Review: Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

MoonriseTitle: Moonrise

Author: Sarah Crossan

Pages: 400 Pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury

The Blurb

They think I hurt someone.
But I didn’t. You hear?
Cos people are gonna be telling you
all kinds of lies.

I need you to know the truth.

Joe hasn’t seen his brother for ten years, and it’s for the most brutal of reasons. Ed is on death row.

But now Ed’s execution date has been set, and this might be the last summer they have together.

The astonishing new novel from multi award winning author Sarah Crossan explores life, death, love and forgiveness. It will stay with you long after you have turned the last page.

The Review

In stories about murder, the focus tends to fall on the victim and those close to them. But what about the families of those accused of the crime?

This is essentially the question posed in Sarah Crossan’s latest novel Moonrise.

The story is about Joe. Joe was a young boy when his older brother Ed was accused of murder and was sentenced to death by execution. It is the story of how he and Ed reconnect during Ed’s last few months on death row.

It isn’t an easy book to read because anyone who reads it will go into the story with conviction of their beliefs. For me, I am against the death penalty. I have been since I was old enough to have a mature opinion about it and it is due to this opinion that I couldn’t help but feel that this story was harrowing. The magic of Sarah Crossan’s writing is that she says so much in so few words and that truly is a talent.

Moonrise is definitely a book to recommend to young readers or to help get a debate going.

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan is available now.

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4 Stars

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