(The Huntress/FBI Thrillers #5)
Publication date: October 24th 2017
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Revenge has no limits.
Special Agent Matthew Roarke has abandoned his rogue search for serial killer Cara Lindstrom. He’s returned to the FBI to head a task force with one mission: to rid society of its worst predators. But as the skeletal symbols of Santa Muerte, “Lady Death,” mysteriously appear at universities nationwide, threatening death to rapists, Roarke’s team is pressured to investigate. When a frat boy goes missing in Santa Barbara, Roarke realizes a bloodbath is coming—desperate teenagers are about to mete out personal, cold-blooded justice.
Hiding from the law, avenging angel Cara Lindstrom is on her own ruthless quest. She plans to stay as far away from Roarke as possible—until an old enemy comes after both her and the FBI, forcing her back into Roarke’s orbit. This time, the huntress has become the hunted . . .
My Musings :
First thing I would say about this book is that it can be read out of sequence. I have read only this book in the series so far and I could understand it good. Of course, there was a slight adjustment period in the beginning. But the author made it easy to follow with sufficient backtracking at times.
There's only one word to describe the book - Chilling. When I finished the book, it took me a few hours to digest it. The subject it focuses on and the way the people, male and female, react to it in tangent directions had me feeling disturbed and frightened. The way the author has penned the story had me going through the emotions of the characters alongside them.
The language used and the descriptive way in some scenes had me biting my tongue and hissing in anger and fear. This series isn't for the faint of the heart and it's also not for the people who tend to overlook things either. What has been written about is true in this current modern society and talks to the heart of the reader in a way.
The characters are realistic with real emotions and feelings especially Roarke and his team. I could understand Jade's plan and Cara's journey. There were places where I felt like throwing stuff at the frat boys' heads. It was frustrating and had me nervous with my own reactions. The writing is evocative and strong!
Now I am reading the previous books and I can't wait to read the next book and see where it is heading.
I received a copy for reviewing purposes. This doesn't impact the review in any way.
My one line review : Chilling thriller!
My rating : 5/5
My reread factor : 4/5
"Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre." - The New York Times
ALEXANDRA SOKOLOFF is the Thriller Award-winning and Bram Stoker, Anthony, and Black Quill Award-nominated author of the Amazon bestselling Huntress/FBI series (HUNTRESS MOON, BLOOD MOON, COLD MOON, BITTER MOON, HUNGER MOON - now in active development as a TV series), and the supernatural HAUNTED thrillers (THE HARROWING, THE PRICE, THE UNSEEN, BOOK OF SHADOWS, THE SHIFTERS, THE SPACE BETWEEN). The New York Times Book Review 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 horror and thriller scripts and adapted novels for numerous Hollywood studios. She has also written three non-fiction workbooks: SCREENWRITING TRICKS FOR AUTHORS, STEALING HOLLYWOOD, and WRITING LOVE, based on her internationally acclaimed workshops and blog (www.ScreenwritingTricks.com), and has served on the Board of Directors of the WGA West and the Board of the Mystery Writers of America.
Alex is a California native and a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, where she majored in theater and minored in everything Berkeley has a reputation for. In her spare time (!) she performs with The Slice Girls and Heather Graham's all-author Slush Pile Players, and dances like a fiend. She is also very active on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. But not an addict. Seriously, it's under control.