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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Maiden Lane Press; First Edition edition (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940210003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940210001
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“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.“--Valerie Ryan, Shelf Awareness

“Cassandra King is the Queen of Southern Storytelling.”—The Post and Courier (Charleston)
 
""...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.""--Publishers Weekly on Moonrise
 
“Cassandra King writes with clarity and insight about the age-old and contentious subject of friends and lovers, and with love and lyricism about a beautiful slice of southern mountains. Moonrise is a fantastic, not-to-be-missed novel.""-- Anne River Siddons, author of The House Next Door
 
""I read Moonrise in a single greedy gulp. Cassandra King uses three delightfully distinct voices to deliver an evocative setting—“Moonrise”, a house named after its moon gardens--a fabulous cast of characters, and a satisfying ghost story that is also a thoughtful examination of obsession, love, and the space where the two meet.""-- Meg Waite Clayton, author of The Wednesday Sisters and The Wednesday Daughters
 
Cassandra King's characters are fully drawn, richly imagined human beings, whose lives will continue to resonate long after you've turned the last page. “-- Mark Childress, author of One Mississippi on Queen of Broken Hearts
 
“Cassandra King writes with clarity and insight about the age-old and contentious subject of friends and lovers, and with love and lyricism about a beautiful slice of southern mountains. Moonrise is a fantastic, not-to-be-missed novel.""--Anne River Siddons, author of The House Next Door
 
“A beautifully written, Gothic tale of friendship and betrayal. A truly enthralling novel from start to finish.”--Kimberly McCrieght, the best-selling author of Reconstructing Amelia
 
“Set in the Blue Ridge mountains in a mysterious mansion with eerie gardens where night flowers bloom. Moonrise is a mystery, a romance, a story of friendships, betrayals, and ultimately love and forgiveness. I've loved Cassandra King's other novels, but this one is definitely her best. I'd give it six stars if that were possible."" --Bev Marshall, author of Walking Through Shadows and Right as Rain
 
“Moonrise is a beautiful novel, brimming with mystery, the southern setting and culture, and captivating characters. Cassandra took inspiration from Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca and I could feel the same haunting tension in King's story. I loved the book and highly recommend it!""--Mary Alice Monroe, author of The Summer Girls and The Beach House
 
“What a fine book! King entranced me with her writing- allowing a story to emerge through the first person voices of three women who have different values and personalities. She wove a complex story of the south, but, most of all, she created characters who jumped off the page. The book balanced mystery with the struggle between lovers and class structures, providing in each chapter the intimacy of those distinct and recognizable voices.""--Elizabeth Cox, author of The Slow Moon
 
“I loved this book... Excellent writing and a compelling story. What a great book club selection!”--Robert Alexander, author of The Kitchen Boy
 
“MOONRISE by Cassandra King is a triumph and her finest work to date. This is fiction writing at its very best! Buy this book!”--Dorothea Benton Frank, author of The Last Original Wife and Porch Lights
 
 “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.”--Charlotte Observer 
 
“King happily acknowledges Daphne de Maurier’s modern gothic masterpiece Rebecca, but Moonrise is fully her own, not a retelling or an adaptation…the sinister atmospherics are captured beautifully. As if the house were not creepy enough, Rosalyn’s moon garden is neglected and overgrows. The eerie light of the full moon best appreciates the moonflower vines, night-blooming cereus and even the poisonous Lady of the Night.  It is clear that there are secrets at Moonrise. All is not what it seems.”--Don Noble, Tuscaloosa News
 
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. An old-fashioned novel that twists on the best plot themes of all: obsession, jealousy and greed.”--The Post and Courier 
 
Whether or not you have read Du Maurier’s novel, King’s story stands strong on its own, as she entwines mystery, drama and suspense into a beautiful Southern narrative. It is perfect for those who enjoy a good gothic-style mystery without being heavy-handed on the paranormal.”--Gainesville Times
 
“MOONRISE touches all the night notes to make it a suspenseful story and also a romantic one. Kudos to Ms King for getting it right…this is a story that impacts the reader, and its mixture of emotions will linger long after you have closed the book.""--Huffington Post Books
 
“In Moonrise, Cassandra King weaves the mystery of place and event into the truths of heart and heartlessness that shape human relationships. She achieves an inclusive perspective of the friendships through interchanging points of view among the three characters.”--Spartanburg Herald Journal
 
“Cassandra King’s Moonrise is a fond homage to du Maurier’s tale, with just enough plot parallels to remind readers of Rebecca and enough differences to make it a good stand alone. Some mystery surrounds Rosalyn’s death and some oddities suggest Moonrise may be haunted, but King is more interested in the complexities of long friendships and second marriages tested by jealousy, obsession and betrayal.”--On a Clear Day I Can Read Forever Blog
 
“If you have not been a fan of Cassandra King before then I suggest you pick up this book and become a fan. It is her best book yet.”--Home and Lifestyle Design
 
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 shadow.""--Charleston City Paper
 
Rebecca is a gothic novel, a mix of horror and romance. The horror is rooted in the building of suspense and a general sense of foreboding. Moonrise is done in the same vein. King infuses elements of horror without overtly turning it into a ghost story.”--Slate
 
“I gave Moonrise 4.5/5 stars. Lovers of Rebecca will enjoy this and also like how different Moonrise’s mystery is at the end.”--Book Dilettante
 
“When a book is inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s classic Rebecca, you know it is going to be darkly romantic and full of perplexing secrets. In Cassandra King’s hands, the bones of the story remain, but the setting is new and the characters are differently motivated, making Moonrise feel both fresh and familiar. Fans of Southern Gothic novels will be happy with King’s blend of romance and suspense…a nice companion for brisk fall evenings or stormy nights.”--Book Reporter
 

About the Author

CASSANDRA KING, who has been called “the Queen of Southern storytelling,” is the author of four novels, Making Waves, The Sunday Wife, The Same Sweet Girls and Queen of Broken Hearts, as well as numerous short stories, essays and articles. Moonrise, her fifth novel, is set in Highlands, North Carolina. A native of Alabama, Cassandra resides in Beaufort, South Carolina, with her husband, writer Pat Conroy.


More About the Author

Cassandra King is the author of five novels, most recently the critically acclaimed Moonrise (2013), her literary homage to Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Moonrise is a Fall 2013 Okra Pick and a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) bestseller. It has been described as "her finest book to date."

Fellow Southern writers Sandra Brown, Fannie Flagg, and Dorothea Benton Frank hailed her previous novel, Queen of Broken Hearts (2008), as "wonderful," "uplifting," "absolutely fabulous," and "filled with irresistible characters." Prior to that, King's third book, The Same Sweet Girls (2005), was a #1 Booksense Selection and Booksense bestseller, a Southeastern Bookseller Association bestseller, a New York Post Required Reading selection, and a Literary Guild Book-of-the-Month Club selection.

Her first novel, Making Waves in Zion, was published in 1995 by River City Press and reissued in 2004 by Hyperion. Her second novel, The Sunday Wife (2002), was a Booksense Pick, a People Magazine Page-Turner of the Week, a Literary Guild Book-of-the-Month selection, a Books-a-Million President's Pick, a South Carolina State Readers' Circle selection, and a Salt Lake Library Readers' Choice Award nominee. In paperback, the novel was chosen by the Nestle Corporation for its campaign to promote reading groups.

King's short fiction and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Callaloo, Alabama Bound: The Stories of a State (1995), Belles' Letters: Contemporary Fiction by Alabama Women (1999), Stories From Where We Live (2002), and Stories From The Blue Moon Café (2004). Aside from writing fiction, she has taught writing on the college level, conducted corporate writing seminars, worked as a human-interest reporter for a Pelham, Alabama, weekly paper, and published an article on her second-favorite pastime, cooking, in Cooking Light magazine.

A native of L.A. (Lower Alabama), King currently lives in the Low Country of South Carolina with her husband, novelist Pat Conroy, whom she met when he wrote a blurb for Making Waves.

