Look for Me by Moonlight Paperback – Mar 1997
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From Publishers Weekly
A lonely teenage girl, an isolated inn by the ocean, a ghost, a mysterious stranger-sure, these are gothic cliches, but in Hahn's (Stepping on the Cracks) able hands, they add up to a stylish supernatural thriller. Cynda, the 16-year-old narrator, has trepidations about moving in with her estranged father and his much younger wife at the Maine inn that they run even before she hears that the inn is haunted, ostensibly by the ghost of a young woman murdered some 60 years ago. Soon after her arrival, handsome, sophisticated Victor Morthanos checks in for a month-long stay. Cynda's five-year-old half-brother, Todd, hates him on sight, but Cynda just as quickly falls in love: Victor alone understands her jealousy and resentment of Todd and her stepmother, and he alone truly appreciates her. By the time Cynda figures out that Victor is a vampire and the murderer of the ghostly girl, she is well on the way to becoming a ghost herself, as is Todd. How Cynda overcomes her thralldom makes for a deliciously spine-tingling story-all the more gripping for its sturdy psychological underpinnings. Ages 11-up.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Hahn deftly creates the proper atmosphere and setting for this spine chiller." —Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
The back story of this novel is about a mixed family. A teenager spends a few months with her Dad, his young wife, and their toddler while her Mom and new husband are in Italy. Her Dad and his wife run an ocean-side motel in Maine. She can’t stand her young brother and neither could I. The first hindrance to the reading experience derives unequivocally from him and the second, are textbook scenarios in which <i>Cynda</i> is misjudged and overlooked. I began to feel sympathetic to her anxiety, unlikely or not, that her Dad hasn’t forgotten their closeness and that their time as parent and daughter hasn’t ended with the arrival of the boy. However there were too many scenes about this, when what I seek is a mystical mystery.
I love her immediate friendship to the likeable boy her age and was chagrined a motel guest interrupted their liaison. I know nil about vampires but it appears once a person is bitten, they are under a control that is tough to break. I must have strong imagination. I felt ill through chapters of children waiting to be bitten. It was a relief her trust of the boy was unshakeable. Ghostliness brought a glimpse of the ambiance I prefer.
The story starts out well but ends up in a big mess. The ending is TOO EASY and I didn't see how Vincent could have been defeated by his own fears in such a quick and easy manor. I was waiting for him to return for revenge but there was none. I thought Mary Downing Hahn could have ended this terrorizing romance in a better way but she let me down this time.
I absolutly love the variety of realistic characters (dispite the Vampire of couse). I could relate to Cynda, a 16 year old girl whose parents are divorce and is unsure of herself, her image, love issues, and in this case, older men. I could also connect the character Todd to any tipical five year old who wants a lot of attention, playing games, playing in the snow, frequent changes of favor, and having bad dreams.
All and all, I thought this story was enjoying to read not only for me but also for supernatural lovers. Completely arresting!
Most recent customer reviews
this book was so interesting i couldnt put it down. it has a great plot well written and it leaves you in suspense. i reccomend this book to anyonePublished on July 14 2004
"Look For Me By Moonlight," is undoubtably my all-time favorite book! Seriousley, if you haven't read this book, READ IT! Read morePublished on March 16 2004 by Carrie Sherer
What normal teenage girl would not sympathize with Cynda, a young girl who comes face to face with a fiendishly handsome vampire who seems a perfect blend of a gothic Romeo and a... Read morePublished on March 29 2003 by Melisande Aquilina
I found this story very interesting and creative, the part I enjoyed the best was when everything in Cynda's world was changing, although it was a superb book, I found it quite... Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2001 by Camille Bilinski
When I was in the eighth grade I accidentally picked up this book out of boredom during a study hall. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2001 by Katie
I thought that this book had much detail, and kept you in suspense, while telling of a tragic younger/older type relationship. Read morePublished on July 4 2001
Ok, that was bad... that was really really bad. I was expecting something along the lines of "The Silver Kiss" by Anette Curtis Klaus, because it was linked to that... Read morePublished on May 30 2001 by VBell
This really has to be the best book I have ever read. I have read it five times and now on my sixth. Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2000 by Rinoa Heartilly