Release Date: November 18, 2014
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
BI 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.
Huntress Moon is the first installment in author Alexandra Sokoloff's The Huntress/FBI Thrillers series. This is a series that features FBI Special Agent Matthew Roarke who is hunting what might well be the first of its kind; a female serial killer. A female killer that is targeting the darkest, and most twisted in our society. As the story begins, Roarke and his team are on the brink of taking down a criminal organization. One could say that Roarke has a sixth sense.
He senses that something horrible is going to happen. Roarke watches as his undercover operative is killed right before his eyes after encountering a mystery woman who witnesses claim said something to the undercover agent before he was killed. Soon thereafter, Roarke is flying to Salt Lake City, and Portland to investigate possible links to the mystery woman who was spotted in all three cities. A mystery woman that has left no clues, no fingerprints, and has done such a brilliant job cleaning up after herself, that you wonder if she is a professional killer.
This is a series that has been on my radar for quite some time. I was lucky enough to be approved by Xpresso Book Tours & sent the first four books in this series to read. Plus, the publisher sent me a finished copy of Huntress Moon for a fair and honest review. If you are like me, you remember Aileen Wournos. Wournos killed seven men in Florida between 1989 and 1990 by shooting them at point-blank range after accusing them of raping or sexually assaulting her.
Roarke is a former profiler for the FBI's BAU unit. He is very good at his job. He is in his element when he hunts for killers. As I mentioned before, he also has a unique intuition that leads him down avenues other might not think about. Everything that happens in this story can be linked back to one event that happened 30 years ago in a quite town in California. An event so brutal that it led one person, Roarke, into going into the FBI, while leading another, who we later learn is Cara Lindstrom, to hunt down very bad people which includes a child abuser, two rapists, a drug dealer, and a bomber.
The author asks you to question things as you are reading. What makes people turn into monsters? What makes them do horrifying, hurtful things to people they don't know? Is it nature, nurture, or a fucked up childhood? Could something be missing in their brains that leads to a lack of good conscience? One could say that these people got what they deserved. But, others will shout up who the hell made her judge and jury? Truth be told, had my rapists not been caught by the LEO's in NY, I would have gone after them myself. Does that make me a bad person? After 20 years, I do believe I've done my penance for my anger issues.