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Heat of the Moon
by Sandra Parshall
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Poisoned Pen, 2006 (2006)
*   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

A hidden memory bursts forth unbidden and unwanted, starting a string of questions to which young veterinarian Rachel Goddard has difficulty finding the answers.

Rachel realizes that she has never seen a picture of herself as a baby nor been told stories about her late father. She feels as if she simply materialized one day as a five year-old. As adults, she and her sister Michelle live with their mother in a lovely home, cared for and feeling loved. Rachel, however, keeps having disturbing flashbacks she can't explain. Her mother, Judith, a prominent psychologist, wants neither of her daughters to have attachments outside the home. Too many questions need to be answered.

A fascinating story of intrigue and suspense, The Heat of the Moon will keep the reader guessing. At times, it seems slow to get to the point, with a hesitation to plunge onward that often marks a first novel. However, I like Rachel. She is a gutsy woman, determined to clear up the mystery that surrounds her background. The touch of love in the plot is a nice treat, as are the references to Washington, D.C..

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