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The 9th Girl (Kovac and Liska) Paperback – June 3, 2014
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Praise for The 9th Girl
“Cannily plotted and peppered with some of the sharpest dialogue in the business.”—Entertainment Weekly (A-)
“A smartly written one-day read.”—Suspense Magazine
“A gripping plot.”—South Florida Sun-Sentinel
More Praise for Tami Hoag
“One of the most intense suspense writers around.”—Chicago Tribune
“One of the hottest names in the suspense game.”—People
“Ms. Hoag knows how to take her readers on a frightening ride.”—New York Journal of Books
“Hard to put down.”—The Washington Post
“A snappy, scary thriller.”—Entertainment Weekly
“A chilling thriller with a romantic chaser.”—New York Daily News
“Leave[s] the reader panting and turning the pages as fast as possible.”—The Boston Globe
“[A] no-holds-barred, page-turning thriller.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Slick and satisfying.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“An exciting page-turner.”—The Kansas City Star
About the Author
TAMI HOAG is the #1 international bestselling author of more than thirty books. There are more than forty million copies of her books in print in more than thirty languages. Renowned for combining thrilling plots with character-driven suspense, Hoag first hit the New York Times bestseller list with Night Sins, and each of her books since has been a bestseller. She lives in California.
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The case falls to detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska. Their first instinct is to think that the young woman might have been the ninth victim of a serial killer named Doc Holiday who has been murdering young women and scattering their bodies around the Midwest. Three of them have been left in the Minneapolis area.
Kovac and Liska must first identify the victim and then determine how she might have fallen into the clutches of her killer, whether it's Doc Holiday or not. Then, of course, they will have to catch the killer, and none of these will be easy tasks. For Liska, the problem is complicated by the fact that she is a single mother of two sons, one of whom is a teenager going through a very difficult time. The boy is being bullied in school and frankly needs more attention from his mother than she can provide at the moment. Meanwhile, Doc Holiday is following the investigation from a distance and has already selected his next victim.
Again, there's a gripping story here, but Hoag spends a great deal of time detailing the problems of Liska and her troubled son. And every time Hoag turns to that subplot, the book comes to a screeching halt. By the time I was halfway through the book, I was already tired of Liksa and her son, and I was growing increasingly impatient with Hoag for not getting on with the story. It gives nothing away to say that her son's problems may be germane to the larger plot of the book. But those sections could have been significantly condensed without doing any harm to the story and it would have made for a much more taut and suspenseful book.
This was a book that I found very hard to put down. I love Tami Hoag’s writing, but this was one of the best books I have read. I would give it a ten star.
However, The 9th Girl is not by any means a zombie novel, and it turns out that the zombie is actually a teen-aged girl who has been brutally tortured and maimed. This terrible scene opens what becomes a story with multiple themes. Is the teen-aged girl victim of a serial killer who has been preying on young girls? Perhaps, but why did so many people apparently hate this young girl? When Liska discovers that her oldest son knew the victim, the case becomes personal and even more frightening.
The 9th Girl does a wonderful job of weaving several themes into a believable whole. Much of the story is told from the perspective of different characters---the police, the serial killer, and some of the teenagers involved. The transition between characters is smooth, and their voices so consistent, what is already a good plot is made great by these individual perspectives.
This is the first Tami Hoag book I've read, I'm not sure how I missed her mystery stories, but I've just purchased the first Kovacs and Liska story so I can start at the beginning of this series.
I found this book to drag in places and by the end was finishing it just to finish without really caring what the outcome was or how the story wrapped up.
That being said, it's a pretty easy read and I would say it's great for a vacation type book. Something to read while relaxing but not something you have to really focus on in order to get the most out of it. I'm not swearing off Hoag by any means. I actually hope she comes out with some new books soon, as usually I find her work to be pretty good.