High Moor II: Moonstruck by Graeme Reynolds. Book review

High Moor II-MoonstruckHigh Moor II: Moonstruck by Graeme Reynolds,

Horrific Tales Publishing, p/b, £8/Kindle, £2.56, LINK

Reviewed by David Brzeski

I’d very much enjoyed the first book in this series (‘High Moor’)

There has been more bloodshed in the town of High Moor—lots of it! The perpetrator, John Simpson, is in police custody. It’s a cut and dried case, except for Simpson’s claims to be a werewolf.

D.I. Fletcher and Constable Olivia Garner begin to uncover undeniable evidence that there may be more to Simpson’s ravings than they thought. Unfortunately for them, a mysterious new group have arrived in town, bent on preventing the existence of werewolves from becoming common knowledge—at any costs!

As in the first volume, there are several agendas at work. One of the werewolves is more concerned with personal revenge than secrecy, which complicates matters somewhat.

Graeme Reynolds takes us on a wild ride in this middle volume of his trilogy. While there’s a little less of the characterisation that I loved in the first book, he makes up for it with page-turning action. He employs a technique which I have never seen before, when he cuts back and forth between two major scenes of violence. It works a lot better than I would have expected.

If I have any criticism, it’s that this book is very much the middle part of a trilogy. It certainly doesn’t work quite as well as a standalone novel as did ‘High Moor’, so I would certainly recommend reading them in order. It does end in a neat, satisfying place, though, and still left me looking forward to the final volume.