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.
"I tried, I really tried"
Most likely not. The story gets so dragged out that I lost interest in all the characters.
Character development. Once the character was introduced they never grew in their capacity of make a difference in the story.
Good even narration that neither detracts or adds to the story.
Frankly this series should have ended with a sequel and not dragged into several volumes.
"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.
"A Bitter Moon that casts a bright light on darknes"
After reading all four novels in this series, I want to hug my grown daughter and make sure she is safe. Sokoloff captures the emotional and mental effect that sexual abuse has on those that try to protect potential and actual victims from this abomination. The story is interesting while at the same time hard to hear. The reader/listener cannot but help become invested in the welfare of the characters and question his or her confidence in institutional justice and what we naively refer to as our social safety net.
"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;).
"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
This book is fiction however it very accurately describes the exploitation children and teen.
It is truly a walk through the plight of one young girl who survived the massacre of her family and survived in a world of horror
"yes, but . . ."
This is an engaging book with its heart in the right place, some compelling characters and a well-wrought parallel narrative. Although its short-cuts are used in the service of the message and the narrative, nonetheless the suspension of disbelief required relies on unearned and too-easy conceits of superhuman physical feats and mental/spiritual leaps that are more conveniences of a lazy writer than compelling fictive devices. It was fun and gratifying, but fantasy.
"Going back to the beginning"
I love this series I was hoping for a continuation of the first three books but I hope going back to the beginning only means we have to know this information because the series will contains. Saying all that to say these books are not for the faint of heart. They are filled with IT and I believe IT is real because I believe it Jesus and our Lord and they say demons exist. I cried and prayed and shouted and stomped my feet. Don't start here if u are thinking of reading this book make sure you read the other three and read them in order!
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