Isabella Moon

Isabella Moon

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by Laura Benedict
     
 

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Idyllic Carystown, Kentucky seems to be the perfect place for Kate Russell to hide from a vindictive, abusive husband. She has a good job, a new best friend, and a new man. For two years she's cautiously happy, until the ghost of Isabella Moon, a nine-year-old girl who's been missing since Kate came to town, begins to haunt her. No one wants justice for the missing

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Idyllic Carystown, Kentucky seems to be the perfect place for Kate Russell to hide from a vindictive, abusive husband. She has a good job, a new best friend, and a new man. For two years she's cautiously happy, until the ghost of Isabella Moon, a nine-year-old girl who's been missing since Kate came to town, begins to haunt her. No one wants justice for the missing child more than Sheriff Bill Delaney, who considers Isabella's unsolved disappearance one of his greatest failures. Now, Kate comes to him to say she knows where Isabella's body is buried, but he doesn't trust her. He senses her secrets, and when he links her to the murder of one of the town's most beloved women, he's certain she's real trouble. But Kate isn't the only one with secrets. The good people of Carystown have plenty to hide, and in the middle of it all is Isabella Moon.

Editorial Reviews

Newspaper - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A volatile mixture of heavy romance, serious homicide, and the paranormal ...
Kate, with a sizzling and explosive story all her own, holds all the strands together."
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Newspaper - Paul Goat Allen
"The melancholic appeal of Benedict's first novel is deeply tied to her spot-on portrayal of small-town America and all its contradictions. An amalgam of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood and Peter Straub's Ghost Story,
this mystery/thriller will simultaneously tug at the heartstrings and scare the bejesus out of readers.
In a word: unforgettable."
--The Chicago Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014276740
Publisher:
Gallowstree Press
Publication date:
03/22/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
328,984
File size:
504 KB

Meet the Author

Laura Benedict is also the author of DEVIL'S OVEN, an Appalachian Gothic novel, and the supernatural suspense novel, CALLING MR. LONELY HEARTS. She edited the three-volume SURREAL SOUTH anthology series with her husband, Pinckney Benedict. Her work has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads, Noir at the Bar, and other anthologies. She has no respect for genre boundaries and delights in treating her readers to the unexpected. You can visit her website at www.laurabenedict.com, or tweet with her at @laurabenedict.

