Tuesday, October 16, 2007

"The Heat of the Moon" by Sandra Parshall

It begins with a slow drive-by reflection, a mangled basset hound, and screaming child calling for her mommy. It then escalates into a gripping psychological mystery as Rachel Goddard, a veterinarian, questions her own identity and her idyllic life with her mother, a psychologist, and her younger sister, who is following in her mother's footsteps. As Rachel peels away the layers of her past in her search for the truth to who she really is, what she'll do with it when she finds it keeps you flipping pages to the very end. Though Rachel's new man irritated me, there is little doubt that this novel deserved the Agatha for Best First Mystery in 2007. But it's not just a mystery. It has pages lingering in the literary fiction aisle, because it's also about how we establish, create, and perceive one's identity. It is a five star read out of five stars.

2 comments:

Nancy P said...

I remember Margaret Maron saying that she loved this book. I haven't gotten around to it yet, but your summary makes it sound really intriquing.

Austin Carr said...

I just finished Sandra's follow-up, Disturbing the Dead. Good mystery, but I didn't notice anything literary. Maybe it takes one to know one.