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Moonrise | [Cassandra King]

Moonrise

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

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)

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    mary WESTFIELD, MA, United States 06-13-14
    mary WESTFIELD, MA, United States 06-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "UGH!"

    Horrible performance - so horrible I couldn't even finish the book. It was very hard to get past the grating narration. Don't often find a book I don't like, but I happened upon it this time!

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    Fran Foster 03-04-14
    Fran Foster 03-04-14
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    "Gothic Wannabe"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one.


    What could Cassandra King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    I cannot think of any narrator (or even a group of them) who could have saved this one.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Lynn Lopez Fairfield, CA United States 11-20-13
    Lynn Lopez Fairfield, CA United States 11-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Having a hard time..."
    What did you like best about Moonrise? What did you like least?

    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.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    Tansy reader: Overblown, sing-song, excessively dramatic.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen before you buy!

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    Suzanne 11-19-13
    Suzanne 11-19-13 Member Since 2005
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    "completely shallow characters"

    I thought the narration of this story was well done, but the story itself was dumb. I hoped there would be more of a story about Rosalyns ghost to finish up the book, but there wasn't a great story about her either.

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    Jennie 10-29-13
    Jennie 10-29-13 Member Since 2003

    Crazy about legal thrillers!

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    "Fun, entertaining with engaging characters!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Highly entertaining and keeps you guessing about what happened to the first wife.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tess


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Good - some of the voices were not as good as others - the southern accent was not done well at all and the heroine was too sappy.


    If you could take any character from Moonrise out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The husband, He sounded like a dream in the quiet, sultry way that drives women crazy.


    Any additional comments?

    Some parts of it were too sappy and some of the scenes were not very believable or well constructed, but overall the book was a very enjoyable read. Not anywhere near the quality of Rebecca, but entertaining from a more modern perspective.

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    Joe 10-04-13
    Joe 10-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "MOON"
    Would you listen to Moonrise again? Why?

    YES IT HAS SOME INTERESTING PARTS


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Moonrise?

    ON THE LAKE TO SEE THE MANSION, JUMPING OFF THE WATERFALL


    Which scene was your favorite?

    AT END AT HOSPITAL WHEN WILLIA FREIND FINIALY STOOD UP FOR HER AND THEN FINIALY TOLD HONEYCUTS HUSBAND WHAT WAS REALY GOING ON


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    Lynn Detroit, MI, USA 10-01-13
    Lynn Detroit, MI, USA 10-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Moonrise: "Rebecca", it is not"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Remembering how much I loved "Rebecca" by Daphne DuMaurier when I read it in high school, I quickly purchased this book because the description compared it to the beloved classic. Perhaps I was younger and more naive when I read Rebecca, however I found Moonrise to be annoyingly predictable in it's plot and I did not care for the narrations nor most of the characters. The narrators did a reasonable job with the women's voices, however the narrator who read Tanzy's part did a poor job with the men's voices. Those parts were difficult to listen to. She reminded me of Ethel Mertz imitating Fred, which is funny in an "I Love Lucy" episode, but not so fun in this performance.

    It was also difficult to tolerate the characters except for Willa and Linc, and the plot did not keep me interested. Helen's naivete was overdone for someone in her 40's, and Kit was over-the-top self-centered. Tanzy added some comic relief, but far too late in the book; however her character had the potential to be one of the stronger and more interesting characters in this book, but she came off being superficial, which was disappointing. The men's characters, except for Linc, were completely underdeveloped.


    What could Cassandra King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Remakes of classics are so hard to get right. Perhaps more plot twists or better character development of the men in the book.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    no.


    Do you think Moonrise needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. The "mystery" was solved, and I don't care enough about the characters to follow them through another summer. Actually, I take that back: it would be nice to follow Willa's story in a follow up book.


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    Jeff Tarzana, CA, United States 09-23-13
    Jeff Tarzana, CA, United States 09-23-13
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    "Enjoyed This Thoroughly!!!"

    I thought this was a great book and Jennifer, Willow, and Elle did a fantastic job bringing this story to life.

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    Chelsea Tarzana, CA, United States 09-23-13
    Chelsea Tarzana, CA, United States 09-23-13
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    "Book OK, Readers were Great!"

    Book wasn't half bad, and I thought the readers did a really good job, especially the person who read the character, Helen. I enjoyed listening.

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    Dendra FL, United States 09-23-13
    Dendra FL, United States 09-23-13
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    "Willow Hale Excellent Narrator"
    Where does Moonrise rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Moonrise is high on my list of my audiobook experiences. Although I had not read the print book, this Southern Gothic immediately drew me into its atmospheric web with high level, dramatic performances by the narrators. All were good, and I especially liked the performance of Willow Hale, who narrated Tansy. Her rendition is full of heart and soul in expressing the catty, quirky, complex Tansy. It results in the listener being actively engaged in wondering what is the real story about this character and how does it compare to the face she shows the world.


    What other book might you compare Moonrise to and why?

    Moonrise reminds me of books I read long ago, such as Rebecca and one of my favorites, Nine Coaching Waiting by Mary Stewart. One surprising and gratifying aspect of Moonrise is that the characters, including the heroine, are in their forties or so. Not ingénues or twenty-somethings, but southern women in their forties! This is a delightful bonus. Another plus is the wonder and beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, one of my favorite places on earth. The setting in the book is exquisite. I love a good gothic novel, and Moonrise delivers.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I especially liked the scenes between Tansy and Noel. Doesn't get quirkier and more complex than that! Totally kept my interest.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book as brought to life by the narrators caught me up in its compelling mystery and intrigue. I found myself roaming around my back yard as if it were the desolate gardens.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story and narration, especially by Willow Hale, who did Tansy. I'd like to hear more by her; she apparently has a knack for making a character come to life. I love a good gothic novel, and Moonrise delivers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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