- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (March 24, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250061164
- ISBN-13: 978-1250061164
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,630,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Savanna Welles takes readers on a dark chilling journey of life and love in When the Night Whispers.” ―Ebony Magazine on When the Night Whispers
“This is more than the devil walking among us. It's an intergenerational family saga of mothers and daughters…Ultimately that's why this book works; mother-daughter bonds transcend all genres.” ―The Sunday Star-Ledger on When the Night Whispers
“An undiscovered grandmother's journal, a mysterious and alluring new neighbor, and obsessive attraction mark this paranormal debut by Savanna Welles. Keep the lights on while you enjoy the ride.” ―Tananarive Due, bestselling author of My Soul To Take, on When the Night Whispers
“Jocelyn's need for family, friendship and passion will be familiar to any contemporary woman trying to balance life and not be overwhelmed by it. It's her bad luck and the reader's good fortune that Savanna Welles sends her Asa, a compelling, seductive, demonic lover willing to minister to all her needs--at the price of her soul. Equal parts family saga, erotic adventure, and compelling supernatural thriller, When the Night Whispers takes readers on a journey that is like Asa―exhilarating, terrifying and irresistible.” ―Jill Nelson, author of Let's Get It On, on When the Night Whispers
“demonic lover willing to minister to all her needs--at the price of her soul. Equal parts family saga, erotic adventure, and compelling supernatural thriller, When the Night Whispers takes readers on a journey that is like Asa--exhilarating, terrifying and irresistible.” ―Jill Nelson, author of Let's Get It On, on When the Night Whispers
About the Author
Savanna Welles is a New-Jersey-based writer. The Moon Tells Secrets is her second paranormal romance. She also writes mysteries and children's books under the name Valerie Wilson Wesley.
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As Raine tries to protect her son she is also dealing with her own family issues that she is fighting through.
In the mist of all of this there is a love story between Raine and the widower Cade that you root for and pray for a happy ending.
This is the kind of story that holds your attention and pulls you to the end -- you just want to know what happens.
Raine and Davey know all about being scared. In fact Raine’s entire life is dedicated to worrying about her son, the future that’s laid out in front of him and the death that stalks him. I liked Raine and appreciated the fear she’d been living with for so long – to the point where I got increasingly frustrated at the way everyone else dismisses her. No, she doesn’t have a “gift” like Davey or Luna, but that doesn’t mean Luna should keep telling her she’s failing her son. Not that she puts it quite like that, but she’s not exactly supportive when she tells her to stop running. And while Cade obviously doesn’t have all the facts, the way he thinks she smothers her son is far from flattering. I get that Davey doesn’t want to run anymore, and he’s not really at the age where he can understand what she’s given up for him, but sometimes I just wanted someone on Raine’s side, to support her and try to help.
I found Cade trickier to like, and I’m not entirely convinced by the romance. At the start Cade is grieving, he has an alcohol problem and he’s an all round mess – understandably. It might have been nice to have seen his relationship with Davey develop, rather than having the story jump a couple of months down the line and have things recapped. That happens a lot, though, the jumping, the recapping and leaving me feeling more than a bit disconnected with the characters and the relationships between them. Cade and Raine certainly have plenty in common, mostly their grief, but there are so many secrets that I can’t see how Cade ever really got to know Raine. He saw things in her that he thought could help him heal, but love? I wasn’t convinced. Nor was I by Cade’s pre-Denny past. It just seemed so unlikely.
There were elements of the plot I really liked – not least the shape-shifter/skin-walker aspect. However, in the same way that I didn’t always connect to the characters, there was a lack of creepy peril for me. The threat is clearly there, but I didn’t always feel it. There were moments when the narration became immediate and showed rather than told, and those were good and gripping, but all too often it slipped back into tell, tell, tell and the intensity was lost. It might also have been nice to have had more a mystery too. Instead it’s obvious who is coming, when and how it will turn out, though I wish the ending had extended a little more to address future concerns.
In all this is a good read, but certainly not for everyone. It’s very detached, and I was left wondering just what the main focus was supposed to be – the skin-walker wasn’t quite scary enough, the romance didn’t really convince me. Mostly in the end this is Raine’s tale, about the relationships in her life, her worries and facing her fears. It’s different, it has plenty of potential to intrigue, but in the end I didn’t connect to it as much as I wanted to.
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
Raine is on a constant run along with her 11-year old son, Davey who’s bestowed with the ‘gift’ of shifting, passed on from generations to generations. And now an evil form to eliminate competition and gain territorial rights as per legend is hunting them. Raine ends up with a distant cousin Luna who is aware of what is happening and what may happen. With no choice but to trust Luna, Raine agrees to settle down until things become a little quiet.
Cade is a teacher and mourning the gruesome death of his wife. As Luna’s neighbor, they have a deep sibling and supportive bond that keeps Cade sane from losing himself to his grief. Fate brings him into contact with Raine that sparks attraction and hope that they may make a future together. As he starts tutoring Davey, he comes to know the truth about Davey and wows to protect them. Cade may be Raine’s only salvation, yet the fear of the unknown and that it may harm Cade burdens her with guilt and she makes a decision to leave him and Cade has to come to grips with the truth that his wife’s murder is connected to Davey and Raine.
If you were looking for a gritty, nail biting, and edge-of-the-seat paranormal, then you would be disappointed. But if you want an interesting narration of a family facing distress and trying to accept the ‘gift’ that is creating havoc in their personal lives, then “The Moon Tells Secrets” is just right for you.
Narrated from Raine and Cade’s point of view, Savanna Welles did a very fine job of weaving a story around paranormal, yet keeping it normal. There is no dearth of emotions, sublime passion and the absolute terror that this family goes through as they try to make a normal life. It will keep you captivated, you will feel for their horror and sadness of being targeted, and you will rejoice in their small moments of happiness.
“The Moon Tells Secrets” is a definite magnetic read that will take you on a journey of some amazing legendry stories and keep you reading until the very end.
Received an ARC from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley for an honest review.
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