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About the Author
Alexandra Sokoloff has received the Thriller Award and been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award, the Anthony Award, and the Black Quill Award for her supernatural thrillers The Harrowing, The Price, The Unseen, Book of Shadows, The Shifters, Keeper of the Shadows, and The Space Between. Her Huntress/FBI series—featuring the books Huntress Moon, Blood Moon, and Cold Moon—has been nominated for a Thriller Award. The New York Times Book Review has called her a “daughter of Mary Shelley” and referred to her books as “some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre.” As a screenwriter, she has sold original horror and thriller scripts and adapted novels for numerous Hollywood studios. She is also the author of two nonfiction workbooks based on her internationally acclaimed workshops and blog: Screenwriting Tricks for Authors and Writing Love.
- ASIN : B00N43K3DY
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (May 5, 2015)
- Publication date : May 5, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 3250 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 401 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #115,918 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Having finished book 2 and book 3 this week, I am going to group myself in the Alex Sokoloff fan club.
I enjoy crime and serial killer thrillers, but it's unusual to find a female killer and I do like Cara and the detective Roarke and the tension between them.
This one didn't grab me quite so much as the first 2 books with the 'Reaper' storyline. Now the third book morphs into more of an attack against men who do women wrong (pimps/gangs/dudes who steal girls for prostitution/molesters). There's no argument that these blokes deserve all they get.
Once again it's mood writing, lots of grey/cold/fog/mist, suspense in the dead of night... lots of being aware of 'a presence/eyes watching' lots of 'throat tightening' 'spine chilling' and those kind of descriptors, and possibly just a bit too much of that for me to give this 5 stars like the others.
That said, the ending gives some insight into a Book 4 in the series, I'd snap that up in a flash because I'm invested in Roarke and Cara, and I'd like to see how those two play out.
Cara Lindstrom has been captured and is awaiting trial but her story is far from over. Agent Roarke is drawn to Cara and can't seem to stay away from her even though he knows that he should. Despite the fact that the team knows that Cara is responsible for a lot of deaths, they have only one case to move forward with which hinges on the testimony of a teenage sex worker. When their witness goes missing, a string of events begins that brings a lot of things into question.
This was a story that hooked me from the very beginning. I wondered where the story would go since Cara was in custody but I had nothing to worry about because Roake and the other agents had plenty on their agenda. I like the fact that this book really made me question who the criminals really were. Cara has committed crimes but the victims of her crimes are not innocents. All of the characters felt very authentic complete with their own unique set of flaws.
R.C. Bray does a fantastic job with this series. He does a great job with a large cast of varied characters. I think that his voice is really perfect for this type of book and I found that his delivery added to the excitement of the story. I found it very easy to listen to this book for hours at a time.
I would recommend this series to others. It is an exciting series with great characters and an exciting mystery. I think that the profiling aspect of the story is extremely well done. I can't wait to get started on the next installment in this series.
I received a digital review copy of this book from Thomas & Mercer via NetGalley and purchased a copy of the audiobook.
Top reviews from other countries
Special Agent Matt Rourke is a conflicted man. Perhaps needing to heal emotionally as much as physically, he is recovering from the violent climax in BLOOD MOON, which led at last to the capture of Cara Lindstrom, a female killer he feels drawn to, despite her crimes.
Vicious crimes, if understandable ones.
Cara is in custody at last, but Rourke has been hiding things from his friends and colleagues, increasing the unease he feels. And the killings of 'bad men' haven't stopped...
Rourke's San Francisco-based FBI team has to hustle to work out just what's going on as murdered pimps and johns start to speckle the city's grimy red light districts. Cara's behind bars, for now at least, but it seems she isn't the only one looking to exact revenge on men who abuse women and children.
Sokoloff does a fine job crafting a propulsive storyline that has the pages whirring, while leaving the reader as conflicted about events as Rourke is himself. Should we, or he, want Cara freed, even if she'll kill again?
The world is full of some very bad people, but where's the line that to cross deserves death? Is vigilante justice okay, as long it's enacted on those who use and abuse? Is it okay for people to do bad things, as long as it's for good reasons? And 'good' to who - where's the line between 'bad' and 'evil'?
Sokoloff crafts a fine thriller that hurdles higher than a straightforward page-turner. COLD MOON is full of interesting characters and exciting events that fascinate and entertain while being read, but the book lingers beyond its final page thanks to several thought-provoking issues. 'Enjoyed' may not be the right word, but I particularly appreciated how Sokoloff casts a light on the scourge of human trafficking and teen prostitution in COLD MOON. The realities of that overlooked epidemic bring texture and depth to this story.
On screen and in books investigators often talk about killers decompensating as time goes on, but here in COLD MOON it may be the lead investigator that is losing the plot the most, getting further and further off the reservation as he tries to balance law and justice with his conflicted feelings (cravings?) for Cara.
We learn more about the broader FBI team in this third instalment in the 'Huntress' series, and Sokoloff continues to do a great job crafting an interesting supporting cast who all feel three-dimensional; they're not mere ciphers or pieces moved around primarily for the plot's benefit.
There's an energy and life to Sokoloff's writing, which excels as a conduit for a helter-skelter story.
I'm not sold on Rourke's infatuation with Cara, he only met her a few times for a few minutes! His attraction to Rachel was much more believable. I think the strength in these series is the unusual perspective of a female serial killer/vigilante and the moral dilemma of dealing with these criminals and "johns" that wreck young girls' lives. You can't help cheering for girl power.