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Biting the Moon (Andi Oliver #1)

3.37  ·  Rating Details  ·  764 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
In a unique departure from her acclaimed Richard Jury novels, bestselling author Martha Grimes presents "a lyrical coming-of-age journey" (Chicago Sun-Times) featuring two characters from her previous novels. A nameless young woman awakes in a strange bed-and-breakfast with a message that her "Daddy" will soon return. Fearing the worst, she flees into the wilderness and me ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by NAL (first published January 1st 1999)
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Dec 25, 2011 Emily rated it liked it
Warning: This book contains graphic animal cruelty and has little to no resolution at the end.
Grimes' main character is an amnesiac who likes to rescue animals. She and her new friend go on a journey to figure out what happened to her and why she can't remember it. The trip is suspenseful, but it's a little bit mystifying how two girls, neither of whom have a drivers' license or even know how to drive, can make it from Santa Fe to the middle of Idaho without getting pulled over.
I found myself
May 26, 2010 Miriam rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, memory
Acme or nadir, it depends on your taste, but in any case this is the extreme of one of Grimes' depressing and squalid phases. If you've read her Jury series you probably noticed this: some of the books are quite cheery and witty, then you'll get a few that are very sad and have horrible abuses of children, animals, or emotionally vulnerable individuals. This manages to include all of those tropes, plus rape, orphans, and amnesia. I actually found the dog-fighting the most upsetting. It is well w ...more
4 stars because I loved some of these characters so much. You really need to suspend your feelings of disbelief. Two girls, ages 14 and probably 16, take off on a road trip to track down the guy who kidnapped Andi, the 16-year-old girl. Neither girl has their license but they manage to drive over 800 miles from Sante Fe to Idaho Falls. Andi can bluff her way through any situation, including going white water rafting on a level 4 river with no, that's right, zero experience. And she has amnesia. ...more
Leslie Bulion
I have been a Martha Grimes fan for a long time, after reading The End of the Pier, Hotel Paradise, and Belle Ruin. In this book, I don't know why the villain had to have a hand in every evil thing going on in the western US except maybe being the second unabomber. The first and foremost thing we think he did was heinous enough. After that, the plot seems to become one coincidence after another in some pretty wide open country. Secondary characters' reactions to the villain were hard for me to b ...more
Apr 17, 2011 Wanda rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
This is a story about a teenager who suddenly wakes up in a bed and breakfast in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has no knowledge who she is or how she arrived at the inn. With little to aid her in discovering her past beyond a backpack labeled with the initials A.O., she decides to name herself Andi Olivier.

She meets up with another teenage girl and they set out to track down Andi's identity.

