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The Moonlit Earth

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“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’...more
Hardcover, 362 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Scribner Book Company (first published April 1st 2010)
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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...more
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.
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...more
Sumiko Saulson
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
Note: Technically I’d give the book 4 ½ 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 ½ 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 differe...more
Sylvia Hester
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
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...more
Charie La Marr
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
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.
Steven Elmer-daly
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
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!
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.
Dec 28, 2013 CJRA rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: meh
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
Michele Rice Carpenter
Mar 08, 2014 Michele Rice Carpenter rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
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...more
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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
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...more
Jayson Bucy
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
Vince Liaguno
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
The second reading was as good as the first. Christopher Rice knows how to keep the momentum of a story going. Surprise twists along the way always make for a god story too.
Jill Allison
Audiobook was good. Enough conspiracy theory to keep things going. I just wish Christopher rice would write a happy, fulfilled gay character. Every book I have read by him has had interesting characters from all walks of life, but the gay ones are always very angsty.
Barbara Elsborg
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
I'd give this 3.5 stars if half stars were available on Goodreads. It was a pretty exciting novel with an interesting premise and a couple of fairly charming characters (e.g. Majed), and I enjoyed the central themes of family secrets and sibling loyalty. However, most of the major characters were a little bit 'cookie cutter' for my taste, and I found myself losing some of my interest in the mystery near the end.
David W.
Another Christopher Rice that I loved
I would not recommend it and it did not appeal to me. Megan loses her job and plans to move back home. Unfortunately, her brother objects to her becoming dependent upon their wealthy cousin, Simon. Her brother becomes the suspect in a hotel bombing and cannot be located so Megan follows his last known destination in Hong Kong. The Royal Saudi family is involved w/ her brother and the plot is not well put together and a little thin. I have not read this author before so he might have some better...more
David Tanner
One of the things that I like about Christopher's writing is that some of the characters may be gay, but that fact isn't the focus of the story usually. He also creates strong female characters and often surprises me with a plot twist here and there. While this wasn't my favorite of his works, it is still a "good read" and one that I would recommend. My favorite character of this book, however, is neither gay nor female. Can you guess? Enjoy.
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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 first supernatural thriller, THE HEAVENS RISE, was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. His first novel, A DENSITY OF SOULS, was published when he was just 22. The controversial bestseller was greeted with a lan...more
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