Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Girl in the Moon

The Girl in the Moon by Terry Goodkind
Skyhorse Publishing: 3/20/18
eBook review copy; 488 pages
ISBN-13: 9781510736412

The Girl in the Moon by Terry Goodkind is a so-so violent thriller.

Angela Constantine considers herself to be a girl who was born broken. Her mother was an addict who would do anything to get a plethora of illegal drugs. While her grandparents were protective and loving when they were alive, she spent most of her time with her strung-out mother and the abusive scum that hung around their trailer. She escaped as soon as she could and Angela has made a private life for herself with a secret mission.

Angela has been born with the ability to recognize killers by looking into their eyes. Not only does she recognize their capacity for violence, she also knows who they killed and how they did it. She uses this secret ability to take revenge on men who victimize women, by killing them first.

The first thing any prospective reader needs to know immediately is that this is an over-the-top bloody, graphically violent novel that features multiple rape scenes. This was almost a Did Not Finish, a very rare event for me. I set it aside more than once, asking myself how much more violence and rape could I put up with in order to finish the story. Angela has no redeeming qualities. Okay, maybe just one, she loved her grandparents. The writing is uninspired and flat. The only reason I kept reading was I wanted to know how her ability to identify killers was going to be tied into fighting terrorism.

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of the publisher/author.

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