The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison-Allen

The Girl Who Chased the Moon is a lovely tale that borders on fairytale.

Primarily it tells the story of Emily who, after losing her mother, returns to the small town of Mullaby to live with her grandfather Vance.  The story also involves Julia – who has also returned to Mullaby following the death of her father to wind up his affairs.

The town of Mullaby turns out to be nothing like Emily could ever have imagined and totally like everything Julia was trying to forget.

This is really a book about self discovery.  It reflects back to Julia’s teenage years and shows the struggles she had, acceptance of her peers and notice of her father, eventually becoming a loner who defended herself by using unconventional clothing and made herself feel by self-harming.  It is also a discovery for Julia, who has always tried to emulate her mothers behaviour, only to find that she wasn’t everything she seemed.

I loved the way this story is written, it’s so magical and the suspension builds throughout as you try to uncover the secrets of this town and its inhabitants.  It certainly keeps the pages turning.  The descriptions of the food and cakes are amazing and there are two romances – really, what more could you ask for?? Three? maybe (or is that just being greedy!)

In terms of criticisms I would say that I wasn’t totally satisfied with the final explanation of the Coffey mystery.  And I suppose the ending was a little too contrived (but in a good way).  I could also have done with a little bit more spookiness.

But, I would definitely read other novels by this author and I would recommend this novel.  I enjoy novels that are told in a slightly enchanting way.

 

The Girl Who Chased the Moon

The Girl Who Chased the Moon

Rating B

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