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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle; Reprint edition (July 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786011327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786011322
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,570,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

I liked this book alot, it wasnt as good as the Haunted.
Patricia Roberson
The first book of hers that I read, "Haunted", remains one of my favorite books of all time.
Tigger
It kept me hooked to the very last page and is an entertaining read with a smooth flow.
Darren Jacks

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tigger VINE VOICE on July 29, 2002
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I can't say enough good things about Tamara Thorne. The first book of hers that I read, "Haunted", remains one of my favorite books of all time. Moonfall delivers another great story, a compelling account of St. Gertrude's (better know as St. Gruesome's), a Catholic girls' school that isn't at all what it seems, complete with terrifying nuns, local legends, witches, gargoyles that come to life in the night, and nasty, evil secrets.
Thorne (a pseudonym) is one of the better modern horror writers out there, and deserves far more attention than she receives. Unfortunately, the horror genre is the least popular of all genres in the U.S., (a puzzle I still haven't figured out), so she's in a tough market. Why she hasn't won a Stoker award is beyond me, because she certainly deserves one. Her stories are original, well-written, and entertaining from word one. I recently bought the rest of her books (Eternity, Candle Bay, and Bad Things), as well, and can't wait to read them.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good, solid and highly entertaining horror story but shies away (as I do) from the too-intense, too-dark tales of King and Barker (though both King and Barker are undeniably fantastic authors). The entertainment factor is simply off the charts!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Rux on July 5, 2002
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Strange accidents and the odd suicide are not that uncommon in the idyllic little Southern California mountain town of Moonfall. Every quarter century, they even come in pairs. Funny thing, though - no one's ever that clear on the particulars concerning them. It's almost as if their memories are partially blocked. And the official records don't always jibe with what people do remember. The deaths always seem to occur around St. Gertrude's School for Girls, that creepy place with the gargoyles on its ramparts. Oh, but surely a bunch of nuns couldn't have anything to do with murder - now, could they?
This is a nice, simple, straightforward little horror story, made all the livelier by Tamara Thorne's likeable and believable characters and her usual wicked sense of perverse humor. The plot is nothing you haven't seen before, it's just very well done. It has witches and warlocks, secrets and sacrifices, devils and demons, horrors and hypnosis, and perverse nuns in shocking undergarments.
What's not to love?
The only problem with this book is that its ending is a bit abrupt and anticlimactic for such a well-sustained buildup, but it's quite good in spite of that. Thorne always writes well. Even her villains are entertaining - those in Moonfall, especially. I recommend all of her books, without hesitation.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 2, 2000
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I am a horror novel fan and this one was very good. While it lacked the depth of a Koontz or King novel the story moved along very well, with no unnecessary sub plots. The story takes place in Southern California in an area know as "Apple Hill", where bakery and pie shops sell homebaked apple goodies. This was quite amusing to me as I go to Apple Hill in Northern California every fall. After reading the book I will never look at an apple orchard or a mincemeat pie in quite the same way. This is really a great book to sit down with and realx with. I will be on the lookout for more of Ms. Thorne's books.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert Dean Field, Jr. on September 26, 2000
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An entertaining thriller. In the sleepy little town of Moonfall, the St. Gertrude's Home for Girls hides a centuries old evil. Two people who once narrowly escaped that evil are back seeking answers, Sara Hawthorne who was once a resident at the school and whose best friend committed suicide; and John Lawson, now the town sheriff, who is haunted by his own childhood memories of his younger brother's death. Sara has gone back to teach at St. Gertrude's to look for answers. Together their hunt for the truth takes them deep inside the secrets and exposes them to the hidden dangers of St. Gertrude's.
This is not great literature, or even a particularly haunting tale. There were elements of the plot that seem contrived and forced. This is particularly evident in the light treatment the writer gives the rape of one of the female protagonists. Throughout the book female sexuality is treated in a shallow and used only for sensationalistic effect. This distanced me from the characters and kept me from being drawn into the story. Still, the book does manage to entertain, much like a good B-movie. There are worse ways to kill a rainy day.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "carolyn5000" on January 7, 2001
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I loved "Haunted" and well Moonfall isn't the book that Haunted was, it is still enjoyable in its own right. The main problem with Moonfall is that it is rather tedious, and not really scary. This is because there is simply too much description of the gargoyles. Tamara Thorne creates this fascinating character of Dr. Dashwood, and a bunch of twisted nuns, and then focuses in on these goofy gargoyles??? You will guess who/what the gargoyles are early on. I really liked the characters of the book, Minerva-an old healer, Sara Hawthorne, John Lawson, and Mark his son are all interesting personalities. Unlike Haunted however, the book was kind of long and at times boring. Too often, the same issues were reiterated endlessly. I wish Tamara Thorne would write more books, in the vein of Haunted however. While this is not great, its still a lot better than a lot of horror floating around out there.
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I started writing at an early age, mostly science fiction, but when I was 11 I found Shirley Jackson's Haunting of Hill House and the course was set. Nowadays, my haunting research for novels has brought me another career -- investigating for people with problems. Life imitates art.

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