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Review: Blood Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff

Review: Blood Moon by Alexandra SokoloffAuthor: Alexandra Sokoloff
Title: Blood Moon
Series: Huntress/FBI #2
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Pages: 313
Release Date: January 27th 2015
Book Two in the Thriller Award-nominated Huntress/FBI series 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. The pulse-pounding sequel to Huntress Moon is sure to leave listeners on the edges of their seats.
Format: Paperback
Also by this author: Huntress Moon, Cold Moon, Bitter Moon
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five-stars

*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

Blood Moon is the second book in the Huntress/FBI Thrillers series by Alexandra Sokoloff.

If you like stories with profiling, police procedures, and emotionally conflicted main characters, you should try this series if you haven’t already. I recommend you read it in order, beginning with Huntress Moon. You could jump in here, but you wouldn’t fully understand the connection that Roarke has made with Cara.

One of the things that captured my attention in Blood Moon, was how well Sokoloff exposed the horrors of human trafficking. While I have no idea if she had a social activist agenda when writing the book, I believe she brought to light an issue that tends to be overlooked or misunderstood. There is a common misconception that human trafficking is only a problem in third-world countries. Some people don’t want to believe that it is a huge problem right here in the United States, but it is, and I was glad to see the issue given some time in the spotlight. She also showed how these can be linked to drug addiction, prostitution, and other social ailments.

Probably the best part of Blood Moon was the solid investigative work that Roarke and his team did to find the Reaper. Cara is still an important part of the story, but she took a backseat in terms of their efforts because they needed to make sure the Reaper didn’t kill again. Because Roarke was focused so much on the Reaper, I kind of felt that the parts of the story from Cara’s point of view were unnecessary.

Let me explain that a little more. I have started to lose interest in Cara because I don’t know if she is just crazy or if there is some actual supernatural being that she is hunting. The obvious explanation is that the Beast is a metaphor for evil, but I was really hoping for something else because I was under the impression that this was a paranormal thriller series (I don’t recall where I had that originally, but my initial source must have been wrong). So far, the only thing that remotely speaks of supernatural or paranormal elements is that Cara somehow knows things that others don’t know. But, since I don’t know how she knows these things, I have started to lose interest in her. I guess what I am saying is that I am growing impatient to learn if she is actually psychic, being guided by some higher power, or if she’s learning the things through some other mundane way that I am not aware of, such as hanging out in high-crime areas looking for bad guys.

Also, a strike against Cara is that her scenes are told in present tense. For the most part, it didn’t bother me. However, in Chapter Four I didn’t understand why something that had happened in the past was being talked about in present tense. Another strike against Cara is that despite the traumas that she experienced throughout her life, she is still a serial killer. It’s hard for me to relate to someone who kills people, even if those people are bad.

Although I don’t care much about Cara anymore, I still really like Roarke. I also like Epps. I just wish I knew a little more about him. I did enjoy his attempts to put Roarke back on the right track.

Blood Moon was a great book. I don’t really care if it is not paranormal, because the manhunt is so exciting and fast-paced. Any of my other complaints are minor enough that I can overlook them. The action and police work more than make up for them.

I give it 5 stars. I recommend it to readers who are interested in serial killers, the sex industry, and FBI profiling.

 

About Alexandra Sokoloff

Alexandra Sokoloff is the Thriller Award -winning, Bram Stoker and Anthony Award-nominated author of
eleven supernatural, crime and paranormal thrillers. As a screenwriter she has sold original scripts and written novel adaptations for numerous Hollywood studios, and teaches the internationally acclaimed Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workshops. She lives in Los Angeles and in Scotland.

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