Hunter’s Moon by Don Hoesel is a really good book. Read it. I’m fairly confident you’ll like it, especially if you like well written, interesting characters, a well written, compelling story line in addition to intrigue and mystery with a dose of suspense on the side.
From the publisher’s description:
Every family has secrets.
Few will go as far as the Baxters to keep them.
Bestselling novelist CJ Baxter has made a career out of writing hard-hitting stories ripped from his own life. Still there’s one story from his past he’s never told. One secret that’s remained buried for decades.
Now, seventeen years after swearing he’d never return, CJ is headed back to Adelia, NY. His life in Tennessee has fallen to pieces, his grandfather is dying, and CJ can no longer run from the past.
With Graham Baxter, CJ’s brother, running for Senate, a black sheep digging up old family secrets is the last thing the family and campaign can afford. CJ soon discovers that blood may be thicker than water, but it’s no match for power and money.
There are wounds even time cannot heal.
Hunter’s Moon is just the kind of book I like and it really has nothing to do with genre. I like believable characters; CJ’s flaws, as well as those of his family, are on full display in this novel. I like a realistic portrayal of faith; like me, CJ struggles to make sense of his faith as it relates to his life, job, relationships, and family. I like strong characterization but I like action too, both of which are evident in Hoesel’s storytelling. I like an ending that both satisfies and surprises in the sense that I didn’t figure it out from the start of the novel. I liked this book. A lot.
Hunter’s Moon is a well crafted story, a pleasure to read, one I highly recommend. A big thank you to Bethany House publishers for the review copy! I’m looking forward to reading more of Don Hoesel’s work!
Wife and mother, Bible teacher and blogger, Lisa loves Jesus, coffee, dark chocolate and, of course, books. Read more of her reflections at Lisa writes….