Orange Moon

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Alice Hughes lies on her bedroom floor, beaten and bleeding. Mostly though, she’s afraid. Afraid that the next time her husband hits her, he won’t stop until she’s dead.
She has to get away.

When Alice finds the perfect hiding place,she thinks all her prayers have been answered. But what Alice doesn't know is that nowhere is completely safe. After all, there's no hiding from yourself... More

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Published: Nov. 08, 2011
Words: 94,510
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465974686
About Kate Genet

Kate Genet is a New Zealand author who enjoys writing books with strong lesbian characters. Even if they don't start out feeling all that strong, they've usually found their tenacity and self-assurance by the time she's done with them; characters you can like, admire, and wish you knew - maybe they're even a bit like you. With her interest in telling compelling stories she spreads herself across a few genres within lesbian fiction - supernatural suspense, adventure, science fiction and fantasy, and now romance. Keep up to date with her writing life and new releases by visiting her website at kategenet.com (coming January 2014).
She also writes mainstream speculative fiction under the name Kate Hansen.
  

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Review by: Sue Boucher on June 06, 2012 : star star star star star
What a great read! It started out with a fairly typical story, however it wasn't written in a typical fashion.

I was hooked from the get-go. Then I was reeled in as twists were introduced. I had moments of heart pounding involvement, goose-bump raising interpretation and pulls on the heart strings.

Liked, no - loved the book! Can't wait for more.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Terry Baker on May 08, 2012 : star star star star star
Battered and bruised, Alice Hughes simply has to find a way to get out of the abusive marriage she is in. She knows it’s only a matter of time, not if, but when her husband Richard will end up killing her.

After a particularly bad beating, Alice hits upon the perfect plan. She will leave Richard. But she’s not going to move out. Oh no, it’s her house, she will simply stay in it and remain hidden. This will give her body the time it needs to heal and also the time to think about her next step towards ridding herself of Richard for good.

Unfortunately happenings of long past from her youth interfere with Alice’s present. Alice gets to the point where she wonders which is worse, Richard or the unknown. Who or what is haunting Alice? Is it real or imagined? Or is Alice going mad?

Things come to a head when Richard discovers Alice’s hiding place. An ugly confrontation occurs and Alice ends up in the hospital. Her life is changed for ever.

It’s here that Alice eventually finds the love she needs and deserves. But before there can be a happy ever after, Alice has to confront her past. Will Alice be strong enough to rid herself of her demons once and for all? Will Alice’s house be safe to live in again?

Right from the very first opening lines of this book, I was hooked. I knew I would love the book by the end of the first chapter.

The book is well written and the story flows like an endless stream, on and on until the end. I was so sorry to reach the end too.

At first the book seemed to be quite straight forward. Solely about a down trodden, abused woman, who was on the verge of collapse from all the beatings she’d received. But the book goes far beyond the subject of abuse. This is also a supernatural, paranormal, edge of the seat, spine tingling story. The book is intense, intriguing and scary, a page turner from start to finish.

Apart from the horror, there is the love and intimacy between Alice and Hope. After all Alice has been thorough, it is so nice to see how Alice embraces her new love. Kate Genet has really excelled herself with her portrayal of the love shared between these two women.

This is one book I am so glad I’ve read. This is a very definite re-read for me.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Terry Baker on May 08, 2012 : star star star star star
Battered and bruised, Alice Hughes simply has to find a way to get out of the abusive marriage she is in. She knows it’s only a matter of time, not if, but when her husband Richard will end up killing her.

After a particularly bad beating, Alice hits upon the perfect plan. She will leave Richard. But she’s not going to move out. Oh no, it’s her house, she will simply stay in it and remain hidden. This will give her body the time it needs to heal and also the time to think about her next step towards ridding herself of Richard for good.

Unfortunately happenings of long past from her youth interfere with Alice’s present. Alice gets to the point where she wonders which is worse, Richard or the unknown. Who or what is haunting Alice? Is it real or imagined? Or is Alice going mad?

