Friday, June 18, 2010

Book Review: Hunter's Moon by Don Hoesel

Hunter's Moon, written by Don Hoesel (Elijah's Bones) is about a novelist, CJ Baxter, who left his hometown after high school, burdened by a secret that he believed to be his own.  When his grandfather dies, CJ returns and with a failing marriage, decides to stay awhile.  The family, of course, is not happy as CJ has pretty much aired their dirty laundry in his fictional novels.  His brother, a ruthless character who is running for a senate seat, is hoping to persuade CJ to support him.  With that, CJ is forced to confront his past, lost loves and family secrets as well as deal with new scandals.

This book was very slow to start.  I found myself getting tangled up in some pretty wordy sentences (I counted 35 in one sentence) and really had to push myself to keep reading.  However, the book does pick up and the suspense builds to the point that you don't want to stop reading.  Unfortunately, the ending is extremely abrupt.  The climax comes to a head on page 381 and there are only 382 pages in the book.  It leaves one to wonder about some of the relationships that CJ had in the past and information about newfound relationships.

This book is published by Bethany House, a Christian publisher.  CJ was a new Christian, yet the Christian theme was really not developed very much in this book.  I would have liked to have seen his faith developed a little more other than just the general idea of forgiveness.

I give this book 3 stars out of 5.

This book can be purchased from Amazon.com for $11.69 with free super saver shipping.

Disclosure:  I was provided a copy of this book for review by Bethany House.  I received no monetary compensation for this book. 

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