Blurb for HUNTRESS MOON
A Thriller Award nominee for Best eBook Original Novel… Book 1 in award-winning author Alexandra Sokoloff’s riveting new Huntress FBI series about a driven FBI agent on the hunt for that most rare of all killers: a female serial.
FBI Special Agent Matthew Roarke is closing in on a bust of a major criminal organization in San Francisco when he witnesses an undercover member of his team killed right in front of him on a busy street, an accident Roarke can’t believe is coincidental. His suspicions put him on the trail of a mysterious young woman who appears to have been present at each scene of a years-long string of “accidents” and murders, and who may well be that most rare of killers: a female serial.
Roarke’s hunt for her takes him across three states…while in a small coastal town, a young father and his five-year old son, both wounded from a recent divorce, encounter a lost and compelling young woman on the beach and strike up an unlikely friendship without realizing how deadly she may be.
As Roarke uncovers the shocking truth of her background, he realizes she is on a mission of her own, and must race to capture her before more blood is shed.
Jen’s Review of HUNTRESS MOON
I read Huntress Moon because I had wanted to check out the Huntress/FBI Thrillers series for a long time. When I saw it come up for review on Netgalley, I jumped at a chance to read it. Shortly after, Alexandra Sokoloff contacted me about doing a tour for Cold Moon. I was delighted! She was wonderful to work with. And, because I was having tablet issues, she sent me the first two books in print.
Although I received review copies from both the author and Netgalley, my opinions are my own.
Another version of this review posted in 2015 on our old blog Books That Hook. I’ve updated and expanded on some of my points for this new post.
Huntress Moon grabbed my attention from the beginning when Special Agent Matthew Roarke witnesses one of his undercover agents being killed in a suspicious accident. Right before the undercover agent is killed, Roarke sees a woman say something to the agent. From that moment forward, Roarke is determined to find the woman. At first, he thinks she is a hit-woman. He doesn’t realize she’s a rare, female serial killer.
The woman is mysterious. The reader knows she believes there is a force making people commit vicious acts against others. She is bent on revenge for something that happened when she was young. As the story goes along, we learn more from her point-of-view.
I couldn’t put Huntress Moon down. The story hooked me at the start and held me until the end.
The book is divided in parts by the corresponding day in the manhunt. I liked this because it gave me a sense of time passing. Also, the more days that passed, the more obsessed Roarke became with catching the killer.
I was a little disappointed with the ending because I didn’t feel like the author resolved much. I especially didn’t like that I had no greater understanding of what evil she was hunting or how she knew the things that she knew. If you don’t mind this kind of ending–one with lots of unanswered questions–I strongly recommend reading Huntress Moon.
Roarke is a likable character. He’s the perfect person for the task of finding the killer because he has connections to her. Not only has he experienced the dark presence she believes in, but he also is very familiar with her past–a fact that comes out later in the story. Some of the discoveries Roarke makes are chilling. And it was fascinating to see Roarke struggle with his mixed emotions about the woman.
The woman is unbelievably relateable. Most authors are not as skilled at making a serial killer someone readers can empathize with or relate to. Alexandra Sokoloff succeeded at doing so, in part because she understood and effectively conveyed the psychological aspects driving the woman to do what she did.
I enjoyed how Sokoloff kept the mystery going about who the woman was and why she was killing people. This was a big part of what made me want to keep turning the pages. I wanted to find out more about her, such as why she felt she had to cover her neck all the time.
The descriptions in Huntress Moon are vivid without being wordy. Also, the dialogue and dialects were realistic.
The psychological profiling was fascinating and accurate as far as I could tell (I’m not an expert). The book seemed very well researched.
I never understood the need for switching between past and present tense. As a general rule, I dislike present tense, and I was hoping that the reason for using it would become apparent. I didn’t think it added anything to the story that consistently using past tense could not have accomplished.
Do I Recommend?
I loved Huntress Moon! Alexandra Sokoloff created a well-written, believable, fast-paced, and suspenseful story. I only had two minor complaints, which didn’t affect my overall opinion of the book. This was a five-star read, one I strongly recommend for anyone who likes thrillers with a smidgen of supernatural or paranormal elements.
If you like books or television shows with criminal profiling, serial killers, or unseen evil causing people to do horrible things, you should definitely read Huntress Moon and the rest of the FBI Huntress series.
My Rating: 5/5 stars (A)