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The Moon is Missing

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  291 ratings  ·  117 reviews
From Jenni Ogden, author of award-winning A Drop in the Ocean, comes a gripping tale of family secrets and mother–daughter conflict set in London, New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, and on a remote island off the coast of New Zealand.

Georgia Grayson has perfected the art of being two people: a neurosurgeon on track to becoming the first female Director of Neurosurgery
Kindle Edition, 378 pages
Published August 25th 2020 by Sea Dragon Press
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Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This domestic suspense/domestic drama is centered on Georgia Grayson who is a neurosurgeon in London on track to becoming the first female director, a mother to Lara and Finbar and wife to Adam.

A school assignment leads her 15yo daughter Lara to ask about her deceased biological father Danny a musician whom Georgia met in New Orleans. A medical conference leads mother and daughter to New Orleans only to face hurricane Katrina head on.

The book in essence is about family, communication and love
Rating: 4 hurricane whipped stars

This is Jenni Odgen’s second novel, and it is a doozy of domestic suspense. Georgia Grayson and her husband live in London with two children. Georgia is the Director or Neurosurgery in a large hospital. However, she was on a leave of absence from actually operating. Increasingly she’s been unable to control her panic attacks. She is required to seek counseling before her privileges will be be reinstated. Georgia’s 15-year-old daughter, Lara, is escalating her dem
Shannon Rochester
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my digital copy in exchange for an honest opinion.

I chose this book because I really liked the cover but I also ended up really liking the story. There are two parts to this book, really. We have the part from the past about Georgia and who she thinks is the love of her life, Danny. They plan on marrying when one day he comes to say that he isn't ready and can't go through with the wedding. They had a horrible fight, he stormed out, and he lost his l
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If I can mend a brain, how hard can it be to heal the hole in my heart?

This story is wonderfully written. The Moon is Missing is a story of family, lessons learned, love and forgiveness.....especially forgiveness of ones self. There are also some secrets thrown in for good measure. I loved this story and I really loved the different locations of the book.

For me this was an enthralling escape into a beautifully written story. It made me realize that the journey for each of us is unique. I abs
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it

Jenni's first title, A Drop in the Ocean, was a book I very much enjoyed reading and therefore, was looking forward to her next story. Once again Jenni has written an engaging tale, this time revolving around a range of themes such as family, with some mysterious past secrets, to create that curiosity factor. However, at its heart this is a tale of love and forgiveness, from moving on and lessons learned.

‘... sometimes toxic memories are best kept firmly in a box ...’

In many ways this reads
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Georgia Grayson is a neurosurgeon, wife and mother. She suffers from panic attacks and the past has alot to do with it. When her fifteen-year-old daughter, Lara wants to know more about her biological father. Who was he? What happened to him? Georgia's panic attacks start kicking in full force and she can't perform surgery. She sees a therapist to try and find the cause of it and to dig deep into her memories. Memories of Danny, a musician in New Orleans. When Georgia has a medical conference, s ...more
Aug 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This cover is beautiful and I just had to read it, the blurb makes it even more interesting.

Georgia works as a neurosurgeon in a London hospital but hails from New Zealand. Georgia suffers from the occasional panic attack, When she has one mid surgery she covers it up and goes into therapy. The panic attacks have gotten worse now that her daughter Lara wants to know more about her biological father. Georgia has never really processed his death. When Georgia goes to a conference in New Orleans sh
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Moon Is Missing, is a powerful and beautifully written mother-daughter story.

The story starts in London where we get to know Georgia. Georgia Grayson is on leave from performing operations because of her recent panic attacks. She is a neurosurgeon and is a director in a large hospital. She is married to Adam and is mother to Lara and Finbar.
Lara, her 15-year-old daughter’s Social Studies assignment leads her to ask Georgia about her biological father. Danny was a musician from New Orleans wh
Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
Jenni Ogden is a new to me author and one I’m glad I had the chance to learn about. Her writing style is unique, and her characters are chiseled perfectly. I went into this story, not knowing what to expect but what I got??? Was so worth the read!

