"intriguing modern day gothic romance"
Catherine Carmichael learns that she has been named as one
of the heirs in her Uncle Malcolm Blount's estate.
Catherine has not seen her deranged uncle, an author
compared with Poe for his horror tales, since her mother
fled their jointly shared upstate New York castle over two
decades ago. Though she does not need the money, the
London Symphony Orchestra concert pianist is curious about
her renowned relative and wants to find out anything about
her father who vanished just before her mother and she fled
At the castle, Catherine meets three other beneficiaries,
actor Everett Steele, an illegitimate cousin Billy Fortune,
and her uncle's agent Madeline Treadwell. The estate
lawyer Jacob Steiner plays a video in which Malcolm
manipulates everyone from the grave as he did in life to
play in his game of inheritance. As Everett and Catherine
fall in love strange things happen as if the castle
possesses an evil presence that no one can escape as the
ice has stranded everyone.
BENEATH THE RAVEN'S MOON is an intriguing modern day gothic
romance with an eerie Twilight Zone twist that will shock
the audience. The story line has all the elements of the
sub-genre so much so that readers will feel the foreboding
atmosphere through Catherine's concerns and contrast that
with her growing love for Everett. Though some purists may
dislike the closing coil, Emily LaForge knits a delightful
tale that most gothic fans will savor.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 4, 2003