Book Review: Cold Moon Over Babylon

02.24.2015 | Valancourt Books
(first published 1980)
Rating: 4/5 stars


Babylon is a sleepy Southern town in the heart of Florida filled with throbbing sun and fog-shrouded swamps. Margaret Larkin has been robbed of her innocence and her life. Her body has been found shortly after she fails to return home one night. Now, in the murky depths of the local river, a shifting, almost human shape slowly takes form. Night after night it pursues the murderer waiting to bring them justice.

Fans of revenge stories will absolutely love COLD MOON OVER BABYLON! This story is set in a rural Florida town located near the Styx River, which just so happens to have some supernatural force committed to serving up justice. 


McDowell brings to life the small town setting of Babylon rattled with grief and ultimately fear after the body of Margaret Larkin is discovered. I loved how I instantly felt transported to this atmospheric location. You can feel the energy pouring from the pages with this one. In addition to a brilliant setting, this is one of the most unique ghost stories I’ve read. I loved the abilities that the entity from the Styx River possesses and the intensity with which it hunts. There’s a lot of mystery involved as the reader tries to determine who the murderer is, which packs just another great element to an already fascinating story.

This book is available to buy from: Amazon Book Depository

Disclosure: What Jess Reads is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to This in no way influences my opinion of the above book.

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