When eighteen-year-old Winter McCall is offered a chance to leave her life of poverty behind on the streets of London, she moves to a remote part of the South West of England. Here she takes up the job as housekeeper to the young and handsome, yet mysterious, Thaddeus Blake.
Warned that he has some curious habits, Winter soon realises that not all is as it firsts appears at the remote mansion where she now lives and works.
Blind to the real danger that she is in, Winter finds herself becoming attracted to Thaddeus, and with nowhere and no one to run to, she slowly succumbs to his strange requests. But none of them are as strange as asking Winter to stand each night in the moonlight.
After reading Cowgirls & Vampires by this author and posting my review of it (you can read that review here), which I had purchased on my own and elected to read with no outside influences, I was contacted by the author and asked if I would read his latest work, Moonlight. He offered to provide me the book free in exchange for a fair and honest review. I accepted his kind offer and this review is the result.
Moonlight is much darker in feel than Cowgirls & Vampires. It is creepier. More sinister. Bloodier. More vicious.
Winter is living on the streets of London, begging to survive, when Thaddeus approaches her with an offer that she finds suspicious, but nevertheless, accepts. She is wary of him, yet she follows him to a remote village where she remains suspicious of his intentions.
This is a quintessential horror novel, in which the innocent has nowhere to run, and the villain holds all the power. Kind of a throw back to the old style of vampires novels. This is the first of a series, so the ending is left open for future events to unfold, but there is resolution of a sort.
I will say I found it uncomfortable reading, but I did find myself enjoying the story. I'll have to read a lot of humorous, lighter reads though before I can tackle anything this dark again.
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