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Bitter Moon

(The Huntress/FBI Thrillers #4)

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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 ...more
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Published November 1st 2016 by Thomas & Mercer
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Alexandra Sokoloff Thanks for asking, Maureen! I've just turned in Book 5, HUNGER MOON, for October 2017 release. I had intended 5 to be the last, but now that the books…moreThanks for asking, Maureen! I've just turned in Book 5, HUNGER MOON, for October 2017 release. I had intended 5 to be the last, but now that the books are in active development as a TV series, my producers don't want me to end it. :)

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Christine
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks
Alexandra Sokoloff continues her superb high quality writing in book #4 of the outstanding Huntress Moon series. The series continues to revolve around child trafficking, FBI agent Matthew Roarke, and vigilante mass murderess Cara Lindstrom. Once again, these books must be read in order; the whole series encompasses only 5 months.

Roarke has finally lost it after the tumultuous events of book #3. He has taken leave from the FBI to try to find himself. Hindering his efforts to recover is his conti
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Wendy'sThoughts
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Alexandra Sokoloff, Mystery/Thriller Fans
5 Fear or Be Feared Stars
* * * * * Spoiler Free-Whole Series ON SALE, each $1.99 !!!!
In our lives... from the very beginning, there are events we experience which impact us adding to who we become. There have been many theories on Nature vs Nurture and I would never presume to know all of the concepts or arguments regarding this subject. However, I do believe the difference of a loving environment, a childhood free of name calling, bullying and violence would tilt the scale in the child's favo
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Emma
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
19/10/16

Going to review after getting some sleep, bashed through the book in 3 hours. I have no self control.

20/10/16

Ok so this book is the best of the 4. Easily. In terms of the writing, I have thought it tended towards the pulpy before, but this was sharper and cleverer. If previously it was more the idea of the character that pulled me in, now it is that and the story too. This was worth waiting for.


When I stared this series I was intrigued by having a female vigilante protagonist with a sen
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Phrynne
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4000-books
Number four in what is proving to be a superb series, each book being a little bit better than the one before.
Cara is an unusual heroine since she is an out and out killer, maybe even a vigilante. She 'sees' evil in people and when she is threatened she has no mercy. In this book we get to see her childhood and find out why she is the way she is. It makes for excellent although occasionally horrific reading.
The other main character, Roarke is FBI (in this book actually ex FBI), and he follows t
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Sue
BITTER MOON by talented author Alexandra Sokoloff, is Book IV in the Thriller Award-nominated Huntress/FBI series. Bitter Moon is the sequel to Cold Moon. These books keep getting better and better! I am hooked on this series! So good!

It is highly recommended that you read these books in sequence as the storyline continues on from where book one leaves off.

The novels in this FBI thriller series include:
Huntress Moon (Book 1) Published 2012
Blood Moon (Book2) Published 2013
Cold Moon. (Book3) Publi
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Jonetta
Originally posted on The Book Nympho

Cara Lindstrom is in the wind and Matt Roarke has taken leave from the FBI for awhile as he tries to get his head straight. But, he decides to start from her beginning to seek answers and it leads him to the town where she was assigned to her first group home. There is definitely something off in that place and Roarke makes it his mission to uncover the truth.

I loved how this story was told almost as much as the story itself. Roarke's investigation is chronic
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*Avonna
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my “Must Read” series and I am always anxiously awaiting the next book. BITTER MOON (The Huntress/ FBI Thrillers, #4) does not disappoint! Alexandra Sokoloff has once again written an amazing plot and character study of a victim turned vigilante serial-killer and an obsessed and conflicted FBI agent balanced on the edge.

This fourth book of the series is told in alternating voices between Cara Lindstrom in the Past at age 14 and FBI Agent Matthew Roarke in the Present. In the past,
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Alex ♈
One of the most saddest and deepest books in this series.
It tells Cara's story, when she was 14. It tells about the beginning of the fight this brave and strong girl begun.

Raw, ugly, depressive, but real.

