Shadow of the Moon
Kwen D. Griffeth
Publication date: September 25th 2017
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Paranormal
The grisly murder of a diplomat’s son in Central Park draw NYPD Detective Gerald Meeker and FBI Special Agent Andee Trakes into a twisted and confusing investigation. Within hours, the evidence indicates the man was executed in the manner saved for werewolves. Andee Trakes is assigned to liaison with a history professor, who is an expert on folklore and legends.
Professor Alwyn Lloyd, handsome, articulate and successful, not only agrees the method of death was indeed an execution, he claims to be a werewolf. Andee is torn between the desire to date the man and the suspicion to arrest him.
From the initial killing in the park, a bloody spree is ignited that soon has Andee and Lloyd forced to work together to protect themselves and family members.
Shadow of the Moon explores the world of werewolves and paints a picture of what is good about them, as well as bad. The story explains what is beautiful as well as ugly about the wolf.
The story is fast paced and full of interesting characters and several twists and turns to keep both the fantasy as well as the suspense and romance enthusiasts entertained.
If you like paranormal mystery, this might be right up your lane.
What got my attention were the blurb and the cover literally. First the cover kept my eyes glued to it and then the blurb drew me in with the words "murder" and "FBI". Seriously, what else does a girl who loves reading about suspenseful reads about murders want? The paranormal aspect about the werewolves didn't even ping my mind till later! And I love reading about them. So I was very much interested in the book from the beginning.
The starting was a bit slow. I don't mean the murder part. That part of the first few pages was intriguing and had my eyes peeled to know more. The meeting with Alwyn and the further look into the werewolves society was slow for me. I was expecting a bit more action I believe. But I loved the different take on the paranormal. It was varying and engrossing. The history behind the society created by the author was fun to read and I enjoyed it a lot.
The romance between Alwyn and Andee was very interesting and arresting. But I felt as if they went through a lot of "tantrums". I don't know what else to call them. And it was the same between Andee and Miranda though I loved their friendly banter. The ending didn't satisfy me at all. I was expecting the answers to all of my questions. But no! the author had to leave me hanging. Now I am wondering if there is a sequel to the book. Is there one? Let me know if anyone knows.
For now I await to continue the story. Because I am sure their story has just started!
I received a free copy voluntarily for reviewing purposes.
My one line review : A widely interesting take on werewolves with a mystery thrown in.
My rating : 4/5
My reread factor : 3/5
Winner of Readers’ Favorite Silver Award for Historical Fiction/Western, Kwen knew he wanted to be a writer when he was fourteen years old. He felt the urge when he finished Earnest Hemingway’s masterpiece For Whom The Bell Tolls. The story touched him in a way no other book ever had. It transported a kid born and raised on a farm and ranch in Idaho to the mountains of Spain. It took him back in time forty years to witness the Spanish Civil War. Kwen knew he wanted to share that wonder with other people.
John Lennon said, “Life is what happens while you make other plans.” While Kwen lived a full and varied life, his dream of writing remained in the back of his mind.
Finally, in 2012, he wrote a novella named Dear Emma. He self-published through Amazon and asked people to read it. “The best way to see if I can write is to let people check it out,” he said. Like it, they did. Currently, Dear Emma enjoys a 4.8 out of 5 stars rating on Amazon.
Often asked what genre he writes, Kwen replies he writes stories about people and uses the genre that best fits the story. “I think of the genre, or setting as another character that interacts to help tell the story,” he says.
His most often received and constant comment is how real his characters seem. Upon the completion of his historical fiction trilogy Sam and Laura books, a reader telephoned Kwen and directed him to write more stories about the couple. When asked why the reader was so adamant about more stories, he replied he “wasn’t ready to tell Sam and Laura good bye yet.”
Kwen considers that comment one of his highest compliments.
Kwen’s books are getting some attention from the literary community. The Law of Moses, the Silver Award winner from Readers’ Favorite, and The Tenth Nail both received the Gold Award from Literary Titan Book Review. The Gold Award is given to books “found to be perfect in their delivery of original content, meticulous development of unique characters in an organic and striking setting, innovative plot that supports a fresh theme, and elegant prose that transforms words into beautifully written novels.” Many of Kwen’s books have received the Gold Award from Literary Titan. In addition, The Law of Moses was awarded five 5 Star Reviews from the reviewers of Readers’ Favorite.
Kwen’s books are available in several formats; e-Book, paperback, and audio. He invites you to check his writings out. Who knows? He might become your next favorite author.
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