Void Moon

Void Moon

by Michael Connelly
3.8 89

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Void Moon 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 90 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Void Moon creates a dark, malignant atmosphere and compelling, imperfect main characters that ache for demons to swirl inside the reader, but not to be released. Cassie is borderline cliche because of her love for former partner who died in an apparent, but not actual suicide. SPOILER: When she takes a turn at his former criminal job of robbing high-rollers in Vegas, a discerning reader hopes that she'll rid herself of his maudlin memory. This happens because Connelly immerses her in the details necessary to rob a high-roller while he sleeps in the room. The story moves along smoothly, but without any real tension until after she completes the job. Then the introduction of the psycho hotel p.i. creates the tension that makes this Connelly's best novel. The thief is pursued by a psycopath who sadistically enjoys killing people. Unfortunately, the crime novel genre seemingly demands a "happy" ending. It's too bad that Cassie's daughter isn't murdered by the p.i. But this is still by far the best of Connelly's novels--and much better than anthing that I've read by Sandford, Parker, Crais or Burke. Highly recommended.
KJM13 More than 1 year ago
Having read a lot of the Harry Bosch series lately, this book was a nice deviation, in that it is written from the perspective of the criminal. The story is suspenseful and moves along quickly to an unpredictable heartwarming ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What can I say? Another score for Connelly. Easy to get lost in the story and actually root for a villian. Well worth ythe time to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first Michael Connelly book that I could not finish. I gave it a good shot, reading well over 100 pages, but totally disliked this story. I could not find a way to like or care about the main character, Cassie. I typically love Michael's books, but this one was bad in my opinion!
DustyCraine More than 1 year ago
A great story with an unlikely hero. Like I've seen mentioned a dozen times here, there are no good guys in this story. This is a story of criminals moving in a the criminal life. The best character to hang your allegiances with is your story's central character Cassie Black. Cassie is an ex-con, ex-burglar who goes straight for a while and finds she just can't live that life. She decides to pull one last heist and disappear. But when things go sideways she finds herself stuck between where the desert is ocean and the void moon. You'll understand if you read the book. A lot of folks get caught in the ripple of her decision and many lives are lost or changed forever. And despite her obvious character flaws, Cassie has heart. And a purpose and as the pieces fall into place you'll find yourself rooting for the bad girl too. The last chapter or two are as moving as anything I've read Connelly right before. Maybe that is due to the fact that we've got a female lead instead of a Harry Bosch or Jack McEvoy (haven't made it to Mickey yet). So I guess I'm going to add to the wildly varying opinions in this review section and toss my hat in with the folks who think this is one of Connelly's best. I really enjoyed this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although the plot is a bit flimsey and characters only two and a half dimentional, (not quite 3D), Connelly has the better descriptive talent among crime writers. The part where Cassie prepares and then pulls oof the theft is the best. You stay with her every step of the way, you hold breath when she does and you exhale with her. The fact that she has a daughter from her dead lover and gaining her back is Cassie's motive is revealed too early in the story on the other hand story does end with a poetic justice between Cassie and her daughter's adoptee parents...a good bittersweet moment there. Reading this book at least makes me curious abot his other works.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cassie Black is running scared. And she has ample reason to be. She just pissed off the wrong people...the same people who killed her partner-in-crime boyfriend years before and are now responsible for the trail of bloody bodies they're blaming her for. Just recently released on parole from prison, Cassie can't turn to the law, especially since she just robbed a man of over 2 million dollars, much more than she thought she was going after. The man is found the following morning, dead in his Las Vegas hotel room bed, shot through the eye. She decides to keep the money though, to start a new life for her...and her daughter. Yep, her daughter, which the reader learns about part of the way into the novel. Unfortunately, this knowledge doesn't seem to add up, since Cassie doesn't act in a manner which makes one believe that she really cares all that much about the little girl...yet that is the motivation given for her actions. It's on this shaky premise that Michael Connelly builds his latest work, 'Void Moon'. Well-written, and with enough suspense to hook the reader all the way through, the story itself is lacking. The characters come across as mere facades of more promising, better developed characters lurking just below the surface. While Connelly delivers a technically accurate and exciting storyline, he seems to leave out the meat--the emotional motives. Had the characters been more detailed, the motivation which carries the plot might have come across as a much stronger foundation. Since that doesn't happen, the story falls a bit flat and appears underdeveloped. The action is intense...if that's all you're looking for.
TarHeelGirl00 More than 1 year ago
Having read several of Michael Connelly’s books from the Harry Bosch series, I had high expectations for this stand-alone book and it did not disappoint. Connelly departs from his usual male main character and centers this action-packed thriller around Cassie Black, an ex-convict trying to put her life back together when a big opportunity for financial gain comes her way. I admit that a book written from the criminal's point of view is not what we might expect from a typical thriller, but that uniqueness is what I enjoyed about the book. I just hope Michael Connelly brings Cassie Black back!
Carstairs38 4 months ago
Cassie Black Finds More Danger than She Bargained For Michael Connelly is best known for his Harry Bosch novels, especially now that the character is starring in an Amazon TV series. But he has a few standalone novels out there, and I’m am trying to work them into my reading schedule as well. That’s what brought me to Void Moon, which is different in some ways and classic Connelly in others. Cassie Black is an ex-con who served five years after the robbery of a guest in a Las Vegas casino went horribly wrong and is 10 months into her parole. She’s managed to get a transfer approved to Los Angeles, and she is working at a Mercedes dealership. Despite Cassie’s desire to go straight, she finds herself needing cash in a hurry, so she decides to go back to her old life for one last crime. In fact, she becomes part of a plan to rob a high roller at the very casino where her life fell apart six years ago. Will things go better this time? I’m being vague on purpose because this is one of those wonderful plots that you need to watch unfold for yourself. And in this way, this book is classic Michael Connelly. He creates fabulous stories and executes them perfectly for maximum suspense. I got very caught up in this story and had to know how it would all play out. I did feel the beginning was a bit too slow and technical, but once the book really took off, I was hooked, and it became a first-rate thriller. On the other hand, the characters in this book could be better. I hate rooting for criminals, so it took me a long time to truly begin to root for Cassie. As the book goes along, it becomes impossible not to root for her as the other characters are just as nasty. Still, this book doesn’t have the clear-cut line between good and evil that I normally want in my fiction. I have an issue with Oceans Eleven for the same reason. I actually listened to the unabridged audio book as read by L. J. Ganser. He does a great job of bringing Cassie and this world to life. While this book is technically a standalone novel, it does have some references to the events of an earlier Harry Bosch book. It isn’t necessary to have that background to understand this book, but it is a delightful Easter egg for Connelly’s fans. Don’t get me wrong, Void Moon is a wild, thrilling ride from a true master. I had enough of a problem with the characters that I couldn’t love it, but they probably won’t be an issue for most readers.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very clever and well plotted. Good main character.
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I loved Cassie. Another wonderful MC character!
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I don't usually write reviews but in spite of the fact this wasn't a Harry Bosch book, I could NOT put this one down! It was so fast paced I skipped meals and showers ans sleep to finish it! The end will have you spinning wondering "What just hit me?!" A Michael Connelly success story....again!
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sissy61942 More than 1 year ago
Once again, I tried staying with this book but it got to be so boring I didn't finish it and this is the first book of Michael Connelly that I could not finish. I think Connelly should continue the Harry Bosch series that in finishing all 18 books, I am hungry for more with Mickey Haller.
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nnoniemonie More than 1 year ago
Michael Connelly never disappoints. Couldn't put the book down until I was finished. Great Read
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