Huntress Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff
Genre; Crime thriller
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 know Alexandra, having met her at Harrogate crime writing festival and I’ve also heard lots of great things about this book and lots of great things about her writing background, so I naturally had to read this. (She didn’t ask. It was a book I was drawn to after reading some great reviews.) So, take what you want to from my thoughts of it.
Huntress Moon starts with a bang. You are immediately drawn into the action as an undercover agent is killed, but not before you have a feel for the protagonist FBI Special Agent Matthew Roarke. This shows how Sokoloff has a good balance of character and action/plot.
The novel flips between the point of view of the killer and the point of view of Roarke, giving you great perspective on both, because the killer isn’t just treated as a cold-blooded killer – though there are scenes that may turn your stomach just a little – she is treated as a whole person and as a whole person, she is multi-faceted, not just one-dimensional which can so easily happen to bad guys in novels. The kinder scenes you see her in are done with such a light touch they are wonderful to read. And I love Roarke. He’s driven but because he has a background in the BAU he tries to understand the killer he’s chasing and this makes it more interesting a read from his perspective as well. So all in all, it really is a well drawn and well-rounded novel as far as the characters go. I adored how it was done.
The tension of the novel is wound up to just the right level as you are always wondering if this is the point at which the two main characters will meet and what will that go down like. It’s a wonderful game of cat and mouse as the novel creeps to its conclusion and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.
I loved this novel and will definitely be reading the next in the series from Alexandra Sokoloff.