Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Review: Hunger Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff

Kerry Hammond is here today to review AlexandraSokoloff’s new novel in her Huntress series. Alexandra Sokoloff is the bestselling, Thriller Award-winning and Bram Stoker and Anthony Award-nominated author of eleven supernatural, paranormal and crime thrillers. The New York Times has called her "a daughter of Mary Shelley" and her books "Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre."

As a screenwriter she has sold original suspense and horror scripts and written novel adaptations for numerous Hollywood studios (Sony, Fox, Disney, Miramax), for producers such as Michael Bay, David Heyman, Laura Ziskin and Neal Moritz.
Her bestselling, Thriller Award-nominated Huntress/FBI series follows a haunted FBI agent on the hunt for that most rare of criminals: a female serial killer. Huntress MoonBlood MoonCold MoonHunger Moon and Bitter Moon are out now. The series is being developed for television with Alex as writer/producer.

Hunger Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff is the 5th book in the author’s Huntress/FBI thriller series featuring FBI agent Matthew Roarke and serial killer Cara Lindstrom. The book was released in Paperback on October 24, 2017, by Thomas & Mercer publishers.

This series features an FBI agent and the serial killer he hunts, but that description requires quite a bit of explanation. Cara might be a serial killer, but when you realize that she hunts and kills the worst offenders that society has to offer, you understand that she is anything but your average murderer. With a troubled past, Cara is more of an avenger than a killer, and that fact makes this series particularly exciting.

In Hunger Moon, Cara is on the run and Matthew has returned to the FBI after what we’ll just call “time away” to avoid any spoilers from previous books. Hundreds of college campuses are simultaneously targeted with threats against rapists living on campus who are targeting young college girls. These are in the form of words painted in prominent places and images of Santa Muerte, a female deity that personifies death. When a frat boy goes missing, law enforcement realizes that the vandalism on the campuses is the least of their worries.

Roarke, who is just recently starting to form a special FBI task force, must look into the campus events and try and figure out what, if anything, a group of radical feminists have to do with things. Meanwhile, Cara is both hunter and hunted. Roarke can’t help but wonder what role she plays in his most recent case and how he can keep her safe from a man who wants to destroy her.   

This is a very compelling series and not for the faint of heart. The crimes that are perpetrated on the victims Cara avenges are harsh and gruesome. Her punishment for the offenders is equally bloody and a lot of the content could easily be the backstory to something we see in the news every day. Reading these books in order will give you a better sense of the characters and their motivations. You will not only fall in love with Cara, but you will understand why Matthew is so torn on bringing her in for any sort of punishment.

You can read reviews of previous books in the series: BitterMoon and Huntress Moon.

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


  1. I love this series. Great review and can't wait to read this one!

  2. Thanks, Sharon, and Kerry, I'm so glad you responded to the fifth! "Not for the faint of heart", indeed. :)