Blood Moon – Alexandra Sokoloff [Review]

Blood Moon is the second book in the Huntress/FBI Thrillers series by Alexandra Sokoloff. Thomas & Mercer published this novel on January 27, 2015.

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Blurb for BLOOD MOON

Twenty-five years have passed since a savage killer terrorized California, massacring three ordinary families before disappearing without a trace.

The haunted child who was the only surviving victim of his rampage is now wanted by the FBI for brutal crimes of her own, and Special Agent Matthew Roarke is on an interstate manhunt for her, despite his conflicted sympathies for her history and motives.

But when his search for her unearths evidence of new family slayings, the dangerous woman Roarke seeks – and wants – may be his only hope of preventing another bloodbath.

It is highly recommended that you read Book 1 of the series, Huntress Moon, first.

 

Jen’s Review of BLOOD MOON

I read Blood Moon because I enjoyed the first book in this series.

This review was originally posted on my old blog Books That Hook. I am updating it and expanding on many of my points for this new blog.

Quick Review: Although it’s unclear if Cara is psychic or crazy, I enjoyed reading Blood Moon. It’s well-researched, fast-paced, and interesting from start to finish.

The Story

Cara is a serial killer, a vigilante. Roarke is the FBI agent hunting her. But, after she helps him with a human trafficking ring, he’s conflicted about bringing her in. Also, there is evidence that the man who killed her family is back. So, Roarke and his partner start investigating the Reaper.

Roarke struggles with what’s right and wrong, particularly because Cara only goes after criminals. Yes, she’s a killer, but the people she kills are even worse.

Probably the best part of Blood Moon was the solid investigative work that Rourke and his team did to find the Reaper. Roarke knows he has to catch Cara, but she takes a backseat in terms of their efforts because they need to make sure the Reaper doesn’t kill again.

One of the things that captured my attention in Blood Moon, was how well Sokoloff exposed the horrors of human trafficking. While I have no idea if she had a social activist agenda when writing the book, I believe she brought to light an issue that tends to be overlooked or misunderstood. There is a common misconception that human trafficking is only a problem in third-world countries. Some people don’t want to believe that it is a huge problem right here in the United States, but it is, and I was glad to see the issue given some time in the spotlight. She also showed how these can be linked to drug addiction, prostitution, and other social ailments.

The Characters

I have started to lose interest in Cara because I don’t know if she is just crazy or if there is some actual supernatural being that she is hunting. The obvious explanation is that the Beast is a metaphor for evil, but I was really hoping for something else because I was under the impression that this was a paranormal thriller series (I don’t recall where I had that originally, but my initial source must have been wrong). So far, the only thing that remotely speaks of supernatural or paranormal elements is that Cara somehow knows things that others don’t know. But, since I don’t know how she knows these things, I have started to lose interest in her. I guess what I am saying is that I am growing impatient to learn if she is actually psychic, being guided by some higher power, or if she’s learning the things through some other mundane way that I am not aware of, such as hanging out in high-crime areas looking for bad guys.

Another strike against Cara is that she is still a serial killer. It’s hard for me to relate to someone who kills people, even if those people are bad. I do sympathize for her–she’s been through hell–but I can’t relate very well.

Although I don’t care much about Cara anymore, I still really like Rourke.

I also like Epps. I just wish I knew a little more about him. I did enjoy his attempts to put Roarke back on the right track.

The Writing

Because Roarke was focused so much on the Reaper, I kind of felt that the parts of the story from Cara’s point of view were unnecessary. However, they weren’t boring. I just would have preferred to get back to what was going on with Rourke.

Cara’s scenes are told in present tense. For the most part, that didn’t bother me. However, in Chapter Four I didn’t understand why something that had happened in the past was being talked about in present tense.

Overall, the book is very well-written. It’s evident the author put a lot of work into writing it. The prose, the research, the psychology of the characters, and the plotting all are excellent.

Do I Recommend?

If you like stories with profiling, police procedures, and emotionally conflicted main characters, you should try this series if you haven’t already. I recommend you read it in order, beginning with Huntress Moon. You could jump in here, but you wouldn’t fully understand the connection that Rourke has made with Cara.

Blood Moon was a great book. I don’t really care if it is not paranormal, because the manhunt is so exciting and fast-paced. Any of my other complaints are minor enough that I can overlook them. The action and police work more than make up for them.

I give it 5 stars. I recommend it to readers who are interested in serial killers, the sex industry, and FBI profiling.

 

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (A)

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