Moonrise by Sarah Crossan


About the book:

They think I hurt someone.
But I didn’t. You hear?
Cos people are gonna be telling you
all kinds of lies.
I need you to know the truth.

Joe hasn’t seen his brother for ten years, and it’s for the most brutal of reasons. Ed is on death row.

But now Ed’s execution date has been set, and Joe is determined to spend those last weeks with him, no matter what other people think …

Moonrise is out now, and you can get your copy by clicking the link below:

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

My thoughts:

Moonrise was one of the December book club choices in Rick O’Shea’s Book Club over on Facebook, so naturally I was curious enough to download this from my local library and see what it was like. I wasn’t expecting it to be so good!

As the blurb says, Joe hasn’t seen his brother in a decade as Ed is on Death Row. But now the inevitable has happened, a date has been set for his execution, so Joe decides to go and spend the last few weeks near Ed to try to make up for lost time.

Moonrise follows Joe in those few weeks, through hope and desperation, as he spends time with Ed. It is a really great narrative as Joe gets a job close to the prison and he also meets people from the town near the prison. This isn’t necessarily a good thing, as not everyone is too pleased to be talking about Ed and what he did/ didn’t do.

The further in to Moonrise I got, the more I started to hope along with Joe. They were appealing Ed’s case, hopeful for a stay of execution, or wrongful imprisonment, and with each hurdle Joe’s resilience takes another knock. I really felt for him as a character. I just wanted it all to work out.

Moonrise is a brilliant story. It will put you through an emotional wringer. I got invested in the characters, so much so that I still think about them weeks after reading. I just loved how this book got under my skin.

Highly recommended!

3 thoughts on “Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

  1. Great review 😊
    I belong to RO’s book club on fb but rarely check in, so thanks for the reminder that i should check it every so often. This book sounds terrific. I’m definitely adding it to my list!

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