Friday, July 19, 2013
The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag
Is Zombie Doe the ninth victim and first slip-up of a serial killer known as Doc Holiday, who’s been hunting across the Midwest but so far left no trace? Or do the differences in the murders mean that a second mad killer is on the loose, maybe one with a more personal grudge? Detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska must identify her, and fast.
I expected The 9th Girl to be cheesy, slick, and shallow because of the packaging and the “Zombie Doe” angle, but it’s a readable, solidly plotted thriller, with a common theme well-threaded through the plot and subplots, and distinctive and largely believable characters. There was a focus on relationships between mothers and teenaged children from various angles that I enjoyed, and enough twists and tension to keep the pages turning quickly throughout.
This book can stand alone, but it is the fourth book Tami Hoag’s Kovac & Liska series.