ARC Review: Cold Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff

ARC Review: Cold Moon by Alexandra SokoloffAuthor: Alexandra Sokoloff
Title: Cold Moon
Series: Huntress/FBI Thrillers #3
Publisher: Thomas and Mercer
Pages: 401
Release Date: July 7th 2015
The hunt for mass murderer Cara Lindstrom is over. FBI Special Agent Matthew Roarke has been working for this moment: the capture of a killer who savagely hunts the worst of humanity. But Roarke remains traumatized by his own near-death at the hands of the serial killer who slaughtered Cara's family...and haunted by the enigmatic woman who saved his life. Then the sixteen-year-old prostitute who witnessed Cara's most recent murder goes missing, and suddenly pimps are turning up dead on the streets of San Francisco, killed with an MO eerily similar to Cara's handiwork. Is a new killer on the loose with a mission even more deadly than hers? In the pulse-pounding third Huntress/FBI Thrillers book, Roarke will have to go on the hunt...and every woman he meets, even those closest to him, may prove deadly.
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Also by this author: Huntress Moon, Blood Moon, Bitter Moon
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five-stars

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

Cold Moon is the third exciting installment in the Huntress/FBI Thrillers series by Alexandra Sokoloff.

This series should be read in order, beginning with Huntress Moon.

The Reaper is dead. Cara is in prison. But, that’s not the end of Roarke’s tale. He can’t get Cara out of his mind or dreams, nor can he rid himself of his conflicting feelings about her vigilante killings. Although the book starts out slow because the two main villains are gone, around 20% into the story things get complicated and deadly. Roarke doesn’t know if he’s dealing with a copycat killer, vigilante gangs, or multiple killers working independently. He has some suspects and theories in mind, but it’s a big mystery for a long time who killed which person.

This story zipped by once it got going. It wasn’t as action packed as the first two books, but I really enjoyed reading it. I especially liked how Sokoloff included the idea of how vigilantism could spread through social media and blogs.

In the eyes of the public, Cara was a hero rather than a villain. She becomes the face of a social movement, which the author refers to as “war against rape culture (58%).”

The book takes on some serious problems like rape, child exploitation, sex trafficking, prostitution, and drug addiction. It examines the idea of people saying enough is enough and taking justice into their own hands. Roarke didn’t seem like he could answer the question of it was right or wrong. That and his connection to Cara started to pull him down a path leader further away from the FBI.

I felt this book, like the others, was very well researched. I was convinced entirely of the investigative procedures and criminal profiling. Also, Sokoloff has a great eye for detail. She gives readers everything readers need to make them feel like it’s real and happening to them. Her style is clean without being choppy.

I’m still antsy to learn if Cara has any real psychic abilities or if she is learning about people’s bad behavior through more earthly methods. Additionally, I’m still unclear about if the monsters are real or just in Cara’s head. Overall, though, I loved the book.

I am looking forward to when Alexandra Sokoloff writes another book in the series. I strongly recommend Cold Moon and the rest of the Huntress/FBI Thrillers series to readers who like books about serious social problems, vigilantism, and FBI profiling. I give it 5 stars!

 

 

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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