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Our State Magazine (NC) - June 1, 2014
"In Moonrise, a ghost story in the style of Daphne du
Maurier's Rebecca, the titular mountain home houses suspense,
intrigue, and richly drawn characters, as well as a nocturnal
garden, described in luscious detail..."
Star Tribune (MN) - November 24, 2013
"King channels Daphne du Maurier skillfully, weaving a haunting
story rich with plot twists, dubious characters and lovely
Southern Literary Review – November 6, 2013
"The joy of reading her novels lies in learning which relationships
will survive and which will not. Moonrise dives into the treacherous
waters of women’s friendships with the same level of honesty readers
have admired in Margaret Atwood’s Cat’s Eye and The Robber Bride.
Moonrise further cements King’s standing as one of the finest
writers of serious contemporary women’s fiction."
Gainesville Times - September 24, 2013
"Moonrise is a wonderful read for those who enjoy a good gothic
style novel without being heavy handed on the paranormal... it shows
us how similar themes transcend over time and remain universal no
matter what era in which they are written..."
Charleston City Paper - September 23, 2013
"Moonrise, just like the house the book is named for, has a
magnetically ominous pull. It’s a pleasant surprise from a
best-selling author who’s not typically focused on the shadows..."
Post and Courier (SC) - September 22, 2013
“Moonrise” is both something familiar, like a well-loved leather
recliner, and a writer’s mind game, which challenges the reader to
keep up with sentences, plot and characters. King... draws on the
Southern gothic in her nod to Daphne du Maurier’s thriller,
“Rebecca.” ....an old-fashioned novel that twists on the best plot
themes of all: obsession, jealousy and greed.
News and Observer (NC) – September 14, 2013
"...Though darker than King’s other novels, “Moonrise” succeeds at
what she does best: masterfully weaving a story with threads that
bind some characters together while pulling other strands loose.
“Moonrise” dives into the waters of women’s friendships with the
same level of honesty readers admire in Margaret Atwood’s “Cat’s
Eye” and “The Robber Bride.” “Moonrise” further cements King’s high
standing as a writer of contemporary women’s fiction."
Romantic Times - 4 star review, August 5, 2013
"...a truly unique reading experience... ...a suspenseful read."
ShelfAwarness - July 30, 2013
"Cassandra King's Moonrise is an homage to du Maurier's novel, using
the same atmospheric tension, presences that may or may not be there
and characters whose motivations are not what they seem. But King
has also modernized the tale, adding characters both complex and
intense... ...Since this is a Southern gothic novel, of course there
is the suggestion of Moonrise being haunted. It is haunted, in a
very real sense, by the mysterious death of Rosalyn in an automobile
accident on the mountain road. Why did she travel to Moonrise alone
and why did she leave the same night? That enigmatic behavior forms
the crux of the story. In the end, her motivation is unearthed and
all prior relationships will be forever changed. A rousing good
story with no apologies to du Maurier."
Booklist – June 1, 2013
"…Best-selling King presents an animated tale laced with ample
intrigue as secrets surrounding Moonrise are slowly revealed."
Publishers Weekly – May 3, 2013
"...King’s latest novel takes inspiration from Daphne du Maurier’s
Rebecca, keeping the best of the latter’s atmospheric tension
without falling into melodramatic cliché... A suspenseful Gothic
that gives a nod to its predecessors while still being fresh."