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The Heat of the Moon [NOOK Book]

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Young veterinarian Rachel Goddard's world begins to crumble when a client rushes into the animal hospital with a basset hound struck by a car during a thunderstorm. The dog owner's terrified tot, drenched with rain, loses sight of her mother in the flurry of activity and screams, "Mommy! I want Mommy!" Instantly Rachel is hurled back in time to a day in her own childhood when her baby sister Michelle uttered the same cry while thunder crashed and rain poured down on them. The unearthed memory feels like a ...
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Overview

Young veterinarian Rachel Goddard's world begins to crumble when a client rushes into the animal hospital with a basset hound struck by a car during a thunderstorm. The dog owner's terrified tot, drenched with rain, loses sight of her mother in the flurry of activity and screams, "Mommy! I want Mommy!" Instantly Rachel is hurled back in time to a day in her own childhood when her baby sister Michelle uttered the same cry while thunder crashed and rain poured down on them. The unearthed memory feels like a fragment from a nightmare, and Rachel doesn't understand its meaning or the anguish it stirs up in her. 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. As her mother's attempts to control her accelerate, 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.
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In Parshall's strong debut, a frightening psychological mystery, veterinarian Rachel Goddard is happy with her job at an animal hospital in McLean, Va., until the rainy day one of her favorite patients, a basset hound named Maude, is hit by a car. During the frantic moments when Maude's owner, Mrs. Coleman, delivers the injured dog to the hospital, Rachel finds herself trying to comfort the woman's three-year-old daughter, Kristin, who's upset because she's temporarily separated from her mother. This traumatic incident reminds Rachel of her younger sister as a child, provoking flashbacks that begin to haunt and torment her. The hospital's attractive new head doctor, Luke Campbell, can't quell her anguish as she searches for answers about her past, against the wishes of her own controlling mother and sister. Luke's behavior at a dinner party in one scene is unconvincing, but otherwise the characters are believable and natural. The fresh, mesmerizing plot will keep readers turning the pages to the very end. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781458710918
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant
  • Publication date: 10/5/2009
  • Series: Rachel Goddard Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 470,856
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Sandra Parshall grew up in South Carolina and has worked as a reporter on newspapers in South Carolina, West Virginia, and Baltimore. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, a long-time Washington journalist, and three cats.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    Fantastic!

    Wonderful characters and gripping story. I could not put this book down. You need to read this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2010

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    Great Read!!!!

    This book is a fast paced engrossing read. I stayed up way too late a couple of nights reading this book because I just couldn't put it down. You won't be disappointed!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2007

    Question Everything

    'The Heat of the Moon' by Sandra Parshall begins with a slow drive-by reflection, a mangled basset hound, and screaming child calling for her mommy. It then escalates into a gripping psychological mystery as Rachel Goddard, a veterinarian, questions her own identity and her idyllic life with her mother, a psychologist, and her younger sister, who is following in her mother's footsteps. As Rachel peels away the layers of her past in her search for the truth to who she really is, what she'll do with it when she finds it keeps you flipping pages to the very end. Though Rachel's new man irritated me, there is little doubt that this novel deserved the Agatha for Best First Mystery in 2007. But it's not just a mystery. It has pages lingering in the literary fiction aisle, because it's also about how we establish, create, and perceive one's identity. It is a five star read out of five stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2006

    Watch out

    Your fingers may develop the equivalent of Nintendo thumb as you race to see who-dunnit-it. Best mystery I've read for years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2006

    Suspense a Go Go!

    Oh man, what do I think of Sandra Parshall's THE HEAT OF THE MOON? Well, in average Joe language, it's one of those Grab You By the Pants and Whoosh books. In literary terms, however, it would be referred to as a rare yet uncommonly fine Good Grief and Holy Toledo reads. It has all the elements a reader needs for total involvement--atmospherics, neck-tingling situations, uncomfortable yet compelling psychological undercurrents. I picked up this book and, without thinking, started to read the first page. Dinner went uncooked. Gone was the desert, the dust storm, the unrelenting heat (hey, I live in Phoenix). I was smack dab in the middle of Dr. Goddard's pristine home, surrounded by hushed voices, deep secrets and a fear of what might be waiting just around the corner. And there I stayed till THE HEAT OF THE MOON'S most satisfying finish. This book is a runaway knock-out. I loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2006

    Great Psychological Suspense!

