"IMPRESSIVELY WRITTEN ... VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED."
An impressively written and complex saga, "White Ashes" is an absorbingly entertaining read from beginning to end and showcases author John D. Moulton as an exceptionally gifted novelist. Very highly recommended for community library General Fiction collections."
By Martha Stevens-David
"A MASTERPIECE - WOULD MAKE A WONDERFUL MOVIE!"
From the very beginning of Chapter 1, until I read the final sentence in Chapter 49, this amazing story held my interest. In my opinion, "White Ashes" has all the necessary ingredients that make a story great. It has romance, hatred, fear, lust, envy, happiness, distrust, suspicion, hope, etc. This suspense-filled story has all the power to keep the reader engaged until the very end and I, for one, hated to see "White Ashes" end.
For me, the writing in every chapter of this manuscript was "believable and insightful." Having read literally thousands of books since the age of eight, I feel that "White Ashes" is nothing short of a "masterpiece" in that the author, John D. Moulton, really was well-prepared when he sat to write this book. I sincerely feel that this "timely, captivating" love story would make a wonderful movie! Kudos to Mr. Moulton, job well-done!
By Cozy Mystery Book Reviews.
AMAZING STORY !!!!
When I was approached to do a review for White Ashes, I had no idea that the book was 726 pages long. My first thought was, "How can someone have that much to write ?" I was also worried that it wouldn't keep my attention. BOY WAS I WRONG !!!! I was completely drawn into the book immediately !!
This is a story about family, love, commitment, secrets, danger, trust, jealousy, friendship, lies, murder, strength and weakness. White Ashes is about 2 mothers who will do anything to protect their children. It is about 2 young lovers who will do anything for each other. It is about a force greater than them all.
As you read White Ashes you will understand why Rebecca has been hiding something from Jason for years. You will feel the love between Jason and Rachael. You may even agree with Helen while she struggles with past demons as she does everything in her power to keep the lovebirds apart. And the sympathy you feel for David will feel so real.
To say White Ashes is a love story does NOT do it justice....to say its a murder/mystery story isn't even close.....to say it is a drama or a suspense don't cut it either. This book is all of the above and so much more.
I would LOVE to say more about White Ashes but to say more would ruin the story for you and I highly recommend you read it. I will tell you this.... You will get lost in it immediately, you may find yourself holding your breath at times as you read, and you will HATE when you reach page 726. When I turned from page 725 to the last page I was completely spent .... and I was left wanting more !!!
So I encourage you to get your copy of White Ashes as soon as you can and remember to .... BREATH.....
By Ted P.
A GREAT NEW AUTHOR HAS ARRIVED
What a book! It has got everything. Suspense, Romance, Tenderness, Mystery, Fear, Hope, Violence, Changes of pace and scene, and above all Tension, making the book almost impossible to put down. John Moulton's first book is on a par with those of the leading authors of today. It is longer than most novels but does not seem so. Buy it, you will not be disappointed (except that you cannot yet buy another by this author!).
By Denise M.
CRACKING GOOD READ
White Ashes has everything; mystery, suspense, hope, desperation, love ... and many twists and turns and intrigue. It has all the elements needed in a suspenseful, exciting novel without the need for gratuitous amounts of anything. It is quite a page turner with a good plot which makes it hard to put down once started. From the outset, you feel you know or have an affinity with the characters who are well developed. I highly recommend it.
By Louise M.
A TRULY GRIPPING READ
This is the best book I have read in ages. I couldn't put it down. It's a mixture of suspense, romance, mystery and much more. For many parts of the book, I really couldn't tell what was going to happen next. Buy this book, I promise you won't be able to put it down. The only disappointing part about it, is that it comes to and end and you wish there were more pages to read.
This story has many elements to it and the author says it best in the author notes at the end of the book, "... speaks of the close relationship between good and evil, love and lust, responsibility and control, perception and reality." ... Beautiful writing too. "The rhythmic rattle and sway of the train held them both like flotsam in a rock pool at the water's edge." "Now she was left in a vacuum, wandering aimlessly within the barren chasm that was her soul." The author's timing and flow of the story was perfect and I liked the way he placed all the parts of the story together like one of those sliding tile puzzles ... And it paid off John Moulton because with each mini puzzle that I was able to read and say "aha!" I was waiting eagerly for the next, and then the next, and in the end I was satisfied.
By Trish Q.
A GREAT READ
On picking up 'White Ashes' and looking at the number of pages, I thought it would take me a month to read...Wrong! A few pages in and I was hooked to the point that I have had so many late nights. "I'll just read to the end of this page, oh just another couple, oh just to the end of this chapter. Wow!" It drew me in to the point I felt I was actually among the characters and sharing in all that went on. I was uncertain for sure if one main character was saint or sinner. I liked the added twists and turns too - Just sorry I have finished it!
