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review 2018-10-09 22:41
Blood Moon / Alexandra Sokoloff
Blood Moon - Alexandra Sokoloff

Twenty-five years have passed since a savage killer terrorized California, massacring three ordinary families before disappearing without a trace. The only surviving victim of his rampage was a child…who is now wanted by the FBI for brutal crimes of her own.

Special Agent Matthew Roarke is on an interstate manhunt to track her down, despite feeling torn between his dedication to duty and his sympathy for her horrific history and motives. But when Roarke’s search unearths evidence of new family slayings, the dangerous woman he seeks—and secretly wants—may be his only hope of preventing another bloodbath. He just has to find her first.

 

I read this book to fill the Free Space square of my 2018 Halloween Bingo card.

Bloody hell, what a good book! Make it 4.25 or 4.4 stars or something of that sort. An intriguing mash-up of the FBI profiler genre with a dash of the paranormal. Special Agent Matthew Roarke realizes that his morals have been compromised—he has come to identify with a woman who murders the men who prey on women. His partner is giving him the side-eye, not entirely trusting his judgement anymore, but his team still seems to be following his lead. When he chooses to re-open a decades old cold-case in the course of investigating Cara Lindstrom, his superior officer closes things right down again. Until it becomes clear that the Reaper is back and Cara is as interested in catching him as the FBI is.

Sokoloff knows how to build tension effectively and how to structure the mystery to keep me reading, reading, reading until the end. She is also gentle with the paranormal aspects of the story, never over playing them and leaving room for us to wonder if there’s a rational explanation.

Written well before the “Me Too” movement, this book still made me think about it, as women still take the brunt of domestic abuse, serial murder, kidnapping, sexual enslavement, and other forms of violence.

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text 2018-09-27 21:03
TBR Thursday
The Mysteries of Udolpho - Ann Radcliffe
Blood Moon - Alexandra Sokoloff
Cold Days - Jim Butcher
Cold Reign - Faith Hunter

 

Halloween Bingo is in full swing!  I've got plenty of reading queued up and ready for the weekend.  It snowed this morning (it started as rain when I was at my home and turned to snow as I drove north to work).  So a cozy weekend of reading will be a good thing.

 

I've been evaluating my 2018 planned reading and I think I can finish it by the end of the year.  Plus, I've read 28 books in my Science Fiction & Fantasy project and would like to fit in a few more if I've got time.  There's a certain amount of overlap between these two goals, so I'm hopeful I'll be successful.

 

Hope you are having better weather, wherever you are, and I wish you all happy reading.

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-09-21 23:26
"Huntress Moon" by Alexandra Sokoloff
Huntress Moon - Alexandra Sokoloff

I enjoyed "Huntress Moon" from beginning to end. It's original, genre-savvy, character-driven and kept me engaged and guessing all the way through.

 

The premise sounds conventional enough, a Joe Friday, tightly-buttoned up FBI agent leading a manhunt to find someone he thinks caused the death of one of his agents, except that this is a womanhunt and he's not entirely sure what she did to cause the man's death.

 

The FBI guy is so old-school noir that it took me a while to realise the story was set in this decade.  I thought Andrea Sokoloff did a great job in painting a picture of a man who sees himself as introspective, enlightened, skilled at reading people and dedicated to doing his job well, while still letting me see that the man has no awareness of how irrepressibly male his perceptions and assumptions are.

 

Twisting itself around the story of the male hunter, like ivy on a tree, is the story of a deadly, driven woman who kills men, sometimes subtly, sometimes with a great deal of blood and keeps moving. This woman, the Huntress of the title, isn't the typical step-inside-the-mind-of-a-killer-and-be-glad-you-don't-live-there kind of character. Even though we're right there when she does some of the killing, she remains much harder to read and much more intriguing than that.

 

As the Huntress follows her own blood-strewn path and the FBI man plays catch-up, what kept me reading was a desire to know two things: why the Huntress does what she does and what Special Agent I'm-so-straight-I'd-break-rather-than-bend will do when he finds out.

 

I won't go into the plot here other than to say that it's well constructed, full of surprises and grim without ever being exploitative.

 

The book works as a stand-alone novel, reaching a satisfying conclusion but leaves the door open for the dance between the straight-man and the woman-who-kills to continue. So far there have been four books in the series. I'll certainly be reading the next one.

 

Alexandra Sokoloff also writes supernatural novels and I'll be giving them a try as well.

 

I recommend listening to the audiobook. R. C. Bray's performance is close to perfect and his range of voices is impressive. Click on the SoundCloud link below to hear a sample.

 

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I read "Huntress Moon" for the Modern Noir square in Halloween Bingo.

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text 2018-09-20 08:27
Reading progress update: I've read 65%. - surprising - I've no idea where this is going
Huntress Moon - Alexandra Sokoloff

What started as a competent-dedicated-so-deeply-male-he's-unaware-of-it FBI agent hunting bad guys has become something more original and more interesting.

 

Twisting itself around the story of the male hunter, like ivy on a tree, is the story of a deadly, driven woman who kills men, sometimes subtly, sometimes with a great deal of blood and keeps moving.

 

She's fascinating. I want to know why she does what she does.

 

I also want to see what Special Agent I'm-so-straight-I'd-break-rather-than-bend will do when he finds out.

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text 2018-09-18 21:03
Reading progress update: I've read 15%.American Noir with a hard boiled FBI guy being all no nonsense and probably about to have his mind blown
Huntress Moon - Alexandra Sokoloff

This FBI tale is so Joe Friday it took me a while to realise that it’s set in this decade. The man character is a thinker who still seems to have no awareness of how irrepressibly male his perceptions and assumptions are.

 

Im intrigued by the woman in black who seems to be the huntress of the title.

 

Its  a relief to move to this find-the-baddy. Kind of noir' filled with attitude but free of real introspection after having lived in the long night of Scandi Noir.

 

 

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