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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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review 2017-11-08 14:59
Badass Female Vigilante Serial Killer – Blood Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff @AlexSokoloff
Blood Moon (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers) - Alexandra Sokoloff

Alexandra Sokoloff has reeled me in, hook, line and sinker, with her Huntress/FBI Thriller Series. Huntress Moon (see my review here) blew me away and she has kept it up in Blood Moon, Book II.

 

The covers scream out to me…and I do not hesitate to answer…I’m coming.

 

Cover:  Brandi Doane

 

Blood Moon (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers, #2)

 

Goodreads  /  Amazon US  /  Amazon UK  /  Amazon CA

 

MY REVIEW

 

I am so excited to be back with Special Agent Matthew Roarke, kicking down doors and taking down the bad guys, as his hunt for Cara continues. I love action from the opening page, getting me fully invested in the story and Blood Moon has it in spades.

 

This book picks up where Huntress Moon, Book I, left off. It does  fill in some blanks from the first book, but I will tell you now, I am so happy I started at the beginning. I don’t want to miss a thing and I don’t think you will either.

 

Cara is a female serial killer, but she is so much more than that. She is a vigilante that Roarke has been chasing since Huntress Moon, Book I of the series. Cara was not born this was, she was created…by The Reaper. She touched me deeply. Right or wrong? Who are we to judge? She is exorcising her demons the only way she knows how, saving innocent lives along the way.

 

Life is not black and white, but many shades of gray. Blood Moon makes many questions come to mind as man’s inhumanity to those unable to protect themselves is shoved in your face. Is evil alive? Does it have a physical presence?

 

How far should they, the FBI, go to draw her out? Roarke has conflicting feelings, but comes up with the plan. Cara was Roarke’s incentive to become an FBI agent, since he learned about the tragedy surrounding her at when he was nine years old.

 

Alexandra Sokoloff has written a story that pushes and pulls me in so many directions making me question myself. My morals and ethics. Who is right? Who is wrong?

 

She skillullly weaves the past and the present, sharing the storyline from Cara and Roarke’s perspective. The investigation takes them to surprising places, the clues and evidence leading them in unexpected ways. This is not your typical police procedural. Reading all the evidence takes a meticulous and detailed mind, thinking outside the box. I think it takes a special kind of person, whether you are deciphering the clues as a reader or creating them as a writer.

 

Alexandra Sokoloff is able to ramp up the intrigue, my curiosity, the suspense, and my anticipation to a horrifying, frantic level, making me wonder how this can possibly end.

 

Would you care if the traffickers, rapists, and pimps were offed? Would you go out of your way to find the vigilante who protects children who are unable to protect themselves and others have cast aside?

 

The characters come to life in a way I never anticipated. I loved them, I hated them, I worried about them, I raged at them, I fretted with fear and terror, and I wished they would go down in flames, and I mean that literally.

 

I love/hate the ending, BUT don’t think for a minute that the story is done, because Alexandra Sokoloff has so much more coming in Cold Moon, Book III, and I do not want to miss one second of Roarke’s and Cara’s story. I didn’t wait…I immediately began to read it.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Blood Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff.

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review 2017-09-26 17:37
love love LOVE this book!
Huntress Moon - Alexandra Sokoloff
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I purchased my copy of this book, via Prime Reading. There comes along, once in a while, a book that pits you out of your comfort zone. Those books are few and far between, and I really REALLY enjoy being pushed out of my comfort zone when it comes to my reading habits!! THIS book, right here! Its different and you all know how much I love different. You also know how much i LOVE getting into the mind of the bad guy, or in this case bad GAL. And you also know how much I dislike present tense books. So I'm sitting here, telling you that I LOVED this book, and here's why it might surprise you. Roarke gets his say in the third person, past tense. But Cara?? She gets HER say in the third person, PRESENT tense. And I truly loved the way the story is told! It took some getting used, flipping from Roarke to Cara, past to present but once I did, the book just flew! The book takes place over 8 days, leading up to the 25th anniversary of Cara's family's massacre. While I'm still unsure what Cara had originally planned for that date, what she DID do, and the way it played out, was brilliant. Roarke's reason for joining the FBI was The Reaper case, that he saw on the news at 9 years old. I loved the way it all came together. Roarke and Cara's story is by no means finished. Cara is now on the Most Wanted list. Whether Roarke will apprehend her, though, is another matter. He is questioning everything: about himself, about Cara, and about his career. And they have a connection that they really shouldn't have. I loved the way Sokoloff tells her story, kinda grabs you, and doesn't let go. I can't see how this is going to end, I really can't but I have book two, Blood Moon, to read next. I'd also like to read something else by Sokoloff, unrelated to this series. Because I read it in one Sunday afternoon, and I didn't move off the sofa the whole time... 5 full stars. **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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