Book Reviews of A Darker Place (aka The Birth of a New Moon)

A Darker Place (aka The Birth of a New Moon)
A Darker Place - aka The Birth of a New Moon
Author: Laurie R. King
ISBN-13: 9780553578249
ISBN-10: 0553578243
Publication Date: 12/1/1999
Pages: 477
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 94 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
An excellent mystery with lots of suspense. Laurie King writes books like no one else. This book was first-class.
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Helpful Score: 2
Psychological terror-intelligent, good read-
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Helpful Score: 2
Well-written suspense novel. Professor with knowledge of religious cults who serves as an FBI agent to infiltrate a suspected community.
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Helpful Score: 2
Very engaging. University Professor Anne Waverly investigates alternative religious movements ("cults"). Although she has vowed not to take another assignment, she learns of hundreds of children living in the Change Movements compound in Arizona. Now she decides to confront the demons of her past while trying to save the lives of innocent victims in this bizarre and dangerous religious cult.
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Helpful Score: 1
A real page turner.
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I picked this up at one of those perpetual book-sale-for-charity tables at my doctor's office for half a buck, and I wouldn't say I overpaid... but almost.

This was my first Laurie King and while overall it was well-presented, it left me feeling a bit empty. First, the good: her ability to paint a picture is amazing. Much of the action takes place in Arizona, and her representation of Sedona, Prescott, Jerome, and their surrounding landscape are spot-on (at least as far as I can recall from my 2008 AZ tour). Her characters are also well drawn, especially (and most importantly) her main protagonist/ antagonists. And the main premise! Who'd've ever thought you could have an alchemy theme in a modern setting? She pulls it off well, not really stretching credibility at all.

The bad: she writes the protagonist as if she's a continuing character. Too often, events from the past are referred to so peripherally, you can only presume they're from another book. Bit by bit these pieces get filled in, but in the end, never completely. At least, not enough for my taste. Lastly, the ultimate showdown seems to be rushed. Whereas in the Arizona branch of Change all her actions appear to be cautious, sensible, and purposeful, her attitude at the branch in England borders on reckless. They lead to a throroughly unsatisfying and disastrous resolution. So unsatisfying, in fact, I had no idea I'd read the last sentence of the book until I turned the page and there was nothing else there.

Overall impression: a decent read for the imagery and characters, but a tad lacking in structure.
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Helpful Score: 1
I am a new reader of Lauri R king's work but this novel was very well written and the characters developed nicely, i would recommend this book to those interested in cults and how they affect us all.
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Laurie R. King is in my opinion the master of women's suspenseful mystery today. This is one of her best. She has the ability to take what is going on in the heroine's mind, twist it into the plot, and tweeze out what might be hiding in your own mind....you'll see....
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First book I have tried by this author. Couldn't get with it.
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Laurie King at her best.
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Did not feel this book was one of her best! Was a little disappointed.
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A respected university professor, Anne Waverly has a past known to few. Yeras ago, her own unwitting act cost Anne her husband and daughter. Fewer still know that this history and her academic specialty, alternative religious movements, have made her a brilliant FBI operative.