Shattered Moon

When a romantic dream turns into a nightmare

Fiction - Realistic
272 Pages
Reviewed on 01/17/2019
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Reviewed by Lucinda E Clarke for Readers' Favorite

Shattered Moon by Renata Lanzoni tells how Maddy accepts an invitation to go with her best friend Cindy to Sri Lanka. Cindy has business to conduct there and Maddy needs a holiday and a break from her home in Oxford. Her son had disappeared, her daughter moved into her own place, and her husband – now estranged – has moved to live and work in America. A couple of weeks in the sun beside the sea appear to be the perfect solution. Shortly after she arrives, she catches the eye of a young waiter at the beach bar and he pays her a lot of attention. In turn, she is attracted to him and they spend a lot of time together and then keep in touch when she returns to England. She returns twice more to Sri Lanka and on the third takes up residence helping to run a guest house. But Kiri, the young Sri Lankan, is not quite what he seems.

It’s tricky to write a review for Shattered Moon by Renata Lanzoni without including spoilers, but I could so relate to the situation Maddy found herself in. As it is based on a true story, I winced at the early red flags; I groaned at Maddy’s belief she could help Kiri, and I had him diagnosed early on. But I’ve been there and believe me Ms Lanzoni describes the words and actions of a narcissist perfectly. We feel for Maddy, for her naivety, but how could she recognize the syndrome if she had no previous experience of it? How could she feel a sense of her own worth after her own family fell apart? This book should be read by everyone before they begin a new relationship. Easy to read, the words flowed, and I loved the style of this author’s writing. Five stars from me.