Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Hidden Moon - Lori Handeland


Hidden Moon
A Nightcreature Novel (Book 7)
Lori Handeland
St. Martin’s

Paranormal

After high school, Claire Kennedy left the little town of Lake Bluff, Georgia and declared she’d never return. She landed in Atlanta, pursuing a career as a reporter. After an attack, afraid and unexpectedly nostalgic, she decides that the best place to recover is in her hometown. Her father, the mayor, has died, and Claire takes up his office for the remainder of the term. The Full Moon Festival is quickly approaching, the town’s major source of tourist income. As entertainment, the town hires a band of gypsies.

The gypsies arrive, led by Malachi Cartwright, traveling in a caravan of what they say are their ancestors’ wagons. They’re mysterious and strange, but everyone thinks that’s just all part of the act. Local feelings change, however, when residents begin to hear wolves howling in the night. There have never been wolves around Lake Bluff before now. When a tourist goes missing, the gypsies immediately come under suspicion.

The story concerning Claire’s return home and the way she deals with past events makes her a realistic and sympathetic character. It’s completely believable that she wouldn’t be happy to realize she’s attracted to a man; much less the leader of some traveling carnival. While there are some common elements, each of the Nightcreature novels is different than the ones before, (RISING MOON, MIDNIGHT MOON, CRESCENT MOON) making this a truly entertaining series. It also means that new readers can jump in anywhere and enjoy the story, without feeling like they’ve missed crucial points. As always, the paranormal aspects are top-notch, making this a perfect novel for Halloween-time reading, while listen to the wind howl outside.

Rating: 7 ½
August 2007
ISBN# 978-0-312-94917-4 (paperback)

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