The plot is a bit far fetched requiring great leaps of the imagination. You must accept some events. Though t
Melyssa Williams
I've somehow never read Martha Grimes before, and I'm not sure this book hooked me enough to try another. If it weren't for the gripping beginning and the fact that all the towns they drive through I have been to (so that was fun), I'm not sure I would have made it to the end. You definitely have to suspend your disbelief and just go with the plot. Some things are just too over the top, like Mary's parents being dead in a crash and her sister being murdered. Those things had nothing to do with t ...more
Feb 02, 2015 George rated it liked it
#1 in the Andi Oliver mystery series. I wonder about the "Oliver" listing because in the book, Andi keeps saying her name in "Olivier." This is a suspend rationality story. Two girls, Andi around 17 and Mary 14, drive, without licenses, from Santa Fe, NM to Idaho Falls, ID in search of a man Andi knows as "Daddy," who she has a vague description of, who is not really her father taking all kinds of risks along the way. Andi has no memory of what happened to her, how she ended up in Santa Fe, or w ...more
Sep 13, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
This is the second book in a row by Martha Grimes. The two main characters are teenaged girls, both without family, who set off together on a crazy adventure. Martha Grimes does not back away from difficult topics: child pornography, murder, canned hunting, trapping of animals, alcoholism, spousal abuse. She also introduces a variety of interesting characters. I found it entertaining and thought provoking, unlike the last book, that kept me laughing throughout. I'll head back to the library to p ...more
Oct 19, 2009 Gwen rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009-read
This was my first Martha Grimes book. I read the entire book and felt it fell flat on itself in the end. The story is about a young girl who wakes up in a bed and breakfast but can't remember anything. The owner, tells her that her "daddy" went into town. She feels deep within her, that this man is not her "daddy" and escapes the b&b and lives in the mountain range for 4 months, during which time, her memory does not return. She calls herself Andi and rescues animals caught in leg traps in t ...more
Mar 16, 2016 Karen rated it liked it
The main plot of this book is a young girl, waking up in a B & B with no memory of who she is or where she is and her journey to uncover this information. The underlying plot is very meaningful, brining attention to abuse of animals by canned hunts, trapping and dogfights. This is a very well written story that kept my attention the whole way, anxious for the solution to both the girl 19s situation and and hoping for the end of the animal abuse.
Anne Marie
Jun 19, 2015 Anne Marie rated it it was ok
This book was literally all over the place with little to no suspense and terrible scenes of animal abuse. It's about a girl who calls herself Andi, who has amnesia, and with the help of another girl, Mary, go on a quest to find a man who is Andi's abductor. Their search leads them on a white water rafting trip, the abductor, Harry Wine, being the head guide. From the rapid rivers to killing exotic animals, to dog fights, Andi accomplishes what she set out to do, leaving Mary behind in the end.
Apr 29, 2011 Lynne-marie rated it really liked it
I'm on a Grimes spree and thought it was time I read a little of Andi Oliver. So, Biting the Moon which is a reference to coyotes in an Indian parlance, the same that Andi saves from traps near where she's hiding out in the Sandia Mountains in the bitter cold and snow. She cleans their wounds, but needs sometimes to inject them with, a little something to put them slightly asleep, to allow her to do her work. It is while stealing some of this drug that she meets and befriends Mary Dark Hope, who ...more
Mar 17, 2008 Cindy rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one.
Was this book written for young adults? Was this book written for the ADHD reader?