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Isabella Moon 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Jennlvs2read More than 1 year ago
I have to agree with the Not Impressed reviewer below... The ending was rushed. I didn't think the characters had enough depth, I really didn't care what happend to them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Carystown, Kentucky is a charming village with a country setting and quaint antique shops. But beneath its idyllic surface lies a world of trouble. The arrival of Kate Russell, a young woman on the run from an abusive past, is the catalyst for the exposure of the town's nasty secrets, and it isn't long before people are wishing she would just go away. Kate receives help from an unexpected quarter, however: the ghost of a child who disappeared two years earlier. A fine narrative flow, whose shifting points of view add to the enjoyment of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book; the first I read by this author. Just enough mystery, suspense and other-worldly characters to satisfy everyone. Wasn't too happy with the ending......but it all makes sense. I would recommend this book for anyone who likes suspense with a twist.
cb5720 More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys thrillers. I was intrigued right up until the end. Great suspense writer.
BrookeMel More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. Spirits, murder, small town, a great sheriff and his relationship with the other characters kept me wanting to get back to the book to see how it ended. The ended was odd, the great story stopped and the short epilogue started and ended. I was a tad disappointed in that. I would read more of Laura Benedict's books.
flashlightreader17 More than 1 year ago
Laura Benedict really knows how to tell a story. I read a lot of mysteries and I have to say she has a talent for making the plot interesting while keeping a very intense atmosphere. great read for weekends and stormy nights
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book until the last 50 pages, then it just got dark and depressing. I was very disappointed in the way all the characters were wrapped up, and will not read anymore from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should NOT be on the Christian Thriller list as it contains bad language.
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This book actually gets no stars, since I couldn't get it to open past page 17. The file must be corrupt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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paintr More than 1 year ago
This is another book I had a difficult time putting down. There wasn't a bunch of filler words! Almost every page and sentence had a point, and from the beginning it got right down to the point. Perfect for a chilly fall weekend!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
ISABELLA MOON by Laura Benedict is a hearty character driven plot, filled with surprises. The reader is drawn into the fishbowl lives of the townspeople of Carystown, Kentucky¿a community embroiled in secrets, unexpected sexual liaisons, and deep betrayal. But the biggest secret of all is the disappearance of 9-year old Isabella Moon two years prior. Like a domino about to be tipped, finding the missing girl jumpstarts this compelling plot. And the author wields an intriguing voice that beckons with the subtlety of a whispered secret, yet she holds the reader with unexpected plot twists and images that linger long after the last page is turned. Benedict paints an atmospheric and supernatural world with a noir feel to the crime fiction elements of this story. A wonderful read that I recommend highly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a remarkably rich first novel, short story author Laura Benedict puts a complex spin on the secrets of a small Kentucky town still spooked by the unsolved disappearance of a child two years earlier. When the ghost of nine-year-old Isabella Moon leads newcomer Kate Russell to her hidden grave, instead of bringing closure to the town, the discovery unleashes suspicion on Kate, who has secrets of her own and attracts danger to those who befriend her. This supernatural thriller, written with a literary flair, feels like a lesson in real life because justice does not always reign. The guilty are not always punished. The innocent are not always saved. Readers hankering for happy endings are better off sticking to fairy tales because this dark debut will haunt your mind each time you turn down a lonely country road.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Isabella Moon is a gripping tale of suspense, lies and murder. A story that shows you that no matter how hard you try and bury the past, it can always come back. Laura Benedict spins a plot full of twists and turns that will leave the reader begging for more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Isabella Moon is a fabulous read. Laura Benedict has a fresh, strong, and unique voice that reaches out from the page and sucks the reader in on a breath taking ride. The characters leap off the page and the plot twists and turns make it impossible to put down. A page turner from start to finish.
harstan More than 1 year ago
It has been two years since nine years old Isabella Moon disappeared and the failure to resolve the case eats at Sheriff Bill Delaney. Rationalizing that these things do not happen in quaint Carystown, Kentucky fails to lift the despondent law enforcement official. No one is more surprised than newcomer Kate Russell when she sees the ghost of Isabella she follows the spirit to the spot where the little girl was buried. It takes tremendous will power for Kate to inform Bill what she saw as she has dark secrets that could lead to her arrest. Initially Bill assumes Kate is a flake, but he cannot get her statement out of his mind so reluctantly he digs at the spot she mentioned and uncovers the corpse. Clues lead to Paxton Birkenshow, a blue blood with plenty of money. He is seeing Kate¿s best friend Francie, a black woman who does not want their relationship made public as her mother believes he is weak. Paxton and Kate mutually despise each other, but she has other woes besides being a suspect in the Isabella murder her dangerous secret has come to town to reclaim her. These secrets keep Bill busy while changing his life forever. --- This is a refreshing original mystery that occurs in a twenty-first century Peyton Place like town. There are many key interesting characters with some providing a third person point of view that moves the exciting story line forward with a reasonable degree of believability and understanding. ISABELLA MOON is a multifaceted police procedural intertwined with subplots that come together to forge a well written recommended whodunit. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok... I just finished this book and was very frustrated with the ending.. The plot was great! This could have been a best seller.. I agree with other reviews that state the ending was very rushed. Like the writer was going on vacation so she decided to wrap it up in 10 minutes. I did care about the characters, especially Kate. So over this book! And furthermore I noted at least 6 problems that editing missed. DID I MENTION THE ENDING SUCKED!!!