Had me engaged throughout. Compelling finale - not the outcome I had expected!
I thought One Thousand Moons was a very good read. I enjoyed the way the reader was gradually told about Alba and what had happened to her very dear friends. It made me want to continue reading and find out why they’d left a space in the pew for Tom and why those particular items were given to them during the funeral service. The book drew me in and I wanted to keep reading.
I liked the way clues were left all the way through the book so the reader could try to work through the mystery alongside Alba. I must admit I struggled to solve some of the chapter heading clues even after a lot of thought!
I finished the book with mixed feelings, sad that I had come to the end but pleased my deductions of who’d done it were correct. I’m looking forward to seeing how Alba’s relationships develop in the next book. An excellent start of a series and well worth reading.
by Vicki Smith
This book was much awaited and hasn't disappointed! A wonderful slow-burning start that sets the scene and a great engaging read with some wonderful details, insights and surprises. If you like a mystery or know someone who does, get them this for Christmas! It'll be the present they remember :)
I enjoyed this book. It was well crafted and clearly a lot of time, care and thought had gone into it. Kept me guessing right until the end.
One Thousand Moons by Martin Hurcomb is a marvellous debut novel, a very accomplished whodunnit and immensely readable. The story is seamlessly layered across stately home garden volunteers, cricket teams, wartime bomber pilots, photography, and some exploration of relationships, with a very good main character, Alba White. The book has been well researched, though Martin wears his knowledge lightly, and delivers on all fronts. I look forward to his second book.
by Gill Gibbins