The story line jumped all over the place! The story begins with a young girl with amnesia living in the wild saving small animals caught in leg-hold traps. She then befriends a 14 year old orphan girl who is financially well off. Good thing the money was good...the girls take off on a road trip like Thelma and Louise. They just happen across white water river rafting, dog fighting, canned hunts, good guys, bad guys
Feb 26, 2014 Andrea rated it it was ok
This book is a departure from Martha Grimes very good Richard Jury series. It did not measure up to that series. Too much was put into the story. Having toe young girls go on this adventure was already a stretch. On top of that, they saw too many terrible things. Was it really necessary for them to be exposed to so many evil things in our society? Surely not.
Marvin Soroos
Jan 24, 2016 Marvin Soroos rated it liked it
I liked another of the author's books titled Dakota. This one was a disappointment me. While parts of it were entertaining, the two teenage girl protagonists lacked credibility and the plot was far fetched. An theme of the book was the efforts of the girls to fight against animal cruelty.
Oct 03, 2015 Jean rated it really liked it
Totally different from the Jury stories. Yet one of the main characters has appeared in a Jury story. The plot is a vehicle to educate about animal abuse and still tell an intriguing story.
Feb 14, 2016 Cin marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 26, 2008 Kd rated it really liked it
I tried reading Grimes a long time ago and didn't make it through the first few chapters of a detective or inspector series, but I think I will give her another try after reading Biting the Moon and the sequel Dakota. Both of these books have a special interest slant, animal rights, but they were interesting even without being an animal lover. I always have to balance my feelings about animals with the knowledge that they are here to sustain our lives, but it is easy to get unbalanced especially ...more
Apr 18, 2010 Beth rated it liked it
I love the Martha Grimes Richard Jury series. In fact those are the only Martha Grimes books I had read until this one.
This book was very good but so, so different from her other one's I've read. It makes me appreciate her all the more as a writer.
Although I do have to admit there were a few times in this book when I thought one of the main characters was very implausible. A thirteen year old girl and yet the thoughts that were supposedly going through her mind - well, it just seemed way too adu
Tiera Bonnefond
Jul 09, 2012 Tiera Bonnefond rated it did not like it
I found this book to be very unsatisfying. It started with one character's view point and then switched to the other main character's view point. It is a mystery of sorts but without a resolution. The original main character just disappears, and parts of the story makes one squeamish. I agree with another reviewer that the main protagonist's involvement in all things bad, was unnecessary and quite unbelievable. Martha Grimes' Richard Jury books are wonderful, but this book lacks the humor found ...more
Mar 21, 2014 Kim rated it it was ok
I loved the first half of the book, but somewhere in the middle it fell apart.
Jul 20, 2011 Sherry rated it really liked it
Andi Olivier has courage and fiercely protects people and animals in need of it. Almost Biblical in her anger and justice-seeking behavior. Third person narration from the point of view of a companion/conspirator/friend is a good way for us to see Andi. We readers see that Andi could use a little protection herself. Some of the things I like about this book and its sequel, Dakota, are that the heroes are girls (not even women), that good triumphs in some measure, and that the strength and righte ...more
Apr 07, 2011 Pamela added it
I love Martha Grimes's Richard Jury novels, and everything else of hers that I've read. But, really, this was awful. A slung together story whose only reason for being was to publicize the author's passion for animals and preventing their abuse. A noble cause, surely. But if you're that passionate about something, wouldn't you go to the trouble to write the story well? She's capable of so much better. I bought the follow-up book at the same time, and threw it out when I finished this one. I didn ...more
Aug 11, 2008 Peggy rated it liked it
Shelves: adultfiction
I listened to this book on tape otherwise I'm not sure I would have exerted the effort to finish. It's not that I didn't enjoy it; it was just so outlandish it seemed ridiculous after a while. Animal cruelty/child molestation/amnesia/kidnapping/murder/river rafting/canned hunts/pharmacy robbery all wound together and not particularly related - well not very well anyway. It was just kind of weird. Of course, like I said, I listened to the whole thing so it must have had some redeeming qualities a ...more
Dec 02, 2008 TheSaint rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, suspense
Andi has forgotten almost everything about her past, how she ended up bruised and beaten in some hotel in New Mexico, and who the good-looking man was, who claimed to be her daddy. But that doesn't stop her from escaping what she feels is a very suspicious situation. Andi (is that her real name?) befriends Mary, who comes along for a wild ride through Idaho roads and Salmon River rapids, in search of the truth, and exposing "Daddy" as the evil man that he is.
Melissa DeGott
Oct 22, 2013 Melissa DeGott rated it it was amazing
It's very rare that I give out 5 stars. I don't know what some people that commented on this book are talking about. I found it very easy to read and to follow. It was a great storyline with a very original plot. The only thing that I was thrilled about was the end. I really wanted to know what happened to Andi!!! If I could give it 4.5 stars I would just for the ending. Overall it was a great and entertaining read. I would definitely recommend this to a friend!
Oct 05, 2010 Joanne rated it did not like it
Despite the intriguing title, this book meanders and leaves readers, at least this one, wondering why we killed the tree to print this. The main character doesn't wakes up in a hotel one day with no past and no name. But the book spends more time with her saving trapped animals (horrific to be sure). She tries to trace her past, but there is just too much uninteresting and superfulous narrative to make this the least bit intersting.
Oct 05, 2010 Marie rated it liked it
I liked the descriptions of the landscapes in this book; they were crisp and clear. While I didn't warm to the main characters very quickly, I was interested in them. I think most of it was a cultural divide, I guess; I just couldn't relate.

Some of what the main protagonista went through and did was a bit incredible, but I could buy it a bit. The ending was a bit unsatisfying to me, but it worked in a way.
Feb 10, 2009 Chana rated it really liked it
Andi is a very symbolic character, the one who saves every victim she can and avenges those she can't. It feels good to stand with her. I thought the ending was slightly weak, but just in comparison with the rest of the book which was strong and opinionated and essentially perfect. Maybe I just didn't want to see Andi go. But Andi left a legacy of strength to Mary, and maybe to we readers as well.
Darlene Wilson
Mar 31, 2008 Darlene Wilson rated it really liked it
Andi Oliv(i)er - an amnesia victim - wanders throughout the states looking for home - herself. She takes on the pain and suffering of all animals she encounters -- attempts to alleviate when and where she can. An excellent description of whitewater rafting -- friends who are good to her -- a suspense story of "Daddy" at a b & b -- all come together to give a good read.
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Martha Grimes is an American author of detective fiction.

She was born May 2 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to D.W., a city solicitor, and to June, who owned the Mountain Lake Hotel in Western Maryland where Martha and her brother spent much of their childhood. Grimes earned her B.A. and M.A. at the University of Maryland. She has taught at the University of Iowa, Frostburg State University, and Montg
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