Friday, October 2, 2015

Book Review: "Devil's Moon" (Matthew Marine)

Imagine a dark night, clouds obscuring the moon. You're plunging through a sinister landscape made that much worse by the person you know is pursuing you, and has only violence and devastation in mind for you.

Such is the experience of one of the victims --- young, female, lovely --- of a hideous serial killer who has been credited with half a dozen murders. FBI Agent Stuart Ransom arrives in a small, tourist-driven town in Arizona to investigate one such murder at the request of the murder suspect's sister, who is as lovely and full of secrets as the girls who keep vanishing.

Before the case is over, Ransom will need more than his years of experience and his well-honed intuition and investigative skills to catch the murderer as they engage in a game of cat-and-mouse under the devil's moon.

Devil's Moon is an intriguing thriller by up-and-coming Arizona author Matthew Marine, released from Open Books Press.

The phrase "fast-paced" doesn't begin to describe the way the work flows from one shocking revelation and dangerous development to the next in its tumbling plot. The very first page, even the first line, is fraught with the kind of tension found in thrillers by expert, long-time authors like James Patterson or John Grisham.

Nothing tame about this novel, including the characters, who are as diverse and engaging as the plot points. From FBI Agent Ransom and his dragging emotional demons and regrets to Laura Adams, whose supernatural (paranormal?) ability to hear from angels will be instrumental in solving the case, there are no dull or two-dimensional people here.

A quick proofread on a future edition would catch the occasional error in punctuation, some of which had a tendency to distract me from the forward momentum of the story. When a work is so packed with uneasy tension and so many questions, I prefer everything to be streamlined and nothing to throw me out of the experience.

And if you're looking for an experience in a well-drawn and -researched setting, with a unique and unexpected cast of characters, then Devil's Moon is your novel.

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Author: Matthew Marine
Title: Devil's Moon
Publisher: Open Books Press
ISBN: 978-0-98527-375-0
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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