Laura Benedict's debut novel is a combination mystery/thriller/romance. I love Southern fiction, but this one didn't quite do it for me. This is a character driven novel, many of them unlikeable. I didn't care for the ghost aspect of the story, and the novel ended quite abruptly. A mostly unsatisfying read, but I will watch for Ms. Benedict's next effort.
Kate Russell is a recent transplant to the small southern town of Carystown, Kentucky. Recently she has come to believe that she is being haunted by the ghost of Isabella Moon, a young girl who disappeared two years earlier. Convinced she knows where Isabelles body is Kate goes to the sheriff with her story. When Sheriff Delaney reluctantly follows up on the lead, he does find Isabellas body. But now Kate is one of the prime suspects I the case and she has many secrets of her own to conceal- including why she came to this town in the first place. When another murder takes place some dark secrets of the towns residents come bubbling to the top.
This book was a real page turner, and I really liked it, even if some of the plotting was familiar or obvious. The WTF? ending had me completely flabbergasted, and not in a good way. I just hated the conclusion and it took the overall rating of the book down a notch.
IMHO Ms. Benedict is a real close second to Mary Higgins Clark which I was surprised to find out during the reading of Isabella Moon. Couldn't put it down! Wish she'd do a sequel to it...I'm hungry for more! Her second book, Calling Mr. Lonely Heart is more a sci-fi which I didn't particularly care for, but it will be a delight to those who favor that genre.
I like thrillers, but this novel disappointed me. I didn't like any of the characters AT ALL. It's dark...too dark for my taste. I appreciate authors who delve into the darker sides of human nature, but this was just too much.
This book was CREEPY. Their was a lot of finger pointing (mostly by me) in this book about who did what and who was responsible for the disappearance of a young girl. I kept going back and forth and characters I wasn't even concerned about turned out to be involved and threw me for a loop. I didnt like the ending because I always want stuff tied up nice and neatly but I enjoyed the ending b/c it was unexpected. Good book to read.
I did read the other reviews. Many did not like the ending. Although, I would have liked a different conclusion to all of the characters lives, I personally thought the ending was realistic, and brilliant. Yes, it was even shocking.
There are so many characters in this story, and their lives are all interwoven. This story has lots of sex, drugs, alcohol, and violence, and murder. The author seemed to know how to write such events so that overall it was not graphic nor sleezy. Except when it was intended to be shocking or sleezy.
I think this book might be just as enjoyable to read, as it was to listen to. I do recommend both.