The Heat of the Moon: A Rachel Goddard Mystery #1

The Heat of the Moon: A Rachel Goddard Mystery #1

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by Sandra Parshall
     
 
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

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. Fighting her mother’s attempts to control her, 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. The Heat of the Moon is Sandra Parshall’s first novel.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist - Jenny McLarin
"Parshall's debut is a captivating tale of suspense and romance with Gothic twists."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781615951512
Publisher:
Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date:
05/27/2011
Series:
Rachel Goddard Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
290
Sales rank:
254,615
File size:
744 KB

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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The Heat of the Moon: A Rachel Goddard Mystery #1 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like believable characters and wonderful twists and turns then this is the book for you. After the opening chapter I was hooked and had to know more. Since reading this book I have read all of the Rachael Goddard books by Sandra Parshall. This author is excellent and must be put on your watch list. Any time she releases a book I will buy it. It is rare for me to find an author where I must read everything they write, this one drew me and hasn't let go. If you like a page turning fast read that will definitely give you a great pay off at the end, then you must read this book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I laughed, cried, and got angry along with the characters. A well written, well developed story. A mystery, romance, and drama.
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bambi748 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much and was hard to put down. The story is about a mother, Judith Goddard, she is a psychologist and her 2 daughters, Michelle the youngest daughter is also a psychologist and Rachel who is a veterinarian. The story is about Rachel questioning her and her sisters childhood. Very good book