• The Heat of the Moon

  • A Rachel Goddard Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Sandra Parshall
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (819 ratings)

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By: Sandra Parshall
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Young veterinarian Rachel Goddard’s world begins to crumble when a client rushes into the animal hospital with a dog struck by a car during a thunderstorm. The woman’s terrified child, drenched with rain, loses sight of her mother in the flurry of activity and screams, “Mommy! I want Mommy!” Instantly Rachel is hurled back in time to a day in her own childhood when her baby sister, Michelle, uttered the same cry while thunder crashed and rain poured down on them. The unearthed memory feels like a fragment of a nightmare, and Rachel doesn’t understand its meaning or the anguish it stirs up in her.

When she seeks answers, she learns nothing from Michelle or from Judith, their loving but manipulative mother. Judith is a psychologist who is only too happy to have her adult daughters still living in her elegant Tudor house outside Washington, DC. But their apparently serene home is a house of secrets where Judith’s unspoken rules forbid questions about the family history or the daughters’ long-dead father. As more baffling memories surface, Rachel begins to suspect that nothing about her family is what it seems.

Fighting her mother’s attempts to control her, Rachel embarks on a quest that takes her not only deep into her own memory but also halfway across the country. The truth she uncovers will shatter her world and force her to make an unthinkable choice.

Sandra Parshall, a former newspaper reporter, is the author of the Rachel Goddard mysteries, the first of which won the Agatha Award in 2006.

©2012 Sandra Parshall (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc

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Unpleasant to listen to.


I'm unusually sensitive to stories, fictions and nonfiction. This made me uncomfortable and anxious knowing where the story was headed. Wish I hadn't purchased it.

This is not to warn off other readers/listeners. It is suspenseful and leaves one wondering what comes next. I thought it was creepy, but often felt frustrated and impatient with the daughters' inability to grasp, or even suspect, the obvious.

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