed admirable self restraint by depicting the southern characters as modern people living in contemporary United States while giving the usual trite southern woman stereotype a welcome rest.
Plop, plop, fizz fizz oh what a relief it is when we are not caricatures.
There are too many characters ~~ many of whom have no obvious relationship to the story ~~ she could have eliminate some of them and given serious development to the remainder. The principals at the core of the book are Emmett Justice who is described as "charismatic", but appears totally devoid of any personality whatsoever. He spends the majority of the novel "improving" everything about his new wife Helen ~~ her speech, her grammar, her manner of dress, etc. Her obsession to please him and be accepted by his Highland "social" friends renders her unable to see how demanding and emotionally abusive he treats her. She is so busy cooking for all these people, so they won't hate her for marrying him, that she doesn't even appear to be aware of his infidelities until the end of the book, although it was obvious to the reader from the beginning.
As an outline for a novel, the concept may have been good, but the characters required work to make them interesting.
I cannot think of any narrator (or even a group of them) who could have saved this one.
In the future, I will read the printed book first and not just reviews. Moonrise is not a mystery, it is a mess !! The reviewers who found the story even remotely similar to "Rebecca" either did not understand the premise of that fine old classic, or were as alcohol-soaked as Ms. King's characters in this book.
I haven't finished the book yet. I'm struggling through the Tansy parts, which I find VERY irritating! Lilting one's voice up and down the scale does not equal expressive! I find the reader's performance overblown, with too many long, dramatic pauses, and so many vocal acrobatics that my ears have a hard time following the story.
Tansy reader: Overblown, sing-song, excessively dramatic.
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