This novel absolutely sucked me in, twisted me up inside, and kept me hooked until I reached the last page. It has the perfect amount of suspense, trying to figure out what happened to Georgia’s past love, the perfect amount of drama filled family matte
Jenni Ogden
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Well what can I say? I wrote it! I am in love with Georgia, Adam, Lara and Finbar, and of course gravelly-voiced jazz and blues singer, Danny. And the settings; well I love them too: London, New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina (drama, drama) and spectacular Great Barrier Island (where in fact I, Jenni, live). Go on, give it a try. I think it is pretty OK.
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Secrets and Lies

I enjoyed Ogden’s A Drop in the Ocean and was excited to pick up this novel featuring a neurosurgeon in London forced to take a leave from her practice thanks to panic attacks related to events from her past. Her teenage daughter Lara wants to know about her birth father Danny, a blues singer from New Orleans who died before she was born. When Georgia is offered the chance to attend a neurosurgery conference in New Orleans she decides to take Lara with her hoping they might find
Aug 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Georgia is a neurosurgeon living in London with her family. When she loses a patient during surgery, a patient who looks like a past love, Danny who died tragically, she begins to have anxiety and panic attacks. Her daughter, Lara, pushing her to reveal more about her father only adds to the stress.

Georgia is ordered to seek psychiatric help and cannot perform surgeries until she is given the all clear. While she is trying to make sense of her past and her anxiety, her family is falling apart.
Sherri Thacker
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
This book is about a neurosurgeon, Georgia who is a prominent dr but has things from her past she has to deal with. She goes to New Orleans where she gets stuck during hurricane Katrina. I enjoyed the book overall. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in exchange for my honest review.
Beth Peninger
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Publication Date: August 25, 2020

Thank you to NetGalley and Sea Dragon Press for this advanced reader's copy. In exchange, I am providing an honest review.

Ogden's first title, A Drop in the Ocean, was lovely and I knew I would want to read other works Jenni Ogden published. I was not disappointed with this story. Ogden is not a one-hit-wonder, she's got lasting power with her stories and characters.

In this story, Georgia, a talented neurosurgeon, is being confronted with parts of her past she c
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I lay, unmoving, long after the haunting notes of ‘Georgia On My Mind’ had floated out the window to be swallowed by the sea. In the late morning I found myself on the beach walking aimlessly through the dunes, possessed by bittersweet memories—the joy of that magical Cape Cod weekend and the pain that our brief happiness was destined to bring to me, to Adam, to Fiona and Leroy, and now to Lara. So many people who loved Danny and who missed him when he never returned.“

This was a good family dra
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book threatened to rip my heart out so many times, but I couldn't put it down. The story centers on Georgia, a neurosurgeon, wife and mom. When something in her present triggers unwanted memories of the past she suffers a panic attack while performing a surgery. She ends up having to take a break from her work to mend herself. Georgia has to grapple with her anxiety and watch how it affects her family, especially her relationship with her daughter. The book is split in three parts each taki ...more
Tilly Fitzgerald
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it

A beautiful story about family, tragedy, mystery and hope.
Georgia Grayson is a successful neurosurgeon with a husband and two children when her world is turned upside down. Her daughter, Lara, wants to know more about the death of her real father, Danny, and his side of the family. This triggers painful memories for Georgia and brings back the panic, anxiety and misery that she felt when she first lost Danny. In order to feel like herself again, and to be able to provide Lara with the answers s
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping sequences in Katrina-buffeted New Orleans made this a page-turner😲

The Moon is Missing grabbed me, but not for the reason I was expecting. With its changing setting, moving between London, New Orleans, Cape Cod and several scenic spots in New Zealand, I thought I would most enjoy the globetrotting aspect and the tragic love story between singer Danny and neurosurgeon-in-training Georgia. That part of the story was good, emotional and poignant and Georgia's strengthening relationship with
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gripping sequences in Katrina-buffeted New Orleans made this a page-turner😲

The Moon is Missing grabbed me, but not for the reason I was expecting. With its changing setting, moving between London, New Orleans, Cape Cod and several scenic spots in New Zealand, I thought I would most enjoy the globetrotting aspect and the tragic love story between singer Danny and neurosurgeon-in-training Georgia. That part of the story was good, emotional and poignant and Georgia's strengthening relationship with
Sharon J
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed Jenni Odgen’s debut novel A Drop in the Ocean which clearly demonstrated the author’s ability to write beautifully and create an unusual story with excellent character development.

