Bad Moon Rising
Reviewed by Neha N. Kashmiri (age 14) for Reader Views (2/09)
Lisa Lupin is a sixteen-year-old whose world has drastically changed since her father died and her mother married the man who was there at the accident. Lisa believes that her stepfather Larry is the one who killed her dad and she hates him for it. Not only that, she also hates the way he touches her, Lisa’s mother is oblivious to all this because she is a drunk. Her mother also misses a lot of other things as well, such as the fact that her husband and his friends grow fur sometimes.
At the same time, grotesque murders are taking place in the park where Lisa’s dad drowned. Only parts of the bodies are found. Lisa and a boy who is always trying to grab her hand go to the lake to find clues that point to Larry as the killer.
Larry has plans for Lisa and her mother – none of them good. Lisa is in serious danger but she doesn’t know it yet. Can she save herself and her mother?
There were a few things that prevented me from liking this book. For one thing, Lisa, from the very first page, is said to be sixteen; but throughout the entire book she is treated and acts as if she is less than twelve. It is bothersome that the werewolf aspect of the story is almost like an afterthought and almost everyone’s name started with an ‘L’ – all of that just bugged me. “Bad Moon Rising” by L.A. Busby is not a book for me, but if you want a story with stranger-danger moral, this is it.