Cold Moon – Alexandra Sokoloff [Review]

Cold Moon is the third book in the Huntress/FBI Thrillers series by Alexandra Sokoloff. Thomas & Mercer published this novel on May 5, 2015.

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Blurb for COLD MOON

The hunt for mass murderer Cara Lindstrom is over. FBI Special Agent Matthew Roarke has been working for this moment: the capture of a killer who savagely hunts the worst of humanity. But Roarke remains traumatized by his own near-death at the hands of the serial killer who slaughtered Cara’s family…and haunted by the enigmatic woman who saved his life.

Then the sixteen-year-old prostitute who witnessed Cara’s most recent murder goes missing, and suddenly pimps are turning up dead on the streets of San Francisco, killed with an MO eerily similar to Cara’s handiwork.

Is a new killer on the loose with a mission even more deadly than hers? In the pulse-pounding third Huntress/FBI Thrillers book, Roarke will have to go on the hunt…and every woman he meets, even those closest to him, may prove deadly.

 

Jen’s Review of COLD MOON

I read Cold Moon because I loved the first two books in this series. Although I received a free copy for review consideration, my opinions are my own.

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: Less action but still compelling story with interesting characters and tight plotting.

The Story

The Reaper is dead. Cara is in prison. But, that’s not the end of Roarke’s tale. He can’t get Cara out of his mind or dreams, nor can he rid himself of his conflicting feelings about her vigilante killings.

Although the book starts out slow because the two main villains are gone, around 20% into the story things get complicated and deadly. Roarke doesn’t know if he’s dealing with a copycat killer, vigilante gangs, or multiple killers working independently. He has some suspects and theories in mind, but it’s a big mystery for a long time who killed which person.

This story zipped by once it got going. It wasn’t as action packed as the first two books, but I really enjoyed reading it. I especially liked how Sokoloff included the idea of how vigilantism could spread through social media and blogs. In the eyes of the public, Cara was a hero rather than a villain. She becomes the face of a social movement, which the author refers to as “war against rape culture (58%).”

The book takes on some serious problems like rape, child exploitation, sex trafficking, prostitution, and drug addiction. It examines the idea of people saying enough is enough and taking justice into their own hands.

The Characters

Roarke didn’t seem like he could answer the question of it was right or wrong. That, combined with his connection to Cara, starts to pull him down a path leading further away from the FBI. I loved reading about his internal conflict. Sokoloff really knows how to get into the minds of her characters.
I’m still antsy to learn if Cara has any real psychic abilities or if she is learning about people’s bad behavior through more earthly methods. Additionally, I’m still unclear about if the monsters are real or just in Cara’s head.

The Writing

I felt this book, like the others, was very well researched. I was convinced entirely of the investigative procedures and criminal profiling. Also, Sokoloff has a great eye for detail. She gives readers everything readers need to make them feel like it’s real and happening to them. Her style is clean without being choppy.

Do I Recommend?

If you like characters who can’t act on their attraction to one another, serious examination of social problems, or FBI profiling, you should definitely read this series. Start with Huntress Moon. If you don’t start at the beginning, you won’t understand a lot of the dynamics between Roarke and Cara.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (A)

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