Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
Published: 16th May 2019
Format: Paperback, 432 pages
Synopsis: Raised in isolation and home-schooled by her strict grandparents, the only experience Birdie has had of the outside world is through her favourite crime books.
But everything changes when she takes a summer job working the night shift at a historic Seattle hotel. There she meets Daniel Aoki, the hotel’s charismatic driver, and together they stumble upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—is secretly meeting someone at the hotel.
To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell, and in doing so, realize that the most confounding mystery of all may just be her growing feelings for Daniel.
This book is set in Seattle and boy was I living for it! Seattle is on my Bucket List of places to visit (the home of coffee, the Space Needle and All. That. Culture.) so I was super into this book from the get-go. I enjoyed the Cascadia and it’s history but one place really intrigued me, and that was the Moonlight Diner.
There wasn’t a single character that I didn’t like in this book – which is saying something in itself. Both Birdie and Daniel were memorable characters for me. A young aspiring detective who ignores her worsening narcolepsy and a magic obsessed trainee wood carpenter that struggles to hear out of one ear? Honestly, what’s not to love about them? Throw in some sexual tension and a few hard-hitting themes and you’ve got an exciting love story on your hands. Never mind the romance – which was swoon worthy by the way.
There are points within the book which tackle some hard themes. Depression, self harm and death are the three main themes which could be distressing to some readers. However, I do believe that Bennett did a wonderful job with how they played into the story. She was sensitive about them but didn’t shy away from the pain or difficulties they bring to people and their loved ones. I’m not ashamed to say that there were at least two occasions where I had tears in my eyes.
Serious Moonlight is probably one of my favourite Bennett books. It was romantic, it was adventurous and it was believable. It had secrets and it had twists. It was a rollercoaster and I was there for it, wholeheartedly. Would highly recommend this one.
“Judging other people unfairly doesn’t define them; it defines you. And in the end everyone will be disappointed.”
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