For more information about Cassandra King and information about upcoming events, please visit http://www.cassandrakingconroy.com.

Customer Reviews

I loved the setting, the characters, and the story.
John H. Padgham
Too many characters and the characters seemed to be unable to find a place in the "story".
Peggy M. Gordon
I had a hard time putting it down once I started reading it.
Kimberly L Leyden

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Rhinestone Sisterhood on August 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This novel isn't just about the south--it's OF the south. The rhythms of speech and the cadences of language in the descriptions place you firmly in a real world that is recognizable to anyone who's ever been south of the Mason Dixon line, and would convey the world beautifully to anyone who has not. King does a great job in yielding up the world itself and then populates it with interesting characters, especially the protagonist, who faces a dilemma that is familiar and relatable -- how to find your place in a new group -- yet becomes progressively more unnerving, even sinister. The echoes of Rebecca will resonate with those familiar with that work, but the suspense and emotional stakes of Moonrise itself will ring true for all readers. We root for Helen to unlock the secrets that seem to deny her entry into her new husband's old life, and hold our breath that doing so will not come at too great a price.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Bev on August 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I LOVED this novel. This book kept me up till 5:30 a.m. because I couldn't put it down until I found out what happened. It's a Southern Gothic set in the Blue Ridge mountains in a mysterious mansion with eerie gardens where night flowers bloom. It's a mystery, a romance, a story of friendships, betrayals, and ultimately love and forgiveness. The three narrators develop the story beautifully as the alliances and mysteries unfold to the deliciously satisfying ending. I've loved Cassandra King's other novels, but this one is definitely , in my opinion, her best. I'd give it six stars if that were possible.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kaye Wilkinson Barley on August 28, 2013
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I have long been a fan of Cassandra King. MOONRISE, I think, moves her to a whole new level. If you loved REBECCA, you will love MOONRISE. If you haven't yet experienced REBECCA, you will want to after reading MOONRISE. I'm a huge fan of southern lit, and of gothics - this is a perfect blend of both with nary a misstep. If you've somehow missed discovering Cassandra King until now, I think this book might be the perfect place to start. And if you're an Anne Rivers Siddons fan, well, honeys - you will eat this up, I promise! And, as I so often do with favorite authors, I'm now tapping my toe impatiently awaiting the next Cassandra King. In the meantime, I'm sure I'm going to be re-reading MOONRISE, this time to savor each and every deliciously written phrase and perfectly placed word. Thank you, Ms. King!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Poss on October 7, 2013
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This was a good book. I wanted to love it. But I got very frustrated with it at times. It moved very slowly and the main
character didn't react to situations in the way I felt a real wife would react. Just not very believable.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Warley on August 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have spent but one lone weekend in Highlands, North Carolina, but after reading Moonrise I'm ready to call it my home town. Cassandra King evokes the place and characters with such authenticity that you know them, even the ones--especially the ones--you don't trust. This one will keep you turning pages like you've just been bitten by a scorpion and are searching for the antidote. Anyone curious about relationships, from the traditional to the exceptional, will find it rich in nuance and satisfying in plot turns. Her best work to date.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tessa 89 on January 14, 2014
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The plot was shallow and poorly developed. The book was very redundant - made for many boring pages of nothingness. This story line could have made a fair SHORT story but ended up being a BAD book. To compare this book in ANY way to the classic Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is an insult to readers and to history. The writing is dull and the story is B-O-R-I-N-G. And the ending was like a flat tire on a rural road...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Rice on August 23, 2013
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I am a fan of Southern Lit and enjoyed Cassandra King's books, for their Alabama sweetness and honesty. I think Moonrise is her best yet, and read the entire book in two days. The protagonist, Helen, is human and utterly believable as she navigates a beautiful yet sinister journey to her new life in Highlands, North Carolina. Five stars for a great read.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kelly G.T. on August 22, 2013
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I don't want to put this book down! I am really enjoying it. I can't wait to find out more about the characters.
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