    Rachel Goddard, a young veterinarian, finds her ordered life starts coming apart when a child crying for her mother triggers what may be a memory of a past shrouded in mystery. Did something happen to Rachel and her younger sister Michelle when they were children? Questioning her sister and her mother yields no answers. To mother Judith, a brilliant psychologist, the past is closed, not to be questioned or discussed, while Michelle has no desire to dig into the past as that may upset her own plans. Rachel can¿t give up, however, and as more disturbing and frightening memories surface she¿s driven to discover the truth. The more she tries, however, the more resistance she finds from Judith, and Rachel realizes she and Michelle live an isolated life by design¿Judith¿s manipulative design. Rachel finds aid with her quest and a budding romance with Luke, the owner of the clinic where she works, a romance Judith does her best to thwart. The discovery of shocking long buried secrets brings Rachel to fear that the truth will lead to heartbreak...or worse. Sandra Parshall has crafted an engrossing novel of psychological suspense, filled with unforgettable characters, and page-turning must-find-out mystery. Beautifully-written!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Great psychological suspense

    On the surface the Goddards, mother and therapist Judith, her veterinary daughter Rachel and her sister Michelle are a close knit family. Yet Rachel always felt that Michelle was the true daughter and she an afterthought. Visions that she had as a young child begin to reoccur Rachel believes they mean something significant to her. Just like Judith refuses to discuss her husband¿s death or her family, Rachel feels her mother either lies or is so filled with remorse and guilt, she has raised them to not have friends especially significant others.----- Luke owns the clinic where Rachel works. He makes it clear that he cares for her and to her shock she feels the same way for her this is the first caring deeply for someone else outside of her family. When Luke comes to her home for dinner, Judith subtly places him in a bad light. It takes him weeks to recover from the damage to his relationship with Rachel. When she suffers another vision, Judith persuades Rachel to allow her to hypnotize her so that they can learn the underlying cause. What mom fails to know is that her daughter is secretly taping the session so she can replay it later with Luke at her side. They will both be shocked what they learn.---- Fans of Patricia McDonald and Mary Higgins Clark will love this exciting psychological suspense thriller. The sense of foreboding gradually increases as the protagonist begins to question her family relationships and what her mother has told her and Michelle. Interestingly unlike Rachel who is obsessed to know the truth, Michelle prefers to not challenge the so-called facts, which might destroy her comfort zone. Sandra Parshall¿s debut novel will gain her award nominations and fan accolades.----- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2006

    A Stunning Debut

    Veterinarian Rachel Goddard¿s world begins to fragment on the rainy night a dog is rushed into the clinic after being struck by a car. The owner¿s young daughter cries for her mommy and Rachel finds her memory rushing back to a day in her childhood when her sister was crying for her mother while thunder boomed and rain poured down on them. The memory is vivid and Rachel can¿t understand the anguish she feels. She starts to seek answers as more memories come crashing back but she isn¿t finding them thru her sister or her mother, Judith. Judith¿s unspoken rules forbid questions about the family history or the girl¿s long dead father. Rachel begins a quest into her own memory as well as half way across the country and uncovers a truth that will shatter her world. A stunning debut from first time Author Sandra Parshall. Tightly written, breathtaking suspense filled mystery that takes you on a roller coaster ride from beginning to end. Memorable characters pull you into the story with skeletons rattling in every closet. As the families deepest, darkest secrets begin to emerge, the suspense just keeps building until it explodes off the page in this delightful psychological thriller that will keep you up late into the night until you have finished every last page.

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