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After reading Blood Moon, Book II, by Alexandra Sokoloff, there was no way I could stop. I kept on reading through Cold Moon and Bitter Moon. Now I see we have Hunger Moon, which would be Book V, and I will jump through hoops to get my hands on it.

The moon talks to Cara. Does it talk to you? What does it say?

We begin with Roarke’s nightmare, waking him. Cara…

She faces her own terror in the night, but vows IT will never take her.

“Fair as the moon and cold as ice.”

Roark’s team functions like a well oiled machine, even when personalities occasionally clash and opinions differ. They always get their ‘man’.

Cold Moon takes an even closer look into the depraved, the abused, the lost and those who care about them. Human trafficking of women and children, enslaved in prostitution, bought and sold, used and abused. Who will stand up for them, defend them, save them?

How can an online presence affect people, politics, legalities, courts…The anonymity of cyber activism.

I do not want to spoil any of the goodies contained in Cold Moon, the third book of Cara and Roarke’s story, so I will just throw out some hints and ask you…what would you do?

Evil…can you see it, smell it, touch it, feel it? Is it alive? Do you do something about it yourself?

Is it self defense, if you know evil is coming your way, and you take it out first?

My emotions are raging in anger and disgust. I know this goes on, day in and day out, and I wonder if those who, in real life, try to stem the flow of evil feel it is too big, there are too many. One by one they WILL fall.

“There is something larger at work…a force beyond the simply human. A female vengeance against outrages.” Santa Muerte

“Sometimes death for one is salvation for another.”

I love the dark and dangerous, unique and original, direction Alexandrar Sokoloff takes in this story. I am afraid to google some of the online forums she talks about. I am afraid of what I will find out. Will evil know I am looking and come for me? She continues to thrill and amaze me, disgust and frighten me, leaving me ALWAYS wanting more.

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Cold Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff.

See more at http://www.fundinmental.com ( )
  sherry69 | Dec 7, 2017 |
The hunt for Cara Lindstrom is over. However, pimps are turning up dead on the streets of San Francisco with an MO similar to that of Cara Lindstrom. Now, Special Agent Matthew Roake hunts the elusive murderer. ( )
  creighley | Jun 28, 2016 |
What do human trafficking, abusive sex trade, under aged girls, abuse inside female prisons and vigilante justice all has in common? Well the answer to that would be Cara Lindstrom. As Cold Moon (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers #3) by Alexandra Sokoloff opens, Cara is in custody for the murder of Danny Ramirez, a pimp in San Francisco, and the authorities see it as a slam dunk conviction because there is a witness to the crime.

While in custody, one of Cara deeds becomes an emotional blog piece…” Local police attribute her rescue to the intervention of Cara Lindstrom. Cara Lindstrom, who now sits in San Francisco County Jail #8 awaiting trial for murder, on no bail, despite the flimsiest of evidence against her.”

Sokoloff, Alexandra (2015-05-05). Cold Moon (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers Book 3) (Kindle Locations 744-746). Thomas & Mercer. Kindle Edition.


Spreading like wild fire, Cara becomes elevated to folk hero status, likened to Nuestra Señora de la Santa Muerte or, colloquially, Santa Muerte (Spanish for Saint Death). is a female folk saint venerated primarily in Mexico and the Southwestern United States. A personification of death, she is associated with healing, protection, and safe delivery to the afterlife by her devotees. And so the stories excitement begins, a crime identical to that of Danny Ramirez happens and authorities grant Cara release pending trial.

I’m not going to go into detail on the story line, as I think the peeling away of the info is what makes this series so enjoyable. The story is well written, many of the characters are already know to readers of books 1 & 2, and some of the characters are expanded, and have more page time in this book. I really felt a connection, and chemistry between Roarke and Cara in this book. I haven’t seen any info on the number of books that may comprise the series, so who knows maybe something will come of it down the line. The book doesn't end with a cliff hanger, but it’s open ended, allowing for another book to pick up where this one left off. The book is lengthy, with the pace varying, there is some time spent discussing female serial killers, and there several murders. The overall feel of the book is not one of a twisted killer, and I think each reader will have to decide if Cara’s brand if justice is right, or if she has no right to be judge, jury and executioner.

I enjoyed the book, and actually hope that there will be follow on books, but I’m not sure how long Cara, can remain the lead character, without the stories becoming redundant in action and feeling. As a reader, I would welcome, a new twisted lead character and a jump into the psyche of the killer, surrounded by some of the characters we have already met in the series.

As a former San Franciscan, the locations within the city, and other California sites added to my reading enjoyment.

I grabbed this book on announce day from Kindle Unlimited, and was contacted shortly thereafter by the Author, and was told that NetGalley had the book available.

Since I will be posting my review to both sites, I would like to thank NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer publishing for a copy of the book.

