On the blog today I am reviewing The Moon is Missing by Jenni Ogden for Suzy Approved Book Tours!

About The Book:

Release Date : August 25, 2020

Georgia Grayson has perfected the art of being two people: a neurosurgeon on track to becoming the first female Director of Neurosurgery at a large London hospital, and a wife and mother. Home is her haven where, with husband Adam’s support, she copes with her occasional anxiety attacks. That is until her daughter, 15-year-old Lara, demands to know more about Danny, her mysterious biological father from New Orleans who died before she was born. “Who was he? Why did he die? WHO AM I?” Trouble is, Georgia can’t tell her. As escalating panic attacks prevent her from operating, and therapy fails to bring back the memories she has repressed, fractures rip through her once happy family. Georgia sees only one way forward; to return to New Orleans where Danny first sang his way into her heart, and then to the rugged island where he fell to his death. Somehow she must uncover the truth Lara deserves, whatever the cost. 

Miss W’s Review:

5 Stars!

The Moon is Missing is a fantastic domestic drama. The story’s setting changes between grabbed me, London, New Orleans and New Zealand.

The timeline alternates between present day and the past during the time of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in the summer of 2005.

Georgia is a Neurosurgeon and her daughter Lara is very much interested in finding out more about her father, Danny. The two get caught in Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans while there on a work conference for Georgia.

I appreciate the way in which the author handled the topic of mental illness and specifically panic attacks that had a profound impact on Georgia and her ability to perform surgery.

The most striking part of the novel for me were the descriptions of the people and the places during Hurricane Katrina. That is something that really touched me on a very deep level.

The characters were well written and flawed. The story line flowed well especially with the different locations.

This book was such a joy to read, and I definitely recommend it to others.

About The Author: 

Jenni Ogden and her husband live off-grid on spectacular Great Barrier Island, 100 kms off the coast of New Zealand, a perfect place to write and for grandchildren to spend their holidays. Winters are spent near a beach in Far North Tropical Queensland. Jenni’s debut novel, A Drop in the Ocean, won multiple awards and has sold over 80,000 copies. As a clinical neuropsychologist, she is well-known for her books featuring her patients’ moving stories: Fractured Minds: A Case-Study Approach to Clinical Neuropsychology, and Trouble In Mind: Stories from a Neuropsychologist’s Casebook. Author website:http://www.jenniogden.com/ Newsletter: http://www.jenniogden.com/newsletter.htm

Until the next chapter,