The 9th Girl
by Tami Hoag
Click Here to Download the Book On a frozen New Year's Eve in Minneapolis a youthful lady's battered body drops from the back of a car into the path of oncoming traffic. Uncertainty as to whether she was alive or deceased when she struck the frozen highway result in her grim moniker, Zombie Doe. Unrecognized and unidentifiable, she is now the ninth unnamed female fatality of the year, and homicide investigators Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are charged with the job of not only discovering who Zombie Doe actually is, but who that she knew hated her enough to destroy her.
Would it be personal, or could it just have happened to be a crime of opportunity? Their greatest fear is that not merely is she their ninth Jane Doe of the year, but that she might be the ninth victim of a savage transient serial killer they have dubbed Doc Holiday.
Reviews I feel so sad after reading this one for so many people. There is Brittany who learned what and who real friends are, a very hard lesson for her. Liska, who seems to be at a crossroads, a job she loves or quality time with her kids. The kids will probably win, but it will come at a great cost to her soul. Gray because it was only too late that people learned to value her. And then there is Dana, such a bright future only to be taken away in a blink of an eye. I did like how Kovac and Liska worked the evidence, how in order to do the best thing for the victim, they had to manipulate things. It was a small thing, had far reaching repercussions no one saw coming, but had they not done that they wouldn't have been given the time to find the killers.
I couldn't believe how evil the killers were. I thought one was pure evil, one so selfish that the line that was crossed to become a killer was an easy one for them, and the last one, just a person who thought they were all that, instead they were weak and in the end they knew it. On a totally unrelated side note. I live in Minneapolis, so loved reading a "local" book. I did find it a little odd to read about the cold winter in the middle of a hot humid 90 degree summer day.
I started this series with the novella the First Victim so I'm rather lost in the relationship aspect of the two main characters. This was a continuation of "The First Victim", and in that book I learned who the murderer of the girls was. You don't need to read that one first to be engaged in figuring out who the killer is nor does reading the previous book lessen the mystery in this book. I guessed wrong through most of it although the clues were dropping in front of me constantly. I just couldn't quite piece how they went together based on previous knowledge. This was a good read. It wasn't as gripping as other books in the same genre I've read, but that may be because I'm jumping into the series later. I still found it enjoyable and devoured it quickly. I'd write a longer review, but I'd give something away and a good mystery is to be solved by the reader and not the reviewer.
Tami Hoag has done it again with her latest novel The 9th Girl. The "it" is make an exceptional read that's full of twists, turns, suspense, and some really dead bodies. The 9th Girl begins with the body of an unrecognizable girl coming from the trunk of a car on New Year's. She is believed to be the 9th victim of a serial killer dubbed the Doc Holliday. All of his victims are discovered during or around holidays and have similar MOs. Nikki Liska and Sam Kovak are called into the crime scene and immediately get on the case. The investigation takes Liska and Kovak into the seedy, underworld of high school politics and family secrets. All the evidence suggests that "Zombie Girl" may have been killed by Doc Holliday, but there's so much going on in Zombie Doe's life that anyone is potentially her killer. The investigation brings Liska to question her own parenting she struggles with the idea that she isn't around enough for her two sons. One, Kyle, a very teenage son who may have known the victim or last saw her. Hoag manages to sprinkle in a lot of cop babble that's genuinely funny in a very serious novel which is a breath of fresh air. The characters all work well together and complement each other. Liska takes center stage in The 9th Girl and her struggle between the badge and being a good parent is very relatable to any working single parent. In conclusion, Tami Hoag kept me guessing until the very end. Although the ending may be a little too neat for some, I find it acceptable. Fans of Tami Hoag will need to add The 9th Girl to the Kovak/Liska series. For those living under a rock and not familiar with her work I recommend that fans of Tess Gerritsen, Lisa Gardner, or suspense thriller lovers go out and get it. The 9th Girl will make you question who can you really trust? And is any of it worth being accepted as opposed to just being you.
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