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.
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"Excellent addition to the Huntress Moon series..."
This is such a good book, I am actually a little surprised. Based on the description I really wasn't sure what to expect. To me the description sounds like there is some sort of communication between the past and present. There's not.
Anyway, the actual story is that Matthew Roarke, (the investigator on leave because of Cara) begins an in depth look into her beginnings trying to get a clear understanding of her past. At the same time he's doing this you get the narrative of her her past in her words as he discovers her reality. The two converge towards the end. I will not spoil this for anyone, it worth the listen.
For people who are fascinated with this series as I am, this book is very enlightening as gives much background info how this woman's personality was formed.
For anyone who has never read/listened to any of the Huntress Moon series I would recommend that they be listened to in order. Each book builds on the previous and there is carryover from one to the next that can't be appreciated otherwise.
R C Bray narrates this book as well as the others in this series. If you've never listened to him before he is GREAT! I initially found this series when searching for books that he narrated.
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"Best to listen to this series in order written"
The Huntress/FBI Thrillers series takes on the issue of child rape in a rather unique way. The protagonists are Cara Lindstrom, a victim who becomes an avenger, and FBI Agent Matthew Roarke. Bitter Moon is the 4th novel n the series. The novels in this series are stand alone in that none end in a cliffhanger situation, but each provides background important to the next one. Narrator RC Bray does a superb job which is the norm for him. I VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND the 4 novels in this dark suspense series; however, I do not recommend this author's other novels.
"This is how you write a thriller!"
Patience has never been one of my virtues, when I want something I want it now, and waiting for a new book in a series is agonizing. I lucked out with the The Huntress/FBI Thrillers, in that I could listen to the first three right away and I didn’t have long to wait for book 4. But even though I was contacted about getting an ARC of Bitter Moon in audiobook format, come 11/1/16 when it was released I still didn’t have it and I couldn’t wait. I am a bit obsessive that way and purchased it first thing in the am when I woke up. And I do mean as soon as I rolled out of bed. Then of course my ARC copy came two days later….Figures.
Bitter Moon is the perfect example of the way a thriller should be written! It also sets the bar for a dual POV book that jumps from two different time lines/periods seamlessly. The writing and the flow of the story was flawless.
Roarke and Cara are both tracking the same killer just in two different times. Roarke trying to tie up loose ends on Cara’s case winds up stumbling on an old cold case that he is compelled to investigate. Cara at 14 once again finds herself in a dangerous situation with IT all around her. We go back in time and see how she became the Huntress, what drove her and how she evolved.
What I love most about Sokoloff’s book is that they make you think and open your eyes to the atrocities that are happening. The fact that there is a national backlog on rape kit processing. WTF is that! I had no idea! I’ve done my own research on this and the numbers are staggering and unacceptable!
Sokoloff is a brilliant writer and true advocate for women and children. The way she is using this series to enlighten her readers on some true horrors against woman and children in the USA is brilliant and has opened my eyes.
I love this series and Cara is an avenging angel sent to right the wrongs and protect the weak. I can’t wait to read the next one. Bitter Moon is getting a HUGE Five Boundless stars from me....Sara
"Words cannot say how wonderful this book is."
My husband and I have been waiting a long time for this to come out. I do not know how we missed it sure glad we looked again. What makes this a great read is not only the narrator which is wonderful but we get to see Cara as a young teen. I think this really bring the story home, yes we heard about it in other books but this goes in to detail that really hits home and pulls you in making you feel even more for a young girl that turned into a serial killer. It is very hard not to like Cara and really feel her pain, in the first book it took a little time but after that I felt she was like my own daughter. There really are monsters out there and she is taking them out one at a time, she is my hero, someone we shouldn’t look up to but we have to. I am sure you will feel the same after you read her story of a killer that killed her family and all the evil people out there that tried their best to either kill her, abuse her or kill and abuse others.
Roarke is one of a kind he is torn between right and wrong, it is hard to feel that Cara is wrong when the ones she hunts are really the bad ones doing terrible wrong things. They say two wrongs don’t make a right but it is really hard to use that logic with these people. If Cara is the dark side Roarke would be the white side. He is leaning more to the dark side that is why he took a break from things where things not black and white for him anymore. It is hard to him to hunt down Cara again to bring her in for justice when really she is doing justice for all those that can’t help their selves and has been doing it from a very young age. I loved how he took on this new story finding clues from a cold case that Cara may have thought she took care of. He need justice for those poor girls and he works hard to find it.
As always Mr. Bray’s narration is outstanding. I fell in love with his narration from the very first blue moon story. He really hits the emotions right on the money giving you a wonderful emotional listen pulling you in letting your mind take over creating a picture of each scene that is very vivid in your mind. His character voices really show emotion pulling the listen in with a compelling listen and a powerful voice that is clear, deep that it really pulls you. It is hard to pick up one of the Moon audio’s and not feel the powerful emotion he bring to it. There was no background noise the music at the first goes very well with the story it gets you prepared for what is about to happen. There are no repeats of works just a crisp, clean, clear audio that delivers a wonderful story of evil, power, killing, victims, heroes and a monster that lives right in your town. He male voices are just as wonderful as his female ones. You always know who is talking and just what they are feeling. I have no trouble feeling the evil that is around these characters as he paints a wonderful picture in your mind that you have no trouble picturing. This is one of my favorite series along with one of my favorite narrators.
