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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.
I’m a HUGE fan of this series – where Alexandra Sokoloff takes the serial killer genre and turns it on its head – in Cara she has created one of the most compelling characters around in fiction anywhere. Both killer and victim Cara is unforgettable.
In previous novels we have seen her path, followed closely by the man who hunts her whilst she haunts him, Roarke in his way is just as compelling as Cara and as the mainstays of the novels their growing and changing relationship forms the heart and soul of the Huntress series.
In Bitter Moon we get a trip back to the past – Cara’s past – in a lot of ways Bitter Moon is an origins story and I loved it because it took the previous novels and gave them focus. The two timelines are both brilliantly constructed, Cara following a path in the past and Roarke repeating it in the present, the two interlinking and blimey at times it is edge of the seat stuff. Even though for Cara it is over, done, we know nothing can change, still you feel like somehow Roarke could make everything better…
I love the writing LOVE it – so absorbing, descriptively gorgeous, invoking emotional responses and creating a sense of time, place and person that in my opinion is second to none. The storyline may involve mayhem, murder and the darkest of themes but somehow it just feels less like a crime novel and more like a literary trip through the characters reality. After the end of Bitter Moon I simply cannot wait for more.
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