Thursday, June 14, 2012
Moon Dance by Jo-Anne Russell
"Keeps the reader guessing and surprises you at the end"
Moon Dance by Jo-Anne Russell is part of an anthology titled Scarlet Whispers, which benefits horse rescue. Given the theme of this collection, I wasn't sure what to expect. Though a horse plays a pivotal role in the story, I had no idea Jo-Anne was going to spin such a twisted tale.
Steve's Uncle Clay committed suicide two months ago. With no other living family members, Steve is in charge of handling his uncle's affairs, so he makes a trip to Clay's house. However, his first night there is anything but normal. Clay's dog, Rocket, shows up with a nasty injury and Steve finds a similar mark on one of the horses the next day. Concerned, he calls the local vet - Dr. Purth - who proceeds to patch up Rocket. Already familiar with Clay's property and insisting on checking the horse himself, Dr. Purth takes off to the stables without Steve. Before you know it, Dr. Purth goes missing. What transpires next will likely surprise you. I honestly had no clue what was going on, and the ending was an eye-opening experience for me. If you like dark fiction stories that keep you guessing, Moon Dance definitely qualifies.