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I have an original paperback that has been read so many times the spine is cracking. I bought a newer paperback to replace to old one (while still keeping the old one tucked away on the bookshelf) and I purchased the Kindle version so I would never be without this haunting story. I love it! I always read it during October, and other times during the year whenever the "Halloween" mood strikes. Once I open the book, I'm there!
The story takes place in the charming hamlet of Moonfall, California, where there is an annual Halloween event, which happens to be one of its most popular tourist attractions. Unfortunately, there is a cyclical series of deaths at these events, spanning generations, which have never been solved. Nor does anyone really speak of them.
There is also a curious orphanage called St. Gertrude's Home for Girls, which has a strange unholy atmosphere, and ghosts are said to roam its halls. There is also something about the nuns of St. Gertrude's which makes one wonder if there is something strange going on.
Sara Hawthorne, formerly of St. Gertrude's, returns to Moonfall to teach at her former home. She secretly wants to find out what happened to her friend who had died at St, Gertrude's 12 years before. Sara had always felt that her friend's death had been murder rather it had been murder rather than the suicide they had led everyone to believe it was.
Now, Sara will discover the secret of St. Gertrude's, as will Sheriff Lawson, who has his own secret ties to that gothic monstrosity. The only question is whether they and Moonfall will be able to survive the unraveling of its deepest and darkest secrets?
One thing that was a distraction was that it appears someone replaced all the words "her" in the book with "had". There were actually a few autocorrect mistakes like that, but I just usually expect that with eBooks. I think publishing companies have a hard time keeping up with our demand for eBooks and, while it is a little annoying, it doesn't bother me enough to complain. I only mention it because I know people get frustrated and irate about it.
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!