Saturday, March 14, 2015

Review: Huntress Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff

Publication Date: 6/28/2012
Series: The Huntress/The FBI Thrillers #1
Rating: 4 Stars

Official Blurb:

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.

When I saw Huntress Moon on Netgalley, I thought why not give it a try! It’s not exactly the first genre I flock to on a bookshelf, but the premise of a female serial killer peaked my interest. At first I thought I was taking a literary journey through an urban fantasy, but boy was I wrong. Huntress Moon is a tried and true crime thriller. As someone who has worked in forensics, I do have to applaud Alexandra Sokoloff for her background research of serial killers. From someone who’s seen crime scene evidence close up from a serial killer, it was really kind of refreshing to know that an author took that much time to review her background information instead of base that particular part on watch someone would have seen on CSI.
The characters of Huntress Moon were very well developed just as the plot. One particular twist in relation to the killer’s personality really surprised me because of the way I felt about her as the story progressed.  Because of how well it’s written it’s more of literary mind meld experience rather than a literary pleasure cruise to distract you from life.  Her characters suck you into their fictional world and leave you looking over your shoulder to make sure you’re not the next target on the serial killer’s to do list. When the thrills and chills are thrown your way, you’ll be left shaken and dare I say a little frightened.  Be prepared once you pick up this fast paced thrill ride that is Huntress Moon to be sitting on the edge of your seat and trying to remember to breathe.

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