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The Moonlit Earth

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  887 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
“How long do I have to convince you that my brother is not capable of murdering sixty people?”

Christopher Rice, the author of four New York Times bestselling novels by the age of thirty, returns with his first female protagonist since The Snow Garden. In The Moonlit Earth, he delivers a compelling psychological thriller about a young woman who must act to save her brother’
Hardcover, 362 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Scribner Book Company
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Jun 09, 2010 Sandi rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I was getting Nine Dragons signed at the LA Times Festival of Books and this poor author got stuck next to Michael Connelly who had a huge line. Mr. Rice had no people getting his signature. The cover caught my eye and I asked what the book was about. It sounded interesting enough, so I got a copy.

While The Moonlit Earth has a good plot, it fell a bit flat for me. It tried to go too many directions and spent a lot of time at the end with charac
Aug 16, 2010 Kevin rated it liked it
This is not the book to start with if you have never read Christopher Rice--it's a middling effort, but oddly compelling. For a much better read, try A Density of Souls or The Snow Garden. I think his last three books have been rushed to the publisher a little before they were ready. However, fwiw, bouncing back and forth between Orange County and Hong Kong has some good points and when both characters end up in Hong Kong it becomes even better.
Apr 11, 2010 Alan rated it really liked it
Book Review: The Moonlit Earth by Christopher Rice

Scribner; April 2010
368 pages, $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-7432-9407-2

At thirty years old, Megan Reynolds is an outsider in her affluent hometown of Cathedral Beach, California. She has recently come home with her tail between her legs after losing an altruistic job and her free-thinking boyfriend in San Francisco. Living with her mother, with financial help from her cousin, she finally lands a dream job that will allow her to start over.

Half a world away
Jun 24, 2012 Adrian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay, mystery, contemporary
Note: Technically I’d give the book 4 stars instead of 5 due to a couple places where Rice slips into present tense which is a serious pet peeve of mine. It’s an artistic choice that does nothing to add to the brief moments where he does it and, therefore, irks me to no end. But since Goodreads won’t allow star ratings, and since the rest of the book was so damn good, I’m willing to give it the 5 instead of the 4.

The Moonlit Earth is Christopher Rice at his very best. Do you know the differenc
Dec 28, 2013 CJRA rated it liked it
I so badly want to be loyal to Christophe Rice, but OUCH. This read was really choppy and found the pacing of this book to be less than thrilling. I kinda hate to say that he should stick to writing what he knows about (which I hear is a limiting thing to say to an author) but I find myself enjoying Rice's books less and less. Density of Souls and The Snow Garden (which I have read, reread, and reread yet again and again) were layered and full of context, which seemingly found their way to a glo ...more
Sylvia Hester
Jul 16, 2012 Sylvia Hester rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first time I've read/listen to anything by Christopher Rice. Half way through the book, this story had me grip with anticipation. I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen later. As I listen to the audio book, I gripped the edge of my chair willing the voice to hurry up and let me know what was going to happen next. And when she finally did, I was not disappointed.It made me listen closer to the story. The pictures of the scenes danced in front of my eyes. I had to blink s ...more
Feb 08, 2011 Tama rated it did not like it
Started the Audio book of this one today. I've read one other Christopher Rice book but had a hard time getting into it. I read it because I enjoy his mother's writing so much. This one seems much more interesting. He wrote his first book when he was young and it read more like a teen novel. I can tell he's grown a lot as a writer. So far, the book is interesting.

