Book Review: Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane
Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane
Moonlight Mile is the sequel to Gone, Baby, Gone, and what a fantastic tale! Private Investigator Patrick Kenzie investigates the disappearance of 16-year-old Amanda McCready – the same child he helped find twelve years earlier – and returned as a four-year-old to her neglectful mother. Despite growing up in a dysfunctional home, Amanda emerges as an aloof but highly intelligent young woman – but now she has disappeared for the second time, and Patrick and his wife Angie are determined to find Amanda safe and well.
The book is set in Boston and captures the gritty nature of its city streets. It also has unforgettable characterisation, and captures especially well the relationship between Patrick and Angie. He’s still working as private investigator, but after being shot is trying to take the safe jobs and keep his sanity intact while still trying to make a living. They’ve had a child, and Angie has been a stay-at-home mum looking after their daughter while also studying – missing the excitement of their old life. This case has them working together again, but the situation proves to be anything but safe and as the stakes get increasing high and threaten their very lives, it seems this will be the last case they ever work on for all the wrong reasons.
Moonlight Mile is fast-paced, utterly gripping and intelligent. It reads a little like a movie script, but a film version could be some time away so treat yourself to the book version first. You don’t need to read Gone, Baby, Gone to enjoy Moonlight Mile, but I predict you’ll probably want to read the first book anyway afterwards. Dennis Lehane is a novelist who delivers great, thought-provoking entertainment.