The truth is not only love and happiness, but mostly ugliness and brutality.

"It is not justice. There is no justice when such things are allowed to happen. When monsters roam free in the world, and people do nothing. There will never be justice while It is allowed to live."


My respect to Alexa
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Liz Barnsley
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 s
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Jean
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Look too long into the abyss and the abyss looks back into you.
- Friedrich Nietzsche (Page 162, Bitter Moon)


Matt Roarke is on an indefinite leave of absence following Cara Lindstrom’s release on bail and subsequent disappearance in Cold Moon. That set off a killing spree by Cara and others as a violent movement erupted against the rape culture in America and the world. In Bitter Moon, the fourth book of the series, FBI Special Agent Matthew Roarke is just Mr. Roarke. But you can’t take the inves
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✨Susan✨
I enjoyed this addition to this series, it flips back and forth between the present and Cara’s young life. Finding out what she had gone through as a child and young adult helps to put her adult actions into focus. Can one person truly see evil no matter how well hidden?
Maureen
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful series this is proving to be and no wonder it is to become a tv series too. Book 4 departs from the other books in that it reveals so much about Cara’s past. We always knew of the terrible events in her childhood that caused her to become this fearless avenging vigilante. But only here, with the narrative telling of her past as her 12, and then 14 year old self, do we gain a full insight into all the horrors she endured. The use of the present tense in the retelling add even mor ...more
Yellagirlgc
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book 4 delves deeply into the back story of Cara Lindstrom. The reasons she became who she is. FBI agent Roarke is investigating her suspected first murder. He learns more about 'It' and the evil that exists in the world. The connection between him and Cara is getting stronger with each book.

This book was better than the third. More suspense and excitement. These books really deal with a sensitive subject. Rape, molestation & trafficking of kids. They've stirred up alot of anger but the boo
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S.M. West
I missed Roarke and Cara. This was soo good!!
Shelley
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Mystery, Thriller
*Rating* 4.0

*Thoughts*

Bitter Moon, by author Alexandra Sokoloff, is the 4th installment in The Huntress/FBI Thrillers series. This story actually takes a bit of a turn from the previous installments. This time Sokoloff alternates her story between both Cara Lindstrom and Matthew Roarke nearly equally. But, there is a twist. You see, Cara's story takes place 16 years ago, while Roarke's is in the present. So, in fairness to Cara, and the fact that reader
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Paris        (kerbytejas)
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016

For me, Bitter Moon (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers #4) by Alexandra Sokoloff was an important book in the series. The reader is treated to a look into Cara’s past, and can’t help but come away with a better understanding of her actions. The book is made up of two intertwined stories, young Cara’s life (sixteen years earlier), and Roarke’s need to follow the clues from the past.

The jumping between the past and the present did lead to a little confusion in some sections of the story for me, but it
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Sherry Fundin
I had received several books of this series and loved them so much, I binge read all three. So apt this book comes after the others. I think I got a lot more from it, because I am totally engrossed in how Cara came to be a vigilante.

In Bitter Moon, Cara relives her tragic past and it is brutal, horrifying, terrifying, and haunting. The insight into her motivation makes me see evil in its purest form. It’s no wonder she takes her revenge as a vigilante on all the users and abusers. The atrocities
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Monica Mac
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another lovingly crafted tome in the series, another can't-put-it-down book!

Roarke is taking a bit of time out from his career to think things over. Despite his best efforts, Cara is still under his skin and he is drawn into a case anyway, even whilst being "off the books" finds himself delving into Cara's early life, when she was being bounced from the juvenile justice system into a variety of foster homes. So interesting reading the descriptions of the people she came across - some in her corn
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Tracy T.
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow this was a great book. Great Narration R. C. Bray (audible review) Very addictive series!

Finally got to know how Cara grew up where she was from why she does what she does and I kind of don’t blame her. This story has lots of teenage rape victims. It’s not for people who are sensitive to certain graphic descriptions of horrific atrocities done two teenage girls.

