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Reviewed by Gobi Jane for Readers' Favorite
Beware That Old Spoonin' Moon: An Adult Psychological Thriller is a spellbinding novel by Sharlie Martin. Russell doesn’t particularly remember when things got bad with Maria, his wife. But he does remember the time she asked if he thought he could become a Catholic. Now, she informs him that she is leaving, and it happens so quickly that he feels helpless, frustrated, and angry, so he follows her to Florida and fires an arrow at her. While running from his crime, he witnesses an abduction and manages to rescue the victim, Lynn, from the kidnapper. He tracks the sexual predator with few clues to work on, ending in the lair of a serial killer and his partner with other victims. Can Russell save the captives and redeem himself of his own crime?
The story starts slowly and I enjoyed how the author writes the setting, giving readers a great experience of place and character, then suddenly creating a crisis when Maria informs Russell that she will be leaving him. I loved the way the author captures the rage of the protagonist and his impulsive decision to follow Maria. The writing is gorgeous and it is sprinkled with lovely dialogues. Beware That Old Spoonin' Moon is a psychological thriller and I loved the pacing. It is fast and intriguing. Each character is well-written and William and the partner are killers who raise the stakes. Sharlie Martin creates believable characters and a plot that is multilayered and strong, filled with surprises. It was an enjoyable reading experience for me.