Miniwa has a strange pack of wolves breeding in their woods. Rituals, legends, Indians and totems, all make for some interesting plot twists. Our narrator is Jessie McQuade and boy, does she have a story to tell you about the werewolves in her little town. Here is the back blurb:
Miniwa, Wisconsin is under siege, but not by the usual summer tourists. The area’s normally shy wolf population has begun stalking human prey, and their victims have been disappearing… or worse. Something is happening in the woods. Something brutal and primitive
In Blue Moon, Jessie McQuade is our narrator and she is a sarcastic little thing. Still single and alone, she laments on the lack of a love life and a family to call her own. She has some family baggage that she carries around with her -her mom never gave her any attention while growing up and Jessie’s always questioned her mother’s love for her. Thus, the only friend she has is a chain smoking senior citizen and how pathetic is that?
William Cadote, our hero, is a man of very few words. He plays the perfect part of the absent minded professor, who is good looking and great in bed. He’s also single. William’s Objiwe heritage makes him feel insecure in his relationships with women. For most of the story, William is often cast in an untruthworthy light. More or less he seems ambiguous. Anyway, readers are constantly questioning the motives of his character throughout much of the story.
Other interesting characters that make up the town of Miniwa include, Clyde, the sheriff and Jessie’s boss, who has a bad habit of quoting dialogue from old Clint Eastwood movies. Then there’s Zelda the dispatcher aka “senior citizen” who is the chain-smoking best friend of Jessie that I mentioned earlier and the mother Jessie never had. Zelda provides some of the comic relief in the story. There is also the wolf army that is comprised of various victims in the area of Miniwa. No worries as there is someone hunting them. Wolf-hunter Edward Mandenauer is sent to kill the wolves that are scaring away the tourists and riling up the locals.
There’s plenty of action and suspense here – two of my favorite elements in a novel (helps move the pages along, too). There is great pacing as I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Handeland does a great job with the suspense, mood and atmosphere. She maintains it well. The character development was decent. I managed to enjoy this novel without delving too much beneath the surface for fear of disappointment.
The style of writing for a first person narrative worked well for me since it isn’t a favorite. I never felt that the story was bogged down with extraneous info. Overall, a good even pace with interesting characters will make this book very readable. Bottom line is that I was thoroughly entertained by Blue Moon. The problems I had were minor irritations, for instance, I thought the sarcasm was a tad too much. Just a tad. Other related novels you might want to check out: Hunter’s Moon and Dark Moon. Yes, I plan to read those soon enough. Overall, Blue Moon was a good book, a beach read really. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Handeland’s werewolf stories. My grade, B.
[tags]Lori Handeland, Paranormal romance[/tags]