Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Tuesday #Review - Blood Moon (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers #2) by Alexandra Sokoloff

Series: The Huntress/FBI Thrillers # 2
Format: E-Book, 318 pages
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Genre: Thrillers / Mystery

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.

Blood Moon is the second installment in author Alexandra Sokoloff's The Huntress/FBI Thrillers series. When I say that Blood Moon picks up right where Huntress Moon left off, I mean that the books are literally tied together by the last scene in Huntress Moon. You definitely need to read the first book to understand where the story is and what happened and why. Special Agent Matthew Roarke has a situation. He tracked down Cara Lindstrom, the only person to have survived The Reaper, after she led him to a major sex trafficking ring. The results were a major win for the FBI, and law enforcement.

But, he also made a huge mistake which allowed her to escape even though she was badly injured. Now, he has to put his feelings for her aside and try to find a way to bring her to justice. If you read the first installment, you know that it has been 25 years since the Reaper murdered three innocent families across California. Roarke was 9 years old at the time. It was what triggered his desire to become an FBI agent. But, Roarke knows that he must track down Cara before she kills again. Roarke is conflicted in that Cara is killing only those who have done something evil towards others. The murder of her family was the cause of this status as a vigilante. Being a vigilante isn't exactly something that Roarke can condone.

Meanwhile, Cara is trying to move on from what happened. She knows that any connections she made in the previous novel, needs to be broken. Cara is not an unlikable character. In fact, I would forgive her for her transgressions because of the people she targets. Those like bombers, rapists, corrupt cops, pimps, and pedophiles. I do wish that the author had had more scenes with just Cara involved. While she isn't completely pushed aside, she only has a few key scenes that lead to Roarke stumbling across ways to get her to help with his investigation at which point he'll have no choice but to arrest her.   

The tension in this book is so thick and heavy that you can cut it with a Katana. While Roarke and his team try to lure out Cara, they have an even bigger problem to deal with. With the murder of a family in Reno, Roarke sees similar connections to those 25 years ago. But, that would mean that either the Reaper has woken from his slumber, or someone else is copying what the original Reaper did to the families. I admitted that I love Roarke's team, especially Special Agent Singh who is just bloody marvelous. She is such a clever, and intelligent character that Roarke would truly be lost without her around.

I am curious about the relationship between Roarke and Cara. I think it's curious that one particular event triggered both of their paths. Him towards he FBI, her towards eradicating evil from the world. I think that Cara sees someone that she can trust, someone that she can bring along in her quest to rid society that lurks under the surface from public eye while encouraging people to do bad things to each other. I also feel for Cara as a human. I feel that she has nobody. She has no friends. She was ditched and left to her own devices until she turned 21 and just disappeared. I do have the next two books thanks to Xpresso Book Tours. Let's hope the brilliance of the author continues.

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