The book is just too drawn out. I had a hard time paying attention to it. I really wanted to like it because I enjoy Mr. Rice's mother
Charie La Marr
Aug 20, 2013 Charie La Marr rated it it was amazing
Christopher Rice is his mother's son for sure. His books are fast paced, nicely detailed thrillers. I have read several and I have enjoyed them all. The characters are well developed and he knows just how long to hold off on key details to make the reader think and work on the solution themselves -- resulting in a real page turner. He has a very natural writing style that is fun to read. I would recommend all of his books to anyone. Just as a note, I have read some reviews referring to this as " ...more
Sep 10, 2013 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense, thrillers
Awesome book. A timely yet terrifying thriller! This is the first Christopher Rice novel I've read--but it won't be the last. It is rare to find a male author who can write from the female perspective so perfectly. I found his main characters flawed yet likeable. With colorful imagery, taut pacing and a keen understanding of the middle east, Christopher paints an edge-of-your-seat thriller with care. Not all is as it seems. Well done, Christopher! I highly recommend The Moonlit Earth.
Oct 28, 2015 Lauri rated it liked it
My brother is a big fan of Christopher Rice's, but this is the first book I've read by him. I liked it a lot - it was a gripping thriller, and the plot had some interesting twists. The characters were believable and multi-dimensional. Megan has returned home feeling a bit like a failure, and, despite her own misgivings and her brother's warning not to get sucked back into the fold, when her wealthy cousin Lucas offers to set her up in business, it sounds like an offer she can't pass up. Then her ...more
Mar 04, 2013 Patrick rated it really liked it
I was not expecting much from this book, and was pleasently surprised to get way more than I bargained for! An interesting read, interesting characters, and homosexuality even played a big part in the book!
Dec 22, 2014 Anthony rated it liked it
I've read Christopher Rice's first five novels now (yes, I'm a few years behind and reading them in order), and for me this was the weakest of the lot. "Weak" is probably the wrong word, actually. It's technically proficient and does everything it should do as a thriller. It has macguffins and reveals and reversals and all of the tropes one expects. But it felt a bit tired, a bit predictable. Not completely predictable -- one reversal in particular was well placed for maximum surprise -- but mos ...more
Oct 07, 2010 Ken rated it it was amazing
Christopher Rice has done it again with his latest book. I LOVED it. I was gripped from page one and was quite surprised by the ending.
His fifth novel was not the kind of horror novel that I was expecting, however it was very good and stands up to the standards of what I come to expect from Christopher Rice. I always enjoy his novels. This is one were once you start, you will not want to put it down until you’ve finished it. Be prepared for a fantastic read! The Moonlit Earth is suspenseful, thrilling, and a good mystery with dark family secrets.
Cameron and Megan are brother and sister. Cameron works as a flight attendant, and
Michele Rice Carpenter
Mar 08, 2014 Michele Rice Carpenter rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys action/adventure and intrigue
The Moonlit Earth
by Christopher Rice
Published by Scribner, A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
New York, New York
ISBN: 978-0-7432-9407-2
362 pages

Cameron and Megan Reynolds have an incredibly strong brother-sister bond that formed after their father and mother divorced when they were young. Cameron, a flight attendant on Zach Holder's Peninsula Airline, was proud of his sister for moving away from Cathedral Beach and for her success in business. Life happened between plans and Megan ended
Nov 10, 2014 Kevin rated it liked it
I am not sure where I stand on The Moonlit Earth. My dilemma rests on the internal debate over whether the plot is well developed and richly intertwined, or just overly complicated to the point of convolution and absurdity.


Deconstructing the tale as a whole, the storyline seems more plausible than it appeared as it unfolded.
1. Cousin Lucas sleeps with his aunt, who is the protagonist Megan's mom (ugh, but I imagine that has happened before)
2. Dad leaves mom and kids, rich uncle provi
Feb 14, 2011 Bunny rated it liked it
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Dec 15, 2012 Joe rated it really liked it
A tight, fast paced thriller that moves around the world weaving a deadly terrorist attack with an American family's dark, twisted secrets. The novel focuses on Megan Reynolds who has returned to her mother's home near San Diego after a failed relationship as well as a set back to her career. Megan's relationship with her mother is strained from issues in the past when their father walked out on the family. She barely settles in before her flight attendant brother is implicated in the bombing of ...more
Apr 17, 2011 Andres rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
All 5 of his books in 11 days! It was interesting reading all of one author's work in one go, and I did suss out some common elements, which I listed at the end of my review of his previous book. Did they show up here? I'll get to that.

