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A gripping and emotional novel that will leave you wondering about the neighbors next door...

On a cold January night, Sharon Lemke heads outside to see a lunar eclipse when she notices something odd at the house behind her backyard. Through her neighbor's kitchen window, she sees what appears to be a little girl washing dishes late at night. But the Fleming family doesn't
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Kindle Edition, 343 pages
Published September 10th 2020 by NIGHTSKY PRESS
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Karen McQuestion
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Dear Reader,

People sometimes ask where authors get their ideas and oftentimes we haven't a clue. Usually it's an amalgam of our own experiences and that of others, combined with our imagination. For The Moonlight Child I can give a more definitive answer: it began when I read a newspaper article about a local family. By all appearances they were like everyone else, but unbeknownst to relatives, friends, and neighbors, they had a shocking secret, one that led them to being charged with federal cr
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Big Time Book Junkie
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Where do I begin to review The Moonlight Child? I started reading this book near bedtime (BIG MISTAKE) and couldn't put it down until I finished at 4 a.m. It's that good.

As much as I loved this book and wish it wasn't over, nothing I've written seems to do it justice.

Not only is this a very intriguing story, but it's very well plotted, moving along quickly but not so quickly as to feel rushed. The characters are so real and well rounded that I wouldn't have been surprised if they had spoken dir
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daph pink ♡
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Moonlight child was my last book of 2020 I finished it at 11pm on 30th December. I still remember the pain I went through while reading this book.

It was captivating, intense, fast paced with no dull events and astonishing. The characters were dramatic, far from likeable but I was still rooting for them. They were full of flaws yet written flawlessly. The relationships and family bonds both willingly and surreptitiously formed were something I never thought I would end up falling in love with.

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Bambi Rathman
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have just finished a novel that tugged at my heart with such an emotional pull. Just like a Karen McQuestion story does. I love her books! This is a story of a little girl no one knows exists except for the family she's living with. A little girl named Mia. She's known no other life except the one she's in. She knows something is different about her place in the family but she is so innocent and trusts what she's told. She's such a sweetheart and all she wants to do is please her "family".

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Shelbi Allen
Sep 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm not sure what to say. I feel like I read a different book than everyone else. To be upfront though, I've never connected well with 3rd person. This book, for me, felt like one long prologue or epilogue. Each character was a little one dimensional. The story from chapter one is lost for way too long. Things just lacked grit and depth. The premise is interesting and like other readers I read it quickly because I wanted to know more. I just thought a lot could have been done better. I think a m ...more
Andjela
Dec 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Even though it was predictable AF, I didn't put it down from start to finish so there's that. ...more
Jess
Nov 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
Honestly after a few chapters I just skipped to the end because it is literally the most basic predictable story. I’m surprised it’s rated so highly because there is not anything unique about it. I went back to skim in between to make sure I was right and it was just so ridiculous. Should you be able to say when an ending will be by the second chapter? Not even really well written. Such a disappointment
Natalia  R
Jul 18, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Alissa
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was ok
I think a couple other reviewers hit the nail on the head—too much explanation, not enough dialogue or action. Too many superfluous details told from too many points of view, the story was slow and the relationship between Sharon and Niki was so unbelievable to me that it was borderline annoying. I would have given it 3 stars for the concept and for keeping me entertained, but the pace and writing style brought it down to a 2, which translates into just “fine” for me. Would not recommend this on ...more
Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
Audiobook review:
Wow, now this was a story. Heartbreaking and beautifully told. You cannot help but be swept up in this story. I was pulled in immediately, listening in one day! I loved the storyline, characters and sheer heart in this story. You will have your heartstrings tugged from start to finish. I smiled, cried and was moved beyond measure. This book showcases the evil sides of humans, but also the goodness and pureness of true acceptance and unwavering love. A must listen!!!! I highly r
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Lori
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
A gripping emotional story! Even though this story was predictable at some points, I found it hard to put down. The character's seemed so real and I found myself feeling every emotion throughout this book.
What would you do if you saw a little girl washing dishes at 11 p.m. at a neighbors house who doesn't have a young daughter?
This story involves kidnapping, abuse, secrets, lies and two women's journey to find the truth about The Moonlight Child. This story does have a happy ending for which I
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Sarah
Jan 30, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2021
Maybe I am overly cynical, but this was too sweet for me and had too many different points of view that were never fully fleshed out. Flat dialogue that was cheesy and almost unnatural at times. (I really can’t imagine anyone having conversations like the one in this book.) There was so much that happened that did so little to further the story; other moments that lasted too long and ended up going nowhere.
Maureen
Oct 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
Poorly written, ridiculous story.
Bonnie
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I won this book on Goodreads and read it in 2 days! It is a remarkable story and I recommend it!
Daniel Gabriel
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Josie Rianna
Oct 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Hmmm this book was ok I guess. It was just kinda boring, the chapters didn’t leave of on a cliff hanger and I just wasn’t hooked on the plot. And the dialogue was not good at all, they like nearly never talked, ok fine let me ease up there was times where there was a good half a page full of talking buuuuuut still. I would hardly call this book a thriller, there was no incidents that kept me on the edge of my seat or gave me chills. It gave away all the mystery and twists at the first half of th ...more
Kassidi Trask
Mar 22, 2021 rated it liked it
This books is highly rated, and I’m not sure I’m getting why. It was extremely predictable. Insanely so. Even down to the gifted dog at the end... and the plot was so ridiculous. Like a family gets hit with not one tragedy (a missing/estranged daughter who winds up dead and her death being covered up) but TWO (a grandchild who is kidnapped and abused by a completely unrelated family...) and both are so outrageous it just couldn’t be real. It would have been slightly more believable if the kidnap ...more
Joanna
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was ok
Mediocre writing at best



