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-- Our State Magazine (NC)
"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 (Minneapolis/Saint Paul)
"King channels Daphne du Maurier skillfully, weaving a haunting story rich
with plot twists, dubious characters and lovely writing..."
-- Southern Literary Review
"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
-- Gainsville Times (SC)
"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 (SC)
"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)
“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)
"...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
-- Romantic Times - 4 star review
"...a truly unique reading experience... ...a suspenseful read."
"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."
"...Best-selling King presents an animated tale laced with ample intrigue as
secrets surrounding Moonrise are slowly revealed."
-- Publishers Weekly
"...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."