by Lori Handeland

January 2008
ISBN: 0-312-94918-9
Reviewer Graphic Button St. Martin`s Press
Mass Market Paperback

I like it when the author go back to visit the same place and sometimes the same characters again. This is what happens in Thunder Moon, Lori Handeland, takes us back to the Lake Bluff. This story is about the sheriff, Grace McDaniel.

Something mystical is happening in Lake Bluff again, a fire appears out of nowhere but doesn’t happen. The birds, especially the ravens, seem to have multiplied and when that happens it means a few things, and one of them is werewolves. Grace is hoping it isn’t the furry creatures again, but if it is then she knows how to deal with them after the incident of last year.

Ian Walker shows up the same night that Grace has run off the road going to Claire’s house to check on her, and to let her know something might be happening again. Only Grace doesn’t quite make it to Claire’s, she has run off the road and Ian comes to her rescue. Just who is the mysterious man that appears out of nowhere in the middle of the night in a storm? Only time will tell and with Grace in charge you can bet she will find out.

After the storm, there are quite a few deaths in the town enough to make Grace suspicious and call in Doc. Doc knows about creatures of the night and is just the one to help Grace. What he finds will set them out on a hunt of a new creature. One they know nothing about, but with the help of Claire and Malachi they hope to know a little more, and of course they have the Jager-Suchers that can call on for help if needed.

Things were getting stranger and stranger in the small town. Could they stop whatever creature of the night was about to come down on Lake Bluff? Just why did Ian show up when he did? What was his part in all of this? And why was he so insistent on her knowing her Cherokee heritage? Will he be the one to help her find out about the powers she might have? Just what is Ian’s background other than being a doctor?

These are just a few questions that will plague you while you are reading Thunder Moon. Each question is answered and in the true fashion the author has displayed before, we learn a little bit of history as well. Thunder Moon can be read as a stand-alone story, but I would suggest you pick up the other books in the series starting with Blue Moon.

If you like creatures of the night and mysterious happenings then you will enjoy Thunder Moon. Of course, there is humor as well, and if anyone likes Chuck Norris, well, there are jokes. The secondary characters add that little extras something to the story, just like the Chuck Norris jokes do to a particular character.

Reviewed in February 2008 by Pam.

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