The Moon Pool, Hardback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


North Dakota is like nowhere Colleen has ever seen.

Vast plains of silver snow, studded with shimmering black pools, lit by flares of orange light.

This is the landscape that swallowed her son. Across town, another mother also searches for her missing boy.

He too disappeared from the oilfields where he worked. And no-one seems to care that he is gone. These two women must work together to find their sons.

But what they discover might destroy them both...


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9781781856840



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This was not the sort of fiction that normally appeals to me - two women each have a late-teenage son who has gone missing from their first jobs in a remote oil town in North Dakota and must work together to find out what has happened - as it smacked of touchy-feely girly-stuff. However, the reviews were consistently good, so I gave it a go.What a revelation! Sophie Littlewood has produced a minor masterpiece of tension, raw emotion and thriller-level suspense. We get to see these two very different women gripped by a shared love of their sons and a powerful need to find out what has happened to them when everyone around them - the police, the oil companies they work for, the local townspeople - tries, for various reasons of their own, to ignore these disappearances. The desperate need in each of these women to find and protect their children is portrayed as a relentless all-consuming love that absolutely will not stop, even as they recognise the harm it is doing to them physically, emotionally and to their relationships back home.Our opinions of these women and the impressions we form of their lives are driven by our own prejudices and manipulated well by Littlefield. As the novel progresses we find our responses to each subtly shifting until we recognise that neither woman is wholly likeable or wholly despicable. They are just people.

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