Genre: Thriller and Suspense
Series: Jack Raines
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
We have all seen news footage or read actual accounts of people and their families lives torn apart by the brutality and senseless acts of killers and madmen. I’m sure we all have wanted those monsters found, and justice served so they couldn’t do it again. Well, Terry Goodkind lets us live that fantasy in THE GIRL IN THE MOON through Angela Constantine.
Angela intrigued me from the first paragraph “…her first thought was to wonder if this was the night she was going to die.” and by the end of chapter six I was a fan. If there were only one word I could use to describe Angela it would be deadly. I also liked that Goodkind didn’t make her a completely bad-ass and untouchable character. She lost fights, she got hurt, and faced defeat. I admired that she never gave in and kept fighting even when the odds were against her. One of my favorite lines in the book that defined Angela was this one:
“In fact I’ve found that the law has little do with justice, that laws are merely a way for some people to have power over others and that if you want justice sometimes you have to make it happen yourself. Know what I mean.” Angela’s words to Prosecutor John Babbington.
In THE GIRL IN THE MOON, Goodkind touched on topics that hit me on such a visceral level that I had to stop reading to recollect myself. For example chapter 11, and one of my favorites in the book, is when Angela’s grandfather Vito confronted and put the school Principal in his place defending Angela’s actions against bullies. My inner cry for justice was crowing.
Goodkind does not hold back details with the graphic scenes in his book. I’ve seen reviews from other’s about them especially the rape scene, which was hard for me to read. However, I’ve read just as graphic scenes from a few of my favorite female thriller authors, so I feel Goodkind didn’t push the boundaries. If anything, it made me admire Angela even more, and it showed how the justice system always blames the victim, and how laws protect criminals, not victims.
Dean Koontz’s blurb for THE GIRL IN THE MOON best describes what I thought of it.
“Terry Goodkind writes suspense with a slight fantastic edge, and the result is a fresh, compelling thriller. This is pure entertainment, a true page-turner, and great fun.” I enjoyed it tremendously it and hope to see another Angela Constantine novel soon.