WINNER: Voice Arts Award, Audiobook Narration: Crime and Thriller
NOMINEE: International Thriller Writers' Thriller Award: Best E Book Original
From Thriller Award-winning author Alexandra Sokoloff and Audie Award-winning narrator R.C. Bray (The Martian):
Special Agent Roarke thought he knew what evil was.
He was wrong.
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 he must race to capture her before more blood is shed.
"This interstate manhunt has plenty of thrills.... Sokoloff keeps the drama taut and the pages flying."
- Kirkus Reviews
©2012 Alexandra Sokoloff (P)2014 Alexandra Sokoloff
I had never heard of this author and just stumbled upon huntress moon. I finished the story in 24 hours because it was hard to put down.
The female protagonist is interesting and I really wanted to see where the story went. A good book if you enjoy psychological thrillers with strong female characters.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Be aware that this series is serialized; ie, the first two books end with no resolution. The series is interesting in that the FBI is chasing a very empathetic female serial killer. The books also violate to a small degree my rule against listening to books with paranormal characters.
R. C. Bray is a wonderful narrator who adds to the enjoyment of the books he narrates.
An incredibly thrilling and chilling read about loss, love and revenge.
FBI Special Agent Matthew Roarke is on his way to meet an undercover agent when said agent is mowed down by a truck. Simply an accident, right? Roarkes instincts are screaming no, just before the agent was hit he saw a beautiful woman speaking to him. This woman stands out because she is beautiful but she also wears a high necked top, which is unusual in the heat. Despite what he thinks, he writes it off as an accident, that is until another killing happens and a witness saw a beautiful woman in a high necked top. Roarke immediately remembers the woman he saw. With her description he finds out that she has been present for a lot of "accidents" over the years. Who is she and is she the killer?
What can I say that will do this book justice. Let's start with the characters. Roarke is a successful and respected agent. He did time as a profiler and knows the mind of most killers. He has no idea what to make of these killings though. Most serial killers are men so it's hard to wrap your mind around a female one. Add in that nearly all her victims are men and he is baffled, plus what he finds out about these men adds to his confusion. Roarke is such an awesome character. He is smart, resourceful, kind and one of the best at his job. He is well written and developed and I really liked him.
Then we have the mysterious woman. We can see right away that not all is at it seems with her. She has a presence about her that's compelling but you just know there is more too her. Is she the serial killer like everyone thinks, or is she something else, something more? Well you will have to read the book to find out because I'm not going to say more about her in case I ruin the story. Suffice it to say that this character is one of the best written ones I've read in a long time, if that makes sense to you!! She has so many layers to her and you know that there is still so much more to come.
Plot wise, it was extremely fast paced and easy to get into. The idea of a female serial killer was fascinating in itself but with the extra layers the author adds just makes it that more compelling. I was gripped from the first page and didn't want it to end. You can tell that the author knew her stuff because the plot flows flawlessly. The author doesn't just tell a story, she will weave the tale around you, she will pull you into each page and not let go. She is an incredible story teller and I can not wait to read more by her.
In all, an amazing story. From it's compelling characters to it's engrossing plot, Huntress Moon is a must read. This book is more than another serial killer book, it has so much happening and with so many layers that you will be breathless with anticipation and eagerly turning the pages to see what happens! I can not wait to jump into the next book in the series because, I for one, am hooked.
The audio of this made the book better. The narrator breathed life into each character and really knew how to tell the story.
I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys a well written and intelligent crime novel.
5 stars from me...and I can't wait for the next installment!
I liked that the author obviously did her research about serial killers and wrote not only a gripping book that kept me listening long into the night, but also a book that was accurately reflects this crime genre. All of the main characters were well developed and complex and I happy the author didn't make the killer all bad, instead I found myself conflicted, while I was anxious about what would happen next, I also found myself feeling compassion.
The book is written from the alternate points of view of the FBI agent and the woman he is chasing, which adds the extra element of being able to see the story from both sides which made it even more compelling reading.
The narration by R.C, Bray was excellent, his voice is very easy to listen to and it gives the book a little bit of that 'old fashioned' crime/mystery novel feel but in a modern way.
In short, a great story that will keep you enthralled the whole way through.
Fantastic mystery with plenty of twists! I love thrillers and mystery, but listening to 2-3 audiobooks a week for many many years, this genre was beginning to get a little mundane. However, Alexandra Sokoloff has rejuvenated this category with the fresh "Huntress/FBI Thriller" series. I'm looking forward to book #3 Cold Moon.
This story had me enthralled from the first and each time I put it down, I couldn't wait to get back to it. The characters were well developed and I felt like I was right there with them every step of the way. The narration was one of the best I've listened to so far. Very easy to listen to, different character voices were easy to distinguish between. Exciting when needed to be, which made my heart race at all of the right times. Looking forward to listening to the next book. I will DEFINITELY be suggesting this to others!
