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3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  811 ratings  ·  161 reviews
When Helen Honeycutt falls in love with Emmet Justice, a charismatic television journalist who has recently lost his wife in a tragic accident, their sudden marriage creates a rift between her new husband and his oldest friends, who resent Helen’s intrusion into their tightly knit circle. Hoping to mend fences, the newlyweds join the group for a summer at his late wife’s f ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Maiden Lane Press (first published July 23rd 2013)
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Made it to page 73, then bailed.

Totally underwhelmed with the characters, all of which were juvenile and one-dimensional. Had a hard time believing these supposedly urbane and sophisticated rich people were in their late 30's, 40's and 50's, as they seemed to act and speak like early twenty-somethings with little class or maturity. As a result, not believable to me in the context of this story. The writing was so-so; I've read worse, but I expected better, to be honest.

The plot/story was one I d
Diane S ❄
3.5 A very atmospheric novel set in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in a wonderful old house called Moonrise. A summer community of houses inhabited by summer residents who have long become friends, they meet and socialize every summer. The descriptions of the house and the gardens, one of which is a moon garden were just amazing, I could smell the flowers, felt like I was there in the gardens.

When one of their group die, the rest must pick up the pieces and Emmitt, the widower remarries. He
RoseMary Achey
I had difficulty believing this novel of adult friendship and betrayal. The characters were very stereotypical and a bit flat. Truth be told, I was bored during several of the narratives and wishing we could just move along with the story.
Miriam Downey
You can read my full review here: http://mimi-cyberlibrarian.blogspot.c...

This spring, my husband and I drove the Blue Ridge Parkway, spent a night in Asheville NC, visited the Biltmore Estate and were thoroughly enthralled with the area. Its beauty is mesmerizing. My best memory of that week was watching the blue mist rising with the dawn and descending with the dusk. Cassandra King uses the mountain setting to its best advantage in her new Southern Gothic, Moonrise. The setting is a perfect f
I have long been a fan of Cassandra King. MOONRISE, I think, moves her to a whole new level. If you loved REBECCA, you will love MOONRISE. If you haven't yet experienced REBECCA, you will want to after reading MOONRISE. I'm a huge fan of southern lit, and of gothics - this is a perfect blend of both with nary a misstep. If you've somehow missed discovering Cassandra King until now, I think this book might be the perfect place to start. And if you're an Anne Rivers Siddons fan, well, honeys - you ...more
I discovered gothic novels as a teenager, in our small public library that was housed in a...well, old house. It was creaky and tiny and smelled musty...but I LOVED it. And spending time in it. I'm not sure if I liked gothics b/c I was hooked on mysteries (thank you, Nancy Drew?) or vice versa but I know I spent hours scouring the shelves, discovering fabulous books and writers. At any rate, I was excited about reading "Moonrise" (even before I found out King was married to Pat Conroy!) b/c I fi ...more
Carolyn Hill
A southern gothic novel set in the mountains of North Carolina seemed like the perfect match to me when I came across it in the bookstore the day it was released. I had read and enjoyed Cassandra King's last books, so I figured it wasn't too much of a gamble to use the coupon burning a hole in my pocket and actually buy a book I had heard nothing about. That it was styled as an homage to Du Maurier's Rebecca only added to the allure.

My friends know that I never quite got over my teenage and twen
If you liked Rebecca, and picked up this book because it is supposed to be similar, you might be disappointed. Both Moonrise and Rebecca feature a widower who lost his "perfect" wife and then quickly turns around and marries a younger woman, who is a meek and naive. King used a number of other elements from Rebecca: the old house, the dreams, the secrets and lack of communication/misunderstandings...I just didn't find Moonrise very atmospheric or suspenseful.

The narrative is all first person, mo
Book Concierge
A shy, insecure Helen Honeycutt meets rich, handsome Emmet Justice when he arrives as the new anchorman and news director at the television station where she hosts a noon-time 15-minute cooking demonstration. He’s a brooding widower, and is won over by her unassuming nature and great cooking. After they marry she discovers an old photo album that includes pictures of his late wife at their mountain estate, Moonrise, and Helen begs and pleads until Emmet agrees to take her there for the summer. B ...more
By: Cassandra King
Published By: Maiden Lane Press
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4

"Moonrise" by Cassandra King was a "novel of dark secrets and second chances, New York Times’ bestselling author Cassandra King’s homage to the Gothic classic Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier." This author does a wonderful job in this complexed relationship 'of the south' bringing together such intriguing characters, with the protagonist, who had to faced so much after her marriage and esp
I would rate this 3 1/2 stars. All in all, a good story. I have read all the other books by this author, and this is my least favorite. It's supposed to have been inspired by Daphne DeMaurier's Rebecca. While there are some similarities, this is nowhere near the classic that Rebecca is. I never got to the "I can't put it down" point, but it was still good. There was only one character that I liked, and that was the housekeeper. The rest of them frustrated me, for various reasons. I'm not sorry I ...more
JoAnne Pulcino

Cassandra King

Definitely not Daphne du Maurier.
Funnny thing about books written by Mrs. Pat Conroy...I usually like them! But when she promoted this book as a modern Gothic comparing it to Daphne DuMaurier's REBECCA, I got a little bent out of shape.

Here's a plot description and a provocative review that I didn't write:

When Helen Honeycutt falls in love with Emmet Justice, a charismatic television journalist who has recently lost his wife in a tragic accident, their sudden marriage creates a rift between her new husband and his oldest frien
Helen Honeycutt marries the recently widowed Emmet Justice, a charismatic television journelist, whose previous wife, Rosalyn, in an automobile accident. The much-loved Rosalyn died when her car drove off a mountainous road near Moonrise, the family's home near Highland, N.C., in the Blue Ridge Mountains. A number of Emmet and Rosalyn's childhood friends are gathering in their mountain homes. Although Helen has met the group, her reception was ill-received since many believe that Emmet married H ...more
Anita Johnson
Cassandra King is one of my favorite authors but I had my doubts about her latest book at first. I assumed from the cover art and comments that it would be basically a ghost story but I was wrong. It crosses a few genres: love story, mystery and southern gothic.

Helen Honeycutt does cooking segments at a Florid television station where she meets the charismatic newscaster, Emmet Justice, who has just lost his beloved wife, Rosalyn, in a tragic accident. They shock everyone, including themselves,
Moonrise is by far my favorite of Sandra's books. This story spoke to me in so many ways it would be a challenge to know where to start. It was so easy for me to see and smell the garden, see the butterflies, lake ans swimming hole and know the characters (I went to bed mad as hell at Kit one night). On the last chapters, I kept barding 5 more minuets with myself to read before forcefully having to put it down to be at an event. In 1999 I had the great fortunate opportunity to photograph Sandra ...more
I loved the book. I had a hard time putting it down once I started reading it. Although it is not a retelling, the author pays homage to Daphne duMaurier’s Rebecca in this modern gothic suspense novel. The story takes place in the Blue Ridge Mountains at the family home of the late wife of the main character’s husband. The house, Moonrise, was named for the stunning but now neglected nocturnal gardens. The haunting tale is told from the perspective of three of the characters: Helen, the new wife ...more
Since Moonrise is an homage to a beloved classic, it is not surprising that there are plenty of similarities between the two. Both have the famous house, a beloved first wife who died under mysterious circumstances, a second wife forced to bear the inevitable comparisons, questions about their marriage, and so forth. Yet it is in the differences in which Moonrise charms.

For one thing, the setting of Moonrise is much more appealing than Manderley. While the latter may be better kept and more atmo
Andra Watkins
I love Du Maurier's Rebecca, so I bit into Moonrise with gusto. I've spent a lot of time in the Highlands area. King conjures the place lovingly with her words. I felt like I'd even met some of the characters during my various visits there.

I liked how the narrators shifted. Each voice was well-drawn and approachable. I never felt like I wanted to get back to a different narrator or story line. I also liked how the place became a character with shifting moods and emotions.

Bravo to Cassandra King
Daphne du Maurier's novel, "Rebecca" is one of my favorites and this book does a pretty admirable job trying to follow in Ms. Maurier's footsteps. I liked the mysterious feel of Moonrise and the writing approach of having the story told through three different narrators in three different "camps" was a good angle. However, there were too many loose ends that were never tied up and I guess I'm one who likes clean, tidy endings.

Whatever happened to Tansy's feelings for Noel? What becomes of Kit?
Krista Mercer
Loved the concept - a reimagining of Daphne du Maurier's classic Rebecca, complete with a newly married heroine and a manor house that's equally captivating and foreboding. The modern Gothic works nicely in the Southern setting.

The chapters are told from multiple first-person viewpoints, which I found easy enough to keep track of (the voices are all quite unique) but did lend a somewhat jarring quality to the narrative. Some of the suspense (quite necessary to a Gothic, IMHO) was necessarily los
Gail Strickland
While I enjoyed this book, either the author or editor needed a thesaurus to find a replacement word for "giggle". For a group of middle to late middle aged women, supposedly educated, refined and wealthy, there was entirely to much giggling, usually over what most of us would either laugh at, smile about, snort at, grin about, or most likely roll our eyes. After the first five instances of two of the women "giggling" together, it became annoying but after the rest of the "giggling" it became do ...more
A group of friends gather for the summer in an attempt to get over one who has passed and also to get to know the new edition; however, all are not as willing as they claim to move on as they state.

The characters are so well written, I found myself hating a couple of them. However, the characters are complex and do develop throughout the story.

An enchanting and vivid narrative is woven through multiple points of view which shift fairly seamlessly. Hints of the afterlife intruding on this reality
Thought of several words to describe this while reading. The exact one has left me but I have others. Insipid. Boring. Remorseful (that I wasted my time and money.)
I chose this book for several reason also. Cassandra King is Pat Conroys wife an I love his southern writing. Set in highlands NC where I've spent much time. My grandfather even had a summer home there.
Too gothic to be true Southern IMO. Ms. King describes the south as being gothic in a discussion at te en of this book but I've neve
Kimberly McCreight
A beautifully written, Gothic tale of friendship and betrayal. Wonderfully rounded characters and fabulous pacing combine for a thought-provoking, page-turning read that will make you long for your very old friends, while leaving you wondering anew about the power of secrets and the danger of seduction. Moonrise's descriptions of the South--from the gardens, to the homes, to the characters, made me want to back my bags immediately. A truly enthralling tale from start to finish.
Southern Gothic meets a rich exploration of the nature of friendship, loneliness, envy, and the ghosts of secrets kept too long. Cassandra King understands human nature and tells a grand story that is smart and sassy, warm and wise. The people and place (Highlands, NC) she uses to tell the story of Moonrise will stay with you long after you close the book.
Moonrise was an interesting book in that it had a very gothic feel. When Helen Honeycutt marries Emmet Justice who is a well known television journalist who had recently lost his wife in the year prior, his friends are shocked and resentful. Trying to calm everyone down they visit his former wife's mountain estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains called Moonrise. Moonrise was noted for the nocturnal gardens that had unusual night blooming flowers that glowed in the light of the moon. At first, the w ...more
Terrance Zepke
Being a North Carolina writer, I really enjoyed that the setting was the North Carolina Highlands. Loved the plot and Moonrise! King's description of this big, old Victorian mansion brought it to life in such a way that I knew exactly how Helen felt at any given moment. Really liked the way the author told the story using multiple narratives. Perfect! It might have been nice to have included the occasional thoughts of the men in this novel, but since it is women's fiction I can see why she didn' ...more
Sep 16, 2013 Sheila added it
Romantic suspense - but I liked it. Due mostly for the town it was written in/about. Highlands N.C. A town I love spending time in. The author brought in many sights & sounds that made me feel as if I were there.
Fantastic story and wonderful description of Highlands- a great book for the end of the summer, lots of mystery and intrigue and drama and friendship.
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CASSANDRA KING, who has been called “the Queen of Southern storytelling,” is the author of six novels, Making Waves, The Sunday Wife, The Same Sweet Girls, Queen of Broken Hearts, Moonrise, and The Same Sweet Girls' Guide to Life, as well as numerous short stories, essays and articles. Moonrise, her fifth novel, is set in Highlands, North Carolina. A native of Alabama, Cassandra resides in Beaufor ...more
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