Published by Casagrande Press
Rating: 4 stars
"The Moon in Deep Winter" tells the story of Parker Sloane, who has returned to his home and family after having been gone for five years. During his absence, Parker travelled around the world for a cash-smuggling scheme and was later nearly beaten to death. In need of a safe haven, Parker headed back to home to his mother, stepfather and half-siblings only to find himself with even bigger troubles than before. This family epitomizes the meaning of dysfunctional as each chapter Parker discovers another side to their madness. This book explores some serious issues including adultery, murder and even incest, making it a beautifully written, although tragic piece of writing.
I loved the writing in this book and appreciated the wonderful descriptions of each of the characters. Although none of the characters won any of my sympathy, I was compelled to read further and see what would become of them. There is also a dark humor to the writing that is subtle, and yet greatly enhanced my enjoyment of the book.
While I really enjoyed the writing and the story itself, I am still unsure of whether or not I am satisfied with the ending. I am not the type to require a happily ever after, but I felt the book finished off too quickly and could have been more fully developed. Even though I was surprised by the ending, I can still appreciate Polevoi's vision, as unsettling as it may be. The books I tend to like reading the most are those that offer unique plots and in that respect, this one certainly fits the bill!
BIG THANKS to Melissa and Stray Dog Media for my review copy.