This book has to be the best book I have read all year.The writing is positively breath taking. Following the the journey of Dr Mark Albright to discover his past. This story has a little bit of everything and it will pull at your heart strings. Mystery, Romance, and most of all a coming to terms with who you are. I highly recommend this one. Don't miss it!
Wow! What a great book. My first Billie Letts, this book coudn't have been more perfect. Mostly the unfolding of a murder-mystery, this is written in a perfect pace, with just enough detail to get the point across without "running on"....It literally was a PAGE-TURNER! I really like the prologue/epilogues...they made for great framework to a masterpiece!!!! A++++++
I picked this up at a garage sale on a whim. The back description looked interesting, so I thought I'd give it a try. I'm really glad I did, because this was a really good read! I enjoyed the characters and the small town setting and especially liked the mystery that kept me guessing until the very end (and I was wrong!). I'm looking forward to more books by this author!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It grabs you right in the beginning and does not let go until the very end. It's an easy read. Very insightful, the characters are well developed and it's kind of like a who-done-it storyline. Lot's of twists and turns. A definite must read.
I've enjoyed everything I've read from Letts and this book is no different. She kept me guessing until the very end about "who done it," and the underlying love story was cute. I would have liked more in terms of the ending, but even that did not ruin the book.
This is another of my favorites, I am only letting go of this one so someone else can enjoy it certainly not because I would part with it otherwise. This book has a great blend of mystery, drama, and even a little romance.
Typical Billie Letts. Fast easy read with both likable and despicable characters. In this story Letts has written the best description of a rumor spreading that I have ever come across. She is a master at describing everyday occurrences.
In this story an adopted Beverly Hills veterinarian returns to the Oklahoma town in which he was born in order to find his mother. He finds a history of murder, secrets, rape and abuse. He also finds the truth, family, and love.
Nicky Jacy was kidnapped from DeClare, Oklahoma when he was 10 months old. His mother was murdered. Nicky Jack was never found-and was presumed dead. Fast forward almost 30 years and who shows up in DeClare but Nicky Jack. This stirring up lots of emotions and memories. Piece by peiece the story got pieced together. What emerged was a story of dashed hopes, desperate love and a shocking act with repercussions that will cry out for justice...aand redemption.
In this one, a baby disappears when his mother is murdered and thirty years later comes "home" to find out who he is. A heartwarming tale which kept me reading until the very end to see the pieces of Nicky Jack's life reappear!
I didn't like this one as much as I loved -The Honk and Holler Opening Soon- and -Where the Heart Is-, but it's still a good read. It's an interesting mix of mystery, the search for self, romance, and heartbreak. For some reason, I didn't find myself connecting to the characters in this book the way I did with her other two, but Letts has still created a cast that feels and acts real. She especially has a gift for writing strong and memorable supporting characters. If you liked the other two, you'll probably like this one. If you read this first and didn't like it, don't give up on her! Try the other books.
Another great ready by Billie Letts. She is so good at character development and creates an interesting story line that keeps the pages turning. I definately recommend this book. I'll loan it to a few friends before I repost it!
our entire book club read "Shoot the Moon" and it got extremely good reviews..Billie writes with a clear concise mannor that bonds you to the characters.She knows her southern style..I did not solve the mystery, didn't figure out who did it until the end and suspected everyone.. most of the club went on to read all her other books..
Any book by Billie Letts rates A-1. She endears the reader to real people in real life: waitresses, single mothers, teens, and we see them as real people with genuine situations to deal with. Please, more Billie Letts.
Prof. Mary B., Ret.
While I enjoyed this author's other two books, this one just bored me. I almost didn't finish it. Except for the dead girl, I didn't care for any of the characters. In case you didn't know, this is a murder mystery/romance plot.
In 1972, windswept DeClare, Oklahoma, was consumed by a terrifying crime: the murder of a young mother, Gaylene Harjo, and the dissappearance of her baby, Nicky Jack. When the child's pajama bottems were discovered on the banks of Willow creek, everyone feared that he, too, was dead, although his body was never found.
Now, nearly 30 years later, Nicky Jack mysteriously returns to DeClare, shocking the town with his appearance and stirring up long-buried memories. But what he discovers about the night he vanished is far more than he, or anyone,bargains for. Piece by piece, what emerges is a story of dashed hopes, desperate love, and an act with repercussions that still cry out for justice.
I really enjoy Billie Letts. Her novel, Where The Heart Is, is still her best work in my opinion. If you like Billie Letts, you'll like this book too. Part mystery, part love story. It was a fun way to spend a weekend. Enjoy!
First book I have read by Billie Letts, but definately will not be my last. This is one of those must reads for any age group. It gets your attention right from the very beginning and holds it through the ending as well.
This book was wonderful. The author had a easy, flowing style and captured my attention and interest right from page one. She was able to keep the story moving without getting "too wordy". I was unable to put this book down. I read it in less than 2 days.
Oh, this was a good book! I really enjoyed it! It had a little bit of everything - intrigue, murder, romance, excitement. The characters were all interesting and the resolution, though bittersweet, was fairly satisfying. The plot twisted along in pretty unpredictable ways, too. I would definitely read something else by her. And it was a fast read, too! Though I must admit, the whole cousins thing was troublesome for a while. And while the whole end took me by surprise, the very end was pretty sad, though I suppose it made sense... I guess there just wasn't any other way to end it.
I truly enjoyed this book. Characters were easy to follow and extremely believable. Fast moving story and I kept turning the pages to see what layed ahead. Also enjoyed the ending - fit completely with the story line. This is the first time I have ever read this author's work.
