When the crow moon rises, the darkness is unleashed… Crow Moon by Suzy Aspley #CrowMoon #bookreview

When the crow moon rises, the darkness is unleashed…
Martha Strangeways is struggling to find purpose in her life, after giving up her career as an investigative reporter when her young twins died in a house fire.
Overwhelmed by guilt and grief, her life changes when she stumbles across the body of a missing teenager – a tragedy that turns even more sinister when a poem about crows is discovered inked onto his back…
When another teenager goes missing in the remote landscape, Martha is drawn into the investigation, teaming up with DI Derek Summers, as malevolent rumours begin to spread and paranoia grows.
As darkness descends on the village of Strathbran, it soon becomes clear that no one is safe, including Martha…
Both a nerve-shattering, enthralling and atmospheric thriller and a moving tale of grief and psychological damage, Crow Moon is a staggeringly accomplished debut and the start of an addictive, unforgettable series.

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Hi and welcome to my review of Crow Moon!

And let me start by shouting: oh my giddy aunt, what an absolutely FANTASTIC debut Crow Moon is!

I literally just finished Crow Moon and all I can think is how absolutely thrilled I am that this is to be the first in a series. I have been waiting for Crow Moon since #Orentober 2022, it was everything I’d hoped it would be and more, and I’m already on tenterhooks for the next one!

Crow Moon is the epitome of gothic contemporary fiction, and if you know me at all, you know that I adore books with a gothic vibe. If done well, obviously. And Crow Moon is gothic perfection. A book of shadows, witch trials, rituals, a full moon on the horizon and a kidnapper / murderer on the loose in a quaint little Scottish community, I gobbled it up like a woman starving.

While superbly atmospheric, Crow Moon does not burn slowly, it gains momentum rather rapidly and goes out with a bang. I will admit I did figure out a few things before their big reveal, but while that can certainly irk me, it didn’t in this case, as the author not only had me second-guessing myself, but also had spun such an intriguing tale that I didn’t even care if I was right or wrong, I was just enjoying myself. And let’s just say there was enough sting in the tail to knock the wind out of me!

Crow Moon was definitely one of those books I wanted to race through to find out what would happen to its characters, but also not, because I wanted to savour the gorgeous writing and wallow in the atmosphere. Definitely one to re-read!

Crow Moon is an accomplished debut that grabbed me from the first page and simmered in my mind long after finishing it. It’s not only an engrossing thriller and a riveting mystery but it also broke my heart a couple of times. It has a cast of wonderful characters that I hope will all be back for more, cos I most certainly will! Highly recommended. 

Crow Moon is out in digital formats and paperback on 14 March. Pre-order it directly from Orenda Books here.

Massive thanks to Orenda Books for the digital proof. All opinions are my own.

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