Quinn, AJ. “Hostage Moon”, Bold Strokes Books, 2001.
I have been waiting to read “Hostage Moon” since last January when I heard it was coming out. I got my review copy yesterday and the book was well worth the wait. As I read, I could not help to be reminded of the opening words in James Joyce’s short story, “Eveline”; “Everything changes”.
This is a novel about change and the changes that we read about happen very quickly. Hunter Roswell had finally reached the point that she was able to put her past behind her where it belongs but then something happened that changed that. A serial killer who had been in her past suddenly resurfaces and stalks her. Five people had already fallen victim to the killer and now he has his eyes on Hunter. He has even decided when to take care of her. The date is set for the night in October when the moon is full an if you know anything about full moons then you know that this one is called the blood moon and the hunter moon. Quinn immediately sets up the tension and we are drawn in by the prologue so by the time we get to chapter one, we are already reading as quickly as possible.
Sara Wilder is a psychologist and had once been a profiler for the FBI comes on to help Hunter relax as well as to find what in her past links her to the killer. As the manhunt goes on, the women discover that they are attracted to each other but the killer is making things very difficult for Hunter and Sara.
I have always wondered how writers are able to create a sense of tension and then maintain it during the course of a novel. Quinn does this beautifully and I sat on pins and needles as I read. She also managed to create very real characters and we easily feel their romance growing. There is a lot of detail in the descriptions of both the characters and the places and everything seems very real. After I read the book, I went to Quinn’s website and found that there is another “moon” book, “The Moon Knows My Secret” that is available as an ebook but I will have to wait until it comes out in print. I have joined the technological revolution in almost every way but for me, a book is to be held and read.
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