The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag
The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag is the 4th in the Kovac and Liska Detective Series. This is definitely my favorite. The plot was good, but the characters made it great.
New Years Eve finds Kovac and Liska looking at the brutalized body of a young girl who had just been thrown out of the trunk of a car and under the wheels of a limo. Another Jane Doe. But from the reactions of the limo driver and the terror done to the young girl’s face, they are calling her Zombie Doe. Is it another of victim of serial killer Doc Holiday? Or is there another murderer out there? If it is Doc, he has changed his MO. If it isn’t, where do you start?
When they finally learn the identity of the victim, they find a girl who had few friends, and little sympathy or love at home. Grey was a troubled teen, an outcast, a loner, a gifted artist. A girl whose motto is “acceptance”, but who is not accepted at all. They will have to find out a whole lot more about her before they can hope to solve her brutal murder. When it turns out that Liska’s son Kyle was friends with Grey, both Liska and Kovac are walking on shaky ground.
This story felt very real, very sad. It dealt with teenage anxiety about fitting in, bullying, communicating with parents and each other, social media, and about friendship. Tami Hoag handled it well. In particular, I liked the way she portrayed Liska’s relationship with her children, mainly Kyle. Her anger with his behaviour, her fierce protection of him, and her fears of not being a good mother all seemed “right”. As well, Hoag developed the character of Grey in such a way that you felt her pain, right to the end. As always, the dialog and interactions between Liska and Kovac are hilarious.
Favorite Quotes from The 9th Girl:
“I once read a quote that the thing a man fears most from a woman is that she’ll laugh at him, and the thing a woman most fears from a man is that he’ll kill her.”
“Where there is life there is hope.”
Read: January 2017
About the Author: Tami Hoag’s novels have appeared on national bestseller lists regularly since the publication of her first book in 1988. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages worldwide. She is a dedicated equestrian in the Olympic discipline of dressage and is an avid fan of mixed martial arts and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.