Low Red Moon
by Caitlin R. Kiernan
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
352 pages; ISBN: 0451459482
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
He’s a gifted psychic who gave the police the break they needed to find Mary English, a serial killer who killed fourteen children. Deacon Silvey solved many cases for the Atlanta police before the ugliness he subjected himself to finally wore him out. He was an unemployed drunk living in Birmingham when he met Chance, a young woman on the right side of the tracks who wanted Deacon but only if he gave up the bottle.
They eventually married, the geology professor and the recovering alcoholic and they expect their child to be born in a matter of weeks. Their happy life shatters when serial killer Narcissa Snow enters their lives first through a vision and then in physical form. She wants their child to offer up to the monsters in the hope that they will make her one of their own. When she kidnaps Chance, days before the birth Deacon must rely on an otherworldly being to track Narcissa before she can have his wife and child.
Caitlin R. Kiernan will appeal to readers who like the works of Poppy Z. Brite. She writes dark fantasy where happily ever after is never guaranteed. The protagonist is a dark and brooding Heathcliffe who can act the hero when the need arises and has the inner fortitude to handle the tough breaks fate throws at him. LOW RED MOON is a haunting gothic urban fantasy that will not easily be forgotten.
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