John’s, pimps, and perverts who all get what they have coming to them. I really enjoyed this book a lot. I liked how Rourke figure
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Terry  (TBC)
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fab series.
Cara is an intriguing character and we get to see so many different things about her in each of these books.
Roarke is a great character, really enjoyed following him and his hunt.
Def start at book 1 and get hooked as I have with full bodied characters.
Barry
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
To my mind, it is very difficult to write a decent review of a book that is part of a series of uniform or slightly improving quality. Is this a higher five star than the three previous books in Sokoloff's The Huntress series? Well, yes, in fact it is.

The Huntress series is a chilling yet exceptionally plausible on-going story about a five year girl whose family was killed by a homicidal maniac (too meek a term for such a creature). The girl, Cara, survived although she was rather viciously slas
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Mo
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Totally loving this series , it just keeps getting better . Love how this one lets us have a look at Cara’s troubled past whilst tying it in with Matt and the present day . Easy 5 stars with my thanks to tbc reviewers for my chance to read . Can’t wait to read number 5 😍
Dee
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Two-haiku review:

Rourke retraces route
That Cara took as a teen
Serial rapist

Outstanding series
Eagerly awaiting next
Care for characters
Terence M
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Audiobook - 09:09 hours - Narrator: R.C. Bray
Review to come
Helen (TBC)
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love, love love this series and have just re-read the first 3 before embarking on this one!

A fascinating look at Cara's past and what led her to become the force that she is today - Matt is as troubled as ever with his conflict around the need for Cara's arrest and his wish for her freedom ... the plot is exciting, the characters are, as always intricate and the writing is sublime ... I'd love for the whole series to be on the big screen and am waiting impatiently for book 5!
Sharon
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, netgalley
I was provided with a review copy of Bitter Moon via NetGalley. This is my honest opinion of the book.

Cara's past was fraught with abuse and violence. After two years in a juvenile facility, 14 year old Cara is released to a group home and hoping to be safe from IT. A name change to Eden Ballard unfortunately did not help her anonymity, as the problems start immediately in her school. What can Cara do to stay away from the monsters?

Matthew Roarke has voluntarily left the FBI in the weeks after C
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Denise
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing." (John Stuart Mill)

Wow -- another great book in this amazing series! This takes the reader back to where it all began with Cara and why she does what she does. These must be read in order to fully appreciate the development of the character of Cara. Roarke is retracing the period of time Cara spent in Las Piedras 14 years before the current events and manhunt featured in books one through three. C
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Susan Angela Wallace
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The bitter,moon by Alexandra Sokoloff is a mystery and thriller and general fiction (adult) read.
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
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Jim Veatch
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have now read the first four books of this series. I guess that with any "thriller" I sit down in a safe, pleasant, and comfortable place, knowing that bad things will probably happen in the novel but that those are exaggerations and pretty far removed from the real world. The last quarter of 2016 may not have been the best time to read these four novels, but I'm still glad that I have.

I'm a librarian and when I give a five-star rating it means that I would recommend it to patrons and would su
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Julie Smith
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 co ...more
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I'm the Thriller Award-winning and Bram Stoker and Anthony Award-nominated author of the bestselling Huntress/FBI Thrillers: Huntress Moon, Blood Moon, Cold Moon. Bitter Moon, Hunger Moon, the supernatural thrillers The Harrowing, The Price, Book of Shadows, The Unseen, The Space Between. The New York Times Book Review has called me "a daughter of Mary Shelley" and my novels "some of the most orig ...more

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The Huntress/FBI Thrillers (5 books)
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  • Blood Moon (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers, #2)
  • Cold Moon (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers, #3)
  • Hunger Moon (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers, #5)
“Oh—so you’ve never noticed anything missing in the Ten Commandments?” He ran through the list in his head, but he already sensed where she was going with it. She nodded. “There’s no commandment against rape. Or against slavery, or torture, or child abuse, or spousal abuse. There are commandments against theft and swearing, but none against atrocity.” 1 likes
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