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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.

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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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    alison Samford Valley, Australia 09-23-13
    alison Samford Valley, Australia 09-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Atmospheric With Enough Spookiness"
    Would you listen to Moonrise again? Why?

    I'd reread Moonrise, but I don't think I'd listen to it again. This is the first time I haven't been bowled over by the talent of the narrators. (I usually gush. See my review of Colin Firth's reading of The End of the Affair and how I raved about the Amelia Peabody mysteries.) I have tremendous admiration for artists who can pull off multiple regional accents and characters of both genders--without sounding like a parody.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book tips its hat to the Gothic classic, Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier. While not in the same league as Rebecca, Moonrise didn't disappoint. Setting is all important in a Gothic novel, and the eponymous historic Victorian house nestled in Highlands, North Carolina provided the perfect spooky backdrop for a mystery. The nocturnal gardens in particular added a bit of eeriness to the story.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    I enjoyed listening to Letters from Skye, narrated by Elle Newlands, the actor who performed Willa McPhee in Moonrise. She has a very pleasant accent (Scottish, I assume) and a lot of talent. I had a hard time understanding what she was doing in a southern story, though. If the locals of Highlands have a brogue, why didn't Duff, Willa's beau?


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I enjoyed the descriptions of the place. Of course all the people and their tangled webs of deceit and intrigue were interesting, but I hold that setting is what makes Gothic gothic.


    Any additional comments?

    The other trait of the Gothic genre is a fiery ending. This finale was spectacular, but it wasn't quite in keeping with my idea of the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mountain mama Vernal, Utah 09-22-13
    mountain mama Vernal, Utah 09-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Pretty torturous for the most part"

    The story, as mentioned elsewhere, is not all that interesting. The voice of Tanzy is awful to listen to for the most part. But, overall, the mean, petty behavior of these so-called adults just drove me up the wall. Not sure I can finish it as it feels like a waste of my time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charles E George Tampa, FL United States 09-22-13
    Charles E George Tampa, FL United States 09-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Engaging and enjoyable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the first time I've written a review, but after reading the other posts, I have a very different reaction. Foremost, it's about the story and not the narrators. It's engaging and enjoyable which is what I want from a novel I listen to while I'm driving. I'm not expecting something terribly complex or abstruse and this fits the bill. Secondly, the three narrators created distinct characters which is what the author intended. I can't imagine one reader playing all parts. Even though I have lived most of my life in the South, I'm not sure I can distinguish between Tennessee and Mississippi accents, but it doesn't matter. The story could be in Michigan and Maine accents. What does matter is that the characters come alive in the readers mind. I liked Tansy's bitchiness; she's real and yes, a bit annoying, but I don't think Cassandra King meant for her to be sweet and loveable. That's her character and I think Willow portrayed her well and was consistent in her role throughout the novel. And similar kudos to Jennifer and Elle. Thank you. And yes, I would (and have) recommended this book to my friends.


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    Christine La Jolla, CA, United States 09-22-13
    Christine La Jolla, CA, United States 09-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Worst Narrator Ever"

    The story was just OK but the narrator for the character "Tanzy" was horrible! I had to double the audio speed to get through those chapters. I would definitely NOT recommend this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqui Lake Dallas, TX, United States 09-15-13
    Jacqui Lake Dallas, TX, United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Not Worth Your Time"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator did a poor job with the voices of the men and women More than once I wondered why I was wasting my time.


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

    She brings in many characters but only finished the story (?) for the newly wed . At the end I felt I hit a stone wall! She had spent time developing her story lines but at the end she just left them hanging in the air.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dahlia Highland, CA 09-15-13
    Dahlia Highland, CA 09-15-13 Member Since 2007
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    "One of the narrators ruined it for me"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If they had stuck to one narrator, perhaps the narrator who portrayed the Irish character, or the woman reading the part of Helen -- I think that they could have done a good job for the entire book. It was the narrator who portrayed the character Tansy that ruined it for me! It was very difficult listening to her speak any of the male voices and the voice of Kit really irritated me.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Sticking to one of the better narrators; they really didn't need three women reading this I don't think.


    Any additional comments?

    I think that the story itself was good, and I think (for me) it would have been better reading from the physical book instead of listening to the audio version.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 09-11-13
    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 09-11-13 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Cannot listen to this narrator"

    I realize narration is very personal. She has a professional manner. But whatever it is that is annoying me...I just cannot take it. Sorry, maybe you could read this book.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    SomervilleWhereElse Somerville, MA 09-10-13
    SomervilleWhereElse Somerville, MA 09-10-13
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    "Book ruined by readers!"

    I like books read by multiple readers--it is often a performance that makes the book even better. These are three awful narrators. The voices they give to the characters are laughable. The story is ordinary--a southern retelling of the classic Rebecca (a much better book). If the book had been read by decent performers it would have elevated it to at least three stars. I will never listen to a book read by any of these people.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke Somerville Dearborn, MI 11-13-13
    Brooke Somerville Dearborn, MI 11-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good overall but I didn't like 1 of the narrators"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    For the most part. I enjoyed the story but found myself wishing I was reading the book myself because I didn't like the voices put on by one of the three narrators.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    "Wait. That's it?" I wanted to know what happened next for these characters!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrators for Helen and Willa were both great. I could listen to Willa's narrator read anything. Her voice and accent were beautiful. The narration for Tansy fit in well with the other two narrators but, whoever she is, isn't cut out to do multiple voices. Her male characters all sounded like kids' cartoon villains and her female characters (besides Tansy herself) sounded like southern Marilyn Monroes, high and breathy.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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