Book #91: Huntress Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff

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.

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review. Everything that follows is my opinion. I was not compensated for what I say in this review.

The first time I came across Alexandra Sokoloff was when I needed a book to read while on vacation in California. I found her book, The Harrowing, and ate it up. I then found out she had written a romance, which I also read. I didn’t know about Huntress Moon or the rest of the series until I saw it on Xpresso Book Tours. It didn’t take long for me to request all of the books.

While I’m waiting for the rest of the series, I am happy to say that I did like the first book, Huntress Moon.  The story is a great beginner to something that seems to blend superstition and thriller.

Huntress Moon is written in two different point of views. There is Roarke, the FBI agent and our hero, and a mystery woman (MW), the killer and person Roarke is after. I personally found the POV made getting into the book difficult at first. Roarke’s narrative is in third person past tense, but the MW’s narrative is in third person present tense.

The present tense, for me, separates emotion from the character. It’s difficult to understand and have an emotional attachment to the MW. Logistically, I really like this. It gives the reader a feel that she is something otherworldly. However, it was difficult for me to understand MW until Roarke heads to Oregon and gets more headway on the case at hand.

Aside from the tense issue (which doesn’t end until the book does), the book was interesting. I felt pulled into the story and the closer to the end, I was leaning into the book as I read. It ended in a way that questions who is the good guy and what Roarke is going to do with the growing knowledge about MW. I’m definitely going to be reading the other books in the series.

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