About The Book
1977: A killer is released from prison and returns home to a decaying, deserted boarding house choked with weeds and foreboding. Memories of strange rituals, gruesome secrets, and shame hang heavy in the air, exerting a brooding power over young Stella Moon. She is eager to restart her life, but first, she must confront the ghosts of her macabre family history and her own shocking crime. Guilt, paranoia and manipulation have woven a tangled web of truth and lies. All is ambiguous. Of only one thing is she certain… Stella Moon killed her own mother.
I had the privilege of meeting Shelley Day at a Linlithgow book festival not long ago. After hearing her read and talk about the book I approached her and explained who I was and immediately she was so kind to offer me her book to review. I was so excited to dive in. And would like to say thank you again for my signed copy.
I’ve read all sorts of books but never one like The Confession Of Stella Moon. Shelley Day really sets the scene. You can taste and smell your surroundings. The chapters set in the boarding house were creepy and unnerving. I had to stop reading the book at the night because it gave me the jitters. But I couldn’t stop reading. A bit like Gareth and his attachment to Stella, she had me too under her spell. With a multitude of topics exhausted in the book you would think it would become complicated, but no, it is so well written that you can keep up with ease.
Stella Moon as a character is strange, dangerous and fragile. I would have loved to hear more from and about Granny Ruby. Shelley Day did say during her talk if I recall correctly that Granny Ruby’s point of view was removed during the editing process.
I would love to see a movie of this book and would be curious to know who people would like to play the roles.
If you would like a book with a soul and a creepy undertone then buy The Confessions Of Stella Moon, you will not be disappointed.
You can purchase your copy here ~ Amazon UK
About The Author
Shelley has been a litigation lawyer, a psychology lecturer, and a research professor. These days she mainly writes fiction. Her debut The Confession of Stella Moon won the Andrea Badenoch Award, was long-listed for the Bath Novel Award, and shortlisted for the Charles Pick Fellowship and the Dundee International Book Prize.
Her short stories have also won prizes and have appeared in magazines, newspapers, anthologies and online. She has read at the Hexham Book Festival and the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and on the Edinburgh Fringe. In 2013 she was named as one of Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature’s emerging writers. In 2015 she won a Northern Writers’ Award.
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As I was leaving the event I thanked Shelley Day again and she waved me off saying “No bother dearie, take care” Such a kind lovely person.