For me this was a 4 star read
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  kerbytejas | Mar 25, 2016 |
This is the third book in this series. In this book Cara has been caught. However, the killings don’t stop. Someone is killing pimps and this time it can’t be Cara. Once again the tension has been ratchetted up. My feelings about Cara being caught. I kept thinking that if she hadn’t risked her life to prevent Roarke’s death she would probably have not been caught. I looked at Cara and the events in her life that shaped her into the person she was. I knew that the killings she committed was wrong. However, and I keep finding myself saying that, I understood why she killed the people she did and a part of me really wanted to justify her killing. The strong theme of human trafficking is spot on to what is still happening in the world today. Alexandra Sokoloff has taken a subject that so many shy away from and put it out front. She has not solved the problem, but you can’t help but read this book and think about it and the effect it has on so many around the world. For a little while we get to look at it and think that these people have gotten what they deserved. Maybe that is wrong thinking. But, like I told my students recently when discussing a controversial issue, sometimes there is no black or white answer. The author has made the reader feel and think things they probably never would have thought before. I love books that make me have such mixed emotions. This is a series I would definitely read several more times. My husband says it is because I have a morbid side. I say it is because I know excellent writing and this is it in its finest form. You must read the entire series. I highly recommend it. Then do what I’m going to do and check out her other books. ( )
  skstiles612 | Jan 4, 2016 |
Cold Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff brings to a conclusion the trilogy that includes Huntress Moon and Blood Moon. The trilogy chronicles the hunt and capture of serial killer, Cara Lindstrom. Mass Murderer Cara Lindstrom is captured and imprisoned. But the murders she committed seem to have taken on a life their own now.

The capture of Cara Lindstrom did not end the case for FBI Special Agent Matthew Roarke. His unhealthy obsession with Cara has jeopardized his career and personal life. He begins to understand why she kills. Her murder victims have been the worst that a human being can be. Pimps and child traffickers. Rapists and pedophiles. Now she will stand trial. Herself, the sole survivor of a monster who slaughtered her family as she was a child. A monster who almost killed Special Agent Roarke. The Agent, whose life was saved by Cara's intervention.

But the sixteen year old prostitute, the eye witness that places Cara as the serial killer has gone missing and the streets of San Francisco are becoming bathed in the blood of pimps and johns who rape and abuse young girls. In a modus operandi exactly like that used by Cara Lindstrom. Only Cara is in prison. As social media cries out in support of the killings and the release of Cara, the serial killer is becoming a folk hero to the young girls who no longer will be victims on the street.

Roarke knows that Cara is a killer but is there a new killer on the streets. Someone who has taken up the mantle left by Cara's imprisonment? More so, with no eye witness to support his case and the public opinion swaying in Cara's defense...how long before Cara Lindstrom is released and he will have both this new killer and her to contend with.

Roarke must go on the hunt again, to catch a killer and protect victims he detests. But now he senses that every woman he meets, even those he is closest to, can be the killer.

Alexandra Sokoloff has written an intense and rip roaring series of novels that will have you both terrified and contemplating the social ramifications that perhaps, sometimes, a serial killer can be a arm of justice.

Cara Lindstrom is a a complex and damaged character. Her childhood trauma, the violence done to her and the witnessing of her family's slaughter has left her unable to view reality as it is. Everyone who harms a child is a monster to her and she must kill them to save the innocent. As she hunts, she becomes the hunted.

Agent Roarke is haunted. At times in love with the killer he hunts and appalled by her actions as well. Can he continue to chase after Cara or will he join her? In the end, whichever way he chooses, he will never be the same again.

If you have not read the series yet, pick up all three books. Sokoloff has written one of the best trio of psychological crime thrillers I've come across for sometime. Her attention to the subject matter and her dedication to character development are to be marveled at and appreciated. These books will have you questioning what is right and what is wrong and pondering the deep gray waters that are the abyss in between them.

A terrific read! ( )
  agarcia85257 | Dec 24, 2015 |
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Series are the Kings of the publishing world, right now, but I am not really a royalist, if you know what I mean. Call me Cromwell. For me I think that I can count on two hands the number of series that have consistently rocked me from beginning to end. Add another one. Although this series is not over, Cold Moon, by Alexandra Sokoloff, continues what the first two books of The Huntress Series started, and amazingly, goes even farther.

This book is still the story of the Huntress, Cara, and FBI Agent Roarke, and his team. What makes me believe that this series will just get better and better is that the story expands, and Ms. Sokoloff brings great depth and complexity to a tale that was already very good. Singh and Epps have more time in this book, along with social worker Rachel, and Cara’s cousin, Erin. With their expanding rolls the extra characters enrich the novel.

Plot-wise The Reaper is dead, and Cara is in custody, but there is precious little evidence, and only one witness, the mercurial and unstable runaway Jade, who is also an exceptionally well-drawn character with an expanded role. Cara’s crimes, though unproven have taken on a life of their own, and her story goes viral. She has become a folk hero of sorts, and several times she is linked with La Santisima Muerte, a female folk Saint venerated in Mexico and the Southwestern United States. A group of hackers helps boost the story and Cara begins to morph into an iconic archetypical character, an Avenging Angel.

The story grows in depth, and we follow more characters even as Cara and Roarke continue their deadly pas de deux. Ms. Sokoloff hits all the right notes in the way she deals with the story slipping out into the wide world. Her grasp of the societal and sociological aspects of this story is assured, and most importantly, never boring or staid.

What makes this so gripping is that even as they are caught up in these grand events both Cara and Roarke are still people, and watching them try to maintain control of their lives, their identities, and their fates, is compelling. Ms. Sokoloff should get extra credit for her skill here. These characters struggle, and take their lumps, but I never got the feeling that they would give up. Both Cara and Roarke have reached the point where they feel like real people, and that is rare.

What makes this book so good is that these two solid believable characters are caught up in a story that is quickly getting out of their hands, yet both of them seem to want to just stop. The relationship between the two, always good, just got a bunch better in this book. There’s a real poignancy in their scenes together, and the contrast is only made stronger by a plot that’s as fast as a Cheetah with a rocket strapped to its ass.

As far as it goes, you could read Cold Moon as a stand-alone novel, but I would say that you are cheating yourself out of a hell of an experience. So read the first two books, then read Cold Moon. The only problem now is that I have to wait for the next one.

Review by: Mark Palm
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