Bitter Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff

Posted February 20, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 6 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Bitter Moon by Alexandra SokoloffBitter Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff
Series: The Huntress/FBI
Published by Thomas & Mercer on November 1, 2016
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Suspense
Pages: 466
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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FBI agent Matthew Roarke has been on leave, and in seclusion, since the capture of mass killer Cara Lindstrom—the victim turned avenger who preys on predators. Torn between devotion to the law and a powerful attraction to Cara and her lethal brand of justice, Roarke has retreated from both to search his soul. But Cara’s escape from custody and a police detective’s cryptic challenge soon draw him out of exile—into the California desert and deep into Cara’s past—to probe an unsolved murder that could be the key to her long and deadly career.

Following young Cara’s trail, Roarke uncovers a horrifying attack on a schoolgirl, the shocking suicide of another, and a human monster stalking Cara’s old high school. Separated by sixteen years, crossing paths in the present and past, Roarke and fourteen-year-old Cara must race to find and stop the sadistic sexual predator before more young women are brutalized.

 

 
Cara Lindstrom is in the wind and Matt Roarke has taken leave from the FBI for awhile as he tries to get his head straight. But, he decides to start from her beginning to seek answers and it leads him to the town where she was assigned to her first group home. There is definitely something off in that place and Roarke makes it his mission to uncover the truth.

 
I loved how this story was told almost as much as the story itself. Roarke’s investigation is chronicled in the present as Cara’s is real time when she was 14-years old, fresh out of California’s dreadful Youth Authority. The contrast was fascinating as the two experiences were paralleled and we learn so much more about her and those who had a profound impact on her. Even more troublesome though is the abysmal treatment of the children in the custody of the social services system and the sad state of affairs regarding rape investigations. All feature significantly in this story but the last two aren’t fiction. We’ve much work to do here as a society. There are some vile creatures in this story but balanced by some true heroes.

 
I especially enjoyed seeing Roarke in action on his own, getting a strong sense of the man and agent as he finds his way. Things are not completely resolved here but he (and I) have a lot more clarity as it relates to the enigmatic Cara Lindstrom. I’m still slayed by this series and impatiently await the next book.

About Alexandra Sokoloff

I’m the Thriller Award-winning and Bram Stoker and Anthony Award-nominated author of the Amazon bestselling crime and supernatural thrillers The Harrowing, The Price, Book of Shadows, The Unseen, The Space Between, and the new Thriller Award- nominated Huntress/FBI thriller series: Huntress Moon, Blood Moon, Cold Moon. The New York Times Book Review has called me “a daughter of Mary Shelley” and my novels “some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre.”

I’m a California native and a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, where I majored in theater and minored in everything that Berkeley has a reputation for. After college I moved to Los Angeles, where I’ve made an interesting living doing novel adaptations and selling original thriller scripts to various Hollywood studios.

In my stories I like to cross the possibility of the supernatural with very real life explanations for any strangeness going on, and base the action squarely in fact. THE UNSEEN is based on real paranormal research conducted at the Duke University parapsychology lab, and BOOK OF SHADOWS teams a Boston homicide detective and a practicing Salem witch in a race to solve what may be a Satanic killing. THE SPACE BETWEEN, is an edgy supernatural YA about a troubled high school girl who is having dreams of a terrible massacre at her school, and becomes convinced that she can prevent the shooting if she can unravel the dream.

I also have written paranormal romance (THE SHIFTERS, KEEPER OF THE SHADOWS) and the non-fiction workbooks SCREENWRITING TRICKS FOR AUTHORS and WRITING LOVE, based on my internationally acclaimed workshops and blog (http://screenwritingtricks.com)

I live in Los Angeles and in Scotland, with Scottish crime author Craig Robertson.

When I’m not writing I dance: jazz, ballet, salsa, Lindy, swing – I do it all, every chance I get.

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Jonetta

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6 responses to “Bitter Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff

  1. Jonetta, I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for such a great review. It was SO hard to pull those timelines together, but all worth it to have readers respond like this! 🙂 I didn’t know about the Audible sale, so thanks for mentioning that, too.

    • I imagine this was the toughest part of creating this story. Rest assured, it worked!

      I was pleased to see it included in the Audible sale, too.

    • Melanie, this series has a continuing story arc so you have to start from the beginning. And, it has a wonderful paranormal element. I think you’d enjoy. Audible has a sale on the first book right now of $4.95 (their First in a Series sale) if you’re interested.