by Erin Beaty
Publication: June 28, 2022
**I was provided a copy of the book through NetGalley. I voluntarily read and reviewed it. All opinions are my own.**
Cat is a witness to a murder, but she doesn’t realize it until the body of a woman is found. How could she have heard it when she was so far away from the scene of the crime? She discovers new abilities under the moon and uses them to help find a killer on the loose.
Blood and Moonlight is a YA fantasy thriller that immediately hooked me from the beginning, but some elements didn’t make as much sense to me. With a focus on the thriller aspect of the novel, the story follows Cat as she helps with the investigation into finding a serial killer. Because Cat does not have any experience that would prove her to be helpful with the investigation and her powers are kept hidden, I found it odd for the lead investigator Simon to request her assistance. While her participation moved the story forward, I wish a more credible reason had been given.
Cat’s powers and her background are one of the most interesting aspects of the novel. While they play into the main plot, I was disappointed her abilities and background were secondary to finding the killer. I thought it was unique and wanted to explore this more. The moments when the story traversed into her background were moments I wanted to keep going so I could find out more.
Although there were things I wished were different, I was engaged in the story, continually hypothesizing who the killer could be and second-guessing myself even when I was certain I knew who it was. Blood and Moonlight would be a good read for those who like mystery thrillers that utilize old-fashioned sleuthing and have a bit of magic mixed in.
**Thank you so much to Macmillan for a finished copy.**