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Feature book: After Moonrise

30 January 2013

After MoonriseAfter Moonrise by PC Cast and Gena Showalter

After Moonrise is an anthology of sorts—with only two stories and the common thread of the detective agency that investigates the paranormal, After Moonrise.

PC Cast’s contribution is ‘Possessed’, my first foray into PC’s writing, and I am not too sure what to make of it. Kent is the hero and an investigator at After Moonrise who can sense and track violent (negative) emotions, often receiving visions. Kent is quite a cold character, preferring to be alone when he receives a new case. Lauren’s twin sister, Audrey, has been murdered and her soul is kept prisoner by the serial killer responsible for her death. Because of their close connection Audrey is able to haunt and possess Lauren. The process is causing Lauren to be ill, and something has to be done to save Lauren and Audrey. The whole story is an unconventional love triangle and left me sympathising with one twin and a bad taste in my mouth.

‘Haunted’ by Gena Showalter is my favourite of the two stories and it is deep and has a full and intricate plot that had me guessing as to the twist only to twist me again. Levi Reid is an Oklahoma PD detective who is suffering black outs and has woken to find himself in a new apartment. Aurora Harper is an artist who has just moved into the same apartment building with her friend Lana. She is struggling with her newest artwork—the image of a horrific murder. Harper enlists Levi to help her and Lana investigate the graphic image. When Lana disappears the clues lead them to Lana’s work—After Moonrise. Harper is an enjoyable character who is strong, snarky and witty. Levi is an all-male, take-no-prisoners kind of guy. The love story between Levi and Harper is well written and developed. Gena doing what she does best with her romances.

‘Haunted’ was a fantastic read. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, I was wrong. It kept me guessing the whole way through. Gena Showalter is one of the authors on my must-buy list, and there are reasons why she is still there after all these years. While ‘Possessed’ was my first taste of PC Cast, I can’t say anything bad about her style of writing. I found her writing pleasant but had a guess as to where the story was going at the start and knew I wasn’t going to enjoy it.

reviewed by Aimee

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. All ARRA members who leave a comment on this article will go in the draw to win the book. The giveaway closes on 20 February 2013.

  1. 1 February 2013 10:29 pm

    Another good review Aimee thanks

  2. Deb Klanfar permalink
    31 January 2013 2:32 pm

    Well, I’m not put off either, but rather intrigued.

  3. 30 January 2013 5:31 pm

    Aimee, another great review. Both stories sound interesting, so I may have to look them up,

  4. 30 January 2013 1:38 pm

    Congratulations on the review, Aimee. Very thought-provoking and not at all off-putting. Of course, you did love the second story, but still, the first story intrigues me. It just shows how important it is to give honest reviews. I, and I don’t think I’m the only one who does this, am hooked enough to consider reading this now, not put off. All good reviews can often be just too boring.

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