This book is similar in length, tone, and style to his previous book, while the three before that were each their own individual animals. I don't know if the change can be attributed to the fact that the first 3 books were published by Miramax, and the latest two
Sumiko Saulson
Feb 16, 2013 Sumiko Saulson rated it it was amazing
Megan Reynolds is very close to her brother Cameron. That is why she is stunned when the FBI drags her in to interrogate her about his suspected involvement in the mass murder of sixty innocent people. Is her unrelenting faith in her brother warranted, or is she deceived by the trusting nature of her human heart? This entertaining and fast-paced suspense thriller is a coming-of-age story about an idealistic young woman who when faced with the treachery and machinations of evil men, comes to beli ...more
Jayson Bucy
Apr 15, 2011 Jayson Bucy rated it liked it
Megan Reynolds is in store for some significant changes—some she instigated herself, and others of which she is completely unaware. When her job with the Siegel Foundation in Northern California loses funding, she returns to her mother in Cathedral Beach only to be reminded of why she left in the first place. Years ago, when her father walked out on her mother, she and her brother, Cameron, became the intimate siblings they are today. A brief reunion with Cameron, who is now a flight attendant o ...more
Isabel Maria Matias Baeta Marques
I was disappointed with this book. The writing is very good, as is usual with Rice, and the book is perfectly capable of putting us in the places where the action takes place in perfect context as if we were there, this is again Rice's magic to work. But I could not feel the characters, I did not feel the "sanctity" of the girl or feel the indissoluble bond between her and her brother and it would be essential for the plot to make sense. Somehow, it seemed the script for a Brazilian soap opera w ...more
Steven Elmer-daly
Mar 21, 2014 Steven Elmer-daly rated it really liked it
I really like this book. Christopher delves into the relationship of siblings and that struck a chord with me and how I interact with my brothers and sister. It was also refreshing to see how Cameron interacted with the other characters. Some may say this character's behavior is unexpected, but only in the way that it wasn't stereotypical. Christopher didn't take the easy route of simply throwing the young attractive gay guy into bed as many in society assume all gay men do. Promiscuity is not a ...more
Vince Liaguno
Aug 28, 2010 Vince Liaguno rated it liked it
Writers like Christopher Rice are lucky. Not lucky because their literary heritage opened a few initial doors early in their careers, because we all know that only talent can sustain a career – and Rice has plenty of that. Not lucky because his out-of-the-box success gave him the clout and sales figures to allow him to branch out from the gothic mystery leanings of his earlier works.

No, writers like Christopher Rice are lucky because their readers have patience. Patience when their output is mer
Kathleen Hagen
The Moonlit Earth, by Christopher Rice, B. Narrated by Cassandra Campbell, produced by blackstone Audio, downloaded from

After Megan Reynolds loses her job as head of a San Francisco nonprofit, she returns to the support of her family in her affluent hometown of Cathedral
Beach. Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, a fireball rips through the lobby of a luxury hotel, an apparent terrorist bombing. Security cameras capture the attack,
and soon television news footage shows two men escaping, one Mid
May 09, 2010 Marshall rated it really liked it
Chris Rice did several interesting things with this book. I'd say this novel is best viewed in the context of Southern fiction: complicated characters, somewhat outrageous situations. Megan, the narrator, isn't exactly easy to like, but she does what she has to do when her brother Cameron is accused of an act of terrorism. Cameron is gay and has gotten involved with a closeted young Middle Eastern man. There's no sexual relationship between the two; quite the opposite, actually. (Readers coming ...more
Mar 19, 2011 David rated it really liked it
I finished this book the other day and just now getting time to post what I thought about it. I have to say that it was as good as I thought it was going to be. I had been looking forward to reading it since last year so when I had joined a book club and got it I couldn't believe it.

The book was interesting and although in parts it jumped around I found it to be a good read. I would highly recommend it to anyone that is a fan of Christopher's work. I don't want to post to much here because being
Mar 31, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
I've read everything that Christopher Rice has written and I really like his style. His characters are vibrant and the plots are engaging. The Moonlit Earth was no exception. Very telling about the world we live in.
Dec 20, 2015 Blaze rated it liked it
My first Christopher Rice book--alright, but I think I'll have to try another. I just didn't really connect with this book.
Barbara Elsborg
Dec 15, 2012 Barbara Elsborg rated it liked it
My first book by this author and I liked it. Three and a half stars. I was intrigued by the premise of the plot though I did get a bit tangled up in it at times. The action was fast and exciting. I don't know how realistic that last part was with Cameron (not going to spoil it) but I was on the edge of my seat to know it would turn out okay. I liked the character of the young man from Saudi and all that part of the story was very interesting but I felt there were too many threads at times and it ...more
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By the age of 30, Christopher Rice had published four New York Times bestselling thrillers, received a Lambda Literary Award and been declared one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive. His two novels of dark supernatural suspense, THE HEAVENS RISE and THE VINES, were both finalists for the Bram Stoker Award. He recently entered the erotic romance genre with three works in all new series called T ...more
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