I was intrigued by the plot description, and it was offered from Amazon for a buck, so I went for it. The book reads like YA fiction, emphasis on the Y. The writing is unremarkable, and the characters are one-dimensional. I did see it through to the end, however. Not terrible storytelling, but not great either. No surprises and lots of unnecessary narration.
Mackey
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t expect to love this as much as I did! This is a beautiful story of horror,loss, love and forgiveness. This author is new to me but her writing is mesmerizing,pulling you into the lives of each character and then wringing your heart out with emotion. I highly recommend this one.
Christine Nolfi
Jun 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What do you do if you suspect a child is in danger? How far would you go to confirm that your suspicions are correct? THE MOONLIGHT CHILD puts every mother’s instinct to the test in a fast-paced and twisty story that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the poignant and satisfying conclusion.
Obsidian
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one, honestly the only quibble I had with it is that I thought the ending was a bit too pat with regards to what happens to our "Moonlight Child" and that some of the POVs could have been dropped to make for a tighter book. Other than that, I really enjoyed this and McQuestion has a really solid book that I can see myself reading again in the future.

"The Moonlight Child" follows Sharon Lemke who lives alone in her tidy compact home in Wisconsin. Sharon is retired, but still
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Lady Delacour
Immersive Story.
Quickly your invested
in the lives of each
of the Characters.
Enjoyed the Authors
compelling positive
storytelling style.
4 Rewarding Stars.
Listened with TTS.
Clean.
Some Foul Language
Carole
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, kindle, read-2021
I've seen this author's name for quite some time and finally bought this on kindle deal. I'm so glad I did. She lives in the same Wisconsin town that my son lives in, so the home state scenes she describes really come to life for me.
Sharon and Niki suspect something is up in the house next door when they see a little girl washing dishes late one night. The woman of the house denies having a young girl, and claims she only has a teenage son.
I recommend this book, and look forward to reading mor
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Gobookmart
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Gobookmart

The Moonlight Child : By – Karen McQuestion is a novel that reveals the brighter side of human nature in a surprising way

Review :

"The Moonlight Child" is a captivating, intense, interesting, and memorable novel by Karen McQuestion. The story is set in the present and goes to the past when it relates to the characters or occasions in the story. Karen McQuestion describes her dramatic characters as complicated and complex. There are some dangers, deep, outcomes, and issues.

I appreciate the distinctive portrayals of clues, plot, characters, and occasions that Karen McQuestion write.
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Linda Zagon
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “THE MOONLIGHT CHILD” by Karen McQuestion, NightSky Press, September 2020

WOW! Karen McQuestion, the author of “The Moonlight Child” has written a captivating, intense, intriguing, and memorable novel. The genres for this novel are Fiction, Mystery, and Suspense. The timeline for this story is set in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. The author describes her dramatic characters as complex and complicated. The
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Bianca
Jun 08, 2021 rated it did not like it
This was a chore to finish. Predictable plot, one dimensional characters, unrealistic dialogue, bland writing. I read this based on all of the 5 star reviews, but I did not find it an enjoyable read.
Kris Rubi
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Moonlight Child by Karen McQuestion
This story has a lot of elements that drew me in immediately. There were the family dynamics: mother – daughter, family units, foster child – surrogate mom and friendships. As a foster parent, the one particular dynamic really struck a cord with me. Kids don’t want to be labeled as a “foster child”. It is not their fault they are in care. They didn’t do anything wrong. They usually just want someone to love and believe in them.
Ms. McQuestion has a way with
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Courtney
Feb 02, 2021 rated it did not like it
This is just not good. I don’t understand all the 5 star reviews. The story was predictable and unexciting, the dialogue was poor and very unnatural, and the author went out of her way to explain very simple concepts like she believes her readers are stupid. It was almost as though a child looked up the themes of this book and wrote the story without fully understanding them or how actual humans talk. There was nothing thrilling about this one; like another reviewer said, it was like a book vers ...more
Marie
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I first started reading this book, I though, "Oh boy", I mean the characters....a foster kid, a sadistic mom, a child stolen...not exactly a happy, happy book. But the story was compelling and the characters interesting, so I read on. And am I glad I did because I really enjoyed the story. And I most certainly recommend it. ...more
Eva
May 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
It was boring by all means.
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Karen McQuestion is the bestselling author of books for all ages. Some of her titles include Hello Love, Life on Hold, The Long Way Home, and the Edgewood series. Her publishing story has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and NPR. She has also appeared on ABC’s World News Now and America This Morning. McQuestion lives in Hartland, Wisconsin.

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