Mystery-book aficionado Birdie Lindberg has an overactive imagination. Raised in isolation and homeschooled by strict grandparents, she’s cultivated a whimsical fantasy life in which she plays the heroic detective and every stranger is a suspect. But her solitary world expands when she takes a job the summer before college, working the graveyard shift at a historic Seattle hotel.
In her new job, Birdie hopes to blossom from introverted dreamer to brave pioneer, and gregarious Daniel Aoki volunteers to be her guide. The hotel’s charismatic young van driver shares the same nocturnal shift and patronizes the waterfront Moonlight Diner where she waits for the early morning ferry after work. Daniel also shares her appetite for intrigue, and he’s stumbled upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—might be secretly meeting someone at the hotel.
To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell…discovering that most confounding mystery of all may be her growing feelings for the elusive riddle that is Daniel. (Goodreads)
I received Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I give it 3/5 stars.
Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett was not exactly my cup of tea. Though the story had classic Jenn Bennett trademarks, like sex positivity, a quirky but quiet main character, and a sweet man of color as the love interest, the actual plot was lacking. The summary was quite misleading in that the book didn’t really have a plot, or stakes, or a goal for the main character. Those things made it difficult for me to care or continue reading. The book was also pretty long for a contemporary, but even longer for a contemporary that felt a bit meandering.
Things I liked:
the setting ~ I loved the Seattle setting, and the fact that the main characters worked night shift. I would have liked to see this explored more.
the characters ~ Despite a lack of goals, the characters were really great.
the cover ~ Another great Jenn Bennett cover with Simon Pulse.
the frank discussion of therapy and medications re: mental illness and narcolepsy.
Content Warning: suicide is discussed in this book (not shown).
Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett will be published April 16, 2019.