Carolina Moonset (Hardcover)
I've been an avid mystery reader in the past, who hasn't really found a lot that I wanted to finish reading recently. Carolina Moonset filled the bill. Beaufort (one of those wonderful mispronounced place names like Carmel, Indiana and Saline and Milan, Michigan) is the setting, and I love mysteries about places that I have yet to visit. It's between the coastal tourist meccas of Charleston and Savannah, with a legacy of shady development and racial injustice without reparations. Joey Green returns home to give respite to his overworked mom, who is caring for Joey's dad, a dying family doctor and a community icon, whose legacy Joey knows he will never live up to. His dad remembers the past better than what transpired an hour ago, and spills some uncomfortable and possibly dangerous secrets to Joey, which need to be connected. The entire (too brief) time that I spent reading this book, I could see the movie in my head.— From Carla's Picks (2021-2022)
Both suspenseful and deeply moving, Carolina Moonset is an engrossing novel about family, memories both golden and terrible, and secrets too dangerous to stay hidden forever, from New York Times bestselling and Emmy Award-winning author, Matt Goldman.
Joey Green has returned to Beaufort, South Carolina, with its palmettos and shrimp boats, to look after his ailing father, who is succumbing to dementia, while his overstressed mother takes a break. Marshall Green’s short-term memory has all but evaporated, but, as if in compensation, his oldest memories are more vivid than ever. His mind keeps slipping backwards in time, retreating into long-ago yesterdays of growing up in Beaufort as a boy.
At first this seems like a blessing of sorts, with the past providing a refuge from a shrinking future, but Joey grows increasingly anxious as his father’s hallucinatory arguments with figures from his youth begin to hint at deadly secrets, scandals, and suspicions long buried and forgotten. Resurfacing from decades past are mysteries that still have the power to shatter lives—and change everything Joey thought he knew.
Especially when a new murder brings the police to his door...