What the blurb says:
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 . . .
I was a late starter to the Huntress series and I could kick myself for missing out for so long but on the plus side, it means I’ve been able to have a bit of a Huntress binge over the last wee while! Every cloud and all that!
I’m going to start this review by saying DO NOT read this as a standalone; this is meant to be read as a series to have a full understanding. If you read as a standalone much of it will not make sense to you and you are missing out on something incredibly powerful!
This is a series where I just don’t want to say any more about the plot than is already in the blurb that goes with the book. There is enough there to let you know what the storyline is all about. This is a series that begs me to tell you how it made me feel and I hope this review gives you a small flavour of that.
Powerful, compelling, absorbing and absolutely 100% relevant in today’s world, Hunger Moon, takes rape culture and rips it apart at the seams and challenges the narrative of the powerful. Cara Lindstrom has gone from being the Huntress to the hunted while the world seems to have gone crazy and steps are being taken to shut down any form of protest against rape while the justice system continues to protect the rich and the powerful. I’d love to say that all of this is a figment of the author’s imagination, I really would love to say that she has made it all up. Sadly she hasn’t. While the characters of Cara, Agent Roarke, Jade and the Bitches movement may be exaggerated for the purpose of the book the rest of this is sadly very real and very much based on reality. Hunger Moon provides a voice to the victims of this culture and a platform for those views to be openly discussed and debated.
Alexandra Sokoloff has created a phenomenal cast of characters in this series from Cara, the fiercest warrior and protector of justice; Roarke, the Special Agent who is struggling with the institutional misogynistic culture he is being forced to perpetuate; Jade, Cara’s warrior in the waiting to the cast of bad guys who are seriously going to make your skin crawl and your hackles rise! Each and every character is drawn out perfectly and made me engage with them as a reader. I feel I have emotionally invested in these characters and when I am reading the series I am entirely engrossed in the experience.
As with each book in this series the settings have been described in such a way that you immediately feel as though you are right there in the book and this one was no different. As a point of interest, the description of Salton Sea in California was so realistic that I was compelled to visit it via Google and wow the pictures Alexandra Sokoloff painted with words matched the images and history of this area perfectly.
I’ve read reviews that criticise this book for being too political and including too much of the author’s personal views. Well, damn this is a book that IS political and THANK GOD the author holds the views that she does! I’ve seen the author accused of encouraging violent protests and murder through the actions taken in this book and I think to myself WTF! Seriously, you think a writer who uses murder and violence is advocating for that to happen?! No, the writer is using her craft to highlight the strength and the depth of feeling that exists in our current times and the violence are symbolic of this and not a call to arms! Hunger Moon (and the rest of the series) does provide a powerful and real social commentary on what is going on in our world today and rightly so. The shift of power has changed and we have seen a massive increase in the victimisation of the most vulnerable women, children and men across the world and what would appear to be a lack of political will to make any real changes to this. So, Alexandra Sokoloff, I salute you for being that writer who is not afraid to use the power of the pen to make people stop and think and take a real look around them about what is happening right here and right now!
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