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The Heat of the Moon: A Rachel Goddard Mystery (Rachel Goddard Mysteries) Paperback – January 1, 2013
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When she seeks answers she learns nothing from Michelle or from Judith, their loving but manipulative mother. Judith is a psychologist who is only too happy to have her adult daughters still living in her elegant Tudor house outside Washington, DC. But their apparently serene home is a house of secrets where Judith's unspoken rules forbid questions about the family history or the daughters' long-dead father. As more baffling memories surface, Rachel begins to suspect that nothing about her family is what it seems. Fighting her mother's attempts to control her, Rachel embarks on a quest that takes her deep into her own memory as well as halfway across the country. The heartbreaking truth she uncovers will shatter her world and force her to make an unthinkable choice.
The Heat of the Moon is Sandra Parshall's first novel.
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Rachel and Michelle’s mother Judith was a well-known and respected psychologist and while both adult daughters still lived in the family home in Washington with their mother, they all lived comfortably with each other. That was until Rachel began asking questions about their father who had died in a terrible car crash when she was five years old. Rachel had no memories at all of her father and wanted to see photos; she needed to know more about him.
What would Rachel discover as she defied her mother in her search for the truth? And why wouldn’t her mother talk about her past? Could Rachel break through the control her mother had over her?
"Her show of affection for me was like the heat of the moon, an illusion, a glow that gave no warmth"
Excellent! The Heat of the Moon by Sandra Parshall is this author’s debut and also the first in the Rachel Goddard Mystery series. An intense and gripping psychological thriller I flew through the pages, thinking I knew the answers but nowhere near correct! I’ll be checking out the next in the series and have no hesitation in recommending The Heat of the Moon to fans of the genre.
I loved this book. After a point I could not put it down. The characters are so well developed and believable. The family dynamics are superbly written. What a roller coaster ride this author takes her characters on.
I cannot understand the previous reviewer who said the ending was a cop out. It was the perfect ending and leads me to want to read the next book in the series, which I bought (on my Kindle) the second I finished this one.
I also liked that the main character is a veterinarian. The animal stuff adds another dimension to the book and Rachel's character.
Off now to read Disturbing the Dead. Can't wait.
The main character, Rachel Goddard, is a young veterinarian in a practice that’s just been sold to a new owner. She’s worried about keeping her job, pleasing her biotch of a mother and trying to maintain a decent relationship with her sister. (Frankly, I’d have cut them both off at the knees, but that would shorten the book by half, I guess.) The book opens with a basset hound suffering from a messy broken leg (unfortunate contest with a speeding vehicle) and the basset’s young person, who is devastated by the injury and the fact that her mother has left her alone in the office in her haste to get the dog treatment. The child’s cries cause Rachel to have a flashback about her own childhood and sets her off on a chase to find the truth about her own life.
I found the storyline riveting, and the characters fully-developed. I could feel Rachel’s bleakness and hunger for more as she and her sister and mother circled each other in that big, beautifully furnished, but empty house. I was carried along as she searched for answers about her early life while trying to live in the present, do her job well and please her mother. I was distressed when she was in peril, but pleased to see her take tentative steps to maturity throughout the book. And with a Mommie Dearest like she had, those tiny steps were a big deal.
This book gave a great backstory and answered questions I had about the characters. It made me like Rachel even more than I already did. And the ending was very satisfying. I do wish I would have started this series in order. I was already a fan of this author, but this book makes me want to go buy the other books I’m missing so I can keep up with Rachel and see how her life turns out.
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