Another great story by Billie Letts. If you like reading about average, kind people her books are for you. She is really able to bring characters alive and make you wish they were your neighbors. She shows the extordinary kindness people can give to one another and ask for nothing in return. I have only met a few of these people in my lifetime and treasure each one and hope that I can be as selfless myself.
By the author of "Honk and Holler Opening Soon" and "Where the Heart Is".
I finished this book in about 2 days, It was a fun mystery with a little (very little romance)(which is just fine in my book) It kind of read like a Life Time movie .Gave you a couple of red herrings on the way of solving the mystery.This is the kind of book you could read at the beach or on a rainy day.
In 1972, small town DeClare, Oklahoma, was shocked by the murder of a young mother, Gaylene Harjo, and the disappearance of her ten month old baby, Nicky Jack. A suspect was arrested on two counts of murder, but he died in jail under mysterious circumstance and was never brought to trial.
Nearly thirty years later Mark Albright has just discovered he's adopted and his real name is Nicky Jack Harjo. He returns to DeClare to find his birth mother, looking for answers to why he was adopted. What he finds instead is that his mother was murdered on the day he disappears and suddenly he is digging up skeletons that some would prefer stay buried.
Shoot the Moon is a mystery that wraps around the town, revealing characters that will delight you with personalities that are diverse, giving us a look into life in a small town and a culture and way of life so different from ours. O Boy, the sheriff, is a bully keeping secrets Mark needs to discover. Teeve and Ivy, who are related to Mark, are his strongest allies, along with the old domino boys with their unique philosophy on shooting the moon.
The dialogue is excellent and the story is cleverly written around the diary excerpts of a young Gaylene, murdered many years ago. Nicky Jack stirs up many memories long buried and secrets are revealed that shock the town and threatens his life. What Nicky Jack finally discovers about the night he vanished is astounding and troublesome.
Although I found the end both sad and joyful the book has everything needed to hold a readers attention. Billie Letts is an author worth reading
My first time reading this ayuthor. The story was somewhat predictable however it made for an easy mystery read. I will read another of hers as she does get good reviews to see if another choice emight have more suspense to it
Billie Letts has such a comfortable way of writing, I felt like I really knew all of the characters in this story. Her "bad guys" are very believeable. And dislikeable! Her "good guys"....... were all very distinct and many of them reminded me of people in particular who I know. She is comical also. One of those books that I couldn't put down!
first time reading Billie Letts, from the beginning I did't know what to expect, but it turn out, I just can't put the book down. Happy ending for Dr. Mark Albrigh, to find out who really kill his mother, and who he is at the end....
I am huge fan of Billie Letts. Love her well thought out characterizations and story lines. She understands small towns and the people who inhabit them. This one did not dissapoint. In fact I think it's as good Where the Heart Is. What I particularly liked about this story was that it had a bit of suspense, some well placed humor and some gentle romance. She kept me hooked right up the last page. I highly recommend it!
In 1972, windswept DeClare, Oklahoma was consumed by a terrifying crime: the murder of a young mother, Gaylene Harjo, and the disappearance of her baby, Nicky Jack. When the child's pajama bottoms were discovered on the banks of Willow Creek, everyone feared that he, too, had been killed, although his body was never found... Riveting, powerful, this is a memorable tale of love, loss, humanity, and hope....
I loved this book. Billie Letts weaves us into the lives of her characters. I loved the mysery of this book as well as the characters. My interest in Mark and his past kept me glued to the very end. Can't wait to read the other Billie Letts' books.
It's not often I write a book review. I'm an avid reader, and I often forget a book as soon as I start another. However, this book wants to linger in my memory, which is a testament to how good the book was.
The storyline was unexpected, the characters totally believable. The ending was somewhat predictable, but I felt so connected to the characters that I was happy to see a "happily-ever-after" conclusion.
a crime that took place in oklahoma in 1972..the dissapearance of a young mom and baby, nicky jack now 30 years lader nicky jack returns to town in search of answers about his life..very moving, hartwarming, and powerful read.
In 1972, the tiny windswept town of DeClare, Oklahoma, was consumed by the terrifying disappearance of Nicky Jack Harjo. When he was no more than a baby, his pajama bottoms were found on the banks of Willow Creek. Nearly 30 years later, Nicky mysteriously returns in this intriguing and delightfully hypnotic tale, full of the authentic heartland characters that Billie Letts writes about so beautifully.
Good book really enjoyed it!
Questions about the long-unsolved murder of a young woman in a small Oklahoma town are revived when a man appears, claiming to be the baby boy who disappeared from his mother's murder scene.
Letts does a good job when she's concentrating on Mark Albright's / Nicky Jack Harjo's search for his past and for the mother he never knew, and populates her story with a colorful cast of well-drawn characters. The resolution of the mystery is less well handled, with a whirlwind seven-page denouement to a 300-page setup, all (okay, most) plot noodles tucked neatly away and an unlikely romance rushed to what feels like an obligatory happy ending.
This book was enjoyable and interesting enough to keep me reading. Most enjoyable was the fact that the ending was a complete surprise to me! I never saw it coming. If there had been more character development with the main characters I would have liked the book even more. Some plot lines seemed implausible but all in all, the story held my interest.
In 1972 windswept Oklahoma town of DeClare was consumed by a terrifying crime: the murder of a young mother and the disappearance of her baby, Nicky Jack. When the childs pajama bottoms were discovered on the banks of the Willow Creek, everyone feared that he too had been killed, although his body was never found. Now, 30 yrs later Nicky Jack mysteriously returns to DeClare shocking the town with his sudden appearance and stirring up lon buried memories. What he discovers about the night he vanished is far more than he or aanyone bargins for.