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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (876 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Cox Narrator: Christine Williams Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On an early spring night in 1991, two high school sweethearts slip away from a party and sneak off into the woods to make love for the first time. An hour later, Sophie lies unconscious, covered with blood, and Crow is crashing through the underbrush to escape the police. What was meant to be an idyllic, intimate evening has turned into a nightmare. 

Despite Crow’s frantic claims of innocence, evidence at the scene suggests his guilt. And Sophie, by now awake in the hospital, refuses to speak, leaving the residents of the couple’s seemingly placid Tennessee town to draw their own wildly varying conclusions. 

If Crow isn’t to blame, then who assaulted Sophie and what compelled Crow to flee? With each answer comes a new set of questions. As growing suspicions divide the town, a closer look reveals that everyone has something to hide.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Cox writes in a lyrical voice that gently explains the smothered anguish of these people’s lives. She’s most insightful when she moves through Crow’s buddies, one by one, laying bare their conflicted souls.”

    Washington Post

  • “Carefully wrought…Cox painstakingly enters the consciousness of the various characters who have a stake in Crow’s fate.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Williams’ tone and pacing underscore the tensions and passions of young love, the rage and violence of adolescent boys, and the bargains parents make to keep their children safe…Williams’ sympathetic reading allows listeners to follow the plot as it shifts back and forth in time.”


  • “Cox’s portrayal of awkward first love carries the novel beyond its dark subject matter…Teens will be drawn to Sophie, her boyfriend, and the members of his band. Many will recognize, if not themselves, then people they know in real life.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cheryl Nation | 2/13/2014

    " The decission you make in life have an effect on others. I really felt the emotion of the characters in this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by MaryAnn Koopmann | 2/12/2014

    " The book I read was The Slow Moon by Elizabeth Cox. There were two main characters Crow and Sophie. This book is about Sophie getting raped by someone and it's a mystery to the whole town. The town blames Crow for the incident that happened to Sophie. Crow in reality wasn't the one that committed the crime. Crow finds out that the whole town has something to hide. I think the type of people who should read this book is teenagers. I really liked this book because it shows that anything can happen to anyone. The book is 320 pages. It is a easy read and not difficult to understand it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joanne Ader | 2/4/2014

    " Good mystery although might be classified as a "chick" book as it has a lot of character descriptions in it. The story keeps us interested...it is about a group of teenagers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Stephanie | 1/29/2014

    " Boo. I really couldn't get into this one. This book is like the worst kind of chick lit. I thought the plot was terrible, the characters were flat, and I found the whole thing to be pretty unbelievable. "

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About the Author

Elizabeth Cox is the author of Night Talk, The Ragged Way People Fall Out of Love, Familiar Ground, and the story collection Bargains in the Real World. She is an instructor at the Bennington Writing Seminars and teaches at Wofford College in South Carolina, where she shares the John C. Cobb Endowed Chair in the Humanities with her husband, C. Michael Curtis. She lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina.