Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The 9th Girl

Tami Hoag

#1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag brings back her fan-favorite Minneapolis investigators Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska in the haunting new thriller The 9th Girl.

"Kovac had seen more dead bodies than he could count: Men, women, children; victims of shootings, stabbings, strangulations, beatings; fresh corpses and bodies that had been left for days in the trunks of cars in the dead of summer. But he had never seen anything quite like this . . . "

On a frigid New Year's Eve in Minneapolis a young woman's brutalized body falls from the trunk of a car into the path of oncoming traffic. Questions as to whether she was alive or dead when she hit the icy pavement result in her macabre nickname, Zombie Doe. Unidentified and unidentifiable, she is the ninth nameless female victim of the year, and homicide detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are charged with the task of not only finding out who Zombie Doe is, but who in her life hated her enough to destroy her. Was it personal, or could it just have been a crime of opportunity? Their greatest fear is that not only is she their ninth Jane Doe of the year, but that she may be the ninth victim of a vicious transient serial killer they have come to call Doc Holiday.

Crisscrossing America's heartland, Doc Holiday chooses his victims at random, snatching them in one city and leaving them in another, always on a holiday. If Zombie Doe is one of his, he has brought his gruesome game to a new and more terrifying level. But as Kovac and Liska begin to uncover the truth, they will find that the monsters in their ninth girl's life may have lived closer to home. And even as another young woman disappears, they have to ask the question: which is the greater evil--the devil you know or the devil you don't? (from Netgalley)

My Thoughts
This book hit the ground running and didn’t stop until I got to the end. The were some good plot twists and turns along the way. I liked the witty banter between all of the detectives who have worked together for many years. There was a good level of suspense and an ending that I did not see coming.

This is book #4 in a series that involves Detectives Kovac and Liska. The author gives just enough background information so that the reader won’t feel lost if that haven’t read any of the earlier books in the series (which applies to me). I am definitely interested in continuing to read the series to see where Ms. Hoag decides to take her characters.

Many thanks to Penguin Group/ Dalton, via Netgalley, for allowing me to read this in exchange for an unbiased review.

Publish date: June 18, 2013.

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