Things come to a head when Richard discovers Alice’s hiding place. An ugly confrontation occurs and Alice ends up in the hospital. Her life is changed for ever.

It’s here that Alice eventually finds the love she needs and deserves. But before there can be a happy ever after, Alice has to confront her past. Will Alice be strong enough to rid herself of her demons once and for all? Will Alice’s house be safe to live in again?

Right from the very first opening lines of this book, I was hooked. I knew I would love the book by the end of the first chapter.

The book is well written and the story flows like an endless stream, on and on until the end. I was so sorry to reach the end too.

At first the book seemed to be quite straight forward. Solely about a down trodden, abused woman, who was on the verge of collapse from all the beatings she’d received. But the book goes far beyond the subject of abuse. This is also a supernatural, paranormal, edge of the seat, spine tingling story. The book is intense, intriguing and scary, a page turner from start to finish.

Apart from the horror, there is the love and intimacy between Alice and Hope. After all Alice has been thorough, it is so nice to see how Alice embraces her new love. Kate Genet has really excelled herself with her portrayal of the love shared between these two women.

This is one book I am so glad I’ve read. This is a very definite re-read for me.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kelli Jae Baeli on April 04, 2012 : star star star star star
From the moment I started reading this book, I knew I would like it. I was partially right. I wound up LOVING it. By the second night, I couldn't put it down. I even got sleepy once, and got up and sat in the living room so I could keep reading. I am just SO IMPRESSED with this book. It has all those delicious elements that keep you turning pages. The intrigue, the tension, the mastery of nuance and words, the emotional poignancy, the characters you care about...

I am a huge Dean Koontz fan, and I kept thinking how it reminded me of some of his best work (mostly his older stuff like One Door Away From Heaven). There are also elements of Stephen King's style here--spooky, gripping, intense. I did not lose interest in this story for a single second, and that's saying a lot, because I'm not easily impressed with most fiction. This is work that Kate Genet should be SO unabashedly PROUD of. It puts her in league with the best. They have nothing on her.

And let me just say that the intimate scenes between Alice and Hope...well I caught myself wanting to marry the author! Though she couldn't possibly be single, could she?
I'm being a bit facetious, but not really...and I don't just refer to the carnal aspects...it's that indefinable tenderness that cannot be written by someone who doesn't actually understand it on a visceral level. It's the type of heart I hope to find one day, and share my life with. Sigh. Her words make me yearn for it, anew.

I am so looking forward to reading all Kate Genet's work. It's something delicious for me to look forward to. She has me caught--hook, line and sinker.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Gabriella West on Nov. 27, 2011 : star star star star star
Kate Genet is a New Zealand novelist, yet this taut, beautifully written story has universal appeal.

As the story opens, Alice is a battered and numb young woman, worn down by routine physical and psychological abuse from her husband Richard, overwhelmed by stress, pain and fear. An encounter with a "crazy lady" on the bus on the way home from a shopping trip brings up dark memories for Alice.

The fascinating thing about this novel is that it's both the suspenseful story of a woman escaping an intimate abuser, and a woman coming to terms with her past memories of teenage sexuality, paranormal and violent events, some of which she may have been more responsible for than she thinks.

Alice makes the fateful choice to "leave" her marriage but stay in her much-loved house, cleverly hidden from Richard (she thinks). This sets up an almost unbearable tension in the novel.

While a final confrontation with Richard seems both ugly and inevitable, a healing and beautiful relationship also develops for Alice.

In both of the novels I've read by Genet ("Remnant" being the other), the love scenes between women are fresh and real, shimmering with possibility...

But I found "Orange Moon" to be more to my taste than "Remnant." Readers of paranormal books will love the ghostly element, the mystery. I personally found the scenes of domestic abuse far more creepy and compelling. I loved watching a woman coming to terms with her own strength. This book is a contemporary feminist classic that reminded me of long-forgotten books from the 1970s like Lois Gould's "Sea Change." You won't be able to put it down.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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