Jenni Ogden’s new novel The Moon is Missing is also an incredible story that, while very complex, still holds the reader’s attention. The story moves to many locations - from London (around the London bombings in July 2005 -where I was at the time!) to New Orleans during the Katrina Hurricane in A
Kate Anthony
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Moon Is Missing By Jenni Ogden

Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars

Publication Date: 8/25/2020

** Thank you to Netgalley, Sea Dragon Press, and of course, Jenni Ogden, for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Let me start this review off by saying - I LOVED A Drop In The Ocean. Jenni Ogden has a way with words to draw me into her writing and stories. I am a huge fan. When I got the chance to review The Moon Is Missing, I jumped on it!

Moon focuses on Georgia Grayson, a neurosurgeon in London who is expe
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"The Moon is Missing" is a book about relationships, personal, spousal, family and professional and most importantly the one the protagonist has with herself. The story is written from the point of view of Georgia, a mother, wife and neurosurgeon, who we discover has suffered from anxiety in the past. The story opens with a bit of family strife which sets the scene for an underlying theme, secrets, that evolves throughout the book. We meet Georgia's family, each an interesting character in their ...more
This story covers lots of territory, both in land area, and in it's emotional horizons. The story begins in England, where Georgia Grayson is a neuro-surgeon, and lives with her husband and two children. But Georgia is suffering possibly from a form of PTSD, and the death of a patient upends her both professionally and personally. At the same time, Georgia's marriage seems to floundering, and she and her teenage daughter are constantly at odds.
The opportunity arises for Georgia to give an addre
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel tells a tale within a tale. For the most part it’s a mystery involving the death of a young blues singer (Danny), the possible involvement of his girlfriend (Georgia) who is now a successful Neurosurgeon, wife, and mother of two who is searching for answers of her memory’s missing past. Now, the tale within the tale, takes place in New Orleans during Katrina and the experiences she has there with her daughter, Lara. Georgia takes us on a journey to restore her memories through London, ...more
irene greenlees
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolute triumph for Jenni Ogden. A beautifully written book that I didn’t put down until the end. A family drama that takes you to a remote New Zealand Island ,(her descriptions were so vivid I felt as if I could literally see it) also to New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. The story follows Georgia Grayson, a neurosurgeon, who’s past comes back to haunt her when her daughter demands to know who she is, A tightly woven family drama.:A must read, Superb.....
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, contempory
***Received an ARC via NetGalley for an honest review.
Jenni Ogden’s “The Moon Is Missing” is a wonderfully written story. Evoking feelings about thought provoking situations that were handled with much consideration making it a story I did not want to stop reading until I could finish it.
This is a story of a woman, Georgia Grayson, who becames a neurosurgeon and loving wife and mother of two children as her life starts to fall apart a second time.
Stress at work with long hours, loss of a patien
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An EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER, #themoonismissing by @ogden.jenni @seadragonpress

I LOOVED it, it's heartrending & a beautiful tale of relationships..of parents..of parenting..abt life..abt mistakes..& lessons.

#qotd❤️ Don't you think we always judge our parents, with u did that, u didn't do that, u should do that..?
What we forget is, they are human too.. Individuals too.. and were young & immature like us few yrs back..or are stil
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good Read.

This was a well written and enjoyable book. However, I would not describe this as particularly suspenseful as others reviews did. It was really about 3 families and how their secrets connect them. I was disappointed that the ending did not include more details about Adam and Georgia’s relationship and it’s repair.
The Moon is Missing by Jenni Ogden I have to admit drew me further and further in to the life of neurosurgeon - Georgia Grayson. Her life as a surgeon, her family and relationships with her son and daughter and husband. Then there are her anxiety attacks and the reason for them and the consequences that arise because of them.

The book is well written and its focus is Georgia. I liked her, she is talented yet haunted by her past. As she takes up with courage the journey back into her life, I the r
Maren Cooper
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jenni has a great story here. I appreciate a strong woman protagonist with a challenge to overcome. This book keeps you guessing and busy while you are enjoying the scenery and real-life events represented on the page beautifully. Very engrossing
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Reading and writing fiction is my passion, along with walking, swimming, reading and sleeping on beaches. Husband John and I live off-grid on spectacular Great Barrier Island, 100 kms off the coast of New Zealand, a perfect place to write, and for grandchildren to spend their holidays. Our winters are spent near a beach in Far North Tropical Queensland. My debut novel, A Drop in the Ocean, won mul ...more

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