Book Review: The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag
The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag The opening of this thriller sets the scene for the book. A driver of a limousine is more interested in the antics of his drunken passengers than the traffic on the road on New Year’s Eve – until what looks like a zombie flips out of the trunk of the car ahead, hits the pavement and comes upright in front of him. Detectives Kovac and Liska investigate and they discover the young adolescent victim was dead before the accident with the most horrific injuries – she was stabbed and then she had acid poured over her face. Is this the work of Doc Holiday, a serial killer who has celebrated the last eight festive seasons by torturing and murdering young women? Could this be the 9th girl? Or is it someone else, perhaps someone close the murdered girl?
Kovac and Liska investigate further and learn their victim was a troubled teenage girl, a victim of bullying and with an unhappy home life. There are twists and turns aplenty in this highly competent crime thriller, especially as Liska discovers that her own teenage son was friends with the victim. This is definitely a page turner, especially memorable for the relationship between Detective Liska – a single mother torn between her children and her job – and her son, a troubled, sensitive teenage, but one with a heart of gold.