Title: Huntress Moon Series: Huntress/FBI Thriller #1
Publisher: Thomas and Mercer
Release Date: November 18, 2014
Also by this author: Blood Moon, Cold Moon, Bitter Moon
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*I received a free copy of this book from the author, 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.*
Huntress Moon is the first book in the Huntress/FBI Thrillers series by Alexandra Sokoloff. This series is one that I have wanted to read for a long time. When I saw it come up on Netgalley, I jumped at the opportunity to review the first book. Then, to my delight, Alexandra Sokoloff contacted me about doing a tour for her new book, Cold Moon. She sent me paperback copies of the first two books. I would have read it on Netgalley, but I prefer print. I’m glad I didn’t have to read it on my Nook because, my luck, the battery would have died halfway through and I would have been mad. This definitely was a book I couldn’t put down, so I’m glad I had a physical book to read.
The story grabbed my attention from the very beginning when an undercover agent is killed in a suspicious accident, witnessed by his handler Special Agent Matthew Roarke. Right before the undercover agent is killed, Roarke sees a woman say something to him. From that moment forward, Roarke is determined to find the woman.
I enjoyed how Sokoloff kept the mystery going about who the woman was and why she was killing people. This was a big part of what made me want to keep turning the pages. I wanted to find out more about her, such as why she wants to cover her neck all the time.
The book is divided in parts by the corresponding day in the manhunt. I liked this because it gave me a sense of time passing. Also, the more days that passed, the more obsessed Roarke became with catching the killer.
The descriptions in Huntress Moon are vivid without being wordy. Also, the dialogue and dialects were realistic. The psychological profiling was fascinating and accurate as far as I could tell (I’m not an expert). The book seemed very well researched.
Roarke is a likable character. He’s the perfect person for the task of finding the killer because he has connections to her. Not only has he experienced the dark presence she believes in, but he also is very familiar with her past–a fact that comes out later in the story. Some of the discoveries Roarke makes are chilling.
I was a little disappointed with the ending because I didn’t feel like much was wrapped up. I especially didn’t like that I had no greater understanding of what evil she was hunting or how she knew the things that she knew. If you don’t mind this kind of ending–one with lots of unanswered questions–I strongly recommend reading Huntress Moon.
The only other thing that bothered me about the book was that I never understood the need for switching between past and present tense. As a general rule, I dislike present tense, and I was hoping that the reason for using it would become apparent. I didn’t think it added anything to the story that using past tense the whole way through could not have accomplished.
Overall, I can look those two minor complaints. I thought Huntress Moon was very well-written, fast-paced, suspenseful, and believable. I give it 5 stars.