Moonrise  

  
Moonrise by Cassandra King is a modern gothic tale inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel Rebecca, which still enchants readers 75 years after its original publication. A new wife arrives at Moonrise, a forbidding old Victorian house in an eerily beautiful setting, (complete with a neglected nocturnal garden), hoping to be embraced by the family and friends of her new husband, a charismatic journalist whose previous wife died under mysterious circumstances. Instead, she finds herself rejected and reviled, unable to forge an identity apart from the lingering presence of her predecessor. No matter how hard she tries to gain acceptance from her husband’s daughter and his circle of friends, something--or someone--is determined to drive her away. Her arrival unexpectedly sets forces in motion, ultimately leading to the uncovering of long-hidden desires and the tragic consequences of betrayal. She soon she wonders if she can trust anyone, even the man she loves. Set in the cloud-shrouded mountains of western North Carolina, at a summer vacation spot that attracts many of the wealthy from Atlanta and elsewhere, Moonrise combines du Maurier’s command of suspense, intrigue, and foreboding with King’s light approach to human foible.

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