The Heat of the Moon

The Heat of the Moon

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
A woman verterinarian investigates her repressed memories of her father's death with encouragement from a male colleague and opposition from her mother.

Poisoned Pen Press
Dr. Rachel Goddard of McLean Animal Health Clinic treats a basset hound struck by a car. The owner's terrified tot screams "Mommy, I want to go home” and just like that, Rachel is catapulted back into her childhood, hearing her baby sister Michelle utter the same cry while Rachel comforts her. Dr. Lucas Campbell, Rachel's boss, touched by Rachel's anguished spell, sends her home. Home is with Michelle and their mother, a happy, well-ordered home. But…what?

Ingram Publishing Services
In this debut novel, a young veterinarian turns detective to investigate her own past. The heartbreaking truth she uncovers will shatter her world and force her to make an unthinkable choice.

Young veterinarian Rachel Goddard's world begins to crumble when a client rushes into the animal hospital with a basset hound struck by a car during a thunderstorm. The dog owner's terrified tot, drenched with rain, loses sight of her mother in the flurry of activity and screams, ""Mommy! I want Mommy!"" Instantly Rachel is hurled back in time to a day in her own childhood when her baby sister Michelle uttered the same cry while thunder crashed and rain poured down on them. The unearthed memory feels like a fragment from a nightmare, and Rachel doesn't understand its meaning or the anguish it stirs up in her.

When she seeks answers she learns nothing from Michelle or from Judith, their loving but manipulative mother. Judith is a psychologist who is only too happy to have her adult daughters still living in her elegant Tudor house outside Washington, DC. But their apparently serene home is a house of secrets where Judith's unspoken rules forbid questions about the family history or the daughters' long-dead father. As more baffling memories surface, Rachel begins to suspect that nothing about her family is what it seems. Fighting her mother's attempts to control her, Rachel embarks on a quest that takes her deep into her own memory as well as halfway across the country. The heartbreaking truth she uncovers will shatter her world and force her to make an unthinkable choice.

The Heat of the Moon is Sandra Parshall's first novel.

Publisher: Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2006
ISBN: 9781590582565
Characteristics: p. ; cm


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Jan 29, 2010

I read some good reviews about this book but for me it just didn't add up. I felt indifferent to the characters and I thought the "mystery"could have been solved fairly easily by the main character. Enough said!

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