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Cooper's Moon

                           Nightmares Don't Always Come in Dreams

No parent wants to lose a child. No parent wants to outlive her child. And when that happens, well, it's like getting hit by lightening on a perfect day, a sunny day. And that's what happened to Cooper and his wife, Jillie. On an average day in early fall, in front of their house, in a small rural Ohio town, on one of those perfect days, the sun out in full dress, not hiding behind clouds, Maxie playing in his front yard, his mom in the house, his dad teaching at the college--just steps away--and the boy chases a ball into the street. And only one person claimed to have seen him--a man whom the town considered touched in the head--and he said he saw Maxie get into the back of a dark car with a stranger and That's the last I saw of him, I swear, he said.

            And that single devastating incident changes their lives forever. They spend a year searching for Maxie, fighting and blaming one another. Then Cooper gets a call from a friend in Miami, a homicide detective, who claims to have a clue to his son's disappearance, so Cooper quits his job at the college and goes to Miami where he joins the Miami PD, hoping his new job will help him in his search for his son.

            Cooper's Moon opens seven years after his son's disappearance with Cooper, now a homicide detective, at the scene of a shooting of a twelve-year-old boy near Little Haiti in Miami. From there, Cooper goes on the ride of his life that leads him ultimately to quit the department and open up his own private investigation firm where he specializes in looking for missing kids.

            His first client is the mother of a murdered twelve-year-old boy and that case leads him into the dangerous world of gangs and kidnapping and high speed chases through the Everglades as he risks his own life to track down missing children and save his own son. 

 

Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 6 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 6.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: The author delivers an immediately compelling premise with a child’s mysterious abduction, the impact on the parents left behind, and the hunt for a culprit.

Prose: The novel's prose is plain-spoken and clear-eyed. The author successfully raises tension with gripping descriptions and emotional dialogue.

Originality: Conrath’s murder mystery is not unique, but lovers of the genre will find much to keep them engrossed.

Character Development: Characters are fully developed and believable. Readers will root for Cooper in his search for victims and the identity of a ruthless and mysterious killer.

Date Submitted: August 23, 2018

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