Night Moves Book Summary and Study Guide

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Zebra, Jul 2002, 6.99, 352 pp.
ISBN: 0821771450

Out of the blue, Phoebe, her best friend from her Pennsylvania hometown, arrives at Jordan Curry's DC home. Jordan would do anything for Phoebe, her former maid of honor who helped her get through being jilted at the alter. However, Phoebe's request is a shocker especially since the woman provides no explanation as to why. Phoebe begs Jordan to watch her four-year-old son Spencer for a while. Jordan agrees assuming that Phoebe's desperate need has something to do with the work of her spouse Reno.
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Soon afterward, Jordan's blind date Beau Somerville arrives. Seeing the kid shakes Beau up as it reminds him of his loss, that of his wife and child. When the media announce the murders of Phoebe and Reno with the disappearance of their child, Beau decides to help Jordan keep Spencer safe. As they fall in love, a stalker closes in on the little boy, leaving two adults with no time to ponder their baggage obtained from the past as someone haunts Spencer in the present.

Night Moves is an exciting romantic intrigue that is brimming with action. Jordan is an intrepid heroine who conquers her fears to do the right thing. Though why Beau got involved is not as easy to accept, fans will feel for a traumatized Spencer, whose apprehension of an attack seems so real that the audience will want to comfort him. Though the romance takes a back seat to the suspense, readers will delight in Janelle Taylor's latest thriller.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   hunted by killer/stalker

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   business executive Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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