Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Bitter Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff

Alexandra Sokoloff is a critically acclaimed writer of paranormal and supernatural stories that make you want to leave the light on to read, but it’s her crime thriller series that Kerry Hammond is here to talk about.

Bitter Moon is the 4th book in Alexandra Sokoloff’s The Huntress/FBI thriller series featuring Agent Matthew O’Rourke and Cara Lindstrom, the killer he chases. This latest book in the series releases on November 1 in Trade Paperback by Thomas & Mercer. I reviewed the first book in the series, Huntress Moon, here on Mystery Playground and fell in love with the characters and the writing. It’s a series to read from start to finish, and today I will give you a teaser into book four.

In this installment, Agent Matthew O’Rourke is taking leave from his job with the FBI. Cara Lindstrom has been caught but has recently escaped; O’Rourke is a bit lost and confused. He ends up where it all began, where Cara lived when she was fourteen and where events took place that made her the killer she is today. He knows she’s a killer, but she kills people who have done horrendous things and he can’t help the attraction he feels toward her. He finds a 16-year-old cold case that Cara was a part of and begins to investigate in order to clear his head, and I suspect feel more connected to her. What he finds explains Cara’s need for vengeance and perhaps draws him in even deeper.

Sokoloff is a wonderful writer and it’s easy to get lost in her books and stay up way past your bedtime. Fans of Chelsea Cain’s novels—which feature a female serial killer and the cop who has a love/hate relationship with her—will love these books. Sokoloff is able to create a character that the reader cares about and even stands behind, even though she is a murderer.

I would suggest reading the books in order, as the story and relationships really progress as the books continue. The good thing about that is you only have to go back three books. Each book, Bitter Moon included, does stand on its own and can be read out of order if you choose. You just might find a spoiler or two along the way, which is really the case with any series.

The switching back and forth between Cara as a young girl and O’Rourke in the present made it even harder to put the book down. I would promise myself, ‘just one more chapter on Cara. Oh, the next chapter with O’Rourke is only 6 pages long, just one more from him.’ Repeat until finished with the entire book!

The book was provided to Mystery Playground by the publisher. The review is fair and independent.

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