The author really knows how to pull you in giving you a compelling listen leaving your mouth hung open as danger comes near. Just when you think you have worked out who, what and where she changes that on you leaving you to start over. I really understood Roarke how he was driven but yet torn between right and wrong. I understood why he needed a break but at the same time why he needed more answers. As he pulls you in your heart goes out to so many, at times you wish you could be Cara taking away her pain but mostly taking out the evil that is so alive all around.
I really enjoyed seeing Cara as a young girl who not only took care of herself but others. I really liked hearing more about her foster homes and the friends she made and those she didn’t like. The author goes in wonderful detail about how she learned how to drive at a young age, the closeness she had with a foster child. The victims of other young children, the killing of those that hurt those children How Roarke worked out who the monsters where and how he got them justice after so many years. It really is a powerful story with powerful meaning and wonderful characters that really breaks your heart. I wish with everything that was in me that I could pull these characters out of this story. For me the characters became real, I felt their pain, their fear and their heart break. I found myself cheering when another one was taken out. I found myself talking to the characters as well as beep beeping a few. I really got into this story from start to finish. This can be read as a standalone but really to get the full effect you need to read the series. I really have a hard time waiting for the next story to come out. This is one author that pulls all the stops. She has no trouble pulling the reader in giving you a highly entertaining story you can’t put down.
This review addresses four novels comprising The Huntress/FBI Thrillers Series by Alexandra Sokoloff. The entire series is approximately 40 hours of listening in the unabridged format, pretty close to equal in length. Book 1, The Huntress Moon indicates publication by the author - the remaining three by Brilliance Audio. A self-publishing success story here? The audio formats were released over a two year period, 2014-2016. With a little research you’ll find Alexandra Sokoloff is the recipient of numerous awards, as is the narrator of all four novels, R. C. Bray.
The FBI Thrillers Series are crime-thriller dramas, the same characters traverse these novels, ergo suggest starting with Book 1, The Huntress Moon. Early in Book 1, an entire family is brutally murdered. Except Cara, five years old. Cara is shuffled through a system of group homes, shelters, eventually living under the radar on her own. Matthew Roarke is an FBI agent on the hunt of a female serial killer. Cara has been a vigilante killer from the age of 14. She has never targeted anyone that hasn’t deserved it - but, ya don’t want to get in her way. Is Cara psychopathic, psychotic? She sees and hears evil - bad people and situations will cause horrible pain and tragedies. She protects innocents and commits murder. Thus is the thrust of the series.
Why I liked? It’s not difficult to root for Cara - it’s not difficult to root for Roarke. Both main characters are sympathetic, you want them to succeed. But, the success of either may well result in the destruction of the other. What a thought provoking dichotomy!
Why I didn’t like? Well, Cara doesn’t go looking for trouble, but it finds her - virtually everywhere. You must stretch the imagination a bit to believe that evil exists - everywhere. But, hey, it’s fiction.
Narration throughout the series is excellent - R. C. Bray well deserves the accolades he has received for this series. Great pacing, voicing of male/female, etc., excellent.
Overall, well worth the investment. Enjoy!
"Loved all 4 books"
All of these books follow the ongoing story and this last book is interesting in that it takes you back to the beginning and shows you how Cara came to the place she is now. At the same time FBI agent Matthew Roarke also goes back to where she began in the 'system' and her life is formed and brings all the facts together. I love that the ending was realistic for the story. I run hot and cold on these types of stories but was very pleased with every book in this series and listened at every chance. R.C. Bray was perfect for the reading! I will definitely look for new stories from this author in the future.
"Riveting Surprising Challenging on many levels.
Fourth book in the Cara/Huntress series is compelling. I suggest reading the books in order for greater enjoyment although all merit as good reads as Stand Alone novels in themselves.
I love the mystery/thriller genre and am delighted to find intelligent clever writers - and assure you every one of the four books are just that and more.
All four books are well worth purchasing.
"Monsters Are Real"
A worthwhile series... The first 3 books were good, this one hit it outta the park... On the way to getting more insight on Cara and her evolution we are confronted w/ many coincidences between the present day and the past... We find ourselves wondering if Cara is actually delusional,schizophrenic, or perhaps tapped into some deeper truth and reality??? Whether gifted, disturbed, or something else all together... It's indeed tantalizing... The connections in time are well done, and the mystery is a dandy, keeping you guessing all along the way... Some sneaky red herrings and some teases to the continuing storyline keeps one's imagination at high rev, simultaneously disturbing w/ some very discomfiting social issues... Warning, if you have a problem w/ material concerning abuse and exploitation of children you might want to skip... Otherwise you'll be gripped and engaged fully... The narration is good, but to me doesn't quite fit the voice(s) of the story... Regardless though, it is good... Definitely worth the freight, and very much looking forward to the author continuing to improve upon the story;).
"Best yet on the series"
Ms. Sokoloff's latest book was the best one yet in the series, and they were all excellent. The prequel/sequel format was really well done. And RC Bray proved once again to be a master at narration. He really is unbelievably good.
Excellent job all around!
"Still the elusive Cara"
Enjoyed the chase for the first two books then still enjoyed the selective vigilante hunt through the third. Did get a bit slow with the offspring killing by Jade but still OK. So now with what I think was time regression we dive back into Cara's past.
Think I'm ready to move forward after the fourth. Has become a bit too repetitive so think I'll take a vacation then check back. Eliminating all the "bad guys", especially pedophiles, would be a glorious conquest but unfortunately that will never happen.
Not actually a heavy listen but entertaining. Not my favorite narrator either.
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