Yes. I would recommend this book to any fan of mystery and thrillers because it is well plotted, beautifully written, and was narrated in a fantastic fashion.
Epps. He's an excellent FBI agent, friend, and person. Would love to see more of him in this series.
This is the first time I heard a narration by R.C. Bray. He did a fantastic job.
I didn't laugh or cry, but I wanted to know what happens next.
A promising start to a series. Recommended.
I love audio books! I love to read and this opens up even more time to enjoy a good story.
I enjoyed listening to this book. It was a gift for a honest review. I thought the narrator did a wonderful job which added to an already great story. I will have to read more by this author.
At the top of my list, there wasn't anything I didn't like. It was an outstanding audio from start to finish.
Cara Lindstrom how she did what had to be done to save so many. The little boy how she handled him and the issues.
Epps he was an excellent agent looking deeper in the reason or cause. He had a heart of gold and really cares about people.
The author grabs you from the first page until the end. I have never read a book where I was torn between who to cheer for the killer or the police. The author tells a compelling story of so much pain, a whole family lost, she takes you on a journey and paints a picture of crimes that will stay in your mind for years to come. The narrator was outstanding, amazing you will hear his many voices for years to come as he gives you chills of the hunt.
Ms. Sokoloff touches on some very serious issues of crime that most do not like to think about much less hear. She writes in a style that holds your attention why you hold your breath to see where she leads you. She gives us wonderful characters, explain each issue in a compelling tale why not giving to much away. She keeps the thrill and excitement in each word as her scenes hold you on the edge as you paint the pictures in your minds of chilling scenes where you can see the blood and almost smell it. I had more than one chill go down my spine as I listened to this audio.The author writes from the alternate points of view from the FBI agent and the woman he is chasing, being able to see the story from both sides which made an outstanding read.
The author gives you wonderful characters that you can relate you, characters you feel compassion for as you feel their pain. Even when you think oh that is bad you grow to love them as they take on a part of your soul. There is no way you can read this story and not have it touch you in someway. You will love each character from the little boy who will steal your heart all the way up to the FBI agents.
R.C. Bray narration is wonderful he brings so much in his many different voice they are by far one of the best I have listen to. Some of the scene he had chills going down my back as he held me on the edge not being able to put the book down. His voice is easy to listen to he bring the characters out in their rough ways that makes it a wonderful audio. Even his female characters where outstanding you forget you are listening to a man as he takes you on a ride that leaves you breathless.
This is a book I had a hard time putting down. Few books reach in an grab my heart keeping a piece of my soul as this one did. The author knows how to write a compelling story that will stay with you. I highly recommend you pick up the book or audio it is different from any other I have read. You won't be disappointed and I feel sure you will be hooked. This is a wonderful beginning to what looks to be an outstanding series. I can't wait to read more by this author.
"Very good book"
Enjoyed this very much. First audio book I have enjoyed. Would recommend. Will download others in this series.
"A gripping thriller!"
Tension and drama, gripped with the intent to seek justice, no matter what. A worthy listen!
"I loved listening to this"
A fanastic story, The Narrator just seems to get the right balance between the voices of characters, I loved how this was read. A very soothing, interesting voice. That in parts felt like I was having a documentary read to me.
the whole book was Brilliant. Very well written. And one that had it been a tree or E book, it would have been hard to put down.
It is something I will be listening to again this week, as soon as I get chance
Very interesting, A brilliant story line.
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I was very lucky to be contacted by the author, to see if I would be interested in reading this book.
I was thrilled when I realized that I could have it in audio. it meant that I could start it that night. I was working a night shift, and it's great to have something to listen to.
This was a brilliant Audio book to listen to. The Narrator just seems to get the right balance between the voices of characters, I loved how this was read. A very soothing, interesting voice. That in parts felt like I was having a documentary read to me.
Brilliant. Very well written. And one that had it been a tree or E book, it would have been hard to put down.
It is something I will be listening to again this week, as soon as I get chance.
The characters in the book, were brilliant. the plot was really good. Another brilliant crime thriller, for all you crime fans out there.
Well worth reading.
Matthew Roarke, is a special agent with the FBI, his case involves figuring out what happened to one of his undercover agents. He has been hit by a truck, but everything is pointing to this being no accident.
A female was spotted at the scene, a female that seems to have been spotted in a number of other places, linked with other deaths. Who is she? Does she have any involvement in the crime, or is her presence just a big coincidence.
Roarke sets out to try and find this woman, and this is when his case gets going. A whole big jigsaw that he and his team need to piece together bit by tiny little bit.
All in all a really good read, and I look forward to reading more from this author.
"Satisfying, well paced, a story with depth"
This is a serial killer thriller with a difference. You'll be rooting for the killer, for all the right reasons. Makes Robin Hood look like child's play.
Good atmosphere & characters. Highly recommended- and now to download the next one...
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