Series: The Huntress/FBI Thrillers #1
Author: Alexandra Sokoloff
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Page Count: 372
Published: Amazon Publishing, January 27, 2015
FBI 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.
It’s been a long time since I was this riveted by a story. And not just any story, but a mystery thriller involving an FBI agent who tries to do the right thing, and a female serial killer who is his to catch. Sounds vague and too general I know, but once you start the story, believe me, you get sucked right in.
What drew me to this book was the author. Although I’ve only read one book by her so far-and that was a ghost story- it affected me. It kept me up at night just like this one did, it scared me and made me think of it long after I’ve finished it. And that’s how I picked this one up.
This was a good, solid, captivating story. It is told in both the FBI agent Matthew Roarke’s and the female killer’s points of view, and different conjugations are used to tell their stories. While Roarke speaks in the commonly used third person past tense, the female killer-I’m referring to her this way for a reason- has a more urgent voice-at least that’s how it felt like to me- where she speaks in present tense.
The characters come off the pages. You start reading and there they are, in front of you while you read their story unfold. From the moment they both first appear, you get a sense they’ll have big things coming for them, either good or bad is unclear. But you know it’ll be big, and explosive, and it’ll probably change their lives.
I liked them both. Roarke was the voice of reason and the female killer was a mystery. But as the story unfolded, I got different sides, different dimensions to both of them. They were faulty, broken in their own ways, wrong on so many levels but also right in so many more. Whether that makes any sense, I have no idea, but once you start reading, I have no doubt you’ll understand what I’m talking about. The two of them, and the little boy and his father who get included in the story later on, Roarke’s man Epps-who happens to have a way about him- his whole team, they are all connected in such a way that I can’t talk about them separately. Everything’s connected. Everything’s a mystery, everything is ugly, but all is also beautiful.
Alexandra Sokoloff has a way with her when telling a story. It becomes an engaging piece of work that you can easily visualize in your head, and then you become one with the characters but also a spectator holding your breath. It’s most certainly a worthwhile experience for a reader.
I recommend this book strongly. To those who love a good thriller, those who love compelling characters, a solid plotline, a mystery filled backdrop and to those who don’t mind being disconnected with the world around them for the period of time it takes for them to finish it.
I’m adding five huge spoonfuls of this captivating piece of thriller into my hodgepodge, and going to turn on a few more lights in the house. And then pick up right where I left off. Hopefully I won’t forget about my hodgepodge in the meantime!
The Huntress/FBI Thrillers series by Alexandra Sokoloff:
- Huntress Moon
- Blood Moon
- Cold Moon