The Girl Who Chased the Moon
Sarah Addison Allen
Mullaby, NC is a mysterious and secretive town where Emily Benedict has come to live with her grandfather after the loss of her mother. Not only did her grandfather know of her existence until recently, but he is also a giant, towering over everyone in the town. Emily discovers the overly tall man is not the only oddity in Mullaby, but also little lights that dance around in the woods near the house and other strange happenings. Emily has to find her place in this bizarre town and uncover secrets about its residents and even about her own mother.
This is another fantastic novel from Allen, and it was actually the first by her that I read and I instantly fell in love with her style of writing. It’s so beautiful and poetic with a lovely flow and she has an amazing way of making magic seem realistic. The cover is what attracted me to this book originally with its dark background, contrasting subject and fluttering butterflies.
Emily is a strong character that has to cope, not only with the death of her mother, but also the harsh way some of the townspeople treat her and make her feel alienated. I didn’t have a single favorite character because they were all so well written. By the time the book ended, there was an opening left to be able to continue a story for a different character, and I am hoping the author does decide to write one for this character.
Everything is nicely wrapped up for this novel and nothing is left in question. This is a truly wonderful story and I can’t wait for more from this author. Highly recommended for those who enjoy an element of magic and a literary novel.
Poetic, mysterious, meaningful, beautiful, absolute pleasure to read! 4.5 stars!