By Looking Deeper.
INTERWEAVES INTRIGUE, PASSION, SUSPENSE, ROMANCE AND ACTION
A TERRIFIC NOVEL!
I found this to be a compelling story with an artistic blend of romance, suspense, family drama, and gripping action. Various key characters help to build a view of the events, which keeps you guessing as to whose perspective is closest to the truth. The timeline is used cleverly too, allowing you to steadily build a full picture of the plot. Great stuff - I think it's a real page-turner!
Great story, keeping you intrigued and gripped throughout, moving through many character perspectives, would make an awesome suspense thriller movie too ... full of emotion. Highly recommended.
GRIPPING NOVEL !!
Fantastic story, gripping and suspense filled. I couldn't put it down. This is worth being picked up by a film producer. It would make a great movie. Would recommend.
By Rose M. Zuk.
ONE OF A KIND! BRILLIANTLY WRITTEN!
Wonderful book; a must read. It is a page turner! Truly written from the heart. What a writing talent John Moulton has been blessed with! I am looking forward to reading more of his books in the future. You can't help but to get lost in to the story and how well it is written. You feel you're there lost in the moment. The story comes with time and well thought out. I would suggest strongly a movie to take place. It is that good!
SUSPENSEFUL AND INTRIGUING!
It was gripping from beginning to end. one of the best books I have read. Loved the characters. Hard to put the book down for the evening. Looking forward to your next novel. Anyone who loves a great mystery/love story.
SOMEONE MAKE A MOVIE OUT OF THIS!!
Wow! John received a double portion of talent. Not only is he a great artist - watercolor, acrylic, oil and pencil - he illustrated the cover for 'White Ashes' - now he has created a masterpiece of a different sort for his portfolio. I’m hoping he’ll add another novel to his collection soon. It starts with us knowing the fate of one of the main characters, but that knowledge doesn’t interfere in any way. The players are lightly sketched then thoroughly fleshed out as the novel progresses. Twists and turns bring into question the true nature of some of the characters; I wasn’t quite sure who to trust. Just as I would get wrapped into a chapter it would end, the story would head off in a different direction to leave me wanting more. How was this going to all tie together? Suspenseful and intriguing, fun, romantic and well written. Good triumphs over evil. Hooray!!!!
By 'Amazon Customer'.
AN EJOYABLE READ
Strangers on a train, a girl in distress, I was hooked after the first few pages! When I was first given this novel I was initially overwhelmed by the page length, but quickly discovered that I did not want it to end and spent many late nights reading. I enjoyed the development of the characters always rooting for Rachel and Jason despite the angst of Rachel's mom. I was absorbed by the story line and felt that White Ashes has something for readers of all type. This novel did not seem like it was a first for John Moulton and I would welcome another novel from this talented author!
By Pam Alston.
ENJOYED THIS BOOK IMMENSELY
Enjoyed this book immensely, its been a long time since i read a book that i couldn't put down, it had everything, suspense, romance, complex characters, it's a long book, over 700 pages and it kept my interest the whole way through... the author did a great job in putting it all together.....
By 'Amazon Customer'.
Very exciting reading. Great story.
By 'Amazon Customer'.
Throughly enjoyed this book ... it was a "can't put it down" book. Well worth a read.
By 'ExPat - Avid Reader'
Loved everything about this book. Has a bit of everything, laughter, love, fear, frustration, deceit, death and a great storyline. So much so, my chores were neglected for a couple of days. Fabulous John, thank you.
By Elaine Tomasso TOP 500 REVIEWER
(Edited - See full review at Amazon UK, here)
The novel opens with Rachael fleeing to London without telling her parents. She is obviously upset but there is no explanation of why - it's intriguing and caught my interest immediately. Mr Moulton has a very engaging style of writing.
His obvious love for his character Rachael shines through and brings a warmth to the novel which offsets some of the violent and nasty behaviour of the bad guys. I also think he has a good ear for dialogue as it all seems very natural and realistic. White Ashes is a long novel so it's very good value for money but none of it drags and I was glued to the pages from start to finish. It has a bit of everything from mystery to intrigue, action, love and sorrow ... What is clear is that the past casts a long shadow.
I'm not sure where to start with the characterisation. I particularly liked Mr Moulton's depiction of Rachael's mum Helen. Her distrust of "rich folk" and her desperation to protect Rachael from being dumped by rich boy Jay have a real ring of authenticity about them. The other "good" characters are all very likeable, which is again authentic but it doesn't make them as interesting. The baddies are baddies - greedy, violent and callous. I think White Ashes is a compulsive read with good pacing in the reveals and in between, the details of the teenage romance are interesting and fairly compulsive in their own way (I never thought I would make that statement!). I have no hesitation, therefore, in recommending it as a good read.