Publication Date: February 20, 2013
In Geddy’s Moon by John Mulhall, Tyler has amnesia. He finds himself in the town of Geddy’s Moon, Kansas he starts to remember the terrible past and the evil danger that haunts him. Can he fight the battle with darkness or is it already too late?
After writing a review I always head over to Amazon to peruse what others thought of a book. Geddy’s Moon has 200 reviews that cover the range of stars. What really commanded attention was that the publisher has responded to a number of reviews asking the authors to add a spoiler alert to their review entries. Reading through, I wondered if the desire for spoiler warnings was less about people actually posting spoilers and more about an aversion of certain readers to the subject matter contained, the unwillingness to give certain genres a shot because of their public persona. The nature of that genre will not be revealed in this review but, as Geddy’s Moon is very much a character-driven piece, that unspoken area is the heart and soul of the read. As Dr. River Song would say, “Spoilers, Sweetie.”
Geddy’s Moon has a very well thought-out start. Is amnesia an over-played device in the genre? It has been used excessively but done right, it can feel fresh. Tyler’s amnesia feels fresh and is, thankfully, not belabored. Mulhall builds tension well in the first part of the novel. A speaker at a networking event that I attended once said, “Don’t tell me a sunset is pretty, tell me WHY it’s pretty.” To tell you why or how the tension was done well would be to give you a heads up on the secret the author and publisher seem to want to keep. Geddy’s Moon is a novel where expectations should be left at the door because this story is not going anywhere that you think it might.
Mulhall masters rhythm and flow in his story line. The author seems to have that instinctively right time down to pull his creative punches. Unexpected twists hit at just the right time to hold the reader’s attention. The only point where things felt that they happened too quickly was at the end. Never does the story drag.
Geddy’s Moon contains a large amount of information that leads me to believe that this novel is the start of a series. Readers might compare Mulhall to Dean Koontz, but I think he falls into a category all his own in that Geddy’s Moon has a classic psychological horror feel.
Geddy’s Moon is very much an adult novel. If you are squeamish when it comes to sex or violence, this is not a novel you will want to pick up. If you like horror that grabs your heart and compels you to